Girls Varsity Lacrosse
The program competes as a Class B team in the WWNEPSLA. Our opponents include Canterbury School, Williston Northampton, Millbrook, Westover and Berkshire, to name a few. Practices and games focus on developing the basic fundamentals while instilling a college-style approach to fitness and strategy in all facets of the game. “Doing the little things well”, such as ground balls, draw controls, caused turnovers, and off-ball movement, is our mantra and a big point of emphasis in every practice. More importantly, the coaching staff is intentional with ingraining the values of teamwork, respect, hard work and having fun in everything that we do.
Assistant CoachEmily Abelson is the Associate Director of College Counseling, Head Girls Soccer Coach, Assistant Girls Lacrosse Coach, Advisor, and a dorm parent in Bourne Hall. Emily graduated from Emmanuel College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Kogod School of Business from American University in 2020. She was a member of the women’s soccer and lacrosse teams at Emmanuel. She has worked in the admissions offices of Emmanuel College, Syracuse University and Georgetown University. During the summer, she coaches middle school girls lacrosse with LC River, 3D Lacrosse. She lives on campus, is an avid runner, reader and loves cooking.
Head CoachRachel joined The Frederick Gunn School in 2021 as Assistant Director of Admissions and Head Coach for Girls Varsity Lacrosse, and she works closely with the Marketing & Communications team to manage the school's social media accounts. A Connecticut native, Rachel played soccer and lacrosse at Lewis S. Mills in Burlington. She was named a CT Senior All-Star, First Team All-State, All Courant selection, CIAC Athlete of the week, U.S. Lacrosse All-American for Connecticut, and led her team to four conference championships as Most Valuable Player. She went on to play NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse at Central Connecticut State University, and graduated cum laude with a degree in history, and double minors in sociology and general education, from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, where she was captain of Hartwick’s Empire 8 (E8) Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Team, a student ambassador in the Admissions Office, and a peer mentor in the Center for Student Success. Since 2015, she has been a club lacrosse coach for Dodgers Lacrosse (now DewLaxCT), alongside her mentor, lacrosse legend Dee Stephan. Rachel has helped place female athletes nationally in collegiate programs of all levels, served as the transfer liaison for D1 and D2 student-athletes in the national transfer portal, and coached lacrosse programs and clinics for many towns in Connecticut.