Former men’s lacrosse standout Max Allen has joined the coaching staff for the Merrimack College women’s lacrosse program and will serve as assistant coach, as announced Friday by head coach Julie Duffy.
“We are extremely excited to bring Max Allen back to Merrimack,” said Duffy. “He was an outstanding attacker during his storied career with the mens’ program, helping them reach national prominence while coming within three goals of a national title and, most importantly, he understands how to be a part of a winning culture. We are really looking forward to the energy he brings to the field in addition to the different looks he will bring us as one of the top offensive-minded players to wear a Merrimack uniform.”
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to come back to Merrimack and assist with the women’s lacrosse program this season,” said Allen. “I feel both Coach Duffy and Coach Boerger have done a terrific job building the program back to the competitive level we expect to be at. Personally, being part of the 2017 national runner-up men’s team left me with a bit of unfinished business and a desire to get back to competing for championships again. I’m honored to be welcomed back to a program that has so much potential and can’t wait for the season to start.”
Allen returns to Merrimack following a tremendous playing career that saw him graduate as one of the all-time top offensive players in school history. He appeared in 65 games and finished with 181 points (133g, 48a), earning a pair of USILA All-America accolades in addition to being twice named an NEILA All-New England selection and all-conference first team selection. He ranked third all-time in career goals and fifth in all-time scoring at the conclusion of his career and was part of three straight teams that reached the NCAA Championship, including the national runner-up squad in 2017.
The New Jersey native graduated from Merrimack with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2017 before earning his Master of Exercise Science at Merrimack last year. He interned in the strength and conditioning departments both at Merrimack (2016-17) and Tufts (2017-18) over the past two years. He previously served as a coach at Trilogy Lacrosse (Jersey City, N.J.) and Homegrown Lacrosse (North Andover, Mass.).
The women’s lacrosse program is coming off a historic season that saw it set a school record for wins and all-conference selections (7) and returns virtually every key component from last year’s 14-win squad that reached the semifinal round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship.