About the Lancers

Coach and player

About the Program

Lancer Lacrosse aspires to deliver a culture of Brotherhood, Service and Competition to all players.

Lancer Lacrosse was founded in 2002. We are a not for profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to provide competitive High School Lacrosse for the young men of Shawnee Mission East and other young men who live within the Shawnee Mission School District. The Program is supported by player fees, donations and fundraising. Athletes in the Program are required to perform 5 hours of Community Service each year. The club is governed by a Board of Directors composed of volunteer parents. The Lancers play in the LAKC League (Lacrosse Association of Kansas City). The League brings local KC Metro area programs together to compete for the LAKC trophy. We play locally and travel once or twice a season to play Lacrosse Programs across the Midwest. We welcome beginner and experienced players.

The Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

History of the Program

7 Consecutive LAKC Championship Appearances

LAKC Champs: 2019, 2018, 2016, 2013, 2012; KS State Champs: 2011



Coaches – View Profiles


  • Patrick Schmitt – Head Coach
  • Cole Wright – Offensive Coordinator
  • Connor Buckley- Defensive Coordinator
  • Tripp Mohr – Assistant Coach

Junior Varsity

  • Darby Wooldridge – Head Coach
  • Trevor Svoboda – Offensive Assistant
  • Sam Lindahl – Assistant Coach

Board Members

  • Chad Gooley – President/Treasurer
  • Christine Meutan – Secretary
  • Joe Watts – VP Fundraising
  • Tom Pollock  – Fundraising/Sponsorships
  • Jason Schnurr – VP Operations
  • Tom Hamilton – Program Development
  • Lindsay Sowden – VP Volunteers
  • John Beil – VP Service and Special Projects
  • Bill Kimmell – VP Program Development


The Lancer Lacrosse Program has seen many players continue to pursue the sport after High School. Alumni have held roster spots on Division I, II and III programs, as well as playing on club teams at Kansas, K-State, Mizzou, Arizona State and Indiana, among others.

  • Hank Breckenridge ’19 – Illinois Wesleyan
  • Sal Valdivia ‘16  – Rockhurst University
  • Nic Bailey ’15 – Transylvania University
  • William Valdivia ‘14 – Rockhurst University
  • Mackey Merrill ‘14 – Georgetown University
  • Burke Smith ‘11 – Holy Cross
  • Thomas Loudon ’11 – FLCC/Tusculum University
  • Charlie Hotchkiss ’11 – Hendrix College


Notable Alumni:                  

  • Tade Wynn ’24          COMMITTED    Army


MCLA Players:

University of Kansas
  • Mark Ward
  • Jackson Gossick
  • Frank Esberg
  • Tommy Larson
  • Zane Martin
  • William Larson
  • Will Kost
  • Jack Warner
  • Baker Stadinger
  • Tom Peters
  • Tommy Foster
  • Tripp Mohr
  • Carlos Santoro
  • John Aliber
  • Hunter Redmond
  • Cameron Ream
  • JJ Ruff
  • Phillip Clemente
  • Zeke Johnson
  • Grayson Kerwin
  • Alden Breford
  • Aiden Beaulieu
  • Breck McGuire
  • Jensen Schnurr
  • Drew Trotter
Kansas State University
  • Oscar Saferstein
  • Max Leonard
  • Josh Baker
Arizona State University
  • Cole Conderman