As we enter a new decade and a new season of boys’ high school lacrosse, it seems fitting to take a look back at the previous 10 years and the players who made it memorable.
LaxRecords is taking a look at the Top 100 individual scoring seasons from the last 10 years (2010-2019) and breaking it down.
One disclaimer about this story. The statistics used are those reported to LaxRecords. There are some players among the Top 100 that only have one season recorded, which could be because they did not crack the Top 100, or their seasons have not been reported or discovered.
Now, let’s get started.
How Much Did They Score?
Sticking strictly to the Top 100, those players scored a total of 16,005 points in the decade. Overall, seven players scored at least 190 points in one season.
For the decade, the average amount of points scored by a player in a season was 160.05 points.
Scoring went on an upward trend throughout the decade. When grouping seasons together, the total shows there were more points scored from 2016 to 2019 (9,095) than the previous six seasons combined (6,910). The 2018 season had more points scored (2,678) than any other season. The 2016 season was just behind with 2,345 total points scored.
Location. Location. Location.
When grouping players by state, New York takes the top spot with 15 players among the Top 100. Pennsylvania places second with 14 players, and Georgia is the only other state with double-digit representation at 10.
Those three states also represent the Top 3 for the most points scored during the decade. Players from New York accounted for 2,427 points scored, which accounts for 15 percent of the total amount of points scored. Pennsylvania takes 14 percent of the pie, while Georgia rounds out the Top 3 with 10 percent.
There are a number of possible reasons for those states being high among their peers. Participation among coaches, players, and parents in those states is high. Each of those states also tracks as the most popular states, in terms of traffic, on LaxRecords.com. New York and Pennsylvania are also states whose media outlets do a great job of covering the sport. New Jersey is also well covered by the media, so it is a surprise the Garden State comes in at No. 7 on the list. Also, some coaches choose not to send in season-ending stats.
While New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia had the most points, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Georgia rank 1, 2, and 3 by average points scored.
Who Stood Out
Justin Anderson of Centennial (Nev.) set the national record for a single-season points record in 2013, and it still stands today. The future North Carolina commit appears twice among the decade’s Top 50 scorers, but those two seasons also account for two of the Top 3 point totals of the decade and are among the Top 4 of all-time.
Zed Williams from Silver Creek (N.Y.) appears three times, and the lowest point total he amassed in those years was 155 points.
The Solomon brothers, Nathan and Nicky, account for six of the Top 50 scoring seasons. Both brothers account for three of those seasons, but Nathan had the best single-season in state history with 189. Nicky does hold the record for most assists, though.
Michael McCormack from Mount Greylock (Mass.) holds the record for most points in Massachusetts history, a mark he set as a junior in 2014 with 191 points.
Harmon Suratt from Evansville Memorial (Ind.) had the best season in state history in 2019 with 184 points and finished among the national leaders, but only appears among the Top 50. His 2019 point total accounted for 41.8 percent of his career total.
There are three sets of brothers included among the Top 50: the Solomon brothers mentioned above and Daniel and Devin Sparks from Concordia-Fort Wayne (Ind.). Devin put up at least 160 points twice while Daniel has the highest point total with 173. Silver Creek (N.Y.) was an offensive juggernaut in the early part of the decade, thanks to Zach and Zed Williams. Zach put up the most points of the duo, scoring 179 points as a junior in 2010. Zed, a freshman that year, put up 174.
The ‘rookies’ on the list is Eric Malever from Woodward Academy (Ga.) who put up back-to-back seasons of 165 points in 2018 and 2019. Anthony Caporuscio was among the highest average of any player, which was bolstered by his sophomore campaign in which he scored 195 points.
Who Had The Best Decade?
Using total points as the metric to determine which player had the best decade did not seem fair as it would skew toward players who played four varsity seasons during the decade and would be a duplication of the Career Points list.
With that in mind, LaxRecords took out players who only had one season among the Top 100, which left 17 players. We took the average points-per-season for those players to rank them in order.
Anderson had the highest average with 201 during the 2010s. McCormack came in second with a 189 average.
There’s No I In Team
It's impossible to say who had the best decade by looking solely at points scored in a season. Lacrosse is a team sport, so which players were among the Top 100, won a championship, or was among the top teams in the nation?
The following players won a championship the same year they made the Top 100.
- Graham Bundy won a state title in 2019 with MICDS (Mo.).
- Connor Whipple was part of St. Andrew's (Fla.) dynasty, which included a championship in 2012.
- Hub Hejna won a Michigan Division II title with East Grand Rapids in 2017.
- Nathan Solomon helped Centennial (Ga.) to its first championship in program history in 2013.
- Justin Anderson led Centennial to a title in 2014, a season in which he scored 197 points.
- Christian Paley led Somers (Conn.) to a 2017 Class S title.
- Carson Song helped Charlotte Latin (N.C.) to a 2015 NCISAA Division I title.
The list of players who played on a nationally-ranked team is even shorter.
Jordan Evans played on the Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) team that reached the New York Class B title game and finished at No. 12 in the Under Armour High School Power Rankings. Evans scored 180 points that season with 100 assists.
Key: NRnk (National Ranking); DRnk (Decade Ranking)
Top 100 High School Lacrosse Scoring Seasons of the Decade
|7||5||191||Michael McCormack||Jr.||Mount Greylock||MA||2014||134||57||23||8.3|
|9||7||186||Michael McCormack||Sr.||Mount Greylock||MA||2015||96||90||20||9.3|
|12||9||184||Harmon Suratt||Sr.||Evansville Memorial||IN||2019||142||42||21||8.76|
|19||13||179||Zach Williams||Jr.||Silver Creek||NY||2010||105|
|17||14||179||Michael Sowers||Sr.||Upper Dublin||PA||2016||59||120||24||7.46|
|20||15||176||Connor Rogers||Jr.||Hargrave Military Academy||VA||2017||83||93||18||9.78|
|24||18||174||Zed Williams||Fr.||Silver Creek||NY||2010||101||73|
|26||20||173||Mike Doyle||Sr.||Mars Area||PA||2019||115||58||23||7.52|
|29||21||172||Zed Williams||Sr.||Silver Creek||NY||2013||95||77|
|38||28||166||Bryce Clay||Sr.||Forest Hills Central||MI||2018||100||66||21||7.9|
|40||29||166||Matthew Giampetroni||Cranbrook School||MI||2014||99||67|
|41||30||166||Nick Cooper||Gill St. Bernard's||NJ||2016||94||72|
|45||31||165||Eric Malever||Jr.||Woodward Academy||GA||2019||88||77||20||8.25|
|44||32||165||Eric Malever||So.||Woodward Academy||GA||2018||80||85||18||9.17|
|51||36||161||Ethan Walker||Sr.||Culver Academy||IN||2016||108||53|
|50||37||161||Bryce Clay||Jr.||Forest Hills Central||MI||2017||99||62||23||7|
|58||40||159||Harris Stolzenberg||Pine Crest||FL||2012||107||52|
|62||42||159||Tom Bavis||Nashoba Valley||MA||2012||104||55|
|59||43||159||Hub Hejna||Sr.||East Grand Rapids||MI||2017||93||66|
|60||44||159||Michael Sowers||So.||Upper Dublin||PA||2014||41||118||23||6.91|
|64||45||158||Eric Gold||Kiski School||PA||2013||99||59|
|66||47||157||Henry Hunt||Old Lyme||CT||2016||94||63|
|65||48||157||Bryce Clay||So.||Forest Hills Central||MI||2016||104||53||22||7.14|
|67||49||157||Jack Harvey||New Providence||NJ||2015||89||68|
|70||50||156||Henry Hunt||Old Lyme||CT||2015||107||49|
|69||51||156||Conor Whipple||St. Andrew’s||FL||2012||100||56|
|71||52||156||Jeffrey Conner||Sr.||Strath Haven||PA||2018||96||60|
|74||54||155||Connor Fields||Bishop Timon-St. Jude||NY||2013||129||26|
|76||55||155||Zed Williams||So.||Silver Creek||NY||2011||99||56|
|84||62||153||Joe Wolf||Sr.||Allentown Central Catholic||PA||2017||85||68|
|86||64||152||Mikey Berkman||Jr.||West Orange||FL||2017||66||86||22||6.91|
|87||65||152||Tyler Pace||Blue Ridge||VA||2013||80||72|
|91||66||151||Sheldon Brown||Sr.||Paul Laurence Dunbar||KY||2017||86||65||20||7.55|
|88||67||151||Joseph Sessa||Minisink Valley||NY||2014||68||83||19||7.95|
|90||68||151||Mitch Russell||Fort Mill||SC||2012||68||83||18||8.39|
|93||69||150||Jace Conley||Sr.||OL St Mary's||MI||2018||109||41||22||6.82|
|92||70||150||Carson Song||Charlotte Latin||NC||2015||58||92|
|103||74||149||Owen Caputo||Sr.||Middle Creek||NC||2018||93||53||22||6.77|
|101||75||149||Matt Marker||Allentown Central Catholic||PA||2018||86||63|
|105||76||149||Jacob Angelus||Sr.||Paul VI||VA||2019||84||65|
|106||77||148||Cam Joyce||Archbishop Williams||MA||2012||85||63|
|112||78||147||Graham Blake||Sr.||Marin Catholic||CA||2019||67||80||24||6.13|
|111||79||147||Curtiss Vachon||St. Bernard’s||MA||2015||105||42|
|108||82||147||Adam Close||Wilson West Lawn||PA||2016||103||44|
|118||85||146||Morgan O'Reilly||Long Island Lutheran||NY||2019||69||77|
|120||87||145||Louis Dubick||Winston Churchill||MD||2013||64||81|
|122||88||145||Sean Goldsmith||Sr.||Northwest Guilford||NC||2018||83||63||20||7.25|
|119||89||145||Connor Fields||Bishop Timon-St. Jude||NY||2014||108||37||19||7.63|
|124||90||145||Chandler Hake||Sr.||York Catholic||PA||2019||105||40||22||6.59|
|128||91||144||Henry Hunt||Old Lyme||CT||2016||84||60|
|129||92||144||Ian Decker||Dr. Phillips||FL||2015||93||51|
|125||93||144||Ben Hull||Jr.||Kennesaw Mountain||GA||2019||101||43||19||7.58|
|126||94||144||Cade Newton||So.||South Elgin||IL||2017||86||58|
|137||99||142||Joseph Stuber||Jr.||Lexington Catholic||KY||2017||80||62||23||6.17|
|136||100||142||Griffin Westlin||Seton Hall Prep||NJ||2018||72||70|