US Merchant Marine Academy

US Merchant Marine Academy Athletics
O'Hara Hall - 300 Steamboat Road Kings Point, NY 11024
Division 3 New York Northeast
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Kyle Simensky

Kyle Simensky enters his sixth year at the helm of the USMMA women's lacrosse program in 2017-18 and is the first women's lacrosse head coach in the history of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Simensky brought in his largest recruiting class ahead of the 2016 season, with 13 freshmen joining the squad, and it paid off. The Mariners recorded their first winning season in program history with an 8-6 record, including an undefeated mark against non-conference opponents.

Simensky was named the Landmark Conference Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year and was also the recipient of the Academy's Sue Petersen Lubow Trophy for being selected as the Coach of the Year of a women's team. The program also had its first two players earn Landmark postseason honors as freshman Meredith Willard was named the Rookie of the Year and to the Second Team All-Conference at attack and classmate Hannah Gizzi earned a spot on the First Team All-Landmark as a goalie.

On March 8, 2014, Simensky coached the Mariners to their first win in program history with a 12-7 home victory over Bryn Athyn College. He guided the Mariners to the program's second win ever, a 15-1 victory over St. Elizabeth on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

He previously spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Mariners' men's team from 2009-10 and was part of the 2009 squad that captured a Landmark Conference Championship. Most recently, he has served as an assistant coach and physical education teacher in the Locust Valley School District.

Simensky is also a decorated NCAA Division III athlete, competing for the men’s lacrosse team at Cortland State. His team made three consecutive appearances in the national championship game from 2006-08 and won a DIII National Championship in 2006. Simensky was named a SUNYAC All-Conference performer his senior season when he finished the season with 54 points on 40 goals and 14 assists.

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Maegan Meritz

Coming off the best season in program history, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy head women’s lacrosse coach Kyle Simensky announced in November 2016 that Maegan Meritz will be joining his coaching staff this year as an assistant coach.

“I’m extremely honored and excited to be joining the women’s lacrosse program here at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy,” said Meritz. “I want to thank our Athletic Director Mo White, Coach Simensky and the rest of the Athletics Department for this opportunity. I look forward to contributing to the continued success of the women’s lacrosse team in the upcoming season and beyond.”

Meritz comes to Kings Point after recently graduating from Stony Brook University this past May. She was a four-year starting defender for the Seawolves’ women’s lacrosse team and helped lead Stony Brook to four straight America East Championships during her time with the squad. Individually, she was named a 2015 IWLCA All-American Defender, the 2015 America East Defensive Player of the Year and was a three-time All-America East Team selection, as well as a 2016 Preseason All-American.

She finished her career with 116 groundballs, 62 caused turnovers and 21 draw controls in 82 games. Meritz was also a major factor and one of the top go-to defenders in Stony Brook’s clearing game for all four seasons she played there.

Academically, Meritz enjoyed success in the classroom as well as on the field, as she earned a spot on the America East Academic Honor Roll in both 2015 and 2016.

She has coaching experience with the 91 Girls Lacrosse Club program out of Hauppauge, Long Island, where she has served as both an assistant and now a head coach. Meritz has been with 91 Lacrosse since 2015. She has also served as a dynamic lacrosse trainer for Dynamic Sports out of Melville, N.Y.

“We are extremely excited about having Maegan join the Kings Point lacrosse family this year,” commented Simensky. “Her passion, enthusiasm and wealth of lacrosse knowledge and playing experience will be a tremendous benefit to our growing program.”

Meritz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Stony Brook. She currently resides in Farmingdale, N.Y.

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