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 eighth year at the helm of the USMMA women's lacrosse program in 2019-20 and is the first women's lacrosse head coach in the history of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Simensky also serves on the Athletic Department's senior staff as the Assistant Athletic Director for Physical Education, a position he was promoted to in March of 2020.

In 2020, the Mariners were selected to finish first in the Skyline Conference in the preseason polls for the second straight year. Unfortunately, the lacrosse season, like all other NCAA spring sports seasons, was cut short due to COVID-19.

In 2019, Simensky and his Mariners boasted a program-best 17-1 overall record surpassing their 2018 success, including a perfect 15-0 regular season. Simensky’s squad went undefeated (7-0) in Skyline Conference action for the second season in a row and captured its second straight Conference Championship title and another trip back to the NCAA Tournament. Simensky was named the Skyline Conference Women’s Lacrosse Co-Coach of the Year in 2019. Simensky and his staff coached seniors Meredith Willard and Hannah Gizzi to the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors, respectively, and freshman Jessie Wohner received the Rookie of the Year award. These highlighted the seven First Team and two Second Team All-Conference selections including three attack, three midfield, two defense and a goaltender. Along with the conference selections, the team also had two First Team All-ECAC selections in Willard and Gizzi and an ECAC Rookie of the year winner in Wohner. Simensky produced the program's second Second Team IWLCA All-Region selection in Gizzi, who also finished the season as the NCAA DIII Statistical Champion for Goals Against Average, and was the Merchant Marine Academy’s Julie A. Berke Trophy winner as the Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

In 2018, Simensky and his Mariners boasted a program-best 14-3 overall record and went a perfect 7-0 in Skyline Conference action, earning the programs first postseason appearance and went on to claim their first-ever Conference Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Simensky was named the Skyline Conference Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2018 and took home the Academy’s Sue Petersen Lubow Trophy as the Coach of the Year of a women’s team for the second time in the past three seasons. Simensky and his staff coached juniors Meredith Willard and Jessica Reilly to the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors, respectively, to highlight the six First Team All-Conference selections including one attack, two midfield, two defense and a goaltender. Along with the conference selections, the team also had three All-ECAC selections in Willard, Reilly and senior Rebecca Bessler and one Second Team IWLCA All-Region selection in Reilly.

In 2016, 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.

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.

Simensky graduated from SUNY Cortland in Spring 2008 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Physical Education and he earned his master’s degree in Health Education from Adelphi University.

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Maegan Meritz

Coming off the best season in program history, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy fifth-year head women's lacrosse coach Kyle Simensky announced on Thursday that Maegan Meritz will be joining his coaching staff this year as an assistant coach. She officially came on board this Monday, Nov. 14.

"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 in and one of the top go-to defenders for 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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