But it’s more than just his scoring touch that makes Coelho an extremely attractive player at the next level. Sure, he’s a guy to watch for when his team has the ball, but he knows his job isn’t over when the goalie makes a save. His ability to ride and defend on clears shows he could transition to play midfield if need be after having been one of, if not the most successful attackmen to play at Salem.
“Chad was without a doubt one of the best attackmen in the NEC. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and he plays the game the way it is supposed to be played — all out, all the time,” said Nardella. “His work without the ball really sets him apart from other attackmen. He is great at riding, and his work on the ride leads to a lot of turnovers and great scoring opportunities for our team.”
The individual skill sets for each young man will serve them well when transitioning to the college game. But, according to Willson, Mt. Ida lacrosse fans should expect that same blue-collar approach Salem fans had the pleasure of watching the last four years.
“Get ready,” Willson said, “for some hard-nosed, Salem lacrosse.”