Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach
The 2014 season marks Jason Paige’s 16th season as the men’s lacrosse coach. During his tenure, Paige has guided the Storm to a 109-75 record, by far the winningest men’s lacrosse coach in school history. His squads have captured the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship in four of the last five years, including winning three straight from 2011 to 2013.
The Green and Gold successfully completed the three-peat of NEAC championships by defeating Hilbert College 17-5 in the 2013 title game. After dropping their season-opener to nationally-ranked RIT, the Storm rattled off 12 straight wins to claim both the NEAC regular season and postseason championships.
Keuka featured one of the most potent offenses in the country, as junior Connor Latimer earned first-team All-NEAC and was the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year after leading the nation in points per game (6.54). He shattered school records for points (85) and assists (41) in a season and led the conference in both statistical categories. The attacker finished the season ranked third nationally in assists per game (3.15) and seventh in goals per game (3.38).
As a team, Keuka finished second in the nation in scoring average (226 goals, 17.38 goals/game), second in scoring margin (10.31), second in assists per game (11) and fourth in caused turnovers per game (13.92). Seven members of the Storm earned first-team All-NEAC: Latimer was joined by Scott Miller, the NEAC’s Defensive Player of the Year, Anthony Luppino, Eric Saltrelli, James Voigt, Zach Koczent and Brandon DeCaire on the first team.
Voigt, who matched his career high with five goals and added two assists in the NEAC championship, earned Tournament MVP honors as the Storm picked up their 18th straight win against NEAC foes and set a school record for wins with 12.
Justin Strain was named second-team All-NEAC while Mike Crumlish earned third-team All-NEAC honors. Paige, who picked up career win number 100 with a 14-9 road triumph over rival Morrisville State on March 30, garnered Coach of the Year after another successful campaign.
Keuka successfully defended its NEAC title in 2012, posting an 11-4 overall record that featured a 7-1 record in conference play. After dropping its first NEAC game of the year, the Storm went on a tear, winning its next nine games against conference foes, including the postseason, when the Green and Gold routed Cazenovia College and Medaille College by a combined score of 33-11 to capture its second straight NEAC title. Chris Redington matched his career-high with eight points (seven goals and one assist) in a 17-5 win over Medaille in the NEAC title game to earn Tournament MVP honors.
Senior Gino Marcello, sophomore Scott Miller and sophomore Zachary Koczent each earned first-team All-NEAC honors while Redington earned second-team and freshman Anthony Luppino earned third-team All-NEAC honors during the regular season. Over its last seven games, all wins, Keuka surrendered only 30 goals, an average of 4.3 goals per game, including a 24-0 road shutout of Penn State-Abington, the first shutout in the program’s 26-year history.
The Storm finished the 2011 season with a 10-5 record, including going 5-1 in the NEAC, and earned another conference crown after knocking off No. 1 seeded Morrisville 8-7 in the championship game. Six different storm players earned All-NEAC honors, including senior goalie Brett Leonard, the NEAC Goalie of the Year who also earned NEAC tournament MVP honors after sporting an 8-5 mark as Keuka’s starting goalie. Keuka captured the NEAC title after bouncing back from a 1-4 start. The Storm closed the year strong, winning nine of its next 10 games by a score of 137-62, including the one-goal win in the NEAC championship.
Paige led Keuka to a 5-9 record overall and 4-2 conference mark in 2010. In 2009, he led his team to a perfect 4-0 NEAC record while also winning the first-ever NEAC men’s lacrosse tournament championship with a 17-4 win over Medaille College. Paige was named the NEAC Coach of the Year and placed seven players on the All-Conference teams including the Player of the Year, Goalie of the Year, and Tourney MVP.
He led the Storm to an 8-5 record in 2008 while having both his scoring offense and scoring defense nationally ranked.
Paige also coached the men’s and women’s cross country teams here at Keuka from 2004-2008.
Paige was a standout lacrosse player at Washington College (Chestertown, Md.), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1995. He earned All-America honors three times, including a first-team selection in 1994, and was selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game that same year. He captained his team in 1994, was a first team All-Middle Atlantic Conference selection in 1992-93, and a first team All-Centennial Conference pick in 1994. He was selected for induction into Washington College’s Athletic Hall of Fame and is slated for enshrinement on Oct. 22.
Prior to taking over the Storm, Paige served as assistant head coach at his alma mater, as well as St. Andrews School in Middletown, Del.
Paige resides in Penn Yan, N.Y.
Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach