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Peter Lasagna enters his 18th season as head coach of men’s lacrosse at Bates College in the 2017-18 academic year. He is a three-time NESCAC Coach of the Year award-winner. Lasagna has led the Bobcats to seven appearances in the NESCAC Championships and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Lasagna was named the "Walter Alessi Man of the Year" by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in 2017 and also earned NEILA's Division III Co-Coach of the Year award.
During the 2017 season, his 17th year at the helm of the Bobcats, Lasagna guided the Bobcats to a 14-0 record to start the year, including a perfect 10-0 mark in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) regular season and the No. 1 ranking in Division III for two weeks. The Bobcats made their seventh NESCAC tournament appearance under Lasagna, and their second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last three years, reaching the national quarterfinals and finishing the year with a 16-2 record.
Coach Lasagna led Bates to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015, where the Bobcats advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to eventual national champion Tufts. Lasagna was named both New England Coach of the Year by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and NESCAC Co-Coach of the Year by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
In 2013 Lasagna led the Bobcats to a 7-6 regular-season record, including a 5-5 mark in NESCAC games. Bates made its first appearance in the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship tournament since 2006, earning the sixth seed and falling in a competitive quarterfinal game at Tufts.
Bates recorded its most victories, overall and in conference play, since 2006, when the team was 9-5 and 5-4. 2013 was Lasagna’s second time being named NESCAC Coach of the Year: he also received the honor in 2005.
Only the third head lacrosse coach ever at Bates, under Lasagna’s leadership eight Bates players have been named USILA All-Americans and one player went on to play for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.
A 1982 graduate of Brown University, Lasagna came to Bates after 18 years of coaching the Bears at his alma mater, including the last eight as head coach.
Lasagna compiled a 65-51 record as the Bears’ head coach, 30-18 in Ivy League games. Brown went to three NCAA Division I championship tournaments during Lasagna’s tenure, including an appearance in the national semifinals in 1994 and the quarterfinals in 1995. Lasagna was named Division I Coach of the Year by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association that year. He was also named Division I Coach of the Year by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in both 1994 and 1995.
Lasagna won more NCAA playoff games at Brown than any other Brown head coach.
A well-known voice in the collegiate lacrosse community, Lasagna has also been the back-page columnist for the award-winning magazine Inside Lacrosse since 2001. (Archive of Peter Lasagna columns)
He has served as master of ceremonies at two US Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s coaches’ conventions.
In 2002, Lasagna was inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and in 2011 he was inducted into the Greater Rochester (N.Y.) Lacrosse Hall of Fame.