Jeff Pechulis enters his sixth season as head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at Westfield State and his eighth year with the program in 2019.
In 2018, the Owls won the MASCAC conference tournament championship game with a convincing 17-10 victory over Framingham State. Westfield State earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III national championship tournament, and won a first-round game over Morrisville State before ultimately falling to the defending national champion Gettysburg College Bulletts. The Owls finished at 18-3 on the year.
The Owls have positioned themselves as an annual top contender in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference and a strong competitor in the New England region and Northeast.
Since taking the helm in 2014, Pechulis has been named the MASCAC Coach of the Year three times. The Owls have competed in the conference championship game in seven of eight years at Westfield State, including three regular season championships and two conference tournament championships.
Over each of the last three seasons under Coach Pechulis the Owls have continued to play stronger schedules and continue to succeed. In 2015 the Owls set a season record with 13 wins, only to top that mark once again in 2016 with a record of 14-5, and matched the 14-win total again in 2017.
Coach Pechulis’ players have been recognized with an abundance of individual player accolades and team records in the recent years of his tenure as head coach. These include:
2017: Conference tournament champions, and Tournament MVP sophomore goalkeeper Maria Woodall. The Owls contributed five players to the MASCAC all conference teams, including one first-team player and four second team players. During this banner year, Westfield State was ranked 1st in the MASCAC in goals scored, goals per game, shots, shots on goal, saves, save percentage, and wins.
Team Records in 2017 include most wins per season (14), and most ground balls per season (441).
2016: Six players selected to MASCAC all conference teams, including three first-team players. 2015 Goalie of the Year (Mimi Khampaeng), Team Sportsmanship Award (Steph Godek), Coach of the Year Award (Jeff Pechulis), Sportsmanship Coach of the Year (Jeff Pechulis).
Team records include most wins per season (14), Caused Turnovers (223), Goals-Against Average (7.74), Saves per game (Khampaeng, 16), Save Percentage (Khampaeng, .562), Mimi Khampaeng ranked 4th nationally in save percentage and was selected to the ECAC D3 New England All Star Team.
2015: Seven players selected to MASCAC all conference teams including five first team selections. 2015 Player of the Year (Meg Griffin), 2015 Rookie of the Year (Brooke Williams), and 2015 Goalie of the Year (Mimi Khampaeng), Team Sportsmanship Award (Steph Godek), Coach of the Year Award (Jeff Pechulis), Sportsmanship Coach of the Year (Jeff Pechulis).
Team records include most wins per season (13), longest winning streak (13), consecutive home wins (8), and most assists per season (139). Individuals records included points per game (Meg Griffin, 6.25), goals per game (Meg Griffin, 4.5), and saves per season (Khampaeng, 160).
2014: Six players selected to MASCAC all conference teams, including four first-team players. 2014 Goalie of the Year (Mimi Khampaeng). Team records in season assists, single-game assists, ground balls, and saves. Westfield’s Stephanie Lenhardt ranked 12th nationally in assists.
Prior to Westfield State, Pechulis coached for three years at Westfield High School with both the varsity and junior varsity teams. He also spent eight years with the Westfield Youth Lacrosse program as coach and a member of the advisory board. While a student at UMass-Amherst, he was introduced to the sport of lacrosse as a member of the 1985 sub-varsity team.