Austin Prep alum Scott Corcoran ’12, became a Major League Lacrosse Champion when his Boston Cannons defeated the Denver Outlaws by a score of 13-10 on Sunday, July 26 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on the campus of the United States Naval Academy.
As a result of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire season was condensed into one week, with all teams playing their games, and ultimately the playoffs, in one location.
The win was not just a significant milestone for Corcoran, a longstick midfielder, but the Austin Prep boys lacrosse program, where Corcoran also currently serves as an assistant coach.
Fellow alum, Austin Prep Head Coach Peter Smyth ’04, coached Corcoran during his time as an Austin Prep student, and commented on Corcoran’s importance to the team, and the significance of his professional success.
“Not only is Scott a coach at Austin Prep, but he was a four-year player and a former captain. He is a fantastic role model and proof that putting in the work certainly pays off. As a player, having someone who has played at the highest level of lacrosse coach you is priceless,” Smyth said. “I think our current student-athletes will see that you can play at a small school and make it to the highest level of lacrosse. Scott is a perfect example that there is no limit to the possibilities Austin Prep can provide as a lacrosse player.”
After the championship win, Corcoran reflected on his Austin Prep experience and his career accomplishments to date:
Q: Can you describe the feeling of winning the MLL Championship? Especially with the unique circumstances surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic?
A. The feeling is like nothing I've ever experienced, playing with such a tight knit team for those nine days was really special. We knew the risks of playing with the pandemic hovering over the tournament, but we had great communication early from our coaching staff and front office. Our one goal the entire week was to win the championship and that is exactly what we were able to accomplish.
Q: When did you know that you would have the opportunity to continue playing the sport professionally?
A. I knew I had an opportunity to play professionally probably my junior year in college at Merrimack. I had played in some tournaments over the summer with other professional players and was able to compete and even stand out.
Q: Can you reflect on your Austin Prep experience? How has that experience impacted and contributed to your career as a professional lacrosse player?
A. I had an incredible experience at Austin Prep. We were able to compete within the Commonwealth and play some important MIAA tournament games against some more well-known "lacrosse" schools and I think it helped established Austin Prep as a force not only in the CCL but around the state. I give all the credit to Peter Smyth, he was my coach my junior and senior year and he legitimately taught me things that I still use at the professional level, which I am very grateful for.
Q: You attended two Augustinian Schools (Corcoran is a 2016 graduate of Merrimack College). How have the Augustinian values influenced you?
A: My Augustinian values have allowed me to flourish on and off the field. Caring for others and treating them with humility are key aspects of my life that I actively think about and I can say those have been ingrained in me since my time as an Austin Prep student.
Q: For the current Austin Prep students you coach - and those to come - what can they learn from your success?
A: I think they can learn that no matter where you play or where you come from, that if you put in the work and have a winning mentality that really anything is achievable.