Stanwick family takes goal scoring to a new level

Johns Hopkins freshman Shack Stanwick scored the family's 1,000th college goal.
Johns Hopkins freshman Shack Stanwick scored the family's 1,000th college goal. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

The Stanwick family of Baltimore scored its 1,000th goal last weekend, believed to be a first in Division I lacrosse.

For an achievement that began in 1997 and has occurred over 29 seasons, the feat was accomplished when freshman attackman Shack Stanwick — the youngest member of the family who has played in just seven college games — converted a pass from freshman midfielder Kieran Eissler with 6:10 left in the third quarter of Johns Hopkins' game at Syracuse on Saturday.


"It's funny that he's the one that did it and that he's the last one. But I'm happy it was him," said Wells Stanwick, Shack's older brother and a senior attackman for the Blue Jays.

"I do think it's kind of funny that it was me who did it when I still have two older siblings playing right now," Shack Stanwick said. "So I think that's something that's pretty cool."


All eight Stanwick children have contributed. Sheehan Stanwick Burch, who is 34 years old, scored a family-high 232 goals at Georgetown. Coco, 32, and Wick, 30, scored 199 and 164, respectively, for the Hoyas. Tad, who is 28, scored 29 at Rutgers, and Steele, who is 25, scored 126 at Virginia.

Three members of the family are still playing. Wells, 22, has scored 66 goals; Covie, 21, has scored 173 as a senior attacker at Boston College; and Shack, 19, has scored 12.

Growing up in such a large family might seem a little claustrophobic, but Steele Stanwick has fond memories.

"We used lacrosse as a vehicle to spend time together as a family and grow closer together," said Stanwick, assistant coach for the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team. "We didn't really believe in babysitters. We were always caravaning to whoever's game it was. A lot of trips down I-95 south to see the Georgetown women's lacrosse team play, a lot of trips to NDP [Notre Dame Prep] to see my sisters play. You look back, and it was just fun."

There isn't too much debate between the four younger siblings over who is the greatest lacrosse player in the family. Sheehan Stanwick was the first player in Hoyas history to produce 200 goals and 300 points in a career and the first to record 100 points in a season. She was a Tewaaraton Award finalist in 2001.

"I'm biased obviously because I think the girls are better than the boys," said Covie Stanwick, who became the Eagles' all-time leader in career goals with 173. "But I would go with Sheehan. She really brought Georgetown to a whole new level. I think her points speak for themselves. I'm pretty positive that she's still the all-time leader at Georgetown in points, and she had over 200 career goals. So I think she really just led the way for all of us. I think her status as being one of the greatest of all time will always be there."

Added Wells Stanwick: "She was the one who kind of made it happen with wanting to play lacrosse and pursuing it. I think that's what made my sisters want to do it, which made my brothers want to do it."

Sheehan Stanwick Burch, women's lacrosse analyst for CBS Sports, laughed when informed of her siblings' votes.

"I'd like to say that I'm honored, but I realize that I think that's the easy answer," she said. "I don't think any of them can remember me playing. So I think no one else will be offended if they say me, but in all honesty, I don't think they have any clue."

The Stanwicks have joined the Gaits, the Powells and the Thompsons in the pantheon of families who have succeeded in Division I lacrosse. Asked which family he would pick, ESPN men's lacrosse analyst Matt Ward gave a nod to the Stanwicks.

"In terms of depth, if I was starting a team, I would go with the Stanwick family," said the former Virginia attackman and 2006 Tewaaraton Award winner. "All of them have played Division I and done very well and are highly regarded. The girls' side has been the more dominant players — whether it was Sheehan or Coco or Wick. And then for Steele to come in and do what he did — win the Tewaaraton and put a team on his shoulders to the national championship — speaks very highly about him.

"Wells has had a phenomenal career, and it will be fun to see what happens with Shack. He was the No. 1 recruit in the country, and he has an awesome career ahead of him. So in terms of depth, I would say that the Stanwick family takes the cake."


With 1,608 total points, the family has an outside chance of becoming the first group to reach 2,000. While that mark is on the horizon, Shack Stanwick said the family will cherish the 1,000-goal accomplishment as they've always done — together.

"I think I'm going to look back on it as something that we can all share," he said. "There's not many achievements you can share together as a family, and I think that's what makes this one so special."

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