College lacrosse is almost here and to get ready for the season, LaxRecords.com is taking a look at the top returning scorers and how they did during their high school careers.
We took a look at last year’s Top 25 points leaders and pulled out the players who return in 2015 to see how they are doing now and look back at their high school statistics and achievements. We are missing data on some players’ high school careers, so if you have any information (a lead, a link, a coaching contact) please email Mike Loveday at email@example.com.
Lyle Thompson, Sr., Albany (N.Y.)/Lafayette (N.Y.) & Salmon River (N.Y.) 2008 – 2011
Now: Thompson was No. 1 overall in the NCAA with an average of 7.11 points per game. He had 128 points on 77 assists and 51 goals as a junior with Albany. Through three college seasons, Thompson has 279 career points on 156 assists and 123 goals. The current senior is just 79 points away from becoming the leading scorer in NCAA history. He would surpass Rob Pannell, who played at Cornell from 2009 to 2013.
Then: Thompson was equally prolific in high school, coming in at No. 8 on the all-time points list with 511 (individual goals and assists are missing). The attackman was a 2011 Under Armour All-American and a three-time First All-Central New York selection. He also earned league MVP and First Team All-Northern honors. (Albany bio)
Kevin Rice, Sr., Syracuse/Skaneateles (N.Y.), 2008 – 2011
Now: Rice ranked at No. 5 overall and only behind Thompson for underclassmen in NCAA points per game last season. The Syracuse attackman averaged 5.00 points per game with 80 points on 44 assists and 36 goals.
Then: Rice was a 2011 Under Armour and U.S. Lacrosse All-American and was selected to play in the 2011 Champion All-American Showcase. As a senior at Skaneateles (N.Y.), Rice led Central New York in scoring with 136 points on 70 goals and 66 assists. During his time in high school, Rice helped the Lakers to three league championships and a 2010 Section III title. He completed his high school career with 184 goals and 117 assists and earned the 2011 Auburn Citizen Player of the Year.
Wells Stanwick, Sr., Johns Hopkins/Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.), 2008 – 2011
Now: No. 8 overall in the nation in scoring with 4.19 points per game last season. Stanwick had 67 points on 44 assists and 23 goals.
Then: There was not much Stanwick did not do in high school at Boys’ Latin. He was a finalist for the C. Markland Kelly Award (awarded to Maryland’s top high school lacrosse player), earned a spot on the Under Armour All-American team and was a two-time First Team All-Baltimore Metro selection. He helped lead the Lakers to the MIAA “A” championship as a junior. Stanwick finished his high school career with 165 assists and 116 goals.
Joey Sankey, Sr., North Carolina/Penn Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.), 2008 – 2011
Now: The Tarheel tied for 18th overall with 3.80 points per game. Sankey had 57 points on 33 goals and 24 assists last season.
Then: Sankey tallied 109 points during his senior season, on the strength of 58 goals and 51 assists. The attacker finished his career with 342 points, which puts him second in Pennsylvania behind Mannheim Township’s Tim Stratton (589 points). Sankey was a 2011 Under Armour All-American in addition to earning US Lacrosse All-American honors in 2010 and 2011.
Nikko Pontrello, Sr., Loyola (Md.), St. Augustine Prep (N.J.), 2008 – 2011
Now: Pontrello was No. 20 overall in Division I with 3.71 points per game. He tallied a total of 51 goals and 12 assists in 17 games and was fifth in Division I with 3.00 goals per game average.
Then: Pontrello graduated as the Hermits all-time assists leader and totaled 174 points during his junior and senior seasons. He earned a spot on LaxRecords.com 2011 Best Known Performances list during his senior year by tallying 56 assists. The attackman earned All-State, All-Conference and All-Philadelphia Inquirer First Team performer honors as a junior. (College bio)
Devin Dwyer, Jr., Harvard/Garden City (N.Y.), 2009 – 2012
Now: Dwyer was No. 23 in the NCAA with 3.62 points per game as a sophomore for Harvard last season. He helped the Crimson to a 10-7 record on the strength of 47 points with 35 assists and 12 goals.
Then: Dwyer was named a Warrior Lacrosse All-American by ESPNHS in 2012 after leading the nation with 75 assists. Dwyer ranks among the all-time national leaders with 217 career assists. He was part of Garden City’s Class B NYS championship team in 2012 and was US Lacrosse’s 2012 Player of the Year. He finished his high school career with 347 career points.
Ryan Brown, Jr., Johns Hopkins/Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.), 2009 – 2012
Now: Brown rounds out the Top 25 for last year’s scoring leaders at No. 25. As a sophomore, he averaged 3.60 points per game and totaled 54 points on 40 goals and 14 assists.
Then: Brown tallied 39 goals and 14 assists as a senior, helping Calvert Hall to a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A championship in 2012. The attackman earned Under Armour All-American honors and was named a member of the Under Armour Baltimore Underclass team as a junior.
I am missing high school totals on the following returning NCAA returning scorers:
John Glesener, Sr., Army/West Genesee (N.Y.)
Richie Hurley, Sr., Siena/Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.)
Matt Kavanagh, Jr., Notre Dame/Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.)
Ryan McGee, Sr., St. Joseph/White Plains (N.Y.)
Player records that are not kept … yet (Canada). Got a lead on player stats? We’re looking for these players:
Dan Taylor, Sr., Lehigh/Catholic Memorial (Canada),
Randy Staats., Sr., Syracuse/McKinnon Park Secondary School (Caledonia, Ontario, Canada)
Jesse King, Sr., Claremont Secondary School (Canada).