For one university, there was a special treat in April. Hofstra University — where it’s considered to be the political epicenter of the world — is now at the center of discussion in American kids’ next popular sport, lacrosse.
Now the 244-acre campus can hang a recognition plaque on their wall of a 22-year-old Long Island native, No. 12 Jack Concannon. This 200-pound All-American candidate reached for the fences while proving to be a reliable asset for a top-ranked Pride team and then learned he was headed to The Big Leagues.
But it’s worth mentioning, though, Concannon’s mentor and adviser Seth Tierney, who was the head coach of the Pride, weighed in on the Florida Launch goalie.
“He’s a fabulous goaltender and a tremendous leader,” Tierney said. Even the university’s local paper, the Hofstra Chronicle, made notice of Concannon’s milestone achievement on Twitter.
Earlier this year — when Concannon gave his squad hope in trying to earn their first NCAA tournament bid since 2011 — he also gave them optimism during the 2018 season. And there’s no questioning that he will be looking to improve his mental and physical skills with his new team.
Jack Concannon Bio
Full Name: Jack Concannon
Birthdate: January 20, 1996
Birth Place: Lindenhurst, New York
School: Hofstra University
Talk about a teenager who was able to see his future as an adult. Most importantly, though, Jack Concannon was not your typical or ordinary athlete that fans often get to watch. The only thing Concannon was craving was to get onto the field, rack up a number of saves, and to be put into that national spotlight. He knew that day would come.
His early days playing lacrosse began at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, New York. It was there where he became the unsung hero for his team in his freshman year. He was that type of player who you can always rely on. Besides Concannon showing his uniqueness and perseverance, there was something else. Some people wondered, ‘How does Concannon get into a flow after coming into each game cold to start the second half?’
Let’s not forget about Concannon’s major accomplishments and rewards that he was honored with through all four years of his high school journey. In just his first year, he played on the Friar’s Catholic High Schools Athletic Association (CHSAA) junior varsity championship team. In 2014, he was awarded a new title: Team captain. In addition, he also served as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of his high school. And if that doesn’t say enough about his flat-out success, he was the CHSAA Goalie of the Year.
So what was next for one of the nation’s best lacrosse goalies? Hofstra.
I am sure some people are blown away as to Concannon’s ultimate decision to attend Hofstra University. Right? Why didn’t he shoot for the nation’s biggest sports schools like Syracuse, Duke, Notre Dame, or even North Carolina? It was because the university was close to his hometown.
As a freshman, it was definitely a slow start for Concannon, where he barely saw any playing time. Having only played in four games, with two of them as a starter, he still managed to somehow record a .423 save percentage along with 11 saves. The biggest moment for him came when the Pride was up against Manhattan College. It was that game when Concannon preserved his first college career shutout while playing the entire fourth quarter. Isn’t that something? From that point on, things only got better for him.
During his sophomore year, he started all 15 games on the season, despite just missing 15 minutes of playing time on the year. He went on to record an 8.56 goals against average with 167 saves and a .568 save percentage. As the season came to an end, he finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in save percentage and 10th in the country. But wait, there’s more; he finished second in the conference in goals-against average and 14th in the nation. Hofstra fans were witnessing a future pro lacrosse player in the makings.
In just the first half of his junior season with the Pride, he guided his squad to an 8-0 record, one of only two teams in the country that were undefeated. But just as everything was going Hofstra’s and Concannon’s way, it wasn’t going to stay like that for long.
During a back-and-forth contentious game between Hofstra University and the University of Massachusetts in the CAA semifinals, there was someone who was about to have all the blame put on him as the game winded down, and that was going to be Concannon. He wasn’t sure if the clock had run out in regulation and a 35-yard shot by Dan Muller of UMass to skid past him and upset the Pride. It abruptly ended a lacrosse season that had been filled with so much promise for the Pride. But it goes without saying that he was the 2017 Preseason All-CAA first team and led the conference in save percentage and ranked fifth nationally with a .571 save percentage. Looking ahead to his senior year, he had one mission: to try and take his team to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011.
The Lindenhurst, New York, native’s last year was definitely a beauty to watch. Concannon earned his third consecutive All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team selection. For his efforts in 2018, he became just the second Pride goalie in school history to be twice named to one of the three US Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America teams during their careers. In addition to receiving many awards, he was selected with the fourth round pick by the Florida Launch in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft in late April. On top of that, he finished his college career on a high note. He recorded 8.43 goals against average with 481 saves, .564 save percentage, and a 26-19 won-loss record.
Time for a Surprise?
Upon Concannon joining the Florida Launch in his first season with the team, he has a “special” friend on the team. He will be playing alongside 2008 Hofstra University graduate student, Michael Unterstein. Unterstein joined the Launch squad last year. But as for Concannon’s debut game with the Launch, he saw 23 minutes on the field making one save.