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Men's lacrosse coach Lasagna named NEILA 'Man of the Year'

Peter Lasagna was named "Man of the Year" on May 31, 2017 by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates head men's lacrosse coach Peter Lasagna was named "Walter Alessi Man of the Year" Wednesday by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, the latest in a flood of postseason honors for the NCAA quarterfinalist Bobcats.

Lasagna also received NEILA's Division III Co-Coach of the Year honors on May 16; he is a two-time NEILA Coach of the Year and a three-time NESCAC Coach of the Year. 

"I am humbled and honored by this recognition of our staff, players and program from our New England peers," said Lasagna.

Lasagna has nearly 35 years of coaching experience, split between Division I Brown University, his alma mater, and Division III Bates, whom he has turned into a powerhouse on the regional and national stage.

During the 2017 season, his 17th year at the helm of the Bobcats, Lasagna guided the Bobcats to a 14-0 record to start the year, including a perfect 10-0 mark in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) regular season and the No. 1 ranking in Division III for two weeks. The Bobcats made their seventh NESCAC tournament appearance under Lasagna, and their second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last three years, reaching the national quarterfinals and finishing the year with a 16-2 record.

"Pete Lasagna has always been one of the great personalities on the New England lacrosse circuit and a true ambassador of the game. He has a long history of service and accomplishments in many capacities, and after the tremendous success his team had this season, it is very appropriate and an honor to present him this award," said Rick Senatore, Vice President of NEILA and head men's lacrosse coach at Franklin Pierce University.

After graduating from Brown in 1982, Lasagna spent 18 years coaching there, including eight as a head coach. While in charge, Lasagna went 65-51 overall and 30-18 in Ivy League play. The Bears went to three NCAA Division I championship tournaments during his tenure, and made appearances in the national semifinals in 1994 and quarterfinals in 1995, when Lasagna was named Division I Coach of the Year by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). The NEILA awarded Lasagna Division I New England Coach of the Year recognition in both 1994 and 1995.

Off of the field, Lasagna has given voice to the lacrosse community in several other instances, including writing the back-page column for Inside Lacrosse magazine since 2001, and serving as master of ceremonies at two USILA coaches' conventions. He was inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the Greater Rochester (NY) Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2011.

The NEILA Man of the Year Award is an annual honor selected by the administration of NEILA and presented to an individual for incredible contributions to New England Lacrosse.

-- Some text from the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association