DeSales University

DeSales University Athletics
2755 Station Ave Center Valley, PA 18034
Division 3 Pennsylvania Northeast
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Rachel Smith

Extension 1952


Smith was named the first-ever head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at DeSales University in November of 2015 and guided the Bulldogs to a 5-12 overall record, including one win in the MAC Freedom in DSU’s inaugural season in the spring of 2017. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Florida earning a bachelor’s of science in recreation, tourism, and hospitality with a specialization in event management.


Smith spent her previous two seasons before arriving at DeSales as a graduate assistant coach at Stevenson University helping the Mustangs post a 25-13 record and win their first-ever MAC Commonwealth Championship in 2014. She earned her Masters’ in business and technology management from Stevenson University in December 2015.


While with the Mustangs she helped coach two First-Team All-Region players, two Second-Team All-Region players, seven All-MAC Commonwealth players, a MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year, and two Academic All-MAC Commonwealth players. She also helped mentor four IWLCA North/South All-Star game selections and one MACDA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.


Smith has also coached for TLC club program for the last two years (2014-15) under the direction of Mike Farrell. She is the Boardwalk Region Region Representative for MAC Freedom on the All-America Committee, the Division III Women’s Lacrosse Regional Advisory Committee member, and the T3 Elite Lacrosse coach for HS graduation years for the past two years under the direction of Lori Brown.


Prior to arriving at Stevenson, Smith was a three-year member of the women’s lacrosse team at the University of Florida and was part of the inaugural team at Florida in 2009 as a member of the #1 ranked recruiting class. She finished her career playing just two years and appeared in 11 games due to injury, serving as the team manager as a senior.


The Gators won the ALC (American Lacrosse Championship) in 2011 and 2012 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 2012 when Smith was a sophomore. She was named to the SEC Freshman and ALC Academic Honor Roll. Smith graduated from Florida in 2013 with a bachelor’s of science in recreation, tourism, and hospitality with a specialization in event management.


Smith is originally from Ellicott City, MD competing in both field hockey and women’s lacrosse at Mt. Hebron HS. She was named an Under Armour All-American Underclassmen in lacrosse in 2007.

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Samantha Lavin

Lavin joined the women’s lacrosse coaching staff for the inaugural season in 2017.


Lavin graduated from DeSales University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She was a four year member of the Bulldog's field hockey team, serving as team captain her senior year. Lavin finished her career having appeared in 52 career games totaling four goals and four assists for 12 points.


Lavin worked professionally as a teacher and athletically as an assistant coach in the Southern Lehigh School District for both the field hockey and lacrosse teams. While on staff, she helped lead the field hockey team to three consecutive appearances in the Colonial League championship game, three consecutive District championship game appearances, winning the district title in 2014 and 2016, and three straight appearances in the PIAA State Tournament. She also assisted in leading the lacrosse team to a district championship in 2015 and an appearance in the PIAA state tournament.


Lavin will assist Coach Smith as a defensive coordinator.

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Abby Wescott

Wescott joins the Women’s Lacrosse coaching staff as the graduate assistant for the 2019 season. She is a 2018 graduate of Marymount University having played four years with MU having scored 124 goals and 178 assists for 302 points, the all-time leader in points and assists at Marymount. Wescott is also tied for fourth in goals scored. She is also in the top 20 in NCAA Division III history for assists in a game having recorded 11 vs. Ohio Northern University in March, 2017 as well as among the top 20 in NCAA Division III history in career assists.


Wescott was a three-year captain and earned All-Conference Second-Team honors three times. She was also All-ECAC First-Team once, named to ECAC All-Tournament once, and CAC All-Academic.


Wescott will serve as the Offensive Coordinator while at DeSales. She is also helping coach the T3 Lacrosse Club organization under Lori Brown.


She will be pursuing her MBA at DeSales.

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