Men's Lacrosse's Rick Senatore Named 2012 NEILA Division II Coach of the Year
Second coach-of-the-year award for Senatore this season
RINDGE, N.H. (May 17, 2012) -- Franklin Pierce University men's lacrosse head coach Rick Senatore on Thursday was named the 2012 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division II Coach of the Year. It marked the second coach-of-the-year accolade for Senatore this season as he garnered the honor from the Northeast-10 Conference in late April.
Senatore claimed NEILA's coaching award after guiding Franklin Pierce to a 7-6 record in 2012, which marked the first winning season in program history. The Ravens finished 5-5 in league games and finished in a tie for fifth place in the NE-10. The conference finish was the highest in program history and came just two months after Franklin Pierce was picked to finish 10th in the league's preseason poll.
The seven overall victories and five conference wins established new program single season records in those respective categories. The Ravens had some incredible wins this season, including defeating Southern New Hampshire, Saint Anselm and Pace for the first time in program history. The win over St. A's came via an 11-10 decision over the No. 9-nationally ranked Hawks back on April 14 in Manchester. It marked Franklin Pierce's first win ever over a nationally-ranked foe. The Ravens concluded their 2012 season on April 28 with a 10-9 triumph over Pace, thus sealing a winning record.
Senatore has guided the program to unparalleled heights in his first three seasons in Rindge. He has led the Ravens to 15 wins over his three years, which is an impressive accomplishment considering the program won a total of 17 games from its inaugural season of 1998 through the 2009 campaign. Franklin Pierce has appeared in the NEILA Division II Poll for at least one week in each of Senatore's first three seasons; after having never appeared in the poll prior to his arrival.
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