Hi my name is Mikaela Brightman and I am from Bay Shore, New York. I started playing lacrosse in 5th grade and I continued to play throughout middle school, high school, and college. I played summer league for Long Island Top Guns as well as Premier Lacrosse. I committed to LIU Post where I went on to play for two and half years. During my two seasons as a pioneer, we won the ECC Division II Conference Championship in 2015 and 2016.

ABOUT ME

Hi my name is Andrea Ferencsik and I'm from Holbrook, NY. I first started playing lacrosse in 7th grade and went on to play in high school at Sachem North where I spent 3 years on varsity earning captain as well as all county. During high school I played travel lacrosse for Long Island Yellow Jackets. Soon after I committed to LIU Post where I went on to play for two years becoming a part of the division two semifinal team as well as winning an ECC championship. Following LIU, I began coaching with Doc's NYC lacrosse.

2015

  • Played in 15 games
  • scored her first career goal in 20-2 victory over UDC (Apr. 10)
  • added an assist in 18-1 lashing of Queens (N.Y.) on Apr. 26
  • scooped up five total ground balls on the season, including three against the Knights.

2014

Red-shirted the season.

Prior to LIU Post

  • Went to Sachem North High School
  • played three seasons of varsity lacrosse.

Personal

  • Has one brother, Danny
  • daughter of Joe and Theresa Ferencsik
  • majoring in physical and health education.

Playing Career

  • senior goalie from Wantagh
  • a starter since freshman year
  • Goals against average ranked second in NE10 and save % ranked seventh for 2019 season
  • ECAC Goalkeeper of the Month – April 2019
  • 2019 national championship

Honors and Awards

  • NE10 All-Rookie Team (2018)
  • NE10 Academic Honor Roll – Academic Distinction (Fall ’18, Spring ’19, Spring ’20)
  • NE10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall ’17, Spring ’18)
  • NE10 Academic Honor Roll – Academic Honors (Fall ’19)
  • D2ADA Academic Achievement Award (2019-20)

PLAYING CAREER

  • NCAA All-Tournament Team (2019)
  • 2019 National Champion
  • 2015 New York State Champion
  • Three-year starter
  • Ranked second on the team with 49 goals and fourth with 55 points

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • NCAA All-Tournament Team (2019)
  • NE10 Academic Honor Roll – Academic Distinction (Fall ’18)
  • NE10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall ’17)

Childhood education / Physical Education Major

Coach

  • Massapequa High School Varsity girl’s lacrosse coach (2005-2019) 
  • 4X Nassau County Champions 
  • Coached and developed numerous HS All-Americans 
  • Physical Education teacher at Massapequa HS for over 15 years 

College: Syracuse University 

  • 2X IWLCA All-American 
  • 2004 Big East Attacker of the Year 
  • 4X IWLCA Division 1 North Region All-America First Team 
  • 4X All-Big East Selection 
  • 2X Tewaaraton Top 20 Candidate 

Postseason honors candidate 2001

Second team Brine/IWLCA North Regional All-American, First team All-America East selection. Started all 19 games. Scored 17 goals and added seven assists for 24 points. Recorded a hat trick against Massachusetts. Had two goals against Georgetown in NCAA Tournament game. Scored two goals versus Boston College and Boston University. Passed for two assists against Holy Cross and New Hampshire. Picked up 38 ground balls. Had five ground balls at Rutgers. Scooped up four ground balls versus Boston University.Had three ground balls in five games. Had 18 caused turnovers. Took 39 shots.

Named to the America East Academic Honor Roll 2000

First team All-America East selection. Played and started all 17 games.Had four goals on the season. Scored goals against Holy Cross, Vermont, New Hampshire and Delaware Picked up 48 ground balls. Recorded six ground balls at Virginia Tech and five against Massachusetts. Had four ground balls against Holy Cross, Johns Hopkins and Rutgers. Took nine shots.

1999

Played in 13 games, starting six...Scored six goals and one assist on the season... Tallied three goals against Fairfield... Had single-goal games against Towson, Holy Cross and Villanova... Posted an assist against Virginia Tech.Picked up 14 ground balls... Scooped up three ground balls against Massachusetts.

High School

Played lacrosse, soccer and basketball... Named All-Nassau County in lacrosse in 1997 and 1998... Received the National Scholar-Athlete Award in 1997... Played in the Empire State Games... Lacrosse MVP... Named All-Nassau County in basketball in 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.

Personal

Enjoys playing sports in her free time... Lists Larry Bird as her favorite athlete... Chose Hofstra over Towson, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Cortland...Sociology major.

STATS

Year GP G A Pts. GB
1999 13 6 1 7 14
2000 17 4 0 4 48
2001 19 17 7 24 38

CAREER:

  • Social Studies Teacher

COACH:

  • West Babylon JV Lacrosse
  • West Babylon JV Soccer

COLLEGE:

  • SUNY Old Westbury
  • University of Tampa
  • Dowling College
  • Lacrosse - University of Tampa
    Sunshine State Conference Champion 2014,2015
  • NCAA Division 2 Semifinalist & Quarterfinalist 2014,2015
  • Soccer- Dowling College
  • Started 14 of 17 games as a Freshman - 2012

HIGH SCHOOL:

  • West Babylon High School
  • All County Lacrosse - 2012
  • All-Conference Lacrosse - 2011
  • All County Soccer - 2009,2010 

I am from Babylon, New York and I attended West Babylon High School.  I began playing lacrosse when I was in second grade for the youth program in West Babylon.  I haven't put my stick down since then.  I was a five year varsity starter at West Babylon where I was named captain and earned 3X All County, along with being named All American in my Senior year.  During the summer I played for LI Top Guns for eight years.  I decided to continue my lacrosse career at Stony Brook University where I am currently a freshman on the team.

Coach

  • Current - Wantagh PAL Lacrosse - (2015 - current) 2026 Girls and 2028 Boys - 2018 Undefeated
  • Past - South Shore Speed Girls Lacrosse Coach - successful Tournament 
  • Past - Wantagh PAL Soccer and CYO Volleyball Coach

Play

  •  Current - Club Lacrosse (McCanns Massapequa)
  • Past - Quinnipiac University Lacrosse - 4 Year Division I (4th All-time in Career Assists)
  • Past - Plainedge H.S. 4 Year Varsity Lacrosse (All-Conference & MVP Honors)

personal

  • Originally from N. Massapequa, currently lives in Wantagh.
  • Supported by Wife Colleen, Daughter Emma, and Son Connor
  • US Lacrosse Certified
  • AED/CPR Certified

Coaching:

2023 Girls Assistant coach Team 91 (2015-2017)

2023 Wantagh PAL Girls Lacrosse coach (2014-2017)

2026 Wantagh PAL Girls lacrosse coach (2017-2019)

CYO Volleyball coach (2018 & 2019)

Play:

Hofstra University Lacrosse team 2 years

Nassau Community College National Champions, 2 x Junior College Athletic/Academic All American

Personal:

Originally from East Meadow, currently live in Wantagh

Supported by Wife Jennifer and Daughters Nicole and Katelyn

US Lacrosse Certified, Coaching Certified, AED/First Aid/CPR