Forest Hills Central (Mich.) attackman Bryce Clay may not have initially set out to become one of the nation’s all-time leading scorers or even Michigan’s all-time leading scorer, but he did accomplish one of his early goals - leaving his mark in Michigan’s lacrosse history.
Clay finished his high school career with 608 points, placing him No. 7 all-time. He is now Michigan’s all-time leading scorer, blowing past the previous record by 153 points. He ranks 3rd all-time for the most goals scored in a career with 384.
“I tracked the Michigan total. I knew I passed the goals by my junior year, but I didn’t know it was up there on the national list,” Clay said. “I wasn’t paying attention to it when I started,” Clay said. “This year I came into the year with the mindset that I was going to destroy the record. I wanted to put my stamp on Michigan lacrosse.”
The Under Armour All-American averaged 7.07 points per game at Forest Hills Central, and as with all the players with 600 career points, a lot had to go just right.
“You can’t miss games, and you have the have the right mindset,” Clay said. “You have to set a goal for yourself. My goal for my sophomore year was to beat my freshman year, and then I wanted to beat my sophomore, then junior years.”
That must have helped because Clay scored more points than the previous season in all four years. He scored 124 points as a freshman and wrapped up his senior year by scoring 166. He has three of the Top 10 scoring seasons in Michigan history - all over 155 points.
His determination to leave his mark drove him to etch his name throughout Michigan’s record book. But what possesses a man to set that goal - a goal that appears to be all-or-bust.
“I wanted people to remember me 10 years down the road,” Clay said. “It means a lot to get my family name out there.”
Clay is the second of four brothers. His older brother Andrew is Forest Hills Centrals all-time leader in ground balls (342) and posted two of the best seasons in program history. Andrew earned All-Area as a senior in addition to winning a Division II state championship.
Clay was a sophomore on that title-winning team, something he lists among his best memories from high school.
“That was pretty cool. It was awesome to share that with my older brother,” Clay said. “It was special. It just showed that all that hard work paid off.”
The future Michigan Wolverine gets his shot at showing the rest of the nation how hard he’s worked during the Under Armour All-America game Saturday, June 30 at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md.
He is among the top 44 players in the nation, and he is one of two players attending the game who completed their careers with more than 600 points. Nicky Solomon from Centennial (Ga.) is the nation’s No. 2 scorer after finishing with 651 career points.
“It was a goal from my freshman year to earn a spot in this game,” Clay said. “I wanted to represent Michigan. There’s good lacrosse in the midwest. I’m playing for all my friends and family. I’ve worked my tail off to get here, and it just shows that all that hard work has paid off.”
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