Not often do two brothers get to play an NCAA Division I sport at the same school.

It's even more rare when there are three.

The McMenamin brothers from Longport - Michael, a fifth-year senior, and redshirt junior twins William and Patrick- started playing lacrosse at St. Augustine Prep and are teammates at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York.

"All of us, when we first picked up the stick in high school, we never thought it would take us this far and into Division I," William said last week. "It's just given us an opportunity to be on the field and go to a good college, and it's been a great ride."

What the trio has done not once but twice this season is an even rarer feat than playing on the same team: They all scored in the same game.

The day before their March 8 game against the Virginia Military Institute, their mother, Monica, sent them a text wishing them luck and asking for a goal for her birthday. All three brothers scored on her birthday in a 7-6 win.

They did it again March 26 in a 10-8 comeback win against New Jersey Institute of Technology.

After that game, Wagner assistant athletic director of media relations John Beisser and coach Matt Poskay did some research. They believe those were the only two times in Division I history that three brothers have scored in the same game for the same team.

"Up until a couple days when (they) brought it up to us, it didn't really factor to us," Michael said. "We thought it was cool, and our mom sent us a picture of the college notebook (in the March 29 edition of The Press) to us, and we thought it was cool, but we never really thought of it in that sense of, 'Wow, maybe it's never been done before.'"

William, a midfielder, and Patrick, an attack, have scored in the same game multiple times in their careers. This season, Willam leads the Seahawks with 24 goals, and Patrick is second in points with 28, including 15 goals.

Michael is more of a defensive midfielder, so when he gets into the offensive mix, it greatly impacts the team.

"In the VMI game, we got a spark from (Michael)," Poskay said by telephone. "In the NJIT game, we didn't score in the first half, and we had a run in the second half, thanks to him. It was one of his best games ever."

The twins

William and Patrick are not identical twins, but Poskay said it took him two years to tell them apart. He sometimes still struggles with that and hopes they're wearing lacrosse gear with a number to help him.

Thankfully for the Wagner coaches, William has grown a mustache, and his reddish hair spills out from under his helmet.

"I had an interview, so I had to clean up a bit, but Bill has a great, great mustache," Patrick said. "A lot of the women on campus aren't too fond of it, though."

William, sitting next to his brother, was quick to defend himself, citing the beard and mustache trend among young men.

"Hey, we're just ahead of the curve," William joked.

The twins do everything together. They live together and spend their off time together. Michael lives off campus.

During the first season together, in 2013, the twins even suffered season-ending injuries in the same game - Patrick broke his wrist, and William injured his Lisfranc, a foot injury.

"One of the first things my dad (Michael) said was, 'I know you're twins, but you don't have to do everything the same,'" William said.

Playing together

For five weeks each year, all three brothers are technically the same age. The twins turned 22 in March, but Michael turned 23 today. They've been part of the Wagner program together for four years (including the twins' redshirt season following their injuries).

When Michael graduated from St. Augustine in 2011, he didn't plan to play lacrosse at the college he chose, Florida Atlantic. But when the twins went to Wagner on a lacrosse scholarship in 2012, Michael got the itch to play and transferred to Wagner and made the team as a walk-on.

Michael already has gotten his bachelor's degree in history and is pursuing a master's degree in secondary education. Keeping with the theme of doing everything together, the twins are going to graduate in May as bio psychology majors and then go into physician's assistant school at Wagner and wrap up their lacrosse careers next season.

Poskay has enjoyed having all three on the team.

"No matter who I run into around campus, they have a knack to have people remember them," Poskay said. "It's one of those things where someone says it, and I just want to be like, 'Tell me about it.' They're three great kids from a great family. They're kids you want to do well and who do the right thing on and off the field."

Last season, all three were named co-captains. This year, the twins are the co-captains.

"Honestly it's been a great ride to play at the highest division of our sport," Michael said. "To play with my brothers and all of us see significant playing time and trying to help this team out and be leaders is special."

Notes: Junior attack Ryan Zurawski (Medford) and sophomore midfielder Aaron Denesevich (Egg Harbor Township), both St. Augustine grads, also play for Wagner. .. The Seahawks are 6-7 (1-3 Northeast Conference) entering Saturday's game against Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

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