Size is no issue for Endicott’s Pinciaro
Listed on the Endicott College men’s lacrosse roster at 5 feet 7 and 155 pounds, Nick Pinciaro offers neither overwhelming size nor bulk.
How then does Pinciaro, a junior attack from Beverly High School, regularly punish defenses, including lopsided clashes against 6-4 and 6-5 defenders ready and primed for strike downs and collisions?
“He just doesn’t care,” said Endicott coach Sean Quirk of Pinciaro’s penchant for physicality. “He exploded as a sophomore, the guys rallied around him, and then leading into this year he was relentless in the weight room and in offseason conditioning. He brought his game to another level.”
The result has been Pinciaro’s second-straight season with 40-plus points — he’s tied for fourth on the team with 24 goals and 17 assists for a total of 41 points, which follows his 31-19-50 record as a sophomore — fueling an Endicott attack that is one of the most prolific in Division 3 (14.20 goals per game).
The Gulls, consistent as ever, broke new ground this season by compiling a perfect record in their conference (8-0) as well as an overall record of 13-3. They hosted fourth-seed Salve Regina Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
“He does get beaten up a lot, but he works hard and takes all of those beatings,” said Endicott captain Peter Erickson . “It pays off in the end when he beats defenders and ultimately comes out on top. It’s not an easy thing to do — you could call it high risk, high reward. But he knows his role. He goes to the net and scores.”
Pinciaro said he believes his rise as a player came after choosing not to take any days off in the offseason.
“I just had to go 100 percent all the time, and tried to get better,” Pinciaro said. “I rely on my quick movements, either getting by defenders or going under them. I don’t think about the size difference whenever I go up against someone.”
On a team full of offensive firepower, Pinciaro earned a selection to the all-conference second team.
“It’s really different from years’ past, when we always relied on our defense,” said Pinciaro, who will work as an intern in Denver this summer at 3d Lacrosse, an organization that specializes in training, events, and tournaments. “But things are coming together at the right time.”
Here and there
Reading High graduate Jeff Covitz , a rising senior at Bryant University, put together the kind of junior campaign on the football field that makes observers stop and stare. The 6-foot-2, 256-pound end was one of the best defensive players in the Northeast Conference, including program records for tackles for a loss in season (20.5) and tackles for a loss in a career (43.0). Prior to the program’s annual Black and Gold spring game on Saturday, Covitz, along with fifth-year seniors Sam Sammons and Maduka Nwanekezi were named as team captains. Bryant kicks off its season Aug. 28 at Stony Brook. . . . Alanna McDonough was competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for just the second time in Saturday’s NESCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held in Waterville, Maine. But the Colby College junior from Andover captured the title in a time of 10:56.86. . . . Grace Weatherall of Ipswich, a sophomore at Williams, placed third in the 100-meter hurdles at the NESCAC meet, closing with a time of 15.09 seconds. . . . Bentley University senior Jimmy Rindo of Lowell was named to the all-Northeast-10 men’s tennis team. The Falcons lost to Southern New Hampshire, 5-1, in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
The St. Mary’s Varsity Club will hold its inaugural induction ceremony on May 16 at the Tony Conigliaro Gym, honoring those who have made significant contributions over the years to the high school’s athletic program.
The inaugural class of inductees includes: Tony Conigliaro , ’62 (posthumously), baseball; Nick Consoles , ’52, football; Monsignor John Dillon Day , athletic director (posthumously); Joe DeVito , ’64, football; William “Skip” Falasca , ’62, baseball, hockey; Christian Howard , ’83, baseball; Ed Lipson , ’63, football; David McCarthy , ’78, baseball; John Miller , football coach; Kevin Moran , ’81, basketball player, coach; Bridget Calnan Mulholland , ’91, basketball, soccer, softball; Pamela Murphy , ’71 (posthumously), basketball; Francis “Wank” Nagle , ’42, football; Dick Truax , ’56, football, basketball, baseball; the 1941 boys basketball team; and the 1987 and 1988 baseball teams.
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