Women's Lacrosse

The University of Dubuque Women’s Lacrosse team, recently added as a varsity sport, began intercollegiate competition in the spring of 2013. Lacrosse is a relatively new sport in the Midwest, we encourage you to join and help establish the Spartans as a winning lacrosse team.

We welcome those who are new to the sport to step out and see what this high-paced game is all about. Expand your experiences and come see lacrosse which combines the discipline of many sports.

The Spartans competed in the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference (MWLC) in the Spring of 2014 before joining the Conference Colleges of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) in 2015. Current CCIW teams include Augustana College, Carthage College, North Central College, Elmhurst College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Carroll University, and in 2018 the University of Chicago will join.


Tjaarda and Carlson Earn CCIW All-Conference

May 1, 2018

Breann Tjaarda and Claire Carlson of the University of Dubuque women’s lacrosse team picked up CCIW postseason honors. Tjaarda was named first team all-conference, while Carlson was selected second team all-conference.

Women's Lacrosse Closes Season with Loss

Apr 28, 2018

The University of Dubuque women’s lacrosse team closed the 2018 season at home against Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon, falling 20-4.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
7 Breann Tjaarda Midfield 5-6 Senior Aurora, Ill.
10 Kori King Midfield 5-7 Freshman Winfield, Ill.
11 Robyn Bowman Midfield 5-5 Freshman Lake Mills, Iowa
12 Rachel Stanley Defense 5-9 Sophomore Moline, Ill.
18 Julianne Galante Attack 5-4 Sophomore Tinley Park, Ill.
20 Kathryn Silberstein Defense 5-6 Senior Solon, Iowa
22 Gemma Keegan Midfield 5-10 Sophomore Oswego, Ill.
24 Cassandra Berger Defense 5-3 Senior Waukon, Iowa
25 Lydia Kleckner Defense 5-11 Freshman Decorah, Iowa
26 Claire Carlson Midfield 5-10 Sophomore Blaine, Minn.
29 Diana Budde Attack 5-9 Junior Delmar, Iowa
31 Kaley Weir Goalie 5-3 Junior Johns Creek, Ga.
32 Lindsey Fernandez Goalie 5-5 Berwyn, Ill.

2018 University of Dubuque Spartans Women's Lacrosse


Feb. 23

at Benedictine College

Atchison, KS

L, 21-3

Feb. 24

at Westminster College

Fulton, MO

W, 17-4

Mar. 3

at Cornell College

Mt. Vernon, IA

L, 11-10 (OT)

Mar. 7

vs. Concordia University (WI)

Dubuque, IA


Mar. 21

vs. Clarke University

Dubuque, IA

W, 16-12

Mar. 23

vs. Alma university

Dubuque, IA



Mar. 24

at Northwestern-St. Paul

St. Paul, MN

W, 16-7

Mar. 28

at Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

W, 8-5

Apr. 4

at Loras College

Dubuque, IA

W, 9-8

Apr. 7

at Carthage College

Kenosha, WI

L, 13-3

Apr. 11

vs. Carroll University**

Dubuque, IA

L, 16-5

Apr. 14

vs. Elmhurst College**

Dubuque, IA

W, 15-11

Apr. 18

at Augustana College** Postponed to April 24th

Rock Island, IL

L, 12-11

Apr. 21

at North Central College**

Naperville, IL

L, 22-7

Apr. 28

vs. Illinois Wesleyan Univ.**

Dubuque, IA

L, 20-4

Bold = home
** = Conference Colleges of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW)

Sarah Decker
Sarah Decker
Head Women's Lacrosse Coach

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, Central Michigan University; Psychology

Office Phone: 563.589.3683
E-mail: SDecker@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 223 Mercer-Birmingham
Biography - Click to Open

Sarah Decker joined the University of Dubuque coaching staff as a graduate assistant for Women’s Lacrosse in 2014.

Before joining the Spartans, Decker was a defensive starter at Central Michigan University, leading the conference in caused turnovers and ground ball controls. Following graduation, Decker became part of the Bellevue East Lacrosse Club in Bellevue, Wa. for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Decker is originally from Rochester Hills, Mich. where she attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart. While at Sacred Heart she won four regional championships and three state championships.

Decker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2012 and her Masters of Business Administration from University of Dubuque in 2016.

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2017 Record Book