At the conclusion of the 2017 boys’ high school lacrosse season, LaxRecords.com will name its first-ever Player 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 it’s first All-LaxRecords.com team.
Every two weeks, LaxRecords.com updates the list with additions or subtractions and updates to the Top 15 players under consideration.
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Here are the players in the second wave of additions to the Player of the Year tracker. Players are added and 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
Nate Buller, Landon (Bethesda, Md.), A, 2017, Navy
Buller is one to keep an eye on this season. He set Landon’s freshman scoring record and followed up during his sophomore season with 39 goals and 19 assists. He missed 13 games due to an injury last season and tallied 20 points on nine goals and 11 assists. Buller is a four-year starter and could help the Bears back to an IAC title.
Billy Coyle, Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.), A, 2017, Cornell
Coyle helped the Friars to a 18-5 record last season and a berth in the Inter-Ac Invitational semifinal. He had 39 assists and 23 goals. The Cornell commit was chosen as part of the Philadelphia team at the Under Armor Underclassmen games. Chosen as All-Main Line Second Team attack as a junior and a sophomore.
Joey Epstein, Landon (Bethesda, Md.), A, 2018, Johns Hopkins
Epstein led Landon in scoring last season with 43 goals and 24 assists as just a sophomore. He committed to Johns Hopkins before he played a game for Landon, so the young attackman is talented. With the return of Buller this season, it could open up even more opportunities for Epstein to score.
Matthew Moore, Garnet Valley (Pa.), A/M, 2017, Virginia
Moore was the No. 2 underclassmen in the state in terms of assists last season, dishing out 58. The Virginia commit is the No. 1 player in the Class of 2017, according to Recruiting Rundown. As a sophomore, Moore had 44 goals and 33 assists.
Adam Ritter, Archbishop Carroll (Philadelphia, Pa.), M, 2018, High Point
As a sophomore, Ritter earned First Team All-Catholic League honors after scoring 73 goals and adding 35 assists. He was the MVP of a successful Patriots’ squad and was one of the top scorers in Delaware County.
Alex Rode, St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.), G, 2017, Virginia
Rode set St. Paul’s single-season record with 258 saves last year. It’s an impressive feat, considering the list of goalies that have passed through the legendary program. Some of the all-time greats have played there since the mid-1930’s; including Edgar Boyd, Les Matthews, Bob Clements, Peter Sheehan, Scott Bacigalupo, Gunnar Waldt, and AJ Barretto. Rode earned First Team All-State honors for his season.
Justin Shockey, Landon (Bethesda, Md.), M/FO, 2017, Navy
Shockey is the No. 1 face off man in the Class of 2017. He is one of the players in the region that could be The Washington Post Player of the Year by late May. In 2016 he won 75 percent of his face-offs against a tough schedule. He added 11 goals and five assists for the Bears.
Alex Trippi, Bullis (Potomac, Md.), A, 2017, North Carolina
Trippi was third in the state with 104 points last year. He helped Bullis to the IAC championship team and earned Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year. Trippi scored 56 goals and had 48 assists. The North Carolina commit was named US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year.