Take a good, hard look at the Endicott College men’s lacrosse team and find a weakness.
It hasn’t been easy for any of the Gulls’ nine opponents so far ... and it won’t get any easier trying to stop an Endicott team that just climbed to No. 15 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division 3 poll after winning its third straight game and improving to 7-2 this spring.
Head coach Sean Quirk, now in his 17th season at the Endicott helm, has built a solid program that contends for the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship every year and is a threat to advance in the NCAA tournament.
This year, Quirk hopes the Gulls have the depth and skill to take the program a little further.
“We’ve always had two or three, maybe four guys that have been at the top of the scoring list. My assistant coaches and I were just looking (at the stats) and there are maybe 6-7 with 17 points or more this year. Who are you going to defend?,” Quirk said. “We have a ton of balance on that end of the field and defensively ... we just have a great defensive unit.”
Sports — team sports, especially — are often broken down into simple terms, offense and defense. The Gulls are unquestionably equipped in those two areas, but their strength is more than skin deep. They have an excellent All-American goalkeeper, a top-notch faceoff specialist, and that thing that is so hard to quantify — team chemistry.
“We mesh together,” Beverly resident Nick Pinciaro, a junior attackman, said. “We’re always doing the same things together.”
That chemistry is something that’s built over time and passed down from one class to the next.
Balance plays a big role
When Quirk and his staff recruit athletes, they don’t guarantee starting positions or make promises about individual awards. But they do stress the team concept and vow to get the players in-game experience. That, feels Quirk, is the key to sustaining excellence.