Lynn-ear progression

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.

Captains’ magical touch

The only recruiting class by coach Christy Malone to stay all four years made the university’s lacrosse program a force

By Tony Lee, editor in chief, @sHecKii

ST. BONAVENTURE (March 10) — Christine Hanley, Catie Greene and Jill Remick entered the university as head lacrosse coach Christy Malone’s freshmen recruits.

Three years later, they leave as the catalyst that made St. Bonaventure University’s lacrosse program relevant again. 

“They are really the group that set the whole foundation down and really laid the tracks for (future) teams to follow,” Malone said. “I think they’re a huge part of my career and a huge part for the lacrosse program here at Bonaventure.”

Whether its Greene’s perfect 4.0 GPA or Hanley’s Atlantic 10 Conference awards, Malone said the senior captains have became the epitome of athletes teammates not only want to be around but model after.

Malone said Greene, Hanley and Remick, who was accepted into George Washington’s medical program, are the only athletes she has coached all four years. 

“I think they are the only (recruiting) class that really got me,” she said. “I do cherish that they saw the vision I had from freshman year and they still stuck with me until senior year.”

That vision included wins against well-known athletic programs like Connecticut — a game all the lacrosse players and coaching staff remembers vividly. 

“We had the mindset of if we didn’t know if we’re going to win or not because they are a really good team,” Hanley said of the 11-10 away victory on Feb. 29, 2010. “Throughout the game, coach kept saying stuff to motivate us.”  

During the four years, Greene, a Islip Terrace, N.Y. native, said on the team developed a special bond. 

“I don’t think we really mind coming to practice,” she said of the players and coaches. 

That is because practice is fun and filled with jokes, something Malone said that helps her job of coaching 29 women less taxing.

“They are totally immature, but I’m OK with that at certain times,” she said of the captains. “Times on my job it’s very stressful, and for them to make me crack a smile and put things into perspective, it is really needed.”

Greene gave an example.

“One time Coach was talking to Crissy about changing something,” she said, “and I walked passed (Hanley) and told her, ‘Coach thinks you are a (wussy).’”

Greene said Marcus Nelson, an assistant coach who started off as a team manager, also contributes to the comedic shenanigans that makes the overall experience fun.

“Our whole team is so close,” she said. “When we go out on weekends, we’re together. When we’re here, we’re together. I walk through the RC and someone’s doing something stupid, usually Marcus, and I get to laugh about it.”

Nelson, who attended some classes with lacrosse players, said he got to hang out with them. Because of that, especially for the captains, he said “it’s like watching your little sisters grow up and be something great.”

“Watching them playing on the field is one of the most satisfying things to do because you know where they came from,” Nelson said. “And where they are now … it’s just awesome.”

Hanley, a Syracuse, N.Y., said when the three captains became freshmen dorm mates at Shay Hall, none of them expected this type of satisfying experience.

“I can’t say I thought that we’d all be captains together, but I’m glad it turned out that way,” Hanley said. “I think we work really well together.”

When asked about what Greene and Hanley thought their legacy will be, Hanley said she hopes people just remembers them.

Greene said that won’t be a problem for Hanley.

“If you come to one of our games, you’re going to see this girl fly from one side of a field to another,” she said of Hanley. “Like, everyone remembers that when they come out to the field.”

After graduating, Greene, currently in St. Bonaventure’s master’s program on mental health, is waiting back on other graduate schools before making a final decision, and Hanley, a childhood psychology major, wants to be a graduate assistant at St. Bonaventure.

Remick, a Rensselaer, N.Y. native, will complete her St. Bonaventure-George Washington University School of Medicine Early Assurance Program and attend medical school after graduation. 

The three captains came into their freshmen year looking forward to joining a lacrosse team. 

They leave knowing they left the program in a better place. 

“(Malone) really took our program from kind of nothing to now we couldn’t be happier than how it looks,” Greene said.

This is a preview clip of The Intrepid’s interview with St. Bonaventure Bonnies lacrosse captains Catie Greene and Christine Hanley, head coach Christy Malone and assistant coach Marcus Nelson. 

Follow The Intrepid on Twitter (@Intrepid_SBU) or come back to this website to see the feature story on March 7.