Playing in the inaugural Kyle Kirst NJ/Mass Challenge honoring his late father who passed away last summer, it’s not a tremendous shock to see Colin Kirst stand on his head, willing his Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) Pirates to a win over Hingham (Mass.), 13-9. The Lehigh-bound netminder finished with 12 saves, including seven in the third quarter. For that, Kirst has been named the G3 Lacrosse / Recruiting Rundown Goalie of the Week.
G3 Lacrosse was founded in 2011 to expand the vision and passion for the game of lacrosse and the goaltending position. The initial focus of G3 is meticulous instruction and development of the goaltender position across the sport. Their mission is to utilize the game of lacrosse to teach young goaltenders about the core values that will serve to lead and influence them long after their lacrosse careers come to an end. The ultimate goal of G3 is to foster an appreciation for the opportunities the game of lacrosse provides and develop an understanding of how lessons learned in this game correlate to life outside of the playing field. In addition to growing the lacrosse player on the field through an array of new, innovative and instructional drills and techniques, G3 Lacrosse also strives to manifest the growth in every young man and woman that has the privilege to play this great game. G3 Lacrosse is directed by current MLL and Division 1 goaltenders & coaches John Galloway, Adam Ghitelman, and Kip Turner.
Kirst, who played club for Leading Edge and represented NJ at the Under Armour Underclass Games, has led the Pirates to an 8-4 record so far this year. Three of those losses, however, have been against teams ranked in the StringKing / RR Top 25 High School Power Rankings.
On Saturday, Colin used everything that his father (a standout goalie at Rutgers and longtime defensive coordinator at Summit, N.J.) taught him about the position to propel the Pirates to a key out-of-state win.
MSG Varsity’s Mike Kinney covered the game and wrote a must-read, an incredible recap of Kirst’s play and interviews with the senior:
“Kirst turned away seven shots in that third quarter, including three in a dazzling 16-second flurry that helped the Prep maintain a 10-7 lead with just over eight minutes to go. It began with a kick save on a goal-mouth bouncer, followed by a top-shelf rejection in close and then a split to spoil a hard shot to the left pipe off the rebound.
“I thought I had to come out hot in the second half just to make our presence known,” Kirst said. “I thought I did that pretty well and thought the defense did a great job of that.“
“This was the second game of a New Jersey vs. Massachusetts tripleheader organized to honor Kyle Kirst, the popular Summit assistant coach who died suddenly of a heart attack last June and left behind Colin and four of his brothers, eldest Connor, Cole, C.J. and Caden. Proceeds from this event will go to the Kirst Children Education Fund.
“It was tough at first,” Colin Kirst said, “but I know he’s watching down on me. I had to play.
“Anyhow, the lacrosse field is one place where I can just zone everything out,” he said. “No negative thoughts. All positive.”
To nominate a player for the RR / G3 Goalie of the Week honor, e-mail nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org with stats, notes and photos, video and links when applicable. Nominations close on Sunday nights at 8PM.