Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/8/19
from Press release
Mason Poli, a 2009 Downingtown East grad, will debut as a head college coach Saturday when he leads Quinnipiac in its season opener at UMass Lowell in Lowell, MA.
Poli, a standout himself at Bryant University, enters his fifth season with the Quinnipiac coaching staff. Poli served as an assistant coach for the Bobcats’ program for four years (as defensive coordinator, and was also responsible for scouting, skill development, recruiting and academics) and was named
Interim Head Coach in the fall.
Poli was drafted in 2013 by the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) with their fourth round pick. Poli’s success on the field continued as he led the MLL in longpole scoring with six goals, three two-point goals, and one assist for 10 points in 2014. In his rookie season, Poli helped the Hounds to a second-place finish in the MLL standings.
While at Bryant, Poli compiled one of the most decorated longpole lacrosse careers in NCAA history. Poli led the nation in longpole scoring in both his junior and senior seasons, leading to a pair of Tewaaraton Semifinalist Awards. Poli was named USILA Honorable Mention All-American in 2011, 2012 and 2013, while being named to the NEILA All-New England and Northeast Conference First Teams those same years.
Quinnipiac has 14 freshman, 10 sophomores, six juniors and 12 seniors in 2019. The Bobcats return four of their top five scorers from 2018, an offense that finished the season No. 10 in total offense. Senior Foster Cuomo (33 goals, 16 assists), sophomore Jake Tomsik (27 goals, 17 assists), senior Mike Fletcher (26 goals, 16 assists) and senior Matt Frost (15 goals, 6 assists) all return for Quinnipiac.