Ginny Capicchioni

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Ginny Capicchioni
— Lacrosse player —
Ginny Capicchioni.jpg
Born Oradell, New Jersey
Position Goaltender
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 170 pounds (77 kg)
Former NLL teams New Jersey Storm
Nationality US
Pro career 2003

Ginny Capicchioni is a lacrosse goaltender. She played women's lacrosse at Sacred Heart University. After college she played men's box lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League, senior Canadian Lacrosse Association, and for Team USA at the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.

Capicchioni grew up in Oradell, New Jersey and attended River Dell Regional High School, where she played basketball, field hockey and softball.[1]

Following her collegiate career, she became the first woman in North America to sign with a men’s professional team, the first woman to play in a men’s professional lacrosse game,[2][3] the first American-born keeper to play in a Canadian Lacrosse Championship, and the first woman to play for a men’s national team in any sport.[citation needed] After starting the game of lacrosse in college, she became the three-time Northeast Conference Goalie of the Year at Division I Sacred Heart University. Capicchioni twice ranked in the NCAA’s Top 10 ins Save Percentage, while setting the program records for saves, goals against average, and career wins.

After playing with the New Jersey Storm of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), she began her nine-year career in the Canadian Lacrosse Association. Capicchioni’s Canadian experience includes the Akwesasne Warriors on Cornwall Island, Ontario (ILA); the St. Clair Storm in Sarnia, Ontario (OLA); the Windsor Warlocks in Windsor, Ontario (OLA Major), the Windsor Aigles (QLL) in Windsor Quebec; the Island Redmen (ILA) on Cornwall Island, Ontario; the Mad Mohawk in Cornwall, Ontario (ILA), and the last two years with the Coquitlam Adanacs in Coquitlam, British Columbia (WLA, Major).

2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship

In 2010, Capicchioni was named to the USA World Team. She competed in the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships (Prague, Czech Republic) and compiled an overall 93% save percentage for the tourney. In 2012, Capicchioni signed with the Kentucky Stick horses in the NALL (North American Lacrosse League), who play in the prestigious Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky). In 2013, Capicchioni signed with the Baltimore Bombers in the NALL. Recently, she was drafted second overall in the European Lacrosse League draft (Fall 2013). She competed with the expansion team Pietro Filipi, located in Radotin, Czech Republic. Capicchioni’s team finished third place, and she finished 1st in save percentage with a .78.

Capicchioni’s coaching career has included three years at Drew University, six years with Tristate lacrosse, a year at Immaculate Heart Academy (NJ), and a year at Bergen Catholic High School (NJ). With her first company Goal Guardians LLC (now Guardian Sports), she teaches male and female goaltenders in the tri-state area, ranging from youth to the university level. Capicchioni holds a BS in Political Science from Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT) and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD).

Capicchioni is the CEO and Founder of Guardian Sports and the creator of the GRC index. The GRC index is the first-ever quantifiable player-rating index in sports, outside of the NFL’s QBR ratings, to provide statistical figures for coaches to compare and contrast the skills and athleticism of lacrosse goalies.


National Lacrosse League[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP Min GA Sv GAA Sv % GP Min GA Sv GAA Sv %
2003 New Jersey 3 11 6 7 32.14 53.85% -- -- -- -- -- --
NLL Totals 3 11 6 7 32.14 53.85% 0 0 0 0 0 0

Major Series Lacrosse[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Windsor 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
MSL Totals 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

OLA Senior B Lacrosse League[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005 St. Clair 10 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Sr. B Totals 10 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0


  1. ^ Roberts, Jeff. "Oradell's Ginny Capicchioni first woman on men’s USA lacrosse team", The Record (Bergen County), April 12, 2011. Accessed July 29, 2015. "The Oradell resident knows what awaits her and Team USA next month at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Prague.... Capicchioni never played lacrosse at River Dell, which did not field a girls program at the time."
  2. ^ "PLUS: LACROSSE; First Woman Plays In League Game". New York Times. Associated Press. April 14, 2003. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Ginny Capicchioni makes Storm roster, history". Outsider's Guide to the NLL. December 19, 2002. Archived from the original on May 17, 2003.