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Once players, now coaches – unfinished business 

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Ten seasons, nine winning records, three SUNYAC semi-finals appearances, five SUNYAC finals appearances, one SUNYAC championship, three NCAA tournament appearances. Needless to say, the women’s lacrosse team has a well-established culture of winning.   

After ten years with the Golden Eagles, former head coach Steve Wagner handed the whistle down to former assistant coach Bryana Glasser.  

Glasser, now serving as the interim head coach, played at the Division I level for four years at Hofstra University in the Colonial Athletic Association conference. She ended up being a U.S. team finalist as a defender in 2009. From a coaching perspective, she spent one season at the University of New Hampshire and one season at Iona College as an assistant coach. Glassar, prior to Brockport, was the head coach at Sienna College for three seasons. In the 2018-’19 season, she was the assistant coach for Brockport.  

“We are really excited to get the season underway,” Glasser said. “ Brockport lacrosse has a long-standing tradition of success, both on a national and conference level. The alumni and Coach Wagner have really paved the way for us. What we are building on this season is to ensure that we control the controllables day in and day out. Controllables more specifically being accountability, hustle and hard work.”  

Brockport alumna Lyndsie Pratt returns to the team to work alongside Glasser as the assistant coach.   

2021 graduate Pratt played four years at Brockport. During her time here, the Green and Gold were SUNYAC Champions in 2019. Pratt was also captain her last two years playing. Outside of Brockport, Pratt has spent the past seven years coaching for a club team. This will be her first experience coaching collegiately.  

“Bry and I have very similar coaching philosophies,” Pratt said. “We are not only here to make them better lacrosse players, but even more importantly, better people. We talk about how you cannot be a women’s lacrosse player forever, so having life skills outside of the game is super important.”  

The responsibility of an attacker is scoring the ball. Senior Cassidy Burnash has high career percentages in both shots (47%) and shots on goal (84%). Although she sees the results of her hard work, going into her senior year Burnash is most excited about what Glasser and Pratt have to teach on and off the field.    

“I am hoping to learn not only new ways to be successful on the lacrosse field, but also life lessons we can carry with us into the world after our time at Brockport comes to an end. I’m looking forward to seeing their perspectives on how to play the game and be able to use those perspectives to become better everyday,” Burnash said.   

The excitement is shared beyond the team. Athletic Director Erick Hart sees only positives as everything comes to fruition.   

“We’re really excited for the future of women’s lacrosse. We were lucky to get a great coaching staff together with Coach Glasser and Coach Pratt. The future’s bright for that program,” Hart said.   

Now that pre-season is underway, the clock ticks down awaiting the first face-off, set for Feb. 25. 

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