Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University Dept of Athletics
6001 University Boulevard Moon Township, PA 15108
Division 1 Pennsylvania Northeast
Private Small National competitor


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Katrina Silva

An experienced coach and mentor at the Division I level, Katrina Silva is currently in her eighth season with the Robert Morris University women's lacrosse program and her second as head coach.

Silva was named head coach prior to the start of the 2018 slate, after working as an assistant coach for five seasons, from 2013-2017, and serving as a volunteer assistant with the program during the 2012 season.

During her four years as the head coach at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. With the Hokies, Silva helped guide the program to ACC Tournament appearances in all four seasons and led the program its first ever win in ACC play.

Before her time at Virginia Tech, Silva served as the head coach at Colgate University for seven years. During her tenure with the Raiders, Silva led the team to an overall record of 67-57 that included two trips to the NCAA Tournament, two Patriot League Tournament titles, and three Patriot League Regular Season titles. Twice Silva was named Patriot League Coach of the Year for her efforts to a program that produced four Regional All-Americans under her watch.

Silva got her start as a head coach at Roanoke College coaching both the women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams. She led both teams to winning records during her tenure and even led the women’s lacrosse team to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1997.

Silva held multiple assistant coach positions before her start at Roanoke College, including stops at Virginia Tech, Colgate University, and Goucher College.

Silva is a 1993 graduate of Towson University with a bachelor's degree in physical education studies, and a minor in psychology. A three-year letter winner at Towson State University, Silva served as the starting goaltender for their national ranked team. Silva still sits in the record books holding top-10 spots for career saves and save percentage.

In addition to her years as the lacrosse goaltender, Silva also was a four-year letter winner for the school’s field hockey team. In her field hockey career, Silva was named the Southeast Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1993.

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Cacki Helmer

Caroline "Cacki" Helmer comes to the Colonials after winning a Division II NCAA Championship at Le Moyne College as an assistant coach. Helmer spent two seasons with Le Moyne and helped the Dolphins to the program's first national championship and a 22-1 record in 2018. Working primarily with the defense, Helmer’s Dolphins ranked third in the NCAA (DII) in goals per game, coaching three All-American defenders, including the 2018 Defensive Player of the Year and the 2018 Goalie of the Year.

In her first season at Le Moyne, the Dolphins finished the regular season with a perfect 18-0 record, won the Northeast-10 Conference title, advanced to the NCAA DII Final Four, falling to eventual National Champion Adelphi in the semifinals.

Prior to Le Moyne, Helmer spent four years coaching high school lacrosse at national powerhouse St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA. During her four years in Virginia, the program posted a 104-5 record, winning four league championships and two state titles.

Helmer played college lacrosse at Cornell, graduating in 2012. The Big Red defender closed her four-year career as a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection. Helmer collected 48 ground balls in her senior season, nearly double the second-best total on the team, also leading the team with 33 caused turnovers. A two-time captain, Helmer capped her collegiate career as an IWLCA Second-Team All-American.

Helmer has also been a part of the Ireland Women’s Lacrosse program for four years, coaching the Senior National team as an assistant coach in both the 2015 European Championships in Prague and the 2017 World Cup in England. She has also been named the head coach for the Ireland Women’s Lacrosse program for the 2019 European Championships next July.

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Rachael McKinnon

Robert Morris University women's lacrosse has added Rachael McKinnon to its staff as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season.

McKinnon was a 2016 graduate of the University of Denver, playing lacrosse all four years for the Pioneers. McKinnon was an attacker for the Pioneers under Head Coach Liza Kelly. McKinnon helped Denver to a conference Championship in 2014, scoring 53 points that season. The Brooklin, Ontario native scored 121 points in her Pioneers career. McKinnon's Denver team made it to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, McKinnon was named the team's Most Valuable Freshmen.

McKinnon graduated from Denver with a Bachelor's degree in Communications Studies with minors in Marketing and French Culture and Civilization. She is pursuing a Master's degree in Instructional Leadership at RMU while completing her MBA in Sports Management.

A Canada native, McKinnon played both field and box lacrosse in addition to ice hockey at the Junior level as part of the PWHL. She attended Sinclair Secondary School as a French Immersion student. McKinnon won five Provincial Championship medals with the Whitby Warriors box lacrosse team and seven Provincial Gold medals with the Oshawa Lady Blue Knights as well as a summer games championship in 2012.

Since graduating from Denver, McKinnon has coached at hockey and lacrosse camps in the Durham, Ontatio region, along with the Oshawa Lady Blue Knights U11 and U19 Elite teams. Last season, McKinnon worked as a graduate assistant at Franklin Pierce University, helping the Ravens to their conference tournament and earning their first all-American student-athlete.

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