Coronado (Calif.) senior Anthony DeMaio is now the known all-time scoring leader in California high school lacrosse history.
The Boston University commit scored three goals and three assists against Scripps Ranch (San Diego, Calif.) on Tuesday to give him 328 for his career. That surpasses former San Ramon Valley (Calif.) attackman Michael Tagliaferri’s 324 career points. Tagliaferri (UNC) is believed to have been California’s all-time leader.
The record-breaking point came in the first quarter when DeMaio fed his brother Nicholas to put Coronado up 4-1 over Scripps Ranch. Coronado won the game 17-7.
“I tried not to think about too much [heading into the game], the game was still early and I wanted to make sure we won,” DeMaio said. “When I threw it behind the back to my brother, I knew he would score and I was sort of glad it was an assist that got me the record as being a team player is much more important than scoring goals.”
DeMaio broke the California record for most goals in a career when he notched his 198th last week. He now has 202 for his career, which puts him in the Top 80 of all known players to have scored at least 200 goals.
He passed Mike Powell from Carthage (N.Y.), Justin Wahl from Penn Yann (N.Y.) and more on the all-time goals list.
“I know it is a huge accomplishment and I am happy I got it out-of-the-way early in the season, so I did not have to think about it much,” DeMaio said. “No matter how long it lasts, it’s something I will always have. But honestly, my teammates and getting to the championship game this season are what I care about the most.”
DeMaio has been a steady performer in his career, totaling 59 goals and 21 assists as a Freshman and earning Offensive MVP and Rookie of the Year honors. He followed that up with a San Diego single-season record with 126 points as a sophomore. He was honored with First Team All-City League honors in addition to Second Team CIF.
It was after his sophomore season, DeMaio knew he had a chance at the record.
“I was told I set the San Diego single season record and that someone had over 300 points on Laxrecords.com for California,” DeMaio said. “When I went into my junior season, I knew I had a chance, but sort of forgot about it until it got close this year.”
As a junior, DeMaio totaled 57 points (39 goals, 18 assists) en route to All-American and City League Player-of-the-Year honors.
Coronado has nine games remaining on its regular season schedule. Already through nine games, DeMaio has 66 points with 40 goals and 26 assists. He is 21 assists shy of reaching the known California record for most assists in a career. Torrey Pines (San Diego, Calif.) alum Lucas Gradinger (Maryland) currently have the most at 147.
To add further to DeMaio’s resume, if the senior adds 72 more points to his totals, which would give him 138 this season, he would reach 400 and earn a spot on the all-time point list.