Meredith Prior, a native of CT, began playing lacrosse as a freshman. By her sophomore year, she was a starter and leading scorer on the varsity team. She continued her career at Merrimack College where she played attack for the Warriors. In her senior season, her team posted a record number of wins and points.
After college, Prior began her coaching career at North Andover High School. She was hired as the varsity head coach for the 2014 season. In her time in North Andover, the Knights have seen a lot of success. She has coached the team to 3 Undefeated MVC Championships and one and 3 consecutive D1 North Championships. In her third season, the Knights competed in the State Championship game where they fell to Westwood.
During her first season at the helm, she was named Boston Globe Coach of the year and has since been named Eagle Tribune Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year three times. She has also been a coach at the US Lacrosse National Tournament two times. Prior has coached many D1, D2, and D3 players and works closely with the youth program to grow the sport in North Andover.
Recently, Prior completed a year-long training with US Lacrosse to become certified in the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model.
Prior was hired by Austin Prep, Reading, MA, to be their head varsity coach beginning in 2020.
She began coaching with Storm in 2014 and quickly took on the role of director. Storm has doubled in size since Prior joined the club and continues to grow!
University of New Hampshire ‘14
Assistant Coach – Andover High School
Stager is a Reading, Ma., native. She was named Boston Globe All-Scholastic in 2009, Daily Chronicle Lacrosse Player of the Year in 2009, and was a four-time Middlesex League All-Star. She attended and played lacrosse at the University of New Hampshire. She was named to the America East All-Rookie Team in 2010 and the America East All-Conference Second Team and America East All-Championship Team in 2011. In 2011, she suffered a career-ending injury. However, her favorite lacrosse moment was that she had the ability to learn a lot about coaching during her final years at UNH due to her injury. “It wasn’t my dream college playing experience, but I feel like it really set me up to be a better coach and to truly understand the game at a level to help young players improve theirs.” She was the assistant varsity coach at Ipswich High School for two years. She just finished her first year as the assistant varsity coach at Andover High School. She has coached for the New England Twisters for two years, and this will be her first year with Storm.
Christine “CJ” Johnson
University of Albany ‘16
CJ has been a member of the Storm Club Lacrosse staff since the Fall of 2020. CJ grew up in Reading, MA, where she was a four-year varsity player, and was named to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team. CJ was also the Middlesex League Player of the Year her senior year. Lacrosse took CJ to the University at Albany, in New York, to play Division 1 Lacrosse in the America East Conference. CJ was named to the America East All-Rookie team her freshman year, followed by the America East All-Conference First Team the following three years. CJ was named America East Co-Defensive Player of the Year her senior season. CJ went on to seek a career in physical therapy, and is now a Doctor in Physical Therapy working in central Massachusetts.
Boston College ‘13
Caroline is a native of North Andover, Caroline was named the Cape Ann League Rookie of the Year in 2006. She led her team to be CAL Champions 2007-2009, MIAA North Champion in 2009, MIAA State Runner-up in 2009, and she represented Lower New England Team 2 and the National Tournament. She was part of the Boston College team that made it to their very first NCAA tournament appearance in 2011. She is LADM certified as well. Caroline is a veteran youth coach for Storm and has helped support our Storm Chasers into 6th grade. She has been with Storm for over 4 years. Her favorite lacrosse memories include any bus ride, plane ride, or meal she spent with her teammates, who were and are still some of her best friends. A fun fact about Caroline is that her grandfather was her idol growing up and was a long-time Athletic Director and Coach at Denison University, where there is even a soccer/lacrosse field named after him. “I live out the motto ‘Nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasmv and I work to emulate that in my coaching. It’s special to help our youngest players at Storm develop enthusiasm and passion for lacrosse. I love watching them grow with us and take that same enthusiasm into high school and beyond!”
Springfield College ‘16
JV Coach – Austin Prep
Bridget is an Andover, MA. native and 2016 graduate of Springfield College, where she served as a starting defender for the Pride. While at Springfield, Thibodeau was a consequential piece to the Springfield College defensive unit that during her senior season allowed just 5.91 goals per contest, good for 4th overall in the country. Thibodeau was a 2014 NEWMAC 2nd team all-conference selection, a 2016 1st team all-conference selection, and a 2016 IWLCA All- Berkshire Regional 2nd team selection. While at Springfield, her favorite lacrosse memory is going to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament during her senior season. Since graduating, Bridget is a 3rd-grade teacher and has also gained experience coaching lacrosse at the youth level in Stoneham. This is Bridget’s first year with Storm and also her first year as the JV coach at Austin Prep.
Stonehill College ‘16
Beckie is a Reading, MA native and a 2016 graduate of Stonehill College, where she served as a starting attacker and a senior captain. She is on the 100 goals list for Stonehill College. She has coached for the New England Twisters since 2015, coaches youth select teams in Reading since 2018, and has experience coaching private sessions. This is her first year with Storm. A fun fact about Beckie is she is a camp administrator at Camp Rotary during the summer and during the school year, she is a middle school guidance counselor. Her favorite lacrosse moment is making the NCAA tournament at Stonehill two out of her four years in college.
Assistant Coach – Austin Prep
Graceann spent two years playing at the University of Findlay, a Division II program in Ohio. A native of Georgetown, Ma., she was a two-time all-Cape Ann League pick, a Boston Globe All-Star, and earned Cape Ann League all-star honors twice. She spent one summer coaching for the New England Twisters, and this will be her second summer with Storm. She also served as the assistant coach for North Andover High School and is now the assistant at Austin Prep. Her favorite lacrosse moment is working with Janie Lax when she was in Ohio.
Assumption College ‘18
Caitlin is a 2018 graduate of Assumption College, where she totaled 137 career points and is in the top-10 all-time in program history for career goals and assists. In her freshman year, she was named NE-10 Rookie of the Week, and she was named to the IWLCA Division II Academic Honor Roll, as well as the Assumption College Student-Athlete Honor Roll 4 times. She has coaching experience through her experience at Assumption, and this is her first year with Storm. A fun fact about Caitlin is she has a 12-year-old pet bunny. Her favorite lacrosse moment is scoring the game-winning goal against Bentley to beat them for the first time in program history.
Emily Sauls, a native of North Andover, MA, is a 2019 graduate of Plymouth State University, where she received her degree in Sports Management. She earned the Wynn Lobel Coaches award her freshman year and was named to the Little East Conference second-team as a defender after her senior year. Emily served as a senior captain for the Panthers. She was part of a Plymouth State team that won the conference championship three years in a row, earning NCAA berths all three of those years. This is her fourth summer with Storm. Her favorite lacrosse moment is winning the LEC Championship and the community at Plymouth State. Emily was recently hired as the Assistant Director of Player Operations for Storm.
Abbie Cronin captained the North Andover lacrosse team in her senior season before moving on to play lacrosse at Conn College. Cronin was a staple of the North Andover defense for three straight seasons leading the team to two D1 North titles and a State Championship berth in 2016. Abbie is currently entering her junior year at Connecticut College. As a sophomore, she recorded 23 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers as a defender. A native of North Andover, she was named two-time all-MVC, U.S. Lacrosse all-academic, and second-team all-easters mass, as well as serving as team co-captain with fellow Storm coach Olivia Pino. After graduating from North Andover, she started her coaching experience with Storm, making this her third summer of coaching. She is majoring in biochemistry with a public health pathway. Her favorite lacrosse moment was from this past season, when she got to play defense against a former high school teammate during a Conn. College and Bates matchup.
Lauren Hiller, from North Andover, began playing lacrosse in 6th grade and was a four-year starter in net for the North Andover Scarlet Knights. She was a 4 time Eagle Tribune All-Star, earning MVP her senior season, four-time MVC All-Conference, three-time MVC Goalie of the Year, two-time member of the Boston Herald and Boston Globe All-Scholastic Teams, selected to play in Under Armour All-America games in 2014 and 2015, member of the EMGLCA team and ESPN Boston All-State teams her junior and senior season, selected as All American her senior season, and captained her senior season for the Knights during their run to the D1 State Championship. She is entering her senior year at UMass Amherst. She was on the IL Rookie of the Year watch list, made the 2017 and 2018 all-conference teams at UMass, was a 2019 all-tournament team member, a two-time A-10 Rookie of the Week, and a two-time A-10 Defensive Player of the Week. She has been coaching with Storm since the summer of 2016, has coached with Mass Elite, and has experience at college clinics and camps all around the U.S. She is originally from Long Island, but now lives in Massachusetts. Her favorite lacrosse moment is winning the conference championship and playing in the second round of the National Tournament.
Ithaca College ’22
Matz earned two varsity letters with Acton Boxborough’s lacrosse program during her prep career. She posted strong numbers in goal for the Colonials during her two years as a primary starter. After High School, Lilly moved onto Ithaca College where she is entering her junior year.
Jamie Lee Batista (Whiteway)
UMASS Amherst → Merrimack College ‘10
Jamie attended and played at UMass Amherst from 2005 to 2008, before transferring to Merrimack College and graduating in 2010. She served as the Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Endicott College from 2010 to 2012. She has coached countless teams, clinics, and camps, including the Northwestern Lacrosse Camp, the UMass Lacrosse Camp, Peak Goalie Lacrosse School, Nike Lacrosse Camp, and MANY more! She has been with Storm for 5 years as one of our goalie coaches. She lives in Billerica currently with her husband, Dustin, and her two kids: Dean (3) and Rose (1). Her favorite lacrosse moments were with her family. “My two sisters, brother, and I played, my dad coached, and my mom was at every game watching and driving us back and forth from field to field. My dad was my favorite coach. Whether playing together on the field, practicing in the backyard, or cheering each other on during games, this sport created loving memories with my family that I will forever cherish.”
Participated in lacrosse, volleyball, and indoor track & field at North Andover High School… Was a two-time Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) All-Star… Earned a spot on the 2017 Eagle Tribune All-Star Honorable Mention squad… Named to MVC All-Conference First Team as a sophomore and Junior… Earned Scarlet Knight Award… Was the captain as a senior for her lacrosse team… Played for the Storm Club Lacrosse squad.
Nazareth College ’24
Matz is a graduate of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School where she was team captain her senior year. Eleanor currently plays lacrosse and studies physical therapy at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She played for Storm Club Lacrosse for seven years.