At the conclusion of the 2017 boys’ high school lacrosse season, LaxRecords.com will name its first-ever Stat Star of the Year. The following categories are taken into consideration: the player is among the state or county leaders in any statistical category (defenseman and face-off specialists included); strength of team’s schedule; performance in both regular and postseason games. Also, At the end of the 2017 LaxRecords.com will name it first All-LaxRecords.com team.
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Additional players under consideration will be released in waves announced Monday’s over the next few weeks as each state’s season gets closer to starting. Players are added and potentially removed throughout the season. To submit a player update or to have a player considered for this list, please submit the player’s performance to Mike Loveday.
(Alpha order by last name)
2017 High School Boys’ Lacrosse Player of the Year Watch
Brad Baker, Tampa Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.), M, 2017, Holy Cross
Baker led Long Island in assists last season while with St. Dominic (Oyster Bay, New York). He transferred to Tampa Jesuit where he will play his senior year. Baker led Long Island with 54 assists while playing at St. Dominic. He was 13th on Long Island with 80 points. LaxRecords has the Holy Cross commit at No. 12 overall in New York for assists last season. He was 13th on Long Island with 80 points.
Nick Clarke, St. Ignatius College Prep (San Francisco), M, 2017, Bucknell
Clarke led the wildcats with 40 goals last season. He also led the team with 116 shots and was tied for second with 25 ground balls. Clarke is committed to Bucknell.
Nicholas DeMaio, Coronado (Calif.), 2018, A, Boston University
DeMaio already has 100 career assists after totaling 50 in each of his first two seasons. The rising junior has 176 career points and with two more seasons he could become one of California’s all-time leaders. The Boston University commit has been a Second Team All-City selection in addition to a 3d Blue Chip and Denver Shootout All-Star.
Jack Elders, Redwood (Larkspur, Calif.), A/M, 2017, Georgetown
Elders earned First Team All-Marin Catholic Athletic League honors last season. He was a First Team selection as a sophomore and an Honorable Mention as a freshman. Elders is in a for a big senior year, according to head coach Blake Atkins. In three seasons, the Georgetown commit has 121 goals and 71 assists.
Brennen Fountain, The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.), A, 2018, uncommitted
Fountain finished up a sophomore season by leading the team in points with 93. He scored 49 goals and had 44 assists this year, including four games of at least 10 points. He improved upon his freshman year totals, helping the team to a 10-7 record. Through two seasons, Fountain has 76 goals and 63 assists.
Nick Iznaga, St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton, Fla.), A, 2017, Bowdoin College
Iznaga led the Scots in points (95) and goals (68) this season, helping them to an 18-3 finish. He had his best goal-scoring game of the year on Feb. 27 against Oxbridge Academy (Fla.) when he scored eight. He had five games with at least five goals scored this season.
Cory Lund, El Segundo (Calif.), A, 2017, Williams College
Lund led the team with 113 points, 61 goals and 52 assists. He scored at least 10 points in four games, including three games with 12. Lund has 237 career points on 117 goals and 120 assists.
Nakeie Montgomery, Episcopal Dallas (Dallas), M, 2017, Duke
Montgomery is arguably the best player in Texas this season and is coming off a junior year in which he totaled 107 points on 63 goals and 44 assists. The Duke commit scored 82 points as a sophomore on 57 goals and 25 assists. For his career, he has 234 points on 155 goals and 79 assists. He is considered the No. 6 player in the Class of 2017.
Colin Munro, Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), A/M, 2017, North Carolina
Munro helped Mountain Vista to a 16-2 record and a state semifinal appearance. The North Carolina commit is 96 points away from tying the best known point total in Colorado history – set in 2016 by Monarch’s Chad Kreuzer. Munro had 84 points last season and was one of just three juniors to earn First Team All-State honors.
Nicky Solomon, Centennial (Roswell, Ga.), A, 2018, North Carolina
In just two seasons Solomon has inked his name among the state’s best players. Solomon improved upon his freshman campaign and posted the best known assist season in Georgia history with 85. The UNC commit had three games with at least 15 points. What might make 2016 more impressive is he did it all after the graduation of his brother, Nathan, who finished the 2015 season as the state’s all-time leading scorer and one of just four to surpass 600 career points.
Hank Ontiveros, Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach, Calif.), A, 2017, uncommitted
Ontiveros is coming off a 96 point junior season in which he helped Santa Fe Christian to the San Diego CIF I title. The attackman scored 78 goals, which included five of the team’s six in the section championship game. He was a San Diego Times Union All-Academic Team selection.
Eric Overbay, Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.), A/M, 2017, Villanova
Overbay has been committed to Villanova since his sophomore year and will be a key cog in the Longhorns attempt to repeat in 2017. The midfielder was named to the South team at the Under Armour Underclassmen tournament this year.
Chase Poplin, Christ Church Episcopal (Greenville, S.C.), A, 2017, uncommitted
Poplin led the state in points (102) and goals (72) last season and is could become the state’s best known goal scorer with another season like this one. He has 148 career goals and needs just 52 to tie former Fort Mill star Mitch Russell with 200. The junior earned First Team SCHSLA All-State honors last season.
Gavyn Pure, Dawson School (Lafayette, Colo.), A, 2018, uncommitted
Pure had an impressive 2016 season – leading Colorado with 123 points on 66 goals and 57 assists. In just two seasons, the attackman has 230 points, which puts him in position to become the best known scorer in Colorado history. He needs 82 goals and 88 assists to reach 200 in each category. Pure was chosen as the Class 4A Player of the Year by the CHSAA.
Chase Scanlan, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), A, 2018, Loyola
Scanlan made headlines last spring by scoring 14 goals in a single game for Gowanda Central (Gowanda, New York) in a game on May 5. The attackman transferred to IMG Academy over the summer and will play his junior and senior seasons in Florida. Scanlan totaled 169 points last season with 104 goals and 65 assists. He helped Gowanda reach the Section 6 Class C championship game. IMG Academy’s prep team went 12-1 last season, playing a national schedule that included games against Hill Academy (Canada) and Army Prep.
Ryan Siracusa, Centennial (Roswell, Ga.), A, 2019, Maryland
Siracusa was the only known freshman in Georgia to break the 90-point mark last year. The attackman scored 58 goals and dished out 35 assists in his debut varsity season.
Reid Smith, Ponte Vedra (Fla.), A, 2017, uncommitted
Smith leads a talented 2017 class for the Sharks. He totaled 139 points last season and led the team in goals and assists. The Delaware commit converted on 48 percent of his shots and is one of eight underclassmen returning to the Ponte Vedra lineup next season. Smith led the team’s playoff run with 27 goals and 20 assists.
Joe Theuer, Loyola-Los Angeles (Los Angeles), G, 2017, Tufts
Theuer was the Team MVP in 2015 and earned US Lacrosse All-American status both as a sophomore and junior. The Tufts commit helped anchor a championship team that only allowed double-digits in goals four times last season. Theuer was one of several Cubs to earn a spot on the Under Armour Underclass West team.