The Northeast Region preview, presented by LaxRecords.com features a four-part series. Part one takes a look at some coaches and players on the cusp.
Coaches Approaching Milestones
John Todd is already Massachusetts all-time wins leader with 477 career wins. Hingham (Mass.) is coming of a 23-3 season. If the Harbormen repeat that win total, Todd will become the first player in state history with 500 career victories. He would be the 14th reported coach in national history with that many wins.
Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) Head Coach Dennis Bonn needs only five victories to become the 32nd reported coach in New York history to reach 300.
A trio of Massachusetts coaches can get to the 300 win plateau. John Pirani will earn win No. 300 when Winchester (Mass.) gets its second win of the season. Glenn Foster needs five Ipswich (Mass.) wins to reach 300. Concord-Carlise (Mass.) needs eight wins to get Tom Dalicandro his 300th.
St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) is one of the top teams in the nation this season and their leader, Keith Wieczorek needs only eight victories to reach 300 for his career.
Marty Morgan led New Fairfield (Conn.) to a 22-1 record last season and the Class M championship. Morgan needs eight wins to reach 300 and become the 10th coach in state history to reach the mark.
Cape Elizabeth (Maine) Head Coach Ben Raymond enters the season with 291 career wins. Raymond led the Capers to a 14-2 season last year.
East Lyme (Conn.) Head Coach Gary Wight needs four wins to reach 250 for his career.
Shaun Smith enters his second season as the head coach at West Genesee (N.Y.), but he needs only eight wins to reach 200 for his career. Smith led the Wildcats to a 12-7 record in his first season.
With the first win of 2020, Bobby Wynne will earn the 200th of his coaching career with Salisbury School (Conn.).
Brian Martin needs four wins to earn No. 150 with Bacon Academy (Conn.) this season.
Medfield (Mass.) is one of Massachusetts’ best programs, so the odds are good they’ll earn Head Coach John Isaf his 150th win. He enters the year with 149.
Newtown (Conn.) Head Coach Scott Bulkley enters the season with 137 victories after leading the Nighthawks to a 14-7 record last season.
Tim Ryan needs two wins to earn the 100th of his career at Prout School (R.I.). The Crusaders are coming off a 12-4 season.
Ellington (Conn.) Head Coach Dave Giordano is five victories away from 100 for his career. The Knights went 7-11 last season.
With 10 wins, Scott Hinchey will earn the 100th of his Glastonbury (Conn.) career. Hinchey led the Tomahawks to a 14-4 record last season.
Queensbury (N.Y.) is coming off a 12-5 season. Head Coach Adam Orr needs 13 to reach 100 for his career.
Players Approaching Milestones
Xavier Arline had the best season of his career with 137 points, 70 goals and 67 assists for Shoreham-Wading River last year. The record for most points in Long Island history is 500, set by Nick Galasso (West Islip). Arline would need 141 points to tie Galasso’s record, but he needs just 91 points to tie Tim Rotanz (Shoreham-Wading River) for second in Long Island history. Arline will likely become the Wildcats all-time leading scorer by season’s end.
North Branford (Conn.) senior goalie Xavior Cognata has 534 career saves. Only seven players in state history are reported to have at least 600 career saves. Only four have posted careers with at least 700.
Kyle Denker can become the 8th reported player in Connecticut history with 600 career saves. The senior enters the year at Bacon Academy (Conn.) with 536.
Ethan Gatto scored 112 points last season for Roslyn (N.Y.), but he only need 68 this year to reach 300 for his career.
Sam Payne from Lewiston (Maine) is 25 points away from 200 for his career after scoring 52 goals and 23 assists last season. Payne earned Sun Journal All-Region Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year honors for his efforts.
Luke Staudt is approaching the West Genesee (N.Y.) record for most saves in a career. The senior needs 71 saves to tie the record of 619 held by John Galloway. The Loyola commit is coming off a 227-save season and enters the year with 549.
Gray Thomas from Cohasset (Mass.) needs 52 points to become the 55th player in Massachusetts history to reach 301 in a career.