Athlete Of The Week: Zach Coelho

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: Athlete of the Week

Nauset freshman Zach Coelho. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

Zach Coelho is plenty familiar with the feeling of being between the pipes, though the North Truro freshman’s past goaltending experience had mostly come on a sheet of ice while playing hockey.

Due to a host of injuries to the Nauset boys lacrosse team’s goalies, Coelho has stepped into the crease and provided the team with a spark. He backstopped the team’s 9-8 victory over Silver Lake on Saturday after finishing with 12 saves.

“He’s never really played lacrosse goalie, but he’s a really good hockey goalie,” said Cooper McIntire, a junior from Chatham who scored a hat trick to lead the team’s scoring. “He just stepped in last week and he’s been really great.”

Coelho admitted the transition has been a little nerve-wracking. Following an 11-7 loss to Sandwich in his debut April 28, the freshman was perfect down the stretch Saturday. He didn’t allow a goal after the Lakers tied the game at 8 with 7:11 remaining.

“It was a tight game, so I was kind of nervous,” Coelho said. “I had to step in there to help the team out.”

How did Coelho keep his cool when the game was chaotic in the waning minutes? The goalie has special tactics that worked to perfection.

“I just kind of talk to myself, I’m not going to lie,” he admitted. “I speak to myself and try to hype myself up.”

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