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Men’s lacrosse: Dom DeNapoli joins St. John’s lacrosse coaching staff

Tuesday, 4th October 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Features, Posted 10/4/11
From Press Releases

Head coach Jason Miller appoints former Red Storm standout as the new goalkeeping coach.

St. John’s head lacrosse coach Jason Miller has announced the addition of Dom DeNapoli to the Red Storm coaching staff. DeNapoli will serve as the assistant coach responsible for the development of the team’s goalkeepers. He will also handle all game day substitutions and provide support on the offensive and defensive ends.

“When Dan Paccione and I came here five years ago, we knew we had to surround ourselves with people who had a passion for St. John’s and St. John’s lacrosse,” said Miller. “I can’t think of anyone who embodies that more than Dom. It’s what made him a great player here, and what will make him a great coach here.”

This will be DeNapoli’s first stint at collegiate coaching following his playing career at St. John’s. DeNapoli, who donned the Red and White from 2006-2009, was one of the more successful long pole players in Red Storm history. After ranking in the top 100 in groundballs per game his sophomore and junior seasons, DeNapoli led all of NCAA Division 1 lacrosse with 8.50 groundballs per game as a senior. DeNapoli’s 258 career groundballs is the third highest total in St. John’s lacrosse history.

The Red Storm coaching staff will also look to DeNapoli for help developing the team’s face-off unit. As a player, DeNapoli handled most of St. John’s face-offs and ended his career with 220 wins, third most in school history. For his career DeNapoli was 220 out of 459 on draws, giving him a .479 win percentage. He will look to help with the progression of junior midfielder Jordan Rothman who already owns the St. John’s record for faceoff wins with 298.

DeNapoli brings plenty of leadership experience to the coaching staff having served as captain of the 2009 St. John’s squad. That year’s team opened the season 4-0 and moved to as high as No. 14 in the USILA Coaches Poll. In his final collegiate game, DeNapoli recorded a hat trick against eventual national semi-finalist Duke University. After the season, DeNapoli represented St. John’s at the USILA North-South game where he registered a goal, seven groundballs and eight face-off wins for his victorious North squad. That December DeNapoli was selected by the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse in the Supplemental Draft.

DeNapoli has served on the Red Storm coaching staff before, as he spent 2010 as a volunteer assistant for the team. St. John’s went 5-9 during DeNapoli’s season as a volunteer assistant.

Originally hailing from nearby Hewlett, N.Y., DeNapoli starred in lacrosse at Hewlett High School. His impressive senior season was highlighted by conference and county titles as well as honorable mention All-American recognition. DeNapoli also lettered in football and indoor track during his high school career.

DeNapoli will be inheriting a talented goalkeeping unit that led the conference in saves per game and finished third in save percentage. Goalie Jeff Lowman led the entire BIG EAST and finished second nationally at 12.64 saves per game.

St. John’s lacrosse finished the 2011 season with a 4-10 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the BIG EAST. The year was highlighted by a thrilling 9-8 victory over Rutgers University in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic at the New Meadowlands Stadium.



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