Quinnipiac names Mason Poli head men’s lacrosse coach

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Quinnipiac names Mason Poli head men’s lacrosse coach

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By Byran Schwartz

After a turmoil-filled fall for the Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse team, the school is turning to a familiar face to continue leading its program.

Quinnipiac’s director of athletics and recreation Greg Amodio announced Friday morning that Mason Poli will have his interim tag removed and become the sixth head coach in the history of the program.

Poli took over as the interim head coach when Quinnipiac parted ways with its former long-time head coach Eric Fekete in early October.

Prior to being named interim head coach, Poli was an assistant on Fekete’s staff for four years as Quinnipiac’s defensive coordinator.

As the interim head coach, Poli led the Bobcats to a 9-7 year and a MAAC title game appearance.

Quinnipiac fell to Marist 15-14 in the championship game after securing the number two seed in the regular season and beating Detroit Mercy 19-10 in the semifinal round.

“I am extremely pleased that Mason has elected to take on the men’s lacrosse head coaching position,” Amodio said in a statement. “During this past season, Mason demonstrated a significant commitment to nurture our student-athletes and move the overall program in a positive direction. I’m confident his drive to succeed at the highest level will afford us the opportunity to regularly compete for championships.”

Along with Poli, Alex Zomerfield’s interim tag as associate head coach was removed. The Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. native has spent three seasons with Quinnipiac.

Poli released this statement on Zomerfield: “I am privileged to have Alex by my side as we continue to grow the Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse brand and represent the University. Alex has a great amount of both playing and coaching experience and has been an integral part of our program over the last three seasons. I am fortunate to continue to work with him moving forward.”

Though the Bobcats will lose Foster Cuomo and Mike Fletcher, among a few other key seniors, the younger core of this Quinnipiac team will look to build off Poli’s impressive first year.

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