Jeff Shirk
Jeff Shirk

Player Profile

Boonton Township, N.J.

High School:
Mountain Lakes

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 200

Defensive Midfield


On Shirk: The nation's "Nastiest Hitter" as named by the Baltimore Sun … 2000 team captain … 2000 All-American candidate … preseason first-team All-American by Face-Off Magazine '00 … preseason third team All-American by College Lacrosse USA … known for his bone-jarring hits and "thrives on collisions" according to the Baltimore Sun … called the best short-pole defensive midfielder in America by coach Edell … has made key plays for the team since he suited up for the first time as a freshman … tremendous strength … he may be the team's toughest warrior according to the coaching staff … plays the most difficult role in lacrosse because every offensive unit attacks the short-pole … will see some time on face-offs this season.

As a junior (1999): Played in all 14 games as defensive midfield specialist … honored at end of season with the William Cole Memorial Award as Maryland's top midfielder … recorded countless hits on opponent's top attackmen … had one goal, two assists and three points …scored his only goal of the season and third career goal against Virginia (4/3) … goal came on only shot of the season … has scored one goal in each of his first three seasons as a Terp … recorded his first career assist against Penn State (3/17), handing off to Beau Pich for a third-quarter goal … also recorded assists against North Carolina (3/27) … corralled 19 groundballs … preseason first-team All-American by the Baltimore Sun.

As a sophomore (1998): Played in all 17 games … scooped up 12 groundballs … scored one goal against Navy (4/4), his second career point.

As a freshman (1997): Team co-rookie of the year … played in all 16 games … logged 17 groundballs … scored first college goal against Radford (4/1) … forces crucial turnover in NCAA quarterfinal against Virginia (5/17) with 20 seconds left to give Maryland last possession and eventually set up game-winning goal that sent the Terps to the national semifinal.

Before Maryland: Two-sport athlete at Mountain Lakes High School in Mountain Lakes, N.J. … earned three letters in lacrosse as team compiled a 57-5 record under Tim Flynn … All-New Jersey honorable mention as a senior … scored 22 goals and handed out 15 assists as a senior … all-county and team captain as a senior … captured New Jersey state championship in 1995 and 1996 … lettered in football three times at wide receiver … all-area, all-county, all-group as a senior … set school record for most catches (37) and receiving yards in a season as well as most receptions (10) in a game … captain of football team as a senior.

Personal: Jeffrey Lee Shirk … born Feb. 18, 1978 in Columbus, Ohio … son of Linda and Gary Shirk … brother of Angela (29) and Kristin (25) … father Gary was a tight end for the NFL's New York Giants and holds the team record for most receptions in a game …biggest thrill came when Maryland beat Johns Hopkins in overtime to advance to the NCAA semifinal in 1998… majoring in elementary education and general business.

Career Highs Goals: 1 on three occasions Assists: 1 vs. Penn State (3/17/99) & North Carolina (3/27/99) Points: 1 on five occasions

Career Stats Year GP/GS Goals Asst. Pts. Shots GB Pen. PIM Face-offs Win % 1997 16/0 1 0 1 2 17 5 3:30 7/17 41.2 1998 17/0 1 0 1 4 12 8 5:30 0/2 0.0 1999 14/3 1 2 3 1 19 8 5:00 0/1 0.0 Totals 47/3 3 2 5 7 48 21 14:00 7/20 35.0