Stop in the Garden State
With New Jersey kicking off its boys’ lacrosse season and four goalies earning a spot on the 2017 Stylax Stat Leaders, I took a look at the career list to see how many of the Garden State’s goalies made the all-time list.
Of the 124 players listed on the Career Saves list, 25 come from New Jersey. The second state with the most listed is New York with 17.
So, why does New Jersey have the most goalies listed? There are probably a few reasons, but the main is that New Jersey, specifically the Newark-Star Ledger, does a great job of tracking daily and career stats. This makes my job a lot easier, so many of the players are easily identified.
Leading the way is former Red Bank Regional (Little Silver, N.J.) goalie Jon Pierce with 987 career saves. Pierce was listed as having more than 1,000 career saves in some media posts, but a close look at the Ledger’s list, there are a couple games that seem doubled, so LaxRecords is only crediting the 987 until the others can be identified. Overall, four goalies from New Jersey are known to have at least 900 career saves.
It is hard to argue with the success of New York’s success with goalies. Seven from the Empire State have at least 1,000 career saves, including the all-time leader Charlie Cipriano. Will Ramos from Nyack (N.Y.) should become the eighth player on that list as he enters the year with 942 career saves.
During last week’s podcast, Mac Kennedy from Boys’ Latin (Baltimore) mentioned that St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) might have been the team that ended the 91-game win streak of Sewanhaka (Floral Park, N.Y.). Well, Kennedy dove into his archives and found the article.
Posted in the Baltimore Sun on April 28, 1957, the Crusaders defeated the Indians 9-2 to end the longest winning streak in boys’ lacrosse history. Roy Mayne led St. Paul’s in scoring, tallying three goals in the victory.
Two coaches reached notable milestones over the weekend.
Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) head coach John McEvoy won his 200th career game with a 13-9 win over Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.) on March 30. McEvoy now has 201 career wins with a 15-7 win over Strath Haven (Pa.) on April 1. McEvoy led the Friars to an 18-5 record last season and has led them to a 5-0 start this season.
It’s been an interesting season for Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, Fla.). The Thunderwolves are 13-4 on the season and just finished a weekend with wins over Valor Christian (Colo.) and Centennial (Roswell, Ga.). Centennial was coming off a win over St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton, Fla.), which made the win even more impressive. Christian Tomei made 26 saves for Oxbridge Academy in the win over Centennial.
Severn School (Severna Park, Md.) is off to a 7-0 start after reaching the MIAA A Conference semifinals appearance last season. The Admirals have rolled this season, allowing just 6.42 goals on average per game. They posted wins over John Carroll (Bel Air, Md.), Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte, N.C.) and McCallie School (Chattanooga, Tenn.) this season. The Admirals take on Landon (Bethesda, Md.) on April 4 and start the conference schedule on April 18.