Ian Kirby developing reputation as extra-man sniper for Towson men's lacrosse

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High Point's Dan Lomas leads Division I in man-up goals with four. In an eight-way scrum for second in the country with three extra-man goals is Towson redshirt freshman attackman Ian Kirby.

The 6-foot-1, 173-pound Kirby has rotated with redshirt freshman Dylan Kinnear as the fourth attackman for the No. 14 Tigers, but has been especially valuable on their man-up offense where he has scored three of the unit's four goals.


Kirby said he doesn't mind building a reputation as an extra-man specialist.

"I kind of like the job," he said after scoring two man-up goals in Saturday's 9-5 victory over Mount St. Mary's. "It's pretty fun. Being a specialist seems pretty good in life."

Kirby joined Towson (2-0) as a midyear transfer in January 2015, but was so far behind his classmates in physical conditioning and game knowledge that he didn't enter a single game last spring.

"He wasn't in our weight program all fall as the other freshmen were," coach Shawn Nadelen said Wednesday morning. "So he was a little bit behind there as far as his strength and conditioning. He was definitely playing catch-up, and you could tell that on the field. The pace which he was playing at wasn't up to where everybody else was. There was a learning curve for him, and he had some down days, some frustrating days for him. We continued to stay positive with him and we continued to encourage him, and now he's seeing the fruits of his labor come through so far with a couple nice goals in the first two games."

Kirby, who is tied with senior attackman Spencer Parks (St. Paul's) for third on the team in goals with three, has taken just seven shots this spring. His 42.9 shooting percentage is the highest on the team.

The quandary for Kirby is that he is stuck behind a crowded depth chart at attack where juniors Joe Seider (Hereford), Ryan Drenner (Westminster) and Parks are the three starters for the second consecutive year. But Kirby said he doesn't feel a sense of burden to convert every time he gets on the field.

"I don't put pressure on myself because that pressure might get to your head and all that," he said. "But I just go out there and play and do what I have to do for my team. I don't really have any pressure. Playing time, yeah, I wish I could get more, but I'm a freshman still. I have four more years. So I take what I can get."

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