About Us

Chris Widelo - Owner

Chris Widelo has been a fixture in Central Massachusetts lacrosse for over 15 years. A defenseman at Division II Assumption College from 1994-1997, he went on to be an assistant coach at Assumption after graduation and spent six seasons as the school's head men's lacrosse coach. In 2005 Chris served as the assistant varsity lacrosse coach at St. Peter-Marian High School in Worcester. 

From 2007-2011 Widelo was the associate head coach at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. While at Mount Ida he helped lead the Mustangs to three of their six North Atlantic Conference Championships (2007-2009), a Great North Atlantic Conference Championship in 2011 and three appearances in the NCAA DIvision III Tournament (2007-2009).   In 2013 he served as an assistant coach at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, NY.

 

Outside of the high school and college ranks, Chris has coached the Massachusetts Bay State Games Metro Region Lacrosse team on five different occasions and also served as an assistant with Team Central.   This winter, he will present at the US Lacrosse National Convention for the 5th time.  Previous topics have focused on various aspects of individual and team defense.

 

Internationally, Chris has traveled to Europe to coach and play in various lacrosse tournaments including the Prague Cup, Amsterdam Lowlands Tournament and Berlin Open.  This summer he will take a team back to the Prague Cup. 

 

Chris is Double-Goal certified by the Positive Coaching Alliance.

 

Andrew Fink - Owner

Andrew Fink has established himself as one of the most successful coaches in New England college lacrosse. He is also the General Manager of the Boston Storm, a women's professional lacrosse team that competes in the United Women's Lacrosse League.

 

Currently in his 13th year as the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Mount Ida College (14th year with the program overall), Fink has compiled an overall record of 140-68 and has led the Mustangs to eight conference championships, two of them since the Mustangs joined the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) in 2011. In 2015, Fink led the Mustangs to an 11-5 record, including a ten-game winning streak, and helped them reach the GNAC championship game for the fourth time in five years. That game marked the eleventh season in which Fink and the Mustangs appeared in their conference title game, as they made seven appearances in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship, winning six straight between 2004 and 2009.

While members of the NAC, Fink compiled a regular season record of 56-1, and began a streak of eight seasons in which he coached the team to double-digit victories, including a program-record 15 victories in 2012, when they repeated as GNAC champs in just their second year in the conference. Fink, whose teams have made four trips to the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse tournament, also serves as the Athletic Department's Recruiting and Retention Coordinator and as a liaison between athletics and admissions at Mount Ida.

 

Fink played his college lacrosse at the University of Hartford, graduating in 2001 with a degree in communications from the College of Arts and Sciences. As a four-year varsity player and three-year starter, Fink played defense for Hartford. In his junior campaign, the Hawks earned the American East Conference regular season title.A graduate of Rocky Hill High School in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Fink earned all-league and all-state honors in lacrosse.

The NAC Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2010 and GNAC Coach of the Year in 2011, Fink was also honored as Mount Ida College's "Coach-of-the-Year" twice, honored by the Mustangs in 2009 and 2011. Fink and his coaching staff presented this year for the fifth time at the U.S. Lacrosse National Convention, with topics including "Offense vs. Defense - Strategy and Adjustments", "Team Defense", and Man-Down Defense" in Baltimore, Maryland. Fink and his staff's presentation at the 2015 convention in Baltimore was on "Defense with your Hands."

 

Fink also skippers two travel teams and will travel to Prague, Czech Republic for the sixth time with his international team to compete in the Prague Cup.

aefink@mountida.edu

Nicole Poli - Director of Women's Lacrose

Nicole Poli is the Director of Women's Lacrosse for XCEL.   She is the Head Coach of the Mount Ida College women's lacrosse team and head coach of the women's field hockey program. Since her hire, the women's lacrosse program has made the quarterfinal round of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) in five out of the last six seasons.

 

Poli was the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Western New England University (WNEU) for the 2012 season. Poli, who is a 2011 graduate of Western New England University and a four year player for both the women's lacrosse and soccer programs, earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, while also focusing on a minor in Coaching.

While at Western New England, Poli was a four-time member of the ECAC Division III New England All Star First Team, the IWLCA All-Berkshire Region Second Team, and the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) First Team.

She was named CCC Defensive Player of the Year three consecutive times and was twice the Western New England Coca Cola Female Athlete of the Year.

 

In her Senior season for the Golden Bears, Poli was named ECAC Division III New England Defensive Player of the Year, and was selected to participate in the NCAA Division III North-South Senior All Star Game. 

As a freshman, Poli was a member of the Womenslacrosse.com Division III All-Rookie Team, and was the NCAA Division III leader in caused turnovers (85 in 21 games, 4.05 avg.). She holds national records in caused turnovers both for a season and for a career. 

Alison Koning - Assistant Director of Women's Lacrosse

Alison Koning is XCEL’s Assistant Director of women’s lacrosse. In this capacity Alison oversees our Women’s Summer Lacrosse League and Women’s Throwdown Showcase.

Alison is a 2013 graduate of Mount Ida College and is currently in her 3rd season as a volunteer assistant women's lacrosse. She is also in her 2nd year as the Assistant to the Athletic Director at Mount Ida College. Alison completed her Master’s Degree in Sports Leadership at Mount Ida in 2014.

Koning had been active throughout the summer months over the last couple years while working for the Kristen Kjellman Pro Lacrosse Camp while coaching players between seven and eighteen years of age. Koning's main responsibilities included coaching the fundamental mechanics and skills to grow as a lacrosse player. Kjellman, was a USA National Team player as well as a World Champion.

A native of Carlisle, Mass., Koning was a three year member of the Mount Ida women’s lacrosse program and a two-year women’s soccer player for the Mustangs. In 47 games played on the women’s lacrosse team, she picked up 108 ground balls, good for 5th in the Mustang record books, while her 46 caused turnovers is 6th all-time. Her 1157 minutes played in 2013 is the most for a Mustang in a single season, and in 2014 she scored career highs with seven goals and ten points.

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Girls Coaches

Giuliana Zarrella - Girls Lacrosse Coach

• Four-year member of the varsity lacrosse team at Leominster High School

• Led team to two playoff appearances (2010, 2011) 

• Sentinel & Enterprise League All-Star (2010), Telegram & Gazette Best of 60 All-Star (2010)

• Served as team captain her senior year 

• Competed in Bay States Summer Games for Team Central

• Assistant coach for 2014 Bronze Medal Central Region Team at  Bay State Games  

• Four-year member and three-year captain for the Holy Cross Women's Club Lacrosse team 

• Currently a senior at Holy Cross majoring in psychology 

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