Hill Lacrosse

The objective of Hill Lacrosse is to develop the individual both athletically as a lacrosse player and personally as a growing and maturing student-athlete.


The Hill provides a unique and dynamic lacrosse experience by implementing a progressive development plan, combined with a lacrosse specific strength and conditioning program, and participation in high caliber game play.


Hill Lacrosse players are mentored by some of the top leaders in the game. Hill Coaches walk alongside our players through their experience at The Hill providing direction and mentorship.  The ultimate goal of The Hill Lacrosse program is to help our players become well equipped for the demands of the next level.


Currently The Hill Academy has alumni attending and thriving at Canadian Universities as well as American NCAA Colleges at the Division I, II, and III levels. The Hill Academy Coaching Staff collaborates with the students, parents, teachers, and guidance department to find the best post secondary fit for every student-athlete.

Fast Facts

#1 Girl’s Lacrosse Program in Canada

#1 Boy’s Lacrosse Program in Canada

High School Under Armour All Americans

TOP Consistently ranked one of the top Boy’s and Girl’s lacrosse programs in North America

100+ NCAA Captains

44 All Americans

2 x Geico National High School Lacrosse Champions

#1 High School Boys Lacrosse Team in 2016.

22 Alumni named to Canada’s National Men’s Team

18 Alumni named to Canada’s National Women’s Team

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Brodie Merrill

GM Lacrosse / Athletic Director

Brodie Merrill is one of the most decorated lacrosse players in the world.  He has revolutionized how people treat the defensive player in both box  and field, with his run and gun transitional style. Brodie, a graduate of Georgetown University, was a two time All American,  Two-Time Tewaaraton Award Finalist and in 2005 was named the NCAA  Defensive Player of the Year.

He has won multiple awards in his 15+ year  professional career including 2005 NLL and MLL Rookie of the Year; 2005  NLL Defensive Player of the Year; 2006 through 2011 MLL Defensive Player of  the Year; 2009, 2010, and 2017 NLL Transition Player of the Year; All-Star status in  all 6 NLL seasons; and All-Star status in all 7 MLL seasons.


Brodie currently plays for the PLL Cannons Lacrosse Club and the NLL’s San Diego Seals.  Brodie has also won two Mann Cup Championships, 2 Golds and 2 Silver Medals at the World Field Lacrosse Championships, 2 Golds at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships and a MLL Championship. Brodie was one of the coaches of the U19 Team Canada that brought home the Silver medal at the U19 FIL World Field Lacrosse Championships, in Turku, Finland. Brodie was also the Defensive Coordinator for the 2008 U19 Team Canada that earned the Silver Medal in Coquitlam, BC.


Brodie is the Director of Athletics at the Hill Academy and also serves as the General Manager of the Hill Men’s Lacrosse team which is highly regarded as one of the top Lacrosse programs in North America.

Reilly O'Connor
Reilly O'Connor

Head Coach Prep Team

Reilly O’Connor, is a graduate of Georgetown University and a Hill Academy alumni. He currently plays for the New England Black Wolves of the NLL.

During his career at Georgetown University, he was a 2-time team captain, was twice named to the Big East all-conference team and once to the Big East all-tournament team. He was also named the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive player and received the team’s Leadership award.


Reilly was awarded the Major Series Lacrosse League MVP in 2017 and won two Minto Cups as a member of the Jr. A Whitby Warriors. In 2012, Reilly represented Team Canada at the U19 World Championships, where he was named to the All-World Team as an attackman. He also suited up in 2019 as a member of the Men’s National Team in the Fall Classic.

Riley Thompson

Offensive Coordinator Prep Team

Riley Thompson earned his Bachelor of Arts at Princeton University with a major in Psychology. He was a four-year starter and Senior captain for the Princeton Men’s Lacrosse team.

For the past 3 years Riley has worked at private high schools in the U.S. in various teaching, coaching and guidance roles. He is in his first year working at the Hill as the Director of Guidance, teacher for the PG Leadership course, and Offensive Coordinator for the Boy’s Prep Lacrosse team.  

Chris Willman

Assistant Coach Prep Team

Chris Willman is a graduate of Hobart College and a Hill Academy alumni. He currently plays for the Rochester Knighthawks of the NLL. During Chris’ time at Hobart he was awarded the team’s Rookie of the Year award and during his senior year was named a team Captain and awarded the C.R.A.G award for outstanding defensive player.


After graduating from Hobart, Chris went on to be a Graduate Assistant Coach at Merrimack College where he was able to win a Division II National Championship. During his second year at Merrimack, he helped the program transition from Division II to Division I. 

Clarke Petterson
Clarke Petterson

Offensive Coach

Clarke Petterson is a graduate of Cornell University and a Hill Academy Alumni.


At Cornell, Clarke was the first ever sophomore captain and was also a three-time captain. He was named to the Honorable Mention All-Ivy team in 2017 and second team All-Ivy in 2019. In 2019 he was an honorable mention USILA All-American as well as a USILA Academic All American. He finished his career in the top 10 at Cornell in both goals and points.


He currently plays for the NLL Halifax Thunderbirds.  In addition to his professional career, Clarke was captain of team Canada’s U19 team that won the silver medal in Coquitlam in 2016.

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Luc Magnan

Head Varsity Coach

Luc Magnan, a Hill Academy Alumni, joined the coaching staff after graduating from Robert Morris University.

During his time at the Hill Academy, Luc helped lead the PG team to win the first ever Newport Cup. While at Robert Morris, Luc was a four year starter, was named to the 2012 North Eastern Conference All-Rookie team, was named to the 2013 North Eastern Conference All-Second team and was named team captain for his senior year.


Luc was selected 17th overall in the second round by the NLL’s Toronto Rock and is a current member of the Halifax Thunderbirds. 

Graeme Hossack
Graeme Hossack

Defensive Varsity Coach

Graeme Hossack has quickly emerged as one of the top players in the game of lacrosse. 


Graeme has competed on several national teams, most recently winning a gold medal with the Team Canada National Indoor Team, and a silver medal with Team Canada National Field Lacrosse Team, where he earned all world honours in both tournaments.

Graeme currently plays in the National Lacrosse League for the Halifax Thunderbirds where he is a 3x NLL Defensive Player of the Year and in the PLL with the Archers Lacrosse Club.  


Graeme attended Lindenwood University where he was a 3x Academic All Conference, a first team all American (first in program history), and one of the most decorated D2 players of all time.

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Tory Merrill

Girls Coach

Tory is a graduate from the University of Toronto, where she was a member and captain of both the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse Team as well as the Varsity Track and Field team. On the women’s lacrosse team she was a five-time OUA First Team All-Star, and 2005 OUA Rookie of the Year. On the Track and Field Team she was a five-time OUA All-Star, two-time CIS All-Canadian, four time CIS medallist, and Academic All Canadian.


In 2005, she represented Team Canada at the Pan American Junior Championships. From 2005-2011, Tory was a Quest For Gold carded athlete for both Track and Field and Women’s Lacrosse. In 2010, she was the recipient of the prestigious Clara Benson Award at the University of Toronto which awards a female student-athlete for outstanding ability in athletics, scholarship and values interfaculty and community involvement.


Tory is currently a member of the Senior Women’s National Team. She represented Team Canada in the 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Guildford, England and the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, earning two silver medals.

Carly Quinn
Carly Quinn

Girls Coach

Carly has an extensive resume as both a player and a coach. In 2007, she was a  member of the U19  Canadian National team, and represented Canada in the  FIL U19 World Women’s Lacrosse  Championships. From 2008-2012, Carly  was a member of the Canisius College Golden Griffins Lacrosse team. Acting  as captain for her last two seasons, she lead the team to a MAAC  Championship in  2011  and 2012. She was named to the All MAAC First Team  in  2011 and 2012, and in  2012 being named  MAAC Offensive Player of The  Year  after leading the  conference in Assists (40) and points (68).


Carly was a member of the 2015 U19 Team Canada coaching staff that made history winning Gold at the World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. Carly is a dominant presence throughout the summer in the OWL; as a player in the senior division, as a referee, and as a coach.

Alexis Deaken
Alexis Deaken

Assistant Girls Coach

Alexis Deaken, a Hill Academy Alumna, is joining the coaching staff after graduating from Jacksonville University. Prior to attending Jacksonville University, Alexis spent her first two years at Siena College. While at Siena, she was the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Year and on the All-MAAC rookie team, and in 2018 she was named to the first team All-MAAC team.

Jake Cook
Jake Cook

Junior School Head Coach

Jake Cook is an alumnus of The Hill Academy and is returning to teach Math/Science in our Junior School that consists of grades 5-8. He graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology while playing for the Men’s Providence College Lacrosse Team. He was a Big East All-Academic and is excited to be back.

A look at Junior School Lacrosse

The Hill Academy vs. Team USA U19 @ Ohio State


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