Getting to Know Boston University Men's Lacrosse

Ryan Polley

Aug. 13, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - With a Valentine's Day announcement in 2012, the varsity future of the Boston University men's lacrosse program was born. Since then the Terriers have hired a head coach and staff and announced their first class of 31 recruits.

The program's roots date back several decades at BU, though it wasn't until 1972 that it was officially designated a club sport at the school. For a thorough look at the history of lacrosse at BU, click here.

Named its first head coach on June 21, 2012, Ryan Polley assumed the reigns of a program that won't play its first varsity game until February. Though a non-League schedule has not yet been released, the Terriers will jump into League play for the first time against two-time defending champion Lehigh. BU is scheduled to host the Mountain Hawks Feb. 22.

  • First season - 2014
  • Head coach - Ryan Polley (first season)
  • Facility - Nickerson Field (Field turf: 10,412)

Q&A with head coach Ryan Polley

Q: How is the Patriot League a good fit for the men's lacrosse program at BU?

A: The Patriot League is a tremendous fit for our lacrosse program for two reasons. First, we are joining a conference with schools that pride themselves on academic excellence. In addition to being excellent academic institutions, the League has also set a very high standard for men's lacrosse. With the recent addition of Loyola, the conference becomes even stronger and our goal is to grow our program to the highest level and to be able to compete with the most successful teams in the League.

Q: It's been over a year since you were named the program's first head coach. What has been your main focus over the last year?

A: Our main focus has been building the infrastructure for a successful program. We have been diligent about learning the processes and procedures of the university while building relationships with our incredible support staff. Our second focus has been on recruiting and seeing as many players as possible. We want to spread the BU brand and get as many recruits on campus to see our many beautiful facilities and everything both the city and the university have to offer.

Q: What are the goals that you've set for the program this upcoming year as it embarks on its first varsity season?

A: The goal of our program is to simply get better every day. We'll be dealing with a very young and inexperienced team and our main focus is to compete and get used to the speed and physicality of playing against more experienced teams.

Q: Before your current position you were an assistant for six years at Yale and faced Patriot League teams here and there. From that perspective, what were your impressions of the Patriot League from afar?

A: My first impression is that it is the most improved conference from when I started at Yale to now. I marvel at the depth of the conference; in the last six years, the League has had five different champions and consistently has multiple nationally-ranked teams competing for NCAA at-large bids. I've also noticed the high caliber of head coaches in the League. Our staff looks forward to competing against some of the brightest minds in the business.

Q: You've been a collegiate head coach before (Merrimack). What have been some of the biggest differences in taking the head coaching position at a transitioning program as compared to one that was already established at its level?

A: The biggest difference is that we get to establish our own culture from the very beginning. Starting the program from scratch also afforded us the opportunity to recruit each and every one of the players that will put on a BU uniform. However, it doesn't go without its set of challenges. The fact that there will be very few upperclassmen on the roster will force some of our younger players to establish themselves as leaders far earlier than they would at an established program.