Mike Silipo, who completed his fourth season as the Terriers' offensive coordinator in 2020, was elevated to associate head coach on July 1, 2019.
For the fourth straight year, BU finished the year averaging over 10 goals per game. Two rookies - Vince D'Alto and Louis Perfetto - started all six games of the shortened season at attack and shined, with D'Alto leading the team in goals (14) and points (21) while Perfetto dished out a team-high eight assists. Over the final four games, the Terriers averaged 13.25 goals per game en route to a 3-1 record.
Silipo orchestrated one of the top offensive units not only in the Patriot League but in the entire NCAA in 2019. BU averaged a program-best 12.59 goals per game in 2019, which ranked second in the conference and 19th in the nation. The Terriers also finished the year ninth in the country and second in the Patriot League with a program-record 8.53 assists per game. Since Silipo arrived on Commonwealth Ave., the Terriers have shared the ball effectively, ranking among the top 20 teams in the NCAA in assists per game in three of his four seasons at BU.
In addition to the success of his 6-on-6 offense, Silipo has built one of the best man-up units in the country. The Terriers were first in the Patriot League and 11th in the country with a man advantage this past season, one year after boasting the third-ranked man-up offense in the country in 2018.
His attackers have earned three All-America accolades and eight All-Patriot League selections since 2017, including the program’s first-ever First Team All-American in 2019. James Burr excelled under Silipo’s guidance and graduated this year as the team’s all-time leader in goals (153) and points (194).
A testament to Silipo’s impact on the Terrier offense is the fact that not only did four returning players post career years in 2019, but several freshmen had terrific debut seasons at either attack or midfield. Timmy Ley set a program record for goals by a rookie with 34 while Jake Cates (15g, 8a), Matt Hilburn (7g, 4a) and Jett Dziama (8g, 2a) all reached double digits in points in their first year at BU.
In 2018, Silipo coached a Terrier offense that averaged over 10 goals per game for the second straight year. Two of his attackers, freshman Chris Gray and senior Jack Wilson, earned All-Patriot League honors, with Gray also being named the league's Rookie of the Year. Gray, who set single-season program records with 40 assists and 71 points, was a 2018 USILA and Inside Lacrosse All-American, marking the second straight year a Terrier attackman has earned All-America accolades during Silipo's tenure.
The Terrier offense finished second in the Patriot League and was among the top 30 in the country at 10.76 goals per game during Silipo's debut season in 2017. Not only did the Terriers find the back of the net often but they were one of the most efficient teams in the NCAA, boasting the top shot percentage in the Patriot League at 31.6 percent, which was 15th-best in the country. BU also finished 18th in the nation and second in the conference with an average of 6.59 assists per game.
Silipo joined the Terriers after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at Ithaca College, his alma mater. There, he served as defensive coordinator and helped guide the Bombers to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including a berth in the quarterfinals last year.
In addition to his defensive responsibilities, Silipo was instrumental in improving Ithaca’s offense over his tenure there. The Bombers ranked 76th in the country in scoring offense prior to his arrival, but finished last season with an average of 16.91 goals per game, good for third in the NCAA.
Under Silipo’s tutelage, Ithaca also held opponents to just 6.82 goals per game last season to help the Bombers finish with the nation’s best scoring margin at 10.09 goals per game. Ithaca was the No. 1 team in the country in both polls for a three-week period and finished with a program-record 20 wins, including a victory at then-No. 2 RIT.
Prior to his stint at Ithaca, Silipo coached for two seasons at Williams College. He spent the first of his two campaigns at Williams as the defensive coordinator before shifting roles and leading the offense the following year. In 2013, he also took over duties as the program’s recruiting coordinator, film coordinator and faceoff coach. Silipo was also the football team’s running backs coach during his tenure at Williams.
A midfielder and senior captain for the Bombers, Silipo helped Ithaca to a record of 48-23 from 2008-11. The Bombers competed in the Empire 8 Championship Tournament each of his four years and twice played for the conference crown. Ithaca won the title in 2008 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals.
Silipo played in 69 games for the Bombers scoring 47 goals and adding 15 assists for 62 points. He tallied 120 ground balls and forced 53 turnovers during his career and was a second-team All-Empire 8 selection as a senior.
Stephen Toomy is in his second season on the Tufts University men's lacrosse coaching staff. A stand-out player at Western New England University, Toomy brings several years of Division I coaching experience to the Jumbos.
The team's defensive coordinator, Toomy oversaw the play of four Jumbos who received Inside Lacrosse Maverik DIII Media All-American honors for the shortened 2020 season.
From 2017-19, Toomy was an assistant coach at Harvard. Prior to that he worked at Boston University, where he served as the defensive coordinator for two seasons. Toomy led one of the best defenses in the country with the Terriers, as they gave up only 8.88 goals per game for a team ranked No. 15 in the country.
Toomy had been the defensive coordinator and goalie coach at Colgate, helping the Raiders win the 2015 Patriot League Championship and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Before Colgate, Toomy was the director of men’s lacrosse operations at the University of North Carolina for two years. He was a part of a Tar Heels coaching staff that won the 2013 ACC championship and made the NCAA tournament both years he was there.
Toomy began his coaching career at his alma mater - Western New England University - where he coached the defense while also serving as the goalie coach and recruiting coordinator.
As a player at Western New England from 2005-09, Toomy was a three-time All-Conference selection and participated in the 2009 NEILA East-West Senior All-Star Game. The Northborough, Massachusetts native earned his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting in May 2009 and has also served as a coach for Team Central Lacrosse and New England Developmental Lacrosse.