SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Washington College head men's lacrosse coach Jeff Shirk has been chosen as the Division III Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year by CaptainU, an online youth and college sports resource.
This spring, Shirk guided the Shoremen to an 18-2 record, tying the team's single-season record for wins and posting its second-highest ever winning percentage with a .900 mark. Washington won the Centennial Conference Championships for the first time since 2003, posted an unbeaten 8-0 regular-season Centennial record for the first time since 2004, and reached the NCAA Division III Semifinals for the first time since 2004. Shirk was named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in three years.
Shirk has been the Shoremen's head coach for four seasons. In each of those season's the Shoremen's winning percentage and goals per game have increased from the prior year. This year, the Shoremen led the Centennial Conference in goals per game (12.90), fewest goals allowed per game (7.80), scoring margin (+5.10), extra-man offense (43.6%), shots per game (50.50), and ground balls per game (37.10).