Throwback: Rookie Zack Schilawski breaks record with 11-minute hat trick
The New England Revolution beat Toronto FC 4–1 in their home opener April 10, 2010 behind Schilawski’s three second half goals.
As far as scoring three goals back-to-back-to-back in a single game goes, no rookie has achieved the feat faster than former New England Revolution striker Zack Schilawski, who did it over the span of 11 minutes on April 10, 2010 in the Revolution’s 4–1 victory over Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium.
Schilawski is the third rookie to record a hat trick and the first to record one in his home debut.
Four players have scored hat tricks as rookies since Schilawski, but none has managed to put away all three goals faster.
- Cyle Larin recorded a hat trick with Orlando City SC as a rookie, but took 35 minutes between his first goal and his third.
- Ditto goes for Tesho Akindele, then with FC Dallas. It took him 43 minutes.
- Ex-Chicago Fire midfielder Harry Shipp took 58 minutes.
- Kekuta Manneh’s rookie hat trick with the Vancouver Whitecaps took 49 minutes.
Former Columbus Crew midfielder Brian Maisonneuve was the first rookie to record a hat trick in MLS. He did it on September 7, 1996 in a 5–1 win against Kansas City, and 61 minutes separated his first goal from his third.
Retired striker Pat Noonan, who spent the most productive part of his playing career with New England, scored his rookie hat trick in a 5–2 victory against the New York Metrostars on October 26, 2003. Twenty-seven minutes elapsed between his first and third goals.
Schilawski, the ninth overall pick in the 2010 Superdraft out of Wake Forest, showed promise as a rookie and his hat trick provided a rare moment of elation in a season that featured the Revolution’s eight-year streak of reaching the playoffs end. Schilawski played two fulls seasons with New England, scoring six goals in 50 appearances, before he joined the USL Championship’s Carolina Railhawks, who are based near Schilawski’s hometown of Raleigh.
Schilawski later retired from soccer, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s law school, and worked in family law for a North Carolina firm. In February, he was named assistant men’s soccer coach for the University of Denver Pioneers.