With four state championships in its history, Kent Denver has long been one of Colorado's top girls' lacrosse programs.
Coach Mike O’Neil—who took over as Kent Denver's head girls' lacrosse coach before the 2021-22 season—is enthusiastic and passionate about continuing to build on such a strong and successful program. “It is crucial that we all buy into a healthy culture and buy into it now," he writes. "This culture will be built around trustworthy relationships between players and coaches where we push ourselves physically and mentally to be the best students, athletes, and members of our community that we can be.”
In his first two seasons in 2021 and 2022, Coach O'Neil guided the Sun Devils to back-to-back winning seasons, top ten rankings and appearances in the quarterfinals of the 5A state tournament.
In addition to his position with Kent Denver, Coach O'Neil is currently a coach and consultant for JM3 Sports, where he works to grow and teach the game of lacrosse. He spent seven years as the Girls Director of 3d Lacrosse in Colorado. Before that, Coach O'Neil—a graduate of Cornell University in 2014—played professionally for both the Premier Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse.
Several athletes from our girls' lacrosse program have gone on to play at the next level. They include:
Holly Shankle '21 — Claremont McKenna College
Kelsey Shankle '21 — Colorado College
Ella Dutton '22 — Washington & Lee University
Kathleen Michaud '23 — University of California Berkeley