Lacrosse Camp Staff

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Andrew Fink - Owen and Director of Camps

Andrew Fink directs the XCEL Lacrosse Summer Lacrosse Camp.   Andrew Fink is currently in his 13th year as the Mount Ida College men’s lacrosse head coach and 14th year with the program overall. He 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.

 

Andrew has extensive lacrosse camp experince having worked numerous camps over the years and also owning and directing his own camp (BIG 3 Lacrosse Camps) that operated on the campus of St. Andrews School.  

aefink@mountida.edu

Danny Penengo - Boys Camp Director

Danny Penengo is the head boys lacrosse coach at St. Andrew's School in Barrington, RI.  A native of Syosset, NY Danny played lacrosse for the Braves in the ealry 90's.  He was the All Long Island foot ball player of the year in 1992 and two time all long island as a midfielder in ’92-93.

 

Danny began his education and coaching career at the age of nineteen where he assisted at Gulliver Prep in Miami FL. He continued to coach at Gulliver for 3 years, and then 15 years at Miami Country Day School.  For 20 years, Danny played and ran the Miami Lacrosse Club, a semi-pro lacrosse team based out of Miami Beach FL. He continues to coach youth helping out in East Bay, Seekonk, and East Providence, and is an active player in the Old New England Lacrosse League (ONELL), as part of the “Gansett Grays Lacrosse Club.
 

Brian Williams - Girls Camp Director

Brian Williams will direct the XCEL Girls Lacrosse Camp this summer.  He has been the head coach at 2x State Champion Moses Brown since 2014. He is a US Lacrosse Level 3 Certified Coach and has many years of experience in the game of lacrosse.  Prior to his time at MB, Brian served as the Girls' Program Director for Providence Youth Lacrosse from 2009 thru 2013.  Coach Williams has the knowledge and ability to coach players at all ages, levels and abilities and we are fortunate to have him lead our camp this summer.

Nicole Poli - Girls Camp Assistant Director

Nicole Poli is the Director of Women's Lacrosse for XCEL.   She is the Head Coach of the Mount Ida College women's lacrosse team and head coach of the women's field hockey program. Since her hire, the women's lacrosse program has made the quarterfinal round of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) in five out of the last six seasons.

 

Poli was the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Western New England University (WNEU) for the 2012 season. Poli, who is a 2011 graduate of Western New England University and a four year player for both the women's lacrosse and soccer programs, earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, while also focusing on a minor in Coaching.

While at Western New England, Poli was a four-time member of the ECAC Division III New England All Star First Team, the IWLCA All-Berkshire Region Second Team, and the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) First Team.

She was named CCC Defensive Player of the Year three consecutive times and was twice the Western New England Coca Cola Female Athlete of the Year.

 

In her Senior season for the Golden Bears, Poli was named ECAC Division III New England Defensive Player of the Year, and was selected to participate in the NCAA Division III North-South Senior All Star Game. 

As a freshman, Poli was a member of the Womenslacrosse.com Division III All-Rookie Team, and was the NCAA Division III leader in caused turnovers (85 in 21 games, 4.05 avg.). She holds national records in caused turnovers both for a season and for a career.

Peri West - Girls Coach

A Boston, Massachusetts native, West is in her first season as the head coach at Thomas College.  She spent the last four years as the head coach at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She started the Hendrix program - the first collegiate women's lacrosse program in Arkansas - from scratch. 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.

In three seasons at Hendrix, West coached six All-Southern Athletic Association second team selections and 10 honorable mentions.

West also guided the launch of the varsity program at former North Atlantic Conference (NAC) member Mount Ida College. In three years of varsity competition, West guided the Mustangs to a 21-26 record 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.

At Mount Ida, West also served several administrative roles. She was the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs for two years, the Assistant to the Athletic Director for a year and the Senior Woman Administrator for a year.

West spent three seasons as an assistant coach for her alma mater Wheaton College. She helped the Lyons to a fifth straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament title game in 2006.

In 2005, West was the junior varsity lacrosse coach at Weston High School.  In 2004 West lived in Gloucestershire, England and coached three high school teams at the Westonbirt School for girls.

While playing 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.

West graduated from Wheaton in 2004 with a degree in philosophy.  She earned her master's degree in sports management with a concentration in coaching from Lasell College in 2015.

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St. Andrew's School
63 Federal Road

Barrington, RI 02806

Questions? Contact Chris Widelo at (508) 202-0546 or chrisw@xcellacrosse.com.  

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