BOSTON, Mass. – Head women's lacrosse coach Nicole Poli is the first Division 3 player in the history of the United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLX) after she was drafted by the Boston Storm this week.
Poli, who was a lacrosse defender for Western New England College from 2007-11, will join the Storm, who were runners-up in last year's inaugural season of the league, when this year's campaign opens on May 27th at Attleboro High School.
Earlier this month, Mustang head men's lacrosse coach Andrew Fink was hired as the General Manager for the Storm, who open their season against the Philadelphia Force.
"This is an exciting opportunity to play with some of the best female athletes in the country, to represent Division 3, and to be part of the next level of women's lacrosse," said Poli, who was selected alongside of players from Ohio State, Rutgers, and Brown University, as well as Division 2 member Saint Anselm College.
Poli was a four-time All-Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), IWLCA All-Berkshire Region and ECAC All-New England Player during her time with the Golden Bears. She won CCC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009, was a three-time CCC Defensive Player of the Year, and in 2011 was selected as the ECAC New England Defensive Player of the Year. She holds the NCAA division 3 record with 309 caused turnovers over four seasons and over her four-year career, WNE went 58-25 (.699).
I feel extremely honored to be given this opportunity to continue playing and be part of the UWLX," said Poli. "My mission is to play hard for my team, set an example on and off the field and hopefully give players of all divisions the courage to chase their dreams."
"It's exciting to know that the sport is continuing to grow at a higher level and giving players an opportunity to compete after college," she concluded. "I am really looking forward to giving back to the community by motivating, supporting and encouraging girls and women who are just as passionate about the game as I am."
In her fifth season as head coach of the Mount Ida women's lacrosse program, Poli has the Mustangs off to their best record in school history. Her team is 11-2 overall and 4-1 in the GNAC, hoping to secure the first home playoff game in the program's eight-year tenure.