The CYL Team

Alexander McFerran

President | Coach | Co-Founder

Alex played lacrosse at Colgate University where he was captain of the team. Alex also coached the boys’ varsity team at The Branson School in Ross, California. Alex has a ten year old son and a six year old daughter both of whom love to throw the ball around, and he can’t wait for this Cambridge Youth Lacrosse’s first spring scrimmage.

Frederica Turner


Frederica is a native of Cambridge, MA and the mother of a 10 year-old lacrosse player. She earned her BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her MBA from The Wharton School and is eager to help support Cambridge Youth Lacrosse to the best of her abilities.

Noah Downs

Director | Program Coordinator | Coach | Co-Founder

Coach Downs started playing lacrosse in his freshman year in high school at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. Since then he has developed a love for the game, which has kept him involved in lacrosse as a player and coach. Downs played middie at The University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he captained the team for two years, served as coach, and was the residing president for all four years he was there.

During his time coaching, he has coached all levels of lacrosse from youth to collegiate players. Downs started coaching when he was in high school for two youth teams through Metro Lacrosse. Since then he has gone on to coach for a college club team (UNCG), Page High School and Northwest High in NC, the Boston Bulldogs and Boston College High School here in MA, and is currently a head coach for the a youth select team with Royal Lacrosse which has players from all over central and eastern MA.

He continues to develop young players and uses what he learned through his experiences to improve their understanding of the game. He currently lives in Boston and works as a Physical Education teacher at the King Open School in Cambridge.

Suzannah McFerran

Director | Girls Program Director | Coach

Suzannah grew up playing lacrosse in Philadelphia and played varsity lacrosse in high school. At Brown University, she decided to sail competitively and was a two time All American. Suzannah has a nine year old son and a five year old daughter, both of whom love to play. She looks forward to getting back out onto the lacrosse field and helping build the Cambridge Youth Lacrosse program.

Lisa Kaneb

Coach | Director

Lisa Kaneb is a proud parent of three Cambridge Youth Lacrosse Falcons and has experience coaching ice hockey, field hockey, and lacrosse at the middle and high school levels. She is also a US Lacrosse Level II trained coach and leads our U13 girls teams. Lisa played lacrosse for the University of Vermont Catamounts and holds a M.Ed. degree from Lesley University.

Matt Walsh

Coach | Director

Matt started playing MBYLL lacrosse in 8th grade for the Northborough/Southboro Tomahawks. He continued on to play varsity lacrosse for Algonquin Regional High School.

Matt's coaching career began during high school and he has continued coaching since then. During his time at Skidmore College he worked with youth in the Saratoga Springs area. After graduation, he moved back to the Boston area and helped coach a team in Brookline for one year. This will be his third year coaching for Cambridge and first on the board of directors.

Matt is Assistant Staff in the Bioengineering Systems and Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Courtney Wilson


Courtney grew up in the suburbs of Boston and is the mom of a U11 lacrosse player. She is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law, and has been involved with the Head of the Charles Regatta for nearly two decades, as both the volunteer coordinator (10 years) and a current member of the Race Committee. She is very excited to be a part of Cambridge Youth Lacrosse.

Shannon Manning

Girls Program Advisor | Director

Shannon began her lacrosse career at Framingham High School where she played for Stacey Freda. Shannon was a part of the 2006 undefeated 25-0 State Championship lacrosse team. Shannon went on to play lacrosse at Bridgewater State University where she was captain for two years.

She is the Bridgewater Bears all-time leader in scoring, goals, assists and draws. Shannon Manning currently holds or shares eight program records and was named Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III All-Berkshire Region Second Team. She was also a NEWLA All-Conference First Team selection for the third straight season, and was chosen as the NEWLA Offensive Player of the Year for the third time during her four years. Shannon was also awarded, “Female Athlete of the Year” for Bridgewater State University both her Sophomore and Senior year.

Shannon coached varsity lacrosse for Mansfield High School for two seasons starting in 2010. Shannon earned her degree in Physical Education and earned a full time job at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School where she also accepted the Girls Head Lacrosse position for the start of the 2013’ season. Shannon coached the girls into their first round of tournament with a record of 9-9 and is looking forward to being a part of building a strong lacrosse program for Cambridge.

Alejandro Heyworth

Online | Coach | Clerk | Co-Founder

Alejandro played lacrosse at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is eager to build Cambridge Youth Lacrosse into the program that he wished he had as a kid. He is a native New Yorker, but an ardent supporter and coach of Cambridge Youth Sports.