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Women's Lacrosse

The University of Dubuque Women’s Lacrosse team, recently added as a varsity sport, began intercollegiate competition in the spring of 2013. Lacrosse is a relatively new sport in the Midwest, we encourage you to join and help establish the Spartans as a winning lacrosse team.

We welcome those who are new to the sport to step out and see what this high-paced game is all about. Expand your experiences and come see lacrosse which combines the discipline of many sports.

The Spartans will join the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference (MWLC) in the Spring of 2014. Current members include Augustana, Aurora, Beloit, Benedictine, Carthage, Concordia (Wis.), Fontbonne, Loras, Mount St. Joseph, and North Central (Ill.).  Elmhurst and Illinois Wesleyan will join the MWLC in 2015. In 2015, the Spartans will join the CCIW conference for women's and men's lacrosse.


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Women's Lacrosse Trio Named to Second Team All-CCIW

The versatile trio of Bridget Schirmers, Breann Tjaarda, and Jessi Tapia all claimed second team All-CCIW (College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) honors after leading the University of Dubuque women's lacrosse team to a school record nine wins in the program's third year of competition.

Women's Lacrosse Nearly Capture Tourney Berth

With a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournament berth on the line, the University of Dubuque women's lacrosse team let slip a 7-3 lead and fell to Illinois Wesleyan, 10-9. The Spartans missed out on their first tournament berth after losing a three-way tiebreaker to Elmhurst (Ill.).

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Women's Lacrosse Team

Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
0 Chelsea Hawkins Goalkeeper/Defender 5-9 Senior Maryland Heights, Mo.
2 Mollie Bohannan Attack 5-6 Junior Washington, Iowa
4 Sara Rose Defender 5-11 Freshman North Prairie, Wis.
6 Alora Esparza Midfield 5-2 Sophomore Silvis, Ill.
7 Breann Tjaarda Midfield 5-5 Freshman Aurora, Ill.
8 Ashlyn Ptasienski Defender/Midfield 5-6 Sophomore Stillman Valley, Ill.
9 Abby Taets Defender 5-4 Sophomore Orion, Ill.
10 Judy Borah Attack 5-3 Senior Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
11 Nicole Pacheco Midfield 5-1 Junior Addison, Ill.
13 Robyn Wittkopf Midfield 5-8 Sophomore Pewaukee, Wis.
14 Elisa Thode Midfield 5-5 Freshman Lake Zurich, Ill.
15 Bianca Diaz Attack 5-0 Junior Hawthorne, Calif.
16 Jessi Tapia Defender 5-1 Sophomore Hampton, Ill.
17 Kelly Wetherald Attack 5-3 Junior Homer Glen, Ill.
21 Itzel Rivera Defender 5-3 Sophomore Fort Knox, Ky.
22 Bridget Schirmers Attack 6-0 Junior Coon Rapids, Minn.
23 Haley Shilts Defender 5-4 Freshman Waukesha, Wis.
24 Cassandra Berger Midfield 5-3 Junior Waukon, Iowa
25 Brooke Crossen Defender 5-5 Sophomore Madison, Wis.
27 Ashley Geraghty Attack 4-10 Junior Palatine, Ill.
28 Jadyn Franklin Defender 5-8 Sophomore Verona, Wis.


2015 Schedule
Record (9-7, 2-4 CCIW)

Feb. 21

at Benedictine Univ.

Lisle, Ill. 

W, 24-4

Mar. 2

at Augsburg College

Minneapolis, Minn.

W, 15-13

Mar. 08

at Rhodes College

Memphis, Tenn. (Rhodes)

L, 9-21

Mar. 13

vs. Robert Morris Univ.

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 7-14

Mar. 24

vs. Carroll Univ.*

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 21-6

Mar. 26

vs. Wartburg College

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 15-6

Mar. 29

vs. Cornell College

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 19-12

Mar. 31

vs. Illinois Institute Tech.

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 20-2

Apr. 03

at Augustana College*

Rock Island, Ill.

L, 1-22

Apr. 08

vs. Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa (UD)

W, 16-6

Apr. 11

vs. North Central College*

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 9-16

Apr. 13

vs. Aurora Univ.

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 13-12

Apr. 15

vs. Elmhurst College*

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 11-9

Apr. 18

at Carthage College*

Kenosha, Wis.

L, 6-18

Apr. 22

at Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Mo.

L, 12-14

Apr. 25

at Illinois Wesleyan Univ.*

Normal, Ill.

L, 9-10

*College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) game
**neutral site 

Season Statistics


University of Dubuque Women's Lacrosse Coaches Profile
Kendall Loggins
Kendall Loggins
Head Women's Lacrosse Coach

BS, Sport Administration, University of Cincinnati
MA, Communications, University of Dubuque 

Office Phone: 563.589.3683
Office Location: 222 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Read

Kendall Loggins was named the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach on May 20, 2013. She joined the Spartan family as a graduate assistant for women's soccer in 2011 and has been an assistant ever since. Loggins was also the head girls soccer coach at Dubuque Senior High School from 2011-2013. 

In her second year at the helm, Loggins led the Spartans to a school-record of 9 wins in her second season. UD finished fifth (9-7, 2-4) in their first season as a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin member and missed out on the four-team conference tournament due to a three-way tiebreaker for the final spot. It was a vast improvement from a 4-11, 2-8 record in the second year of the program in 2014 and a ninth-place finish in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference.

Three players were named to the All-CCIW team in 2014 as Breann Tjaarda, Bridget Schirmers, and Jessi Tapia were selected to the All-CCIW Second Team. It was the first All-Conference selections in the three-year history of the program. 

Before coming to the University of Dubuque she played soccer at the University of Cincinnati for four years as a starting defender, midfielder and forward. She helped lead the Bearcats to their first appearance in the Big East tournament in 2008 and made the NCAA Division I All-Ohio team in 2010. 

She is originally from Naperville, Illinois where she attended Naperville North High School and was a varsity starter for the soccer team for four years. She was named All-Conference (3 times), All-Sectional (2 times) and All-State.

Loggins earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati in Sport Administration and earned her Masters in Communications from the University of Dubuque in 2013. 

Jason Berna joined the University of Dubuque in 2001. He started the men's and women's soccer programs in 2001 and was both the Men's and Women's Head Soccer coach for eight season before stepping down as the Men's Coach in 2008 to focus on leading women's program. Coach Berna led the Spartans to their first-ever regular season IIAC title and second IIAC Tournament title in school history during the 2014 season. The Spartans fell in the 2014 NCAA First Round in their second trip to the NCAA Tournament in school history.

The six All-IIAC selections, including five seniors, in 2014 tied the school record with last year's squad as the senior class left as the winningest class in school history (52 wins). Senior Lauren Waddell became the only woman in school history to be named All-IIAC (2nd team or better) three times and was honored as UD's Female Senior of the Year for her four-year career accomplishments.

Berna has led the women's team to 11 straight conference tournament appearances and 12 out of 14 in the program's history. He was named IIAC Women's Coach of the year in 2005, 2009, 2012, and 2013. He led the men's team to two straight playoff appearances and reached the IIAC Tournament Championship semi-finals in his final year as the men's head coach. 

As the Women's Coach, he has coached: 48 All-Iowa Conference athletes (24-First Team/ 24-Second Team), 7 All-Region performers, 2 Conference MVP and 64 Academic All-Conference student-athletes. He has always pushed his teams to not only do well on the field, but in the class room. The women's program has received team academic awards from the NSCAA in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 for having above a 3.0 team GPA. 

Berna graduated from Loras College in 2001 and played four years, was a three-time All-Iowa Conference selection, and three-year captain. He also trained and played in 1999 with the Des Menace PDL team for one summer before tearing his ACL for the second time. He was an assistant coach with his alma mater for one season with the men's and women's soccer programs before joining UD. Berna also serves as the Dubuque Soccer Club administrator and as an Iowa Olympic Development State Staff coach for the past five years. 

Berna holds the highest coaching license offered by the United States Soccer Fedration, an "A" License as well as his NSCAA Goal Keeping License. He is also a state license instructor teaching the USSF "D" course on campus so students can obtain their beginning coaching license while attending UD. 

Berna received a master's degree in Physical Education and Athletic Administration and an undergraduate degree in sports science from Loras College in 2001 and 1999. He and his wife Nicole reside in Dubuque with their children.

Women's Lacrosse Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque 
 Year Overall  Conference  Standing   
 2014 4-11 2-8 MWLC  9th Place  
 2015 9-7 2-4 T5th Place
  Total      13-18  4-12     -- Winningest Coach in UD Women's Lacrosse History

Sarah Decker
Sarah Decker
Graduate Assistant - Women's Lacrosse

Office Location: 223 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Read

Sarah Decker joined the University of Dubuque coaching staff as a graduate assistant for Women’s Lacrosse in 2014.

Before joining the Spartans, Decker was a defensive starter at Central Michigan University, leading the conference in caused turnovers and ground ball controls. Following graduation, Decker became part of the Bellevue East Lacrosse Club in Bellevue, Wa. for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Decker is originally from Rochester Hills, Mich. where she attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart. While at Sacred Heart she won four regional championships and three state championships.

Decker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2012. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Dubuque. 


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  • 2013 Women's Lacrosse
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