LaxRecords.com is a high school lacrosse dedicated to the coverage of boys' high school lacrosse, specifically statistics to highlight the best players, coaches, and teams in lacrosse history.
The website is run by LaxRecords, Inc. (NFP), a non-profit dedicated to digitizing boys high school lacrosse records to preserve the history of the sport.
What You'll Find Here
For the more team-oriented of us, you will learn about the teams who had the longest win streaks both nationally and by state. What is the longest overtime game in boys' high school lacrosse history? LaxRecords.com has that answer too. How about the high school lacrosse programs with the most state championships? There's a page for that as well.
Why Lacrosse History?
I started collecting high school lacrosse performances in 2011 while I was the Editor of ESPN.com's high school lacrosse site at the now defunct ESPNHS.com. I continued the project through 2014 while at StudentSportsLacrosse.com.
The project started as a love of statistics and remembering checking box scores as a kid. I grew up playing baseball and was obsessed with knowing the batting leaders and Tony Gwynn's batting career batting average.
When I got my first job covering lacrosse with the Wilmington-Star News in 2005 and was put on the lacrosse beat, I wanted to know which players scored the most career goals and which teams won the most titles. This did not exist at that time. Years later, when I was put in charge of ESPN's high school lacrosse website, I started the process of finding those answers.
LaxRecords.com was founded on June 18, 2014. The first page published on the site happened on June 20, 2014.
In The Press
I've been fortunate enough to garner some press over the years. You can find some of the sites that have referenced LaxRecords.com over the years here.
- The Washington Post mentioned the site when Earl Brewer retired.
- NJ.com, or the Newark-Star Ledger, used the site as a reference for the longest winning streaks.
- The New Hampshire Union Leader was another newspaper to use the coaching wins' list.
- Richmond.com used my stat gathering when they named their 2016 Player of the Year.
There may be more, so if you see LaxRecords.com mentioned online, let me know. I'm always excited to see the name 'in lights'!
How Records Are Gathered
I use a variety of ways to gather and verify statistics before they get posted on the site: local reporting, coach submissions, end-of-year award/all-state stories. All statistics are verified through two sources. The first source I attempt is always the head coach or Athletic Director.
Local Reporting: through Google Alerts and daily checking of newspaper websites during the season I add players who meet the criteria. Local reporters literally have their feet on the ground and historically their stats are accurate and unbiased.
Coach Submissions: During each preseason as I begin researching teams for the US Lacrosse Top 25, I send out emails to coaches and ask for any historical data they have for their program. Many programs now post information on their team sites and information is pulled as needed. During the season, if anything comes into question I email the coach to verify the performance is accurate. I have several submission forms that anyone can use, but all data is verified through several sources before it is added to the site. If submitted information cannot be vetted through an official source it is not added to the site. Governing bodies for each sport take precedence for all state championship games.
End-of-Year: For some areas, reporting on daily games can be sporadic especially when it comes to season statistics. When newspapers or media outlets post their end-of-year awards (Ex: Player of the Year) or all-area or all-state teams the information is added as it meets the criteria.