Mikey Berkman is hunting. The West Orange (Fla.) attackman surpassed 400 career points last week to become the 76th player in history to reach that mark, but he has his sights set on another number … 22.
Before he entered his freshman season, Berkman received a challenge from Casey Powell (renowned for wearing 22) to break his high school total for points in a career.
“I met him [Powell] in 5th grade and he coached me in club lacrosse. We became close and he challenged me to beat his high school record,” Berkman said. “That’s what I’ve always been going for."
Berkman, who is committed to Syracuse [Powell’s alma mater], scored eight goals and an assist in the 19–10 win over Windermere (Fla.) last week to give him 404 points for his career.
“It was a lot of fun,” Berkman said. “In the beginning, I was thinking about it because everyone was talking about it, but once we got playing I forgot about it.”
How They Compare
Powell scored 553 points while at Carthage (N.Y.) from 1991 to 1994. He was the first high school lacrosse player to break the 500-point mark and is the only player to have done it before the 2000s.
Powell went on to set Syracuse's all-time points record, amassing 287. That record was eventually broken by his youngest brother Mikey. He left Syracuse with 158 goals and 129 assists. Powell was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2017.
To move past Powell on the all-time scoring list, Berkman needs 150 more points. Combined with his first two games, that total would give him a career-high 169 points for the year.
Through his first three years, Berkman has averaged 128 points. He scored 152 points last year.
"He [Powell] texted me about it [400 points] this morning," Berkman said. "He’s the reason I wear 22 and why I play the way I play. I love the way the Powell's play. They play for the passion of the sport. It's so much more than a game to them."
While he is chasing Powell, Berkman will accomplish something no player in Florida’s history has done.
He should become the first player in state history to reach 200 career goals and 200 career assists.
Berkman is the fourth player from Florida to reach 400 points, joining St. Andrew's Conor Whipple and Matt Bellando and Lake Brantley's Jared Bernhardt. Of those, Bernhardt came close to 200 in each category. The current Maryland sophomore finished his career with 236 goals and 198 assists.
Berkman has 196 goals and 208 assists after the Windermere game.
West Orange's game against Apopka (Fla.) was originally scheduled for March 6 but was postponed until a later date. His next chance at history is March 9 against Ocoee (Fla.).