Ryan Polley, Director
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Ryan Polley was named the inaugural head men's lacrosse coach at Boston University on June 21, 2012, and the program has continued to reach new heights in his four seasons at the helm.
Polley was named the 2017 Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading the Terriers to their first-ever Patriot League tournament berth. Under Polley's guidance, the Terriers finished the conference schedule with a 5-3 record and concluded the regular season with a 12-5 mark, setting program records for most wins and fewest losses in a season. BU finished the regular season with a top-15 defense nationally and was ranked or received votes in at least one major national poll each week, rising as high as 15th in the Inside Lacrosse media poll. Polley was also recognized as the New England Divsion I Coach of the Year.
Polley coached six different players to All-Patriot League honors, including three first-team selections. Christian Carson-Banister was the league's Goalkeeper of the Year and he joined Cal Dearth as unanimous first-team choices. Dominick Calisto was a first-team defender while Greg Wozniak (LSM), Jack Wilson (A) and Brendan Homire (M) all earned second-team recognition.
The Terriers won a program-record eight games in 2016 and posted their first-ever winning season at 8-7. BU bested its highest-ranked opponent to date, defeating then-No. 14/15 Harvard on the road, 9-8. The Terriers also knocked off then-No. 16 Navy, 10-9, in a thrilling double-overtime victory at Nickerson Field. Polley's squad received its highest-ever national ranking, reaching as high as No. 16 in both the USILA Coaches' Poll and the Cascade/Maverik Inside Lacrosse media poll.
2016 also saw the Terriers haul in several year-end honors. Sam Talkow was named Patriot League Faceoff Specialist of the Year, and he also joined Cal Dearth on the All-Patriot League First Team. In addition, Greg Wozniak was a Second Team All-Patriot League selection. Under Polley's guidance, BU ranked third in the nation in caused turnovers per game (8.80), fifth in the NCAA in ground balls per game (32.47) and sixth in the country in faceoff percentage (.621).
BU enjoyed national recognition under Polley's guidance in 2015, improving to 6-8 overall after a 2-12 inaugural season. They received their first national ranking on March 23, 2015, slotting at No. 19 in the Cascade/Maverik Inside Lacrosse media poll. They also defeated then-No. 18 Colgate, the eventual Patriot League champion, by an 18-11 score on March 21 for the program's first win against a ranked squad.
The turnaround from the first year to the second year was extraordinary. In 2015, the Terrier offense ranked 23rd in the NCAA with an average of 10.71 goals per game, a marked improvement from the previous year in which BU was 61st (7.21). The Terriers also ranked sixth in the country and first in the Patriot League in team faceoff percentage (.637) in 2015. In addition, Polley led BU to a 6-2 record in its first eight games of 2015, including a four-game win streak.
Polley had previously spent six seasons (2006-12) as an assistant coach at Yale University, heading up the defense for the final four. In 2012, he helped the Bulldogs claim the Ivy League tournament title with convincing wins over perennial powers Cornell and Princeton, earning the program's first NCAA bid since 1992 in the process. Yale finished the year ranked 11th in the final USILA Division I poll.
Prior to his time at Yale, Polley was the head coach at Merrimack College - his alma mater - for three seasons (2004-06). He capped his tenure with the Warriors by being named the New England Division II Coach of the Year for the second time in three years after his squad finished with a record of 11-5 and a national ranking of eighth at season's end.
Once Polley took over the reins of the Yale defense, the results were remarkable. The Bulldogs recorded three straight 10-win seasons, beginning with a 2010 campaign that saw them earn a share of the Ivy title for the first time since 1990 and become the top-ranked team in New England. Five players received All-Ivy recognition this past season with three earning All-America honors as the Bulldogs strung together their longest win streak in over two decades.
Under Polley's charge, the 2011 Yale squad ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense (7.57) and third in caused turnovers (10.2) a year after being ranked 10th and sixth, respectively, in those categories.
As one of the youngest head coaches in the country, Polley guided Merrimack to back-to-back top-10 finishes in Division II (2005, 2006) while having his players sweep the New England player and rookie of the year awards in both of those seasons. His defense ranked fifth in the country in 2005 while his offense averaged 13.3 goals per game in 2006, good for eighth nationally. He also produced a pair of All-Americans, including the 2006 NCAA all-divisions point leader.
Prior to taking over the Merrimack post, Polley was the first-ever head coach for the girls' lacrosse program at Andover High School. His 2003 team went undefeated in the regular season and he compiled a record of 44-12-3 over the course of three seasons.
An All-American and a two-time All-Northeast-10 selection at Merrimack, Polley was a three-sport athlete for the Warriors, as he also played football and basketball in North Andover before focusing on lacrosse. He served as captain of the lacrosse team for three seasons and was a two-year captain in football as the squad's starting quarterback. A native of Downingtown, Pa., Polley attended Malvern Prep and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Polley, who graduated magna cum laude from Merrimack in 1999 with a bachelor's in business administration, currently lives in Watertown, Mass., with his wife, Carolyn and two daughters, Olivia and Quinn.
Mike Silipo, Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator
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Mike Silipo completed his first season as the Terriers' offensive coordinator in 2017.
The Terrier offense finished second in the Patriot League and was among the top 30 in the country at 10.76 goals per game. Not only did the Terriers find the back of the net often but they were one of the most efficient teams in the NCAA, boasting the top shot percentage in the Patriot League at 31.6 percent, which was 15th-best in the country. BU also finished 18th in the nation and second in the conference with an average of 6.59 assists per game.
Two Terrier attackers and one midfielder earned All-Patriot League honors, including unanimous first-team selection Cal Dearth. Dearth thrived under Silipo, setting the single-season program record for goals (38) and points (57). Jack Wilson was a second-team honoree at attack while Brendan Homire garnered a second-team selection at midfield.
Silipo joined the Terriers after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at Ithaca College, his alma mater. There, he served as defensive coordinator and helped guide the Bombers to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including a berth in the quarterfinals last year.
In addition to his defensive responsibilities, Silipo was instrumental in improving Ithaca’s offense over his tenure there. The Bombers ranked 76th in the country in scoring offense prior to his arrival, but finished last season with an average of 16.91 goals per game, good for third in the NCAA.
Under Silipo’s tutelage, Ithaca also held opponents to just 6.82 goals per game last season to help the Bombers finish with the nation’s best scoring margin at 10.09 goals per game. Ithaca was the No. 1 team in the country in both polls for a three-week period and finished with a program-record 20 wins, including a victory at then-No. 2 RIT.
Prior to his stint at Ithaca, Silipo coached for two seasons at Williams College. He spent the first of his two campaigns at Williams as the defensive coordinator before shifting roles and leading the offense the following year. In 2013, he also took over duties as the program’s recruiting coordinator, film coordinator and faceoff coach. Silipo was also the football team’s running backs coach during his tenure at Williams.
A midfielder and senior captain for the Bombers, Silipo helped Ithaca to a record of 48-23 from 2008-11. The Bombers competed in the Empire 8 Championship Tournament each of his four years and twice played for the conference crown. Ithaca won the title in 2008 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals.
Silipo played in 69 games for the Bombers scoring 47 goals and adding 15 assists for 62 points. He tallied 120 ground balls and forced 53 turnovers during his career and was a second-team All-Empire 8 selection as a senior.
Max Silberlicht, Assistant Coach
Max Silberlicht was named an assistant coach of the Boston University men’s lacrosse program on July 27, 2017.
Silberlicht joined the Terriers after spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Bowdoin. He helped guide the Polar Bears to four winning seasons during his tenure there, including back-to-back 10-win campaigns over the last two years.
Silberlicht will be responsible for coaching the Terrier goalkeepers and assisting with the defense. Under Silberlicht’s guidance, four Bowdoin players earned USILA All-America accolades this past season, including goalkeeper Peter Mumford. In addition, three Polar Bears received All-New England honors.
Prior to his role at Bowdoin, Silberlicht began his coaching career at Lynchburg College in Virginia. He served two seasons as an offensive assistant with the Hornets before joining Bowdoin in the summer of 2012.
Silberlicht is no stranger to Division I lacrosse, having shined as a goalkeeper at Hobart. A three-and-a-half-year starter for the Statesmen between the pipes, he posted a 9.24 goals against average with 18 wins, both program records. Silberlicht also recorded 553 saves with a .576 save percentage, both of which are second all-time at the school. In 2008, he broke the Hobart single-season goals against average (8.05) before breaking his own record the following year (7.91).
A native of New Hartford, New York, Silberlicht graduated Hobart in 2010. He then earned his Masters' degree in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg in 2012.
Rocky Batty, Volunteer Assistant
Rocky Batty joined the Boston University men's lacrosse program as a volunteer assistant coach on Sept. 1, 2017.
Batty, who has 25 years of coaching experience, just concluded his 10th season as the head boys' lacrosse coach at Wellesley High School. Since he took over as head coach at Wellesley in 2008, he amassed a record of 148-63, including an undefeated regular season in 2011 and a trip to the state semifinals in 2012. Batty also served as head coach at Brookline High School from 1999-2006. He began his coaching career as the JV coach at Brookline in 1992.
A 1991 graduate of Brown University, Batty played close defense during his career with the Bears. Over 40 of Batty's pupils went on to play collegiate lacrosse during his tenure at Wellesley.
Rory Finnegan, Director of Operations
Rory Finnegan was named director of lacrosse operations at Boston University on Sept. 6, 2017.
In this role, Finnegan will oversee day-to-day operations of both BU lacrosse programs. He will coordinate travel as well as oversee student managers and handle alumni relations. In addition, he will head up both teams' community service and outreach as well as help with on-campus recruiting.
Finnegan arrives at BU after spending last season as an assistant coach at Bowdoin. Along with current men's lacrosse assistant coach Max Silberlicht, Finnegan helped the Polar Bears complete a 10-win campaign in 2017.
Prior to his stint at Bowdoin, Finnegan was the goaltending coach for Hampden-Sydney (Va.) College in 2016. He joined the Tigers after a four-year career at Virginia Wesleyan College. During his time with the Marlins, he was a two-year starter in net, as well as a two-year captain. Finnegan posted 424 saves over his career, to go along with a .570 save percentage. He recorded 19 wins, and led the Marlins to an in-conference program record of seven victories in 2015. He posted career highs in saves against Greensboro College (30) in 2014 and against Guilford College (28) in 2015.
A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, Finnegan graduated from Virginia Wesleyan in 2015 with a degree in international studies.