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February 27, 2013

Wednesday's area roundup: Endicott's Quirk wins 200th career game as men's lax coach


The Salem News

---- — Sophomore Kyle Weber scored three goals to help give Endicott College lacrosse coach Sean Quirk his 200th career victory as the Gulls blasted arch rival Gordon yesterday, 14-3, in Wenham.

Now in his 16th season at Endicott, Quirk became the 13th coach to win 200 games or more in NCAA Division 3 men’s lacrosse. His teams have won seven conference titles, made seven NCAA Division 3 tournament appearances and had at least 10 victories in every season. In addition, Quirk sits in the top 10 all time in winning percentage among Division 3 coaches.

Endicott (1-1), which scored 11 straight times at one point, also got two goals apiece from senior Connor McCormack, junior Jonny Kovach and fellow junior Chris Murphy. Other goal scorers included Kevin Butler, Brendan Hunter, Harrison Cotter, Jonathan Morgan and Mark Cornacchio.

Junior Lucas Paratore of Wenham and sophomore Will Farfalla each caused two turnovers defensively, while Sam Ozycz won 17-of-19 faceoffs and scooped 12 groundballs. Freshman Cameron Bell earned the win in goal, making 12 saves.

Sam Spellman had a goal and an assist for Gordon (0-2) while fellow sophomore Jordan Heckelman and senior Kenny Stirling also scored.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SUFFOLK 50, Endicott 48 (OT): Samantha Crough scored 17 points, but it wasn’t enough as the visiting Gulls (16-12) lost an overtime heartbreaker in an ECAC quarterfinal playoff game. Jordan Ferland came off the bench to score nine points for Endicott, Sarah Robinson added seven and guard Jen McBride grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, including six off the offensive glass.

STATE PENTATHLON

Beverly’s O’Connor takes fifth place: Junior captain Kristen O’Connor broke the Beverly High record for total points with 2,839, good enough for a fifth place finish at yesterday’s state Pentathlon Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. O’Connor jumped 17-5 in the long jump, ran the 800 in 2:30, high jumped 4-10, threw the shot 20-3 and finished the hurdles in 9.21 seconds.

As a team, Beverly also broke its own school record with 6,866 total points as Madison Shropshire and Allison Collins also performed well.