George Mason University

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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Nate Medic

Nate Medic has joined the George Mason women's lacrosse program as an assistant coach, head coach Kara Mupo announced.

"I am pleased to welcome Nate Medic to our program and the greater Mason Nation," said Mupo. "Nate brings a strong foothold in Virginia lacrosse as well as years of experience working with both high school and club girls' lacrosse players throughout the state. His energy, passion, and excitement for the future of our program are exactly what we need as we launch into year three."

Medic joins the Patriots after spending the past five years as the head coach of the Colonial Forge High School girls' lacrosse program in Stafford. Under his leadership, the Eagles finished runner-up in the 6A 2021 Virginia State tournament and were two-time Virginia State Regional Champions.

"I am overly excited to be joining the George Mason Women's Lacrosse Program," said Medic. "I would like to thank Head Coach Kara Mupo and Assistant VP/Director of Athletics Brad Edwards for this opportunity. From the first time I arrived on campus, I felt a part of the George Mason family. I'm looking forward to the opportunity of making a positive impact on the on the student-athletes and the program."

The Butler, Pa. native, was named Region Coach-of-the-Year three times. In his five-year stint, the program compiled an impressive 60-12 record.

Medic has been coaching club lacrosse in Virginia for the past five years, most recently with the Yellow Jackets Mid Atlantic in Lorton. Before that, Medic was the head coach for Fall Line Lacrosse Club in Stafford.

Medic played lacrosse collegiately at Bethany College for one season before transferring to Slippery Rock and participating on the men's hockey team for three seasons.

A 2015 graduate of Slippery Rock University, Medic earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. He began a teaching career as a Health and PE teacher at King George High School in 2016 before moving to the same position at Colonial Forge High School in 2018.

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Riley Ewing

Head women's lacrosse coach Kara Mupo has announced the addition of Katherine 'Riley' Ewing to the staff as an assistant coach.

"I could not be more thrilled to welcome Riley to our program and the greater Mason Nation," said Mupo. "I had the pleasure of coaching Riley during my time with the Buckeyes at Ohio State and her work ethic, team-first mentality and her strong competitive nature set the tone for her teammates and our staff. With this, I am confident Riley will bring the same mindset and work ethic as one of our program's assistants. Riley will lead our draw unit as well as assist me with our offensive unit for the 2023-2024 season. The future is bright for Mason Lacrosse!"

Ewing, a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University and five-year member of the women's lacrosse team, will join the Mason ranks after a year working in Chicago as an ACS Consultant. She also spent the summer months coaching a club lacrosse team out of Marietta, Ga., mentoring players and helping them through the recruiting process.

During her time at Ohio State, Ewing was a three-year starter and a three-time Big Ten Academic Honor Roll honoree. An attacker who also specialized in the draw control, Ewing finished her career ranking seventh all-time in Buckeye history with 119 draw control wins to her name. She also sits at fifth all-time for draw controls in a single season with 71 in 2019, with a career-high 10 draw controls in a single game.

George Mason students begin the 2023-24 school year this week, and the women's lacrosse team will kick off fall ball in September, with a fall schedule to be released in the coming weeks.

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