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Meet the Staff

Sarah Dalton • Head Coach

Vermont native and former America East standout Sarah Dalton was named the head women's lacrosse coach at the University of Vermont on June 24, 2016. She is the seventh head coach in program history.

"It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome Sarah to the University of Vermont and our athletic department," said Athletic Director Jeff Schulman upon the announcement. "I'm particularly excited to have a native Vermonter leading the women's lacrosse program. I remember watching Sarah compete during her standout career at Boston University and have been extremely impressed with the seamless nature of her transition into one of the most respected and successful assistant coaches in women's collegiate lacrosse. Sarah is a thoughtful, energetic, and passionate coach and educator who impressed all of us with her commitment to the academic, athletic, and personal development of our student-athletes."

Dalton recently completed her fourth year as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). She helped the Fighting Irish earn a top-20 national ranking and an NCAA Tournament berth during all four years of her tenure. The Cornwall native coached 19 players who were selected to an All-Region Team, 11 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Americans, and eight All-ACC selections. This past season, the Irish led the nation in caused turnovers while ranking seventh in scoring offense and ninth in assists per game.

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Jessica Drummond • Assistant Coach

Drummond was hired to join Sarah Dalton's coaching staff in August, 2016.

The Nashua, New Hampshire native came to Burlington after three seasons as an assistant coach at Dartmouth. With the Big Green, she was the lead defensive coach and was responsible for recruiting. Drummond also organized all team travel and logistics.

She graduated from Oregon in 2012 after a four-year playing career. Drummond left Oregon ranked fourth in program history in career draw controls and fifth in ground balls. During her senior year, she helped the Ducks claim the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament play-in-game as part of the best season in program history.

Following her senior season, she served as an undergraduate assistant coach at Oregon working with the full-time staff on daily tasks associated with practices and game management.

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Jessica Lavelle • Assistant Coach

Lavelle was hired to join Sarah Dalton's coaching staff in August, 2016.

She joins the staff after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Syracuse last season. Lavelle helped develop defensive strategies and implemented them in game situations, while also handling the management of game film. Last season, the Orange posted a 19-6 record and advanced to the national semifinals.

A native of Fayetteville, New York, Lavelle graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2014. She earned IWLCA All-America honors in 2013 and 2014 and was a finalist for the Honda Award as a senior. Lavelle was a three-year starter on defense and recorded 163 caused turnovers and 184 ground balls throughout her career. She played a key role on a team that was SUNYAC Champions and NCAA semifinal participants for four straight seasons.

In 2015, Lavelle served as a volunteer assistant at Morrisville State and was the junior varsity assistant coach at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. She was also the head coach of the Syracuse Snipers lacrosse club.

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