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 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.
Girls and Women's Lacrosse
Peri West - Director of XCEL Maine
Peri West is the head women's lacrosse coach at Thomas College and the director of lacrose for XCEL Lacrosse Maine.
West is beginning her fifth season as the head coach of Thomas College in Waterville, ME. She spent the previous four years at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas; a program she started from scratch and the first collegiate women's lacrosse program in Arkansas. After spending the 2013 season recruiting, the Warriors posted back-to-back 4-10 seasons in 2014 and 2015 and an 8-8 mark in 2016.
From 2010-2012, Peri launched the Mount Ida College women’s lacrosse program and lead them to a 21-26 record in three seasons and earned and three consecutive trips to the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament. West coached eight All-GNAC and the league's 2012 Defensive Player of the Year and 2012 Rookie of the Year while at Mount Ida.
Coach west has also coached at Weston High School (MA) and spent three season at her alma mater, Wheaton College (Norton, MA). At Wheaton she helped the Lyons to a fifth straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament title game in 2006.
As a player for Wheaton, West was named team captain twice and helped capture the program's first two NEWMAC titles. She started in 68 games during her career, missing just one game. West helped the Lyons to a 20-4 mark in NEWMAC games and advance to the NCAA Tournament twice. In her senior season, West led the team to the NCAA Division III national quarterfinals. She totaled 53 goals and 23 assists for 76 points during her career as a midfielder and was twice named first team All-NEWMAC.
Peri also brings a wealth of international playing and coaching experience having coached in England, playing in the Czech Republic and most recently has taken on the role as amember of the coaching staff for the Colombian National Team as the prepare for the Lacrosse World Cup in England in July 2017.
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Giuliana Zarrella - Director of Instructional Lacrosse
• 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
• Graduate of Holy Cross with a BS in Psychology
• Former Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Wheelock College (MA)