Drexel University

Drexel University Athletics
Daskalakis Athletic Center - 3141 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19104
Division 1 Pennsylvania Northeast
Private Large National competitor


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Jill Batcheller

Jill Batcheller enters her third season with the Dragons in 2020-21 after being named the Mary Semanik Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse at Drexel University on July 2, 2018.

Batcheller, a native of Philadelphia and graduate from Archbishop Carroll High School, has guided the Dragons to an 11-12 record in her first two seasons. The Dragons went 6-10 in 2019 before going 5-2 in the seven-game 2020 season that was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drexel ended the 2020 campaign on a four-game winning streak while its only two losses came to ranked opponents.

Batcheller arrived in University City after six years leading the women’s lacrosse program at Bryant University where she turned the Bulldogs into a conference powerhouse and one of the most formidable teams in the region.

Bryant won the NEC title three times under Batcheller’s watch. The first came in 2014, her second season in Smithfield. That team won 15 games, including a perfect 7-0 mark in the NEC. The team repeated as regular season and tournament champs in 2015. After a title game loss in 2016, the Bulldogs were back in the NCAA Tournament in 2017 with another undefeated run through the conference regular season and tournament schedules. That year, Bryant was one of just eight teams nationally to maintain a perfect record at home all season long.

Batcheller’s Bryant squad went 12-6 in 2018, capturing a fifth consecutive Northeast Conference regular season championship. The Bulldogs advanced to a sixth straight NEC title game on the strength of a powerful offense which averaged a program-record 14.50 goals per game over the course of the season.

The success came right away for Batcheller’s Bulldogs. In her first year at the helm, just the second for Bryant as a Division I program, she led them to a 10-8 overall record and a 6-3 mark in NEC action, propelling them to their first NEC championship game appearance.

Batcheller is no stranger to Philadelphia lacrosse. A native of Philadelphia, Batcheller spent her high school years at Archbishop Carroll. Following her undergraduate career at Syracuse University, her first collegiate coaching experience came in the 2008 and 2009 seasons at Saint Joseph’s. There, she helped turn around a struggling program and made the Hawks one of the Atlantic-10’s most formidable programs. The 2009 squad broke every offensive program record, going 5-2 in league play and advancing to the A10 title game for the first time.

Following her time on Hawk Hill, Batcheller was named the top assistant at Brown University, where she spent three seasons implementing a dynamic offense that made the Bears one of the top teams in the Ivy League. While there, she also founded the New England United Lacrosse Program. Still the program director, Batcheller has grown the program to include over 120 players, grades 5-11.

A 2007 graduate of Syracuse, Batcheller was a four-year starting midfielder for the Orange. She became the eighth player in school history to reach 100 career points, leading the program to its first Big East championship in 2007, following an at-large NCAA bid in 2005. She was a two-time All-Big East honoree and a three-time Big East Academic All-Star. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management, and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s in 2009.

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Maddison Lesher

Maddison Lesher enters her third season with the Dragons in 2020-21. Lesher joined Drexel Head Coach Jill Batcheller’s staff in the summer of 2018 after previously serving as an assistant coach on Batcheller’s staff at Bryant University.

Lesher was the defensive coordinator at Bryant while at Bryant. Both years saw the Bulldogs post outstanding defensive numbers. In 2017, Bryant led the NEC with a 9.16 goals against average and a .492 save percentage. Though they finished second in the conference in 2018, the Bulldogs improved on both marks with an 8.87 GAA and a .511 save percentage.

A native of Gladwyne, Pa., Lesher will not be embarking on her first coaching job in the Philadelphia area. In 2016, Lesher worked with Phantastix Lacrosse in Philadelphia, working with youth players to instruct them in fundamentals and defensive techniques.

Lesher graduated from Loyola (Md.) in 2016, where she completed a career as one of the most decorated Greyhound defenders in school history. She was the Patriot League's first ever three-time Defensive Player of the Year and twice was a Tewaaraton Award Watch List member. Three times, she was named a defensive All-American while reeling in 167 ground balls, causing 109 turnovers and winning 41 draw controls during her career.

Lesher was drafted by the Baltimore Ride in the United Women's Lacrosse League draft in May 2016 and now plays for the Philadelphia Fire in the Women's Professional Lacrosse League.

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Kelsea Donnelly

Kelsea Donnelly enters her third season with the Dragons in 2020-21. Donnelly joined Drexel Head Coach Jill Batcheller’s staff in the summer of 2018 after previously serving as an assistant coach on Batcheller’s staff at Bryant University.

Donnelly specialized as the goalkeepers coach over the course of her two years with the Bulldogs. Samantha Santeramo, the Bulldogs' primary starter during those two years, posted back-to-back seasons allowing less than 10 goals a game, posting an 8.91 GAA in 2017 and a 9.57 GAA last season. Additionally, Daja Andrews' 3.06 GAA in six appearances was the best overall mark in the NEC.

Donnelly is no stranger to the Colonial Athletic Association. She started in goal for Towson from 2013-15 as she was named to the CAA All-Tournament Team three times. Donnelly also spent a season as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Tigers in 2016.

As a student-athlete, Donnelly was a Tewaaraton Award Watch List member in 2014 and 2015 and was a two-time All-CAA First Team performer. In 2015, Donnelly was named to the Mid-Major Second Team All-American following a season as an IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Second Team performer.

She also currently plays for the Baltimore Brave of the WPLL.

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