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George Mason University Athletics
MS 3A5 4400 University Dr. Fairfax, VA 22030
Division 1 Virginia Northeast
Public Very Large National competitor

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Kara Mupo

Two-time NCAA champion Kara Mupo was named the fifth head coach in the history of the George Mason women's lacrosse program on May 26, 2020.


Mupo's pedigree of excellence within the sport includes a stellar playing career as a collegian at Northwestern and as a professional with both the U.S. National Team and the Women's Professional Lacrosse League.


In addition, Mupo has compiled a diverse and accomplished resume during five seasons as a collegiate assistant coach. Possessing a gifted offensive mind, Mupo helped guide Stony Brook to a No. 1 national ranking in 2018 and Stanford to an NCAA appearance in 2019.


"We are thrilled to welcome Kara to our George Mason family," Edwards said. "She has achieved an elite level of success during every stint of her career while being mentored by some of the top voices in the sport. Kara is a tireless recruiter who possesses the innate ability to develop players. Her high energy style and engaging personality make her a natural leader, and I know our student-athletes will thrive under her direction."


Mupo most recently served as offensive coordinator at Ohio State alongside former George Mason head coach Amy Bokker during the shortened 2020 campaign.


"I want to thank Brad Edwards, Debi Corbatto and the rest of the individuals in the athletic department who have worked so closely with me during this process," Mupo said. "I am so thrilled to be joining Mason Nation and to have been given the opportunity to lead a program that is full of pride and tradition, both for the University as well as the entire Fairfax community. I cannot wait to share my passion for the game of lacrosse as well as my vision for the current and future student-athletes who will come through the George Mason Athletic department and the women's lacrosse program!"


"I also would like to thank Amy Bokker as well as the entire lacrosse staff and The Ohio State Athletic Department," Mupo added. "Over the past year, I had the opportunity to work closely with some amazing coaches, as well as administrative staff, who shared their vision and philosophies on creating everlasting championship experiences for their student-athletes."


Mupo's championship legacy began as an attack at Northwestern, where she won two national titles (2011, 2012) and led the Wildcats to four consecutive Final Four appearances. While helping to build one of the greatest dynasties in the history of the sport, Mupo scored 186 points (136g, 50a) over her career and served as team captain as a senior.


She began her coaching career as an assistant at William & Mary for two seasons, before moving on to an assistant role at Stony Brook in 2018, where she developed the most potent offense in the nation. Under her guidance, the Seawolves ascended to a No. 1 national ranking while leading the country in points per game (29.28), scoring margin (+10.80), assists per game (11.23) and shot percentage (.547).


Mupo joined Bokker – the former Mason head coach – at Stanford in 2019. In Palo Alto, Mupo again orchestrated an outstanding offensive season while transforming the Cardinal into the Pac-12's top scoring unit. During the 2019 campaign, the Cardinal led the league in shot percentage (.431), assists (125), goals per game (13.89) and points per game (20.47), culminating in an NCAA Tournament appearance.


Upon Bokker's naming as head coach at Ohio State, Mupo joined her in Columbus, where the Buckeyes had amassed wins over Cincinnati and Marquette, among others, before the season ended in March 2020.


A former member of the U.S. Women's National Team, Mupo also is a decorated player in the Women's Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) and has played for the New England Command over the past two seasons. She won the first WPLL Championship as a member of the Command and led the league in scoring for the second time in three seasons. In 2016, she was a member of the Philadelphia Force and earned all-star status after she led the league in goals.


A native of Rocky Point, N.Y., Mupo earned a bachelor of science in human development and psychological services from Northwestern in 2014 and also earned her master's degree in sports administration at Northwestern in 2015.

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Lyndsey Munoz

Lyndsey Munoz became a full-time member of the Mason women's lacrosse staff after being promoted to assistant coach in June 2021.


Munoz previously served as a volunteer assistant during the 2021 campaign.


"I am beyond excited to welcome Lyndsey to Mason Nation," Mupo said. "Having her serve as a volunteer over the past several months has given her insight to the new vision we have for our program as well as the inner workings of our athletic department. Her experience both playing collegiately and nationally, as well as coaching at various levels across the country - including the collegiate level - helps diversify and strengthen the core of our staff. Mason women's lacrosse got much stronger today!"


A standout goaltender at Stanford from 2011-14, Munoz ranks fourth all time in saves (400) and is seventh in goals against average (10.58). She led the Cardinal to three NCAA appearances in her four seasons, including the program's first-ever tournament win over Notre Dame in 2013.


She has continued to foster an active playing career throughout her post-collegiate life and currently is in the selection process to play for the Spanish National Team at the 2022 World Cup in Towson


Munoz brings a diverse coaching resume to Mupo's staff. She has gained experience in the collegiate game while serving as a volunteer coach at Ohio State and Mason and a goalie consultant at Johns Hopkins.


In addition to her collegiate proficiency Munoz worked for three years at the Academy of Lacrosse in Santa Monica, Calif., from 2018-20, where she grew participation in the game, developed performance and skill training programs and also created social media and marketing plans for clubs in the area. While in that role, she also led the LA Women's Developmental National Team as Co-Head Coach and was the head coach for the Westlake High School varsity program.


"I couldn't be more excited to join the staff at George Mason," Munoz said. "From the day I started as a volunteer, I immediately felt like I belonged here, which is a testament to Mason's emphasis on community and inclusion. I'm so grateful to Kara Mupo, Nena Rogers, and Brad Edwards for the opportunity to positively impact the future of George Mason lacrosse and the student-athletes who represent our program."


Munoz owns LM Training, providing wellness, performance, lacrosse education and coaching to players and coaches.


She also has experience growing the game in the DMV, where she served as the program director for the Washington Inner City Lacrosse Foundation from 2014-16. She nearly doubled enrollment during her tenure, bringing the sport to 1,500 youth in Washington, DC and starting the city's first elementary school lacrosse league.


Most recently, while serving as volunteer assistant at Mason, Munoz also worked as an event operations associate at Elite Tournaments, developing project management plans of all operations, logistics, communications, and risk management needs for the eight nationwide IWLCA recruiting tournaments.


Munoz graduated from Stanford in 2014 with a degree in communications.

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Brian Small

Brian Small joined the George Mason lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in August 2021.


A decorated collegiate and professional athlete, Small brings more than 15 years of coaching expertise to the Mason staff.


"We are thrilled to welcome Brian Small to our program at Mason," Mupo said. "Brian comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in the sport, having coached both the men's and women's side at the collegiate level. His passion to help expand our sport, as well as develop and empower our female student-athletes, will be pivotal as we continue to push towards national prominence."


He comes to Fairfax from George Fox University in Oregon, where he served as the offensive coordinator for the school's Northwest Conference Championship women's lacrosse team. His nationally-ranked offense led the nation in scoring margin (14.29 goals) in 2021 en route to an NCAA berth. The Bruins also ranked sixth nationally in scoring offense while featuring seven IWLCA All-Region selections. That group included Andrea Garcia-Milla, who led the country in assists per game (4.14) this past season.


Small brings previous head coaching experience to Mason, having led the John Carroll men's program from 2012-15. He served as the first-ever head coach of the program and guided the Blue Streaks to a 22-11 overall record during his tenure. He recruited 10 all-conference selections and led John Carroll to a pair of OAC Championship game appearances.


Small also has served on men's lacrosse staffs at Bucknell (2016-17), where he helped lead the Bison to a pair of top-15 victories, and Dartmouth (2015-16), helping the Big Green earn an upset victory over Michigan.


Small earned All-America honors as a player at Ohio Wesleyan, where he led the Battling Bishops in ground balls as both a junior and senior. A three-time all-conference selection and two-time North-South All-Star Game participant, Small helped Ohio Wesleyan capture four NCAC Championships during his career.


He earned his bachelor's in sport management from Ohio Wesleyan in 2005, then moved on to a professional playing career which included a stint with Major League Lacrosse's Baltimore Bayhawks and the Edmonton Rush of the NLL.


He began his collegiate coaching career at Ohio Wesleyan as face-off/wing play coordinator in 2008, then moved on to serve as assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Sacred Heart in 2009.


He also coached at Quinnipiac as the program's defensive coordinator (2010-12) while leading the nation's 8th-ranked man-down defense. During his tenure, the Bobcats captured the 2011 NEC regular season and tournament titles.

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