Everest Academy

Girls Lacrosse Program


Girls Lacrosse Team Dressing Room

Women’s Lacrosse

The Everest Academy Women’s Lacrosse program provides on field training, women’s lacrosse specific strength and conditioning program, elite game play and the best in class education.

The Everest Women’s Lacrosse program is committed to providing players exposure to both American and Canadian educational opportunities, while showcasing talent, hard work, and leadership at the top NCAA recruiting tournaments across North America.

The program develops the female athletically as a player and most importantly as a student.  Our program follows the structure of many elite NCAA women’s lacrosse programs.

At Everest players are provided with SAT prep and recruiting management. We determine, as an individual, what your goals and aspirations are as a student-athlete. Together we review post-secondary institutions based on the players academic achievement, educational goals, financial needs and athletic ability.  Our Women’s Lacrosse staff acts as a guide for the player and family throughout the whole recruiting process. From creating a player portfolio, contacting coaches, sending game film, telephone consultation, negotiating terms of the scholarship, to the day the player attends the institution.

The Everest Academy Women’s Lacrosse program is in partnership with the Everest Women’s Travel Program during the fall season allowing the girls who attend the academy the opportunity to showcase themselves in there proper and current graduation year allowing the best show casing opportunities  for the players possible.

Girls Travel Teams

Coached by Ashley Rutz, the Girls travel teams (click Here for details) participate extensively in tournaments across North America. Both a U18 and a U16 team will gain the opportunity to visit exciting sports venues as part of their development as Female Lacrosse players. They practice and compete regularly and have a chance to participate in the overall Everest strength and conditioning program as part of their curriculum.

Our Season 

The Travel Program consists of 8 practices throughout the fall from September to mid November which focus on individual player development and team concepts. Players have the opportunity to practice with the players they will showcase with. All players participating in the program will compete against the following OUA teams in the fall season: Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University, Brock University and University of Guelph. This not only provides players with more practice, but exposes our athletes to lacrosse programs at various Ontario universities. The Grade 9 (2019) Team  will compete in 2 American showcase tournaments. The Grade 10 (2018) Team and Grade 11 (2017) Team will compete in 3 American showcase tournaments.

2015 Everest Travel Flyer

Coaching Staff

Ashley Rutz (arutz@everestacademies.com) – Women’s Head Coach


In only three short years as head coach of the Everest Academy Women’s prep team, Ashley has helped in it’s recognition as one of the top prep programs in Canada. She has over 19 years of playing experience in both male/female field and box lacrosse. She has played at every level: Provincial, National, NCAA Division 1 at La Salle University, OUA and OWL. “I like to coach because of my love and passion for the game”. She has also spent the past 3 years as an assistant coach to the U19 Oakville Lady Hawks, wining OWL coaching staff of the year 2014. She has been the assistant coach for the past four year 2012-2015 Women’s U15 Team Ontario.

Ashley’s coaching philosophy is centered a round work ethic and heart. Ashley herself attended a private institution in Baltimore Maryland. “Enrolling in St. Timothy’s School was the best decision that myself and my parents could have ever made both athletically and most importantly academically. It was a huge stepping stone to help me achieve my goal of playing NCAA Division 1 lacrosse and making that academically possible”. Everest Academy offers the tools that are highly individuated with unparalleled athletic recourses, guidance and support. Ashley graduated from Wilfred Laurier University with Bachelor of Contemporary Studies degree.

Natasha Blackburn – Assistant Coach

This is Natasha’s first year with at Everest Academy. She attended Ohio State on a lacrosse scholarship from 2008-2010. Natasha was a member of the 2007 U19 Canadian Women’s National team. In 2015, she was the head coach of the Mimico Mountaineers U19 OWL team. Natasha also has a background in personal training.

John Folley – Goalie Coach

John is the Founder of Resistance Lacrosse focused on the improvement of defence and goalie technical skills in Canada. He was a NCAA All American Field Goalie at R.I.T. He was the U19 Canadian National Champion Coach and in 2014 Team Russia Defence and Goalie Coach. John Folley brings a wealth of field goaltending knowledge to the Everest Lacrosse program.

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Everest Academy is Canada’s leading K to 12 S.E.L.F.™ private school; dedicated to the holistic development of high-achieving students.
Everest is based in Thornhill, Ontario in the York region, part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Everest Academy is an alternative school founded by Farell Duclair, former CFL football player, on the idea that all students can achieve remarkable excellence as scholars, athletes, and people when given the opportunity and resources.