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 assistant coach of the Boston Men's Lacrosse team in the summer of 2017.
Silberlicht comes to BU from Bowdoin, where he was Assistant Coach for Five years. Prior to that, he was at Lynchburg (Va.) College, where he was an offensive assistant for two seasons. He joined the Hornets in 2010 after an outstanding career at Division I Hobart (N.Y.). A three and a half year starter for the Statesmen between the pipes, he climbed the ranks of the school's record books. For his career, he posted a 9.24 goals against average with 18 wins, both program records. He 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), and then broke his own record the following year (7.91). Max is also a two time recipient of the C.R.A.G. Outstanding Defensive Player award ('09 and '10), while also being recognized as the senior co-Athlete of the Year for Hobart College.
Silberlicht earned his Masters' degree in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg. In addition to his duties with the men's lacrosse program, Silberlicht will also assume additional duties in the Bowdoin Sports Information Office.
Sam Harrison, Volunteer Assistant/Co-Director
Sam Harrison enters his first season as the volunteer assistant coach after spending last year as a student assistant.
Harrison graduated from Army West Point in 2010 after four seasons with the Black Knights' lacrosse program. He earned his bachelor's degree in engineering and industrial management before serving in the Army from 2010-2015. Harrison was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 and earned a bronze star.
On the field, Harrison was voted the team's unsung hero following his senior season in 2010 after he helped lead Army to its most recent Patriot League title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He started 16 of 17 games that year at close defense, causing 16 turnovers and collecting 24 ground balls.