There seemed to be a theme in last week’s high school lacrosse action. From players to coaches, there were several milestones reached, three of which occurred on Saturday.
Here is the rundown of what happened.
Newest To 1K
With six saves in a 17-3 win over Edgemont (N.Y.) on Saturday, Nyack (N.Y.) senior goalie Will Ramos became just the 12th known player to reach 1,000 career saves. The Albany commit is the ninth player from New York to reach that mark.
“It means a lot. I’ve been part of the Nyack program since I was 13,” Ramos said. “When I was midway through my junior year, it dawned on me that I was approaching a thousand. It’s really an exciting time. I’m excited about it and the team is excited about it.”
Ramos first played varsity lacrosse in 2013, making 203 saves. During his freshman year in 2014, he made 259 saves.
“My brother was on the team and he was a senior captain. I knew a lot of his friends that were on the team, so it wasn’t like I was introduced to a bunch of strangers. It made it a lot easier,” Ramos said of playing on the varsity team as an 8th grader.
He followed that up with 251 saves in 2015 and 229 as a junior. Ramos entered the 2017 season with 942 career saves. He has 58 saves this season in just five games.
The all-time records for saves in a career is held by Charlie Cipriano from Herricks (N.Y.) from 2005 to 2008. Through four seasons, Ramos averages 235 saves per season. Should he achieve that total this season, he would finish his career with 1,177 career saves, placing him fourth all-time.
Also notable this season, Ramos has three goals and three assists.
“I’m part of the man-up unit. If there’s a 60-second penalty, then I’ll run out of the net,” Ramos said. “I have my short stick and my elbow pads and a different pair of gloves I leave in the box. I never stopped playing midfield until eighth grade. I love it. There’s nothing better.”
I will have more of my interview with Ramos in the April 16 podcast, which you can find here.
Darien (Conn.) head coach Jeff Brameier became Connecticut’s all-time wins leader with a 17–9 win over Niskayuna (N.Y.) on Saturday. Brameier won his 552 game, passing former New Canaan (Conn.) head coach Howard Benedict.
Brameier is Darien lacrosse. He helped start the program in 1984, in an inauspicious start, leading the team to a 2-11 record. The Blue Wave have not had a losing season since 1986 when they went 6-9.
During that time, Brameier has led Darien to 12 state championships, 15 F.C.I.A.C. championships, and 25 consecutive trips to state final four from 1988 to 2012.
St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) head coach Rick Brocato became the Crusader’s all-time leader in wins with an 8–6 victory over Bronxville (N.Y.) on Saturday. Brocato earned his 233 career win, passing George Mitchell’s 232 wins. Brocato is in his final season as head coach at St. Paul’s after announcing his retirement last year.
Brocato took over the Crusader program in 1995 when Mitch Whiteley stepped away from the program. He won 74 games in his first five seasons before heading to Colorado to coach Kent Denver. He returned as head coach in 2006 to St. Paul’s after serving as an assistant coach at Boys’ Latin.
You can listen to the podcast I did with Brocato just before he announced his retirement.
The senior became the Sharks all-time leading goal scorer with the achievement. Smith passed former Shark, Miles Silva for the most goals in a career. Smith now has 180 career goals, surpassing Silva’s 171.
Smith becomes just the fifth-known player in Florida history to reach at least 300 points in his career. He entered the year with 210 points, which was already the most points in program history. Smith has played three varsity seasons, scoring 71 as a sophomore and following that up with 139 points as a junior. He has 94 points this season.