By Lance Forrest – 1851 Staff
The Lasell College Athletic Department hired Bill Mason as the new men’s lacrosse head coach, as well as the travel and intramural coordinator. The recent hiring fills the place left vacant by former head coach Tim Dunton.
Mason played lacrosse at Western New England for three years and won a Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship his first year in 2009. He also helped lead the 2012 team to an undefeated conference season and an NCAA Tournament bid. After playing, Mason became an offensive assistant and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, and then the men’s lacrosse assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Bates College for three years, according to the Lasell Athletics website.
Senior captain Mike Pino said, “Coach Mason brings a brand new, fast pace and team mentality to the program.”
Senior Pat Egan is excited to have a new system to work with. “It brings a whole new game plan and learning process for [the team],” he said.
In a statement published by Laser Pride, Mason said, “I could not be more excited to step in and continue to push the program to new heights.”
Mason also thanked the members of the search committee for giving him the opportunity. “Lasell is primed to take the next step in the GNAC [Great Northeast Athletic Conference] and I am honored to be a part of this great community,” said Mason.
Since lacrosse is a spring sport, the Lasers are limited to only a few practices per week and two scrimmages that took place on October 11 against Curry College and Franklin Pierce College with both games ending in a tie. Mason and the team plan to improve on these results during the regular season when it begins next semester.