Tech’s Quillin breaks school’s all-time goals record

GEORGETOWN – Heading into Sussex Tech’s road game at Gunston Day School (MD) Wednesday, April 11, Ravens’ senior Nathan Quillin needed just one goal to break the school’s all-time goals scored record of 153.

He scored four in the one-goal loss to Gunston and added another six in Tech’s home showdown with MOT Charter two days later.

Now, with 163 goals and counting in his four-year Sussex Tech lacrosse career, Quillin has set the new school record, surpassing the 153-mark set just two years ago by one of his close friends.

“It does feel really good to have that after being life-long friends with the kid who had it before, Jason Whaley,” Quillin said following Tech’s 12-10 loss to MOT Charter. “He graduated from here two years ago and me and him were always close. We’d battle it out every day and it’s cool to kind of surpass him after watching him play and do well growing up. So, it feels good.”

Quillin raises his arm in celebration after scoring one of his six goals in a 12-10 loss to MOT Charter Friday afternoon (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

Quillin is also the school’s all-time leader in assists and points. By season’s end, with nine games still left on Tech’s 2018 spring schedule, it’s likely Quillin will surpass the 300-point plateau as well.

“I’m not even sure if he knows yet,” Quillin said, with a laugh, about Whaley’s record. “One of the reasons for the points record too is that my freshman and sophomore year I was feeding him the ball all the time. With him scoring a lot of goals, I had a lot of assists my freshman and sophomore year, so that really helped with the points record.”

Quillin broke the all-time points record in the same game he broke the goals record. He had four goals and two assists that day.

“I think it will leave a good legacy for me and this team – especially this senior class, this senior class is pretty special,” he said of the records. “Our team record may not show it, but we’re a good brotherhood and I’m just happy to play with them and get to enjoy my last year here at Sussex Tech.”

“For a kid to reach the 300-point plateau in four years is just ridiculous,” Tech varsity head coach Don Golacinski said of Quillin. “And he’ll definitely make it to 300.”

As the team’s go-to goal-scorer, teams tend to key in on Nathan but it has yet to slow down his scoring pace this season.

Quillin, middle, with his father and Tech assistant coach Mark Quillin (left) and Tech head coach Don Golacinski (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

“Nathan’s going to draw the best pole, he’s going to get double-teamed, there were times where Nathan would get the ball and three kids would collapse on him,” coach Golacinski said. “He’s still scoring goals. He’s a tough kid.”

Even with all the records being broken, Nathan is more worried about doing anything he can to help the team get better.

“To be very honest with you, he really just wants the team to be successful,” said Mark Quillin, Nathan’s dad and Tech’s assistant lacrosse coach. “Growing up in a family with a head football coach and a lacrosse coach, we’ve always talked about the team being more important than individual goals. In fact, at the beginning of the year he had no idea where he was. He would rather not get a goal and help the team be successful. I think he’s a good team player in that aspect. Not only as an athlete, but also as an individual and soon-to-be-adult.”

“I’d rather worry about the season and the team record and just try to push the team as far as we can,” Nathan said. “I don’t even know how many goals I have, I’ve just been trying to focus on playing and trying to win games. I’m more focused on the loss tonight than I am the points record or anything like that.”

Each of Tech’s last two losses came by a pair of goals or less and one of Tech’s five losses on the season was a forfeit (to Smyrna).

At 1-5, Tech will prepare for a tough two-game stretch this week against Stephen Decatur (MD) on Monday, April 16 and Caesar Rodney Wednesday, April 18.

The following week leads to a slightly easier schedule, with games against Dover Wednesday, April 25 and Delmarva Christian Thursday, April 26.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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