SBU’s new lacrosse coach says he hopes to replicate his success in Division II for the Bonnies
By Joseph Phelan, staff writer, @jphelan13
Ryan Lynn grew up in Baldwinsville, N.Y., with a passion for the game of lacrosse.
“I remember as a kid going to see lacrosse games with my dad,” said Lynn, St. Bonaventure University’s newly named head lacrosse coach. “I caught the fever.”
That fever has been with him since then, and it is that same fever that has made him successful at the collegiate level.
Lynn led Le Moyne, the No. 2-ranked Division II lacrosse team in 2011, advance to the NCAA Championship semifinals. As the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator, his team had the nation’s top scoring defense at 5.06 goals per game.
Though he was Le Moyne’s top assistant coach, Lynn said the family atmosphere made taking St. Bonaventure’s head coaching job an easy choice.
“From the administration to the girls on the team, I sensed a support system that made this job so attractive to me,” he said.
As a former goalie, Lynn said he understands the importance of defense. The mastermind behind the Dolphins’ defensive attack, which ranked first among Division II teams in fewest goals allowed per game, said he will try to mimic similar results at the Division I level.
“When I look at offense, it all starts with a good defense,” he said.
Lynn added everyone has a fresh start and is on the same level.
“It gives our players an opportunity to stand out,” he said.
Lynn said he is willing to make any and all necessary strides to make this team a more dynamic one. His goals are high, but they can be achieved.
“I will bring and teach everything I know,” said Lynn, a 2004 University of Buffalo and 2008 Buffalo State graduate. “To me, practice is the most important thing. Just being out there each day teaching is very rewarding.”
Lynn replaces Christy Malone, who accepted an administrative position in higher education at Division III Neumann University in Aston, Pa. Christine Hanley, a ’11 alumna and the university’s career goals scored leader, will help coach the offensive attack as Lynn’s graduate assistant.
Lynn said he understands that it might take time, but is up for the challenge in turning around a team that went 6-9, 2-5 in Atlantic 10 Conference, a year ago.
“Getting to the A10 Championship, winning the championship, qualifying for the NCAAs, and be able to compete at the national level is where we aim to be,” Lynn said.