The LaxRecords Player of the Year is annually given to the player who makes a significant statistical contribution to high school lacrosse.
The Front Runners are players who made impressive contributions during the 2018 season and were leaders on their team. Among the players included are a New Jersey record holder, a player looking to become the nation's faceoff leader, and players vying to become the all-time leaders in Missouri and California.
Previous winners are: Justin Shockey, Landon (2017); Nicky Solomon, Centennial (2018)
The Front Runners
Jacob Angelus, Paul VI (Va.), 2019, Johns Hopkins
Angelus set the program record for scoring last season, totaling 106 points on 70 goals and 36 assists. The Johns Hopkins commit should become Virginia’s 12th player to reach 300 career points. He enters the year with 243 points. Angelus earned First Team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and First Team All-State last season.
Canyon Birch, Manasquan (N.J.), 2019, Penn State
Birch is coming off a monster junior season in which he broke the New Jersey record for most points in a season. The Penn State commit scored 175 points, breaking Teddy Hatfield’s record of 170 that was set in 2014. Now Birch has his sights set on the state’s career scoring lead. He needs 80 points to break the record. He needs 89 goals to break that state record. He scored 123 last season.
Graham Bundy, MICDS (Mo.), 2019, Georgetown
Bundy has been an all-state player every year since he joined MICDS and he could become the first player in Missouri to score at least 400 career points. The Georgetown commit scored 146 points last season and enters the year with 286 career points. Bundy was the US Lacrosse Midwest Player of the Year in addition to the STL Metro Player of the Year last season. He started his senior year by earning 1st Team All-State in football.
Dylan Day, Tecumseh (Mich.), 2019, Indianapolis
Day should become Michigan’s No. 2 leading scorer sometime during his senior season. The Indianapolis commit is 17 points away from 400 and needs 73 points to surpass Matthew Giampetroni (Cranbrook) for second on the list. If he repeats last season, he will be only the second person in state history to reach 500 career points. Day scored 163 points last season, which ranks as the fifth-best season in state history. The attackman is averaging 6.72 points per game in his career.
Kevin Groeninger, St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.), 2019, Bryant
Groeninger starts the year just three points away from 300 for his career and needs 95 to become California’s all-time leading scorer. He earned Orange County’s Boys Lacrosse Athlete of the Year honors last season after scoring 127 points. He is well-rounded with 146 goals and 151 assists. Groeninger is committed to Bryant.
Brendan Grimes, Boys’ Latin (Md.), 2020, Johns Hopkins
Grimes is projected to be a Top 5 player in his recruiting class, and it’s not surprising based on what he’s accomplished thus far in his Boys’ Latin career. The Johns Hopkins commit scored 36 goals and 14 assists as a freshman and followed that up with 61 goals and 13 assists last season. Those numbers helped propel the Lakers to the MIAA A Conference championship game. For his effort, Grimes earned Second Team All-State.
Brennan O’Neill, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 2020, Duke
O’Neill is the No. 1 junior in the nation, according to Inside Lacrosse and enters his fourth year playing for a varsity-level team. The Duke commit played for Bay Shore’s varsity program while he was in eighth grade and put up 98 points. He matched that total last year as a sophomore at St. Anthony’s and should be New York’s 27th 400 Club member before his high school career is over. He enters his junior season with 245 points on 157 goals and 88 assists.
Connor Shellenberger, St. Anne’s-Belfield (Va.), 2019, Virginia
Shellenberger returns to STAB after scoring 72 points with Bullis (Md.) last year. The last time he played in Charlottesville, Shellenberger posted one of the best scoring seasons in Virginia history. He scored 118 points as a sophomore in 2017 and enters the year with 228 career points on 124 goals and 104 assists. The Virginia commit is Inside Lacrosse’s No. 1 ranked senior and could put up big numbers this season, combining with Notre Dame commit Emmett Barger.
Ryan Siracusa, Centennial (Ga.), 2019, Maryland
Siracusa is coming off back-to-back 100-point seasons and enters the year with 314 career points. He will likely become just the fourth player in Georgia history to join the 400 Club, which includes two other Centennial players - Nicky and Nathan Solomon. The Maryland commit scored 118 points last season and will need to pick up some of the scoring punch left vacant by the graduation of Nicky and Colin Hall, who each posted more than 100 points last year.
Gavin Tygh, Penn Charter (Pa.), 2019, Virginia
Tygh enters the year with 1,012 wins in his career. A Virginia commit who has won 69.41 percent over his career and coming off a 2018 season in which he won 81.13 percent (301 of 371). Based on what LaxRecords has gathered so far, Tygh is one of six players to have won 1,000 career faceoffs. With another season like last year, Tygh will surpass TD Ierlan (Victor) as the nation’s all-time leader in career wins. Ierlan won 1,116 faceoffs from 2013 to 2016.