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Shannon O’Neil joins the IMG Academy lacrosse program with 15+ years leading young women to success on and off the lacrosse field at the high school and collegiate levels. A native of Newburgh, NY, Shannon attended Villanova University as a four-year starter. During her time on the Main Line, Shannon became a 2x Mid-Atlantic Region All-American and team captain. She was invited to participate in the North/South Senior All Star Game after her senior season. O’Neil is still second in Villanova’s all-time women’s lacrosse record book for total career points, assists and ground balls.
Following graduation, O’Neil was named the first women’s lacrosse head coach at Division II Saint Anselm College in Manchester. After establishing that program as a conference contender, she returned to the Main Line to become the head coach at Villanova from 2000-2006. During her tenure, the Wildcats made multiple trips to postseason play for the Patriot League and she was named Patriot League Coach of the Year.