Liz Schaffner begins her 13th season directing the SuperNoVA Select Girls Lacrosse Club. Her background in college lacrosse spans a 22 year career starting at Loyola College where she played for the late Diane Geppi-Aikens from 1994-1998. As a player, she made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, highlighted by a run to the national championship game in 1997. The following year Liz played in her third national tournament, helping a Loyola team, which boasted the country’s top-ranked defense (5.4 goals against/game), to a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals.
In 1998 Liz began her collegiate coaching career at George Mason University. After spending a decade with the Patriots' program, her influence has been undeniable, particularly on the defensive end where she once starred during her playing career at Loyola. While at George Mason, the Patriots fielded teams that finished among the nation's leaders in scoring defense, ground balls and who consistently made appearances among the NCAA leaders in caused turnovers. Liz played an instrumental role in mentoring a pair of All-Americans in defender Kinsley O'Garrow and goalkeeper Meg Dentler, a two-time awardee. Schaffner also helped develop a number of first-team All-CAA defenders, including three student-athletes who went on to earn conference player-of-the-year accolades.
Liz now begins her 8th season at the United States Naval Academy as the Director of Lacrosse Operations. Her role with the Midshipmen program includes assisting with travel, facilities scheduling, game management, summer camps, clinics and administrative duties including budget and compliance issues. She is also an instructor in the Physical Education Department at the USNA. In March of 2012, Liz was commissioned as a human resource officer and currently holds the rank of LTJG in the United States Navy.
Liz’s goal for SuperNoVA Select Lacrosse is three-fold:
1. Offer players the opportunity to learn skills and strategies from dynamic, creative and experienced coaches.
2. Guide players in the recruiting process and help them to showcase their athleticism & lacrosse talents to college coaches from all across the country.
3. Help foster a love of the sport of lacrosse and provide an experience that is not only fun but memorable.