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Liz Robertshaw recently wrapped up a successful15 season tenure with Boston University Women’s Lacrosse. Robertshaw led BU to five consecutive Patriot League Championship Weekend appearances. While a member of the America East, she helped lead the squad to six America East Championships, six NCAA Tournament appearances and three NCAA Quarterfinals. She has also guided the Terriers to perfect seasons in conference play on three occasions (2008, 2009 and 2012).
In addition to her duties at Boston University, Robertshaw just completed an 8-year assignment as assistant coach for the US National Team. In August 2009, Robertshaw was named an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's National Lacrosse Team where she coached the attacking unit to the gold medal and largest scoring margin in World Cup history in 2013. This past summer at the 2017 FIL Rathbones World Cup, Robertshaw and Team USA went undefeated en route to a second consecutive FIL World Cup Championship. Again working with the nation’s top attackers, the USA offensive production was outstanding and helped Team USA bring home the gold.
A 20-year coaching veteran at the Division I level, Robertshaw served as the Terriers' top assistant for three seasons and was elevated to associate head coach before being named head coach on Sept. 1, 2006. Prior to arriving at Boston University, Robertshaw served as an assistant coach at Brown University from 2000-03, working with the Bears' defensive unit and goalkeepers. Before Brown, Robertshaw began her coaching career at her alma mater, George Mason University, working as an assistant coach from 1998-1999. In addition to receiving America East Coach of the Year honors in 2009, Robertshaw was tabbed to coach the North team in the annual IWLCA/Under Armour Division I North-South Senior All-Star Game.
Robertshaw earned USWLA All-American recognition in both her junior and senior seasons and STX/IWLCA All-American recognition in her senior year, becoming the first George Mason women's lacrosse player to earn All-America distinction. During her career, Robertshaw was a two-time captain, three-time all-conference selection, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association's Silver Anniversary Team, and was awarded the Aimee Willard Award as the best collegiate player at the US Lacrosse National Tournament in 1998.
Jessica Antelmi enters her second season as assistant coach of the Boston University women's lacrosse program. Primarily working with the offense, Antelmi guided the Terriers to an 10-8 record, while freshman Kailey Conry broke the single-season assist record with 54 and was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team.
Antelmi brings to BU experience from coaching two of the top teams in Division II and Division III women's lacrosse. She joined the Terriers following two seasons at perennial NCAA contender Le Moyne College, where she helped lead the Dolphins to two NCAA Final Four appearances and assisted in mentoring the 2015 Division II Attacker of the Year and seven First Team All-Americans. Antelmi also received the IWLCA Division II Outstanding Assistant Coach Award in 2015.
Prior to her stint at Le Moyne, Antelmi spent one season at SUNY Cortland where she served as a graduate assistant. During her season with the Red Dragons, Cortland posted a 22-1 record and appeared in its fourth consecutive Final Four.
A 2013 graduate of the University of Albany, Antelmi helped lead the Great Danes to back-to-back America East Championships in 2011 and 2012, leading to two NCAA Tournament appearances. Antelmi earned America East All-Tournament Team honors and IWLCA All-Region recognition as a senior captain. She was named to the America East All-Conference Team and All-Academic Team in her senior and junior seasons. Antelmi graduated from Albany with a degree in mathematics.
Mike Bedford joins the Boston University staff after serving as an assistant coach at the College of William & Mary for the past year. Prior to his time with the Tribe Bedford spent three seasons at Hofstra University. During his tenure at HU, he helped the Pride post a perfect 6-0 conference record in 2015 en route to securing the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title.
Prior to joining Hofstra's staff, Bedford spent a season as an assistant coach with the men's program at Lenoir-Rhyne University where he served as the defensive coordinator and was responsible for creating and implementing defensive plans. He was also involved in recruiting, as well as scouting and game planning.
From 2011 to 2012 Bedford was an assistant coach and the defensive coordinator at Suffolk Community College in Selden, N.Y., where he had previously been a student-athlete for two seasons (2006 and 2007). While leading the defense, the Sharks finished as the regional runner-up and had the fifth-best defense in the NJCAA. As a player, he was a member of the 2006 team that reached the NJCAA National Championship game. Bedford served as team captain in 2007 and earned second team All-America honors, as well as first team all-region honors.
Bedford also has extensive club and high school coaching experience. He has worked in the Half Hollows Hills East School District as a lacrosse coach and served as an operations director with Dynamic Sports Marketing, working as a field director for various lacrosse camps, clinics and training sessions. In addition, he has worked with the Long Island Junior Lizards as a varsity assistant coach and with Team 91 as a Director of Operations.
In addition to his playing career at Suffolk Community College, Bedford was a member of the 2009 National Champion LIU Post team. Professionally, he was a member of the Charlotte Copperheads in 2012 and the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2010.
Bedford graduated with a degree in physical education from LIU Post in 2010.
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