Coach Freischlag brings a wealth of experience to Lightning. Including program development, club, college, and coaching experience.
Aric Freischlag is currently the Head Coach of Highland High School. Before coaching at Highland, Aric was the Co-Founder and Head Coach of the Wilson Youth Lacrosse Program in his hometown of Wilson, NY. He also served as an Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at the high school and NJCAA levels in New York.
Prior to coaching, Coach Freischlag was a member of the Utica College Pioneers Men’s lacrosse team in 2015 and 2016. During his career as a Pioneer, he contributed as a two-year starter at Defense and occasionally played as a Long-Stick Middie and Short-Stick Defensive Middie, when needed. He received All-Conference Honors during his time there. In 2013 and 2014, prior to Utica College, Aric was a two-year starter and team captain for the NJCAA Niagara Thunderwolves. He was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player and received
All-Region Honors for both seasons spent there. Aric initially began his collegiate playing career in 2012, with the 12-Time National Champion Onondaga Lazers.
Aric participated in Junior College Paul-Rose All-Star Game, the Western New York Senior All-Star Game, and received numerous Western New York Accolades, including being nominated as a High School All-American. In 2011, he helped co-found the Wilson Youth Lacrosse Program, where he served as a head coach of teams from 3rd thru 9th grade for nine plus years. He has also hosted and organized various lacrosse camps throughout New York and Ohio.
Aric graduated with his Doctorate of Physical therapy in May of 2020 from Utica College. He also serves as a strength coach, functional movement specialist, and owns his own leadership and entrepreneur development business.
Aric has a passion for growing the game of lacrosse, developing new programs, helping players take their skill to the next level, and teaching fundamentals of the game.
Coach Smith brings a wealth of club and college experience to Lightning.
Erin Smith is currently the top assistant coach at Walsh University (NCAA D2). Before coaching at Walsh, she was the assistant coach at Queen’s College. She has club lacrosse experience also coaching for Snipers Elite lacrosse team in Rye, N.Y.
Prior to coaching Coach Smith was a member of the New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) inaugural women’s lacrosse team in 2017. In that year she was named First Team All-East Coast Conference (ECC), First Team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference, First Team All-North Region, and Second Team All-American. The conference coaches also voted her as ECC Defender of the Year after being selected as Preseason Defender of the Year. In the fall of 2017 she ran cross country and earned her bachelors of business management.
From 2013 to 2016 Smith attended and played at Dowling College. There she was a two-year starter. In the 2016 season she was named First Team All-ECC, Second Team All-North Region, and Third Team All-American. Here she also ran cross country from 2014 to 2016 and was named the team’s MVP for the 2015-2016 season.
While at both Dowling and NYIT Smith helped anchor one of the nation’ top scoring defenses. In 2014 Dowling won the first ECC tournament by upsetting then-No. 2 LIU Post in the championship game. The win had also snapped LIU Post’s 40-game win streak after previously being crowned back-to-back national champions.
In 2015 and 2016 the team made it to the conference finals. After being named regular season conference champs in 2016, Dowling made their second NCAA tournament appearance and won their first NCAA tournament game in program history. In 2017 NYIT made its first appearance in the ECC and NCAA tournaments.