By Matt Noonan
Matt Colombini is excited to be back in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
The former Colby College and Wheaton College assistant coach recently accepted the men’s lacrosse head coaching position at Emerson College earlier this week.
“I am really excited to be back in the NEWMAC,” said Colombini.
“In the one year that I was gone, you saw Coast Guard take a huge jump into the playoff mix, MIT enjoy another successful season, and Babson and Springfield play to one-goal games. There is definitely some parody throughout the league, so it is very exciting to get back into it.”
Colombini inherits a Lions squad searching for its initial league victory since the school became the 11th member of the NEWMAC three years ago.
Emerson graduated a trio of players from last season’s roster, but return juniors Diego Rosende and Jack Bushell, who combined for 31 points on 24 goals and seven assists. Sophomore Cameron Radenberg will also be player to watch on attack after concluding his initial season with eight points on five goals and three assists.
The Lions also return a pair of goaltenders, including sophomore Bailey Kennedy, who started 11 games last season and finished seventh in the conference with 129 saves.
“We’re going to have to use the first week of fall ball to see where we’re at, while putting some guys in different positions,” said Colombini. “Afterward we will install various schemes and find offenses and defenses that fit best for our guys.”
It has only been a few days, but Colombini’s optimism and excitement could result in an exciting next chapter of the Emerson men’s lacrosse program.
“My biggest goal heading into this upcoming season is to help Emerson compete against each team in the league, while earning our first-ever NEWMAC win,” said Colombini.