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Amy Slade

Amy (Appelt) Slade enters her sixth season at the helm of the Retrievers. Slade served as a co-head coach for her first two seasons at the head of the program after being hired as an assistant coach in July of 2012.


Slade has posted a 43-40 record while serving at UMBC’s head coach. In 2017, Slade’s Retrievers made a third-straight appearance in the America East tournament, the first time since the 2010-12 season. The Team also shattered the records for most goals in a season (248), most assists (129), and most points (378). UMBC had five players - Sam Nolan, Carolyn Jamison, Kayla Renehan, Lauren McDonald, and Sara Moeller - named to the America East All-Conference Team. Nolan also became the program’s assist leader with 73, while Moeller and McDonald each set the single-season marks in assists (35) and goals (62), respectively.


In 2016, Slade and the Retrievers made a back-to-back appearance in the America East Championship and saw junior Sam Nolan and sophomore Carolyn Jamison named to the America East All-Conference Team. In 2015, she guided the Retrievers back to the America East Championships for the first time since 2012 and the seventh time since joining the league. UMBC had five players finish with 20-or-more goals, while two added double-digit assists. Senior Abby Wilson earned America East All-Conference Second Team honors after leading the team in goals and points. Freshman Tianna Wallpher earned a spot on the league’s All-Rookie Team, while classmate Caitlin Miller matched the program’s single-season draw control record.


In her first season at the helm of the Retrievers, Slade and Giro guided the Retrievers to their best start through nine games since 1986 by posting a 7-2 mark, however, UMBC battled a tough schedule, taking on four nationally-ranked opponents, to finish the season with an 8-8 record and narrowly missing out on the America East Tournament. Appelt had a pair of her midfielders earn America East postseason honors, with junior Kristen Bilney being named to the All-Conference First Team and sophomore Alyssa Semones being named to the Second Team.


Slade spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Retrievers, prior to being named co-head coach. In her first campaign on the staff, UMBC posted its best season since 2002, with an 11-7 overall mark and its first-ever trip to the America East title game. In 2011, the Retrievers replicated their success, posting an 11-7 overall mark and knocking off defending champion Boston University in the semifinals, before falling to Albany in the championship game.


Slade, who won the prestigious Tewaaraton Trophy and led the University of Virginia to a national championship in 2004, joined the UMBC women’s lacrosse staff in August 2009. She was a four-time All-American at Virginia, where she set school records for career goals (258) and points (373) and ranks second in career assists (115). Her goals and points totals are fourth and fifth, respectively, in the NCAA Division I record books, and she set an NCAA record by scoring a goal in 66 straight games.


Slade became the first Cavalier to win the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation’s best player in 2004, when she led the NCAA in scoring with 90 goals – also a school record – and 121 points, and those totals still rank in the top 10 in Division I history.


The native of Garden City, N.Y., has received a number of accolades, including 2002 ACC Rookie of the Year, 2002 Inside Lacrosse National Rookie of the Year, 2004 ACC Player of the Year, 2004 IWLCA Player of the Year, 2004 and 2005 Inside Lacrosse andwomenslacrosse.com Offensive Player of the Year and the 2004 Honda Award.


Appelt is also a three-time All-ACC selection and earned spots on the 2004 ACC All-Tournament Team and the 2004 and 2005 NCAA All-Tournament Teams, as well as the NCAA’s 25th Anniversary Team in 2006. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English in 2005 and spent the 2007 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Virginia, helping to guide her alma mater to the NCAA title game, where the Cavaliers fell to Northwestern, 15-13. She was a part of the U.S. National Team from 2002-09 and was a member of the 2005 World Cup training team.

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Alex Benedict

Alex (Mundy) Benedict enters her sixth season at UMBC after joining the women’s lacrosse coaching staff as an assistant coach in September of 2012.


In her first season with the Retrievers, the Dawgs had three players earn postseason awards. Senior defender Jamie Fahey received America East All-Conference First Team honors for the third consecutive season and was named to her first America East All-Academic Team. Midfielders Kristen Bilney and Alyssa Semones were recognized to the first and second teams, respectively.


In 2017, the Retriever defense was staunch as they limited 10 of their 17 opponents to 10 goals or less. UMBC had five players - Sam Nolan, Carolyn Jamison, Kayla Renehan, Lauren McDonald, and Sara Moeller - named to the America East All-Conference Team. Renehan became the first defender named to the all-conference team since Fahey back in 2013. The Retrievers also made a third-straight appearance in the America East tournament, the first time since the 2010-12 season, and posted an 11-6 overall record and a 4-2 mark in conference play.


In 2016, Slade and the Retrievers made a back-to-back appearance in the America East Championship and saw junior Sam Nolan and sophomore Carolyn Jamison named to the America East All-Conference Team. In 2015, the Retrievers returned to the America East Tournament for the first time since 2012, posting an 8-9 overall mark and a 3-3 record in America East play. The Retrievers had three players earn post-season recognition in senior Abby Wilson (America East Second Team), junior Megan Flock (All-Academic Team) and freshman Tianna Wallpher (All-Rookie Team).


Benedict, a former two-time All-American Second Team honoree, played four seasons with the Vanderbilt women’s lacrosse program. During her time with the Commodores, Mundy earned First Team All-Conference and First Team Regional All-American honors, while helping VU to an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Top-15 National Ranking all four seasons and appeared in four straight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournaments.


Benedict graduated in 2010 from Vanderbilt with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and political science, as well as a minor in managerial studies with a concentration in corporate strategy.


Following her playing career and a brief stint outside of athletics, Benedict returned to the field, serving as an assistant coach at Yale for one season. While with the Bulldogs, Benedict took on responsibilities such as team defensive coordinator, community service coordinator, alumni communications coordinator, equipment coordinator and co-recruiting coordinator.


Benedict graduated with a Masters of Public Policy with a focus in public management in the spring of 2015.

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Morgan Stephens

Morgan Stephens joined the UMBC women’s lacrosse coaching staff as an assistant in July of 2015.

Stephens was a four-year letterwinner and defender with the University of Virginia women’s lacrosse team and has been a member of the U.S. Women’s National Lacrosse Team since 2014. During her tenure with the Cavaliers, Stephens accumulated 49 goals, 20 assists, 114 draw controls, 102 ground balls and 63 caused turnovers. The two-time IWLCA Second Team All-American was named to the coveted Tewaaraton Watch List twice during her career. She graduated with a degree in sociology in May of 2015.


Prior to her time at Virginia, the Olney, Md., native was a team captain and All-American on the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School women’s lacrosse team. Stephens earned a pair of Washington Catholic Athletic Conference First Team distinctions.


Stephens gained her first coaching experience as an assistant for the Rebels Lacrosse Team in 2012 and furthered her tutelage experience at various lacrosse camps, including those held at Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Graves Mountain Lacrosse, X10 Lacrosse and Triple Threat. Prior to joining the Retrievers’ staff, she was serving as the head coach of the Cavalier Lacrosse Club, where she worked to mentor high school girls on the transition from being a high school student-athlete to a college student-athlete.

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