Laura came to Northern California with her husband and two children in 2012 after living in the Azores for 2 years as part of a temporary tour of duty with the US Air Force. She immediately sought out the local lacrosse community to volunteer as an umpire and coach. In 2013, Laura led her high school club team to claim the NCJLA championship with an undefeated season. She is currently the Petaluma Youth Lacrosse Girls Director where she continues to advise Petaluma youth coaches and assist in running their Friday Night Lights out reach program.
In college Laura started for Wesley College in Dover, DE all 4 years and acquired numerous awards, most notably being a 3-time MVP and Female Athlete of the Year in 2003. During her college career she was recognized regionally as an ECAC All-Star, All- Conference First team in 2002 and 2003, and All- Conference Second Team in 2000 and 2001. She was even recognized by The Delaware House of Representatives for her contributions to the development of lacrosse in the first state. During her junior and senior years she earned a spot on the Upper Atlantic National Tournament team hosted by US Lacrosse. She currently holds records in several categories for Wesley College and DIII NCAA Women’s Lacrosse. Her achievements on the field and classroom led to her induction into the Wesley College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 as the first women’s lacrosse player.
Since graduating with her Bachelors in History and a Masters in Teaching and Learning, Laura has continued to play and volunteer. She currently plays for Bay Lax of San Francisco and was part of the Western States 2013 championship team. Laura has a strong commitment to preserving the honor and integrity of women’s lacrosse and strives to instill this commitment in all of her players through her own service. She continues to support the growth of lacrosse by serving as an NCJLA Board Member, the Nor Cal Chapter of US Lacrosse Secretary, Nor Cal Assigning Committee Co-Chair and as a women’s game umpire.
When she is not helping to grow the sport of lacrosse she works as special education teacher and resource specialist for middle and high school Math and English language arts classes.