Nicky Solomon scored 12 points for Centennial (Roswell, Ga.) in the win over Martin Luther King (Lithonia, Ga.) on April 14. Those 12 points pushed the UNC commit over the 400-point mark in his career, becoming just the 71st-known player* to reach 400 career points. Solomon scored eight assists and four goals in the victory, giving him 117 points this season. For his career, he has 409 career points.
He joins a list of players that includes Casey Powell, Mikey Powell and Zed Williams.
Solomon is the second player from Georgia to reach 400 points – joining current Syracuse freshman and brother, Nathan Solomon.
“Being on the same list as Mikey Powell, Casey [Powell] and Ryan [Powell] – they’re like the face of lacrosse,” Solomon said. “They’re idols and having your name near them is pretty cool.”
The Solomon brothers’ stats are comparable to this point in their high school careers. Both players entered their junior years with 292 points. As of today, Nicky is 43 points behind where Nathan finished his junior year. Nicky has played 13 games, compared to Nathan’s complete junior year in which he played 20.
“The ability and ease in which they play. It’s kind of like Nate and Nicky are in The Matrix,” Centennial head coach Bryan Wallace said. “They are so in control of what’s going on around them. The ability they have to do and see things and make people around them better has to be innate, because I’ve never seen it in anybody else. And I’ve been doing this a long time.”
“Nate is more the aggressor in terms of trying to get to the goal and make things happen. Nicky is more refined in terms of staying away and not taking as much punishment,” Wallace added. “In terms of high school, Nicky is a better shooter and finisher than Nate was.”
Looking at what could come to pass, to catch Nathan, Nicky needs 214 points. That would tie Nathan’s 623. If Nicky plays 40 more games (based on what Centennial has played the last two years), and using his current average of 7.71 points per game, he would finish with 617 points.
“I don’t want to say I don’t care about the number, but I’d rather win games and a state championship than get all the points for myself,” Nicky said. “It’s cool to get all these points, but I’m more focused on winning as a team.”
By far, the Solomon’s are the most prolific scorers in Georgia history, but there is a history of teammates, and brothers, from the same school adding their names to the 400-point club.
It’s Better Together
The Powell’s are arguably the First Family of lacrosse with Casey, Mike and Ryan Powell all scoring more than 400 career points during their careers at Carthage (N.Y.). The trio has 1,481 career points with Casey leading the way with 553.
If you add Josh Coffman (1995-1998) and Thomas Grimm (2007-2011) into the Carthage mix, the Comets have the most combined points of any high school program in history on the list with 2,374 points.
Jack Ryan and Jayden Jean from Mystic Valley (Maiden, Mass.) also overlapped and at the start of their careers and have a joint 825 points. Ryan entered 2017 as a senior and should become just the 16th member of the 500 point club.
Where Do They Go?
Syracuse is the most popular destination for 400-point club members. The Orange boasts nine players from that list as alumni. Albany has four while Duke, Maryland and North Carolina all have three.
Here is the full list of college’s. Some players transferred after attending a college, so each institution gets credit, but each one is listed separately.
|10, Syracuse||2, Yale||Middlebury|
|4, UMass||Brown||Ohio State|
|3, Duke||Bryant||Penn State|
|3, Maryland||Chestnut Hill||Princeton|
|3, Virginia||Cornell||Robert Morris|
|3, Denver||Fairfield||Southern New Hampshire|
|2, Keene State||Gettysburg||UMBC|
|2, Notre Dame||Hamilton||Union College|
|2, Onondaga CC||Johns Hopkins||Wagner|
|2, Saint Leo||LIU Post||Washington College|
|2, Towson||Loyola||Wesleyan (Hockey)|
What Do They Say?
Last year, I spoke with one of the newest members of the 400-point club, Henry Hunt of Old Lyme (Conn.). Hunt finished his senior year by breaking the Connecticut state record for most career points, putting up 489. He passed former New Fairfield (Conn.) attackman Andrew Fiamengo.
Hunt set the state record with a 156-point season in 2015, then proceeded to break his own record with 157 as a senior. He is continuing his lacrosse career at Hamilton College.
Hunt spoke with me in September and we talked about what the difference was between his 50-point freshman year and his breakout 126-point sophomore season. He also was kind enough to pass along some advice for some up-and-coming lacrosse players, like having a great stick to help you improve your game.
Of the players I am aware of, there are two that appear likely to be the next member of the 400-point club.
Evan Sibson from Absegami (Galloway, N.J.) entered this season with 301 points and has scored 115 and 111 in the last two seasons. He already has 39 points this year and needs just 60 more to reach 400 for his career. Sibson has yet to score fewer than five points in any game and has two games of 10 points this season. Sibson is listed by NJ.com as committed to Chestnut Hill.
There is also a good possibility that Kyle LaForge from Tyngsborough (Mass.) will also reach the 400-point mark this season. The senior entered 2017 with 309 points and already has 36 this season. He scored 118 last year and 131 as a sophomore after a 60-point freshman season. LaForge is committed to UMass.
*an earlier version of this story identified Solomon as the 70th player to reach 400, but I spoke with Carthage head coach Kirk Ventiquattro who added Thomas Grimm (2008-2011) to the list. Grimm also attended Syracuse, so the college list was updated to reflect as well.