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2018 Season Wrap-Up: New 400 Club Members

by Mike Loveday

Nine players.

That is how many from the Class of 2018 finished their careers with at least 400 career points. That ties the record for most from one class. Nine players in the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016 also reached that milestone.

Today, the focus is on the six players who are now in the 400 Club. Players from Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia all completed thier careers as one of the 81 players who have scored at least 400.

Check out the players who joined the 200 Club and 300 Club in addition to the feature on Michigan's Bryce Clay who reached 600 career points this season.

The LaxRecords.com Player of the Year and All-LaxRecords Teams will release starting July 16.

Mikey Berkman

Mikey Berkman from West Orange (Fla.). Photo courtesy: TK Photography for West Orange High School

Mikey Berkman from West Orange (Fla.) rewrote the Florida record book this season. He became Florida’s first 200-200 man after scoring 230 goals and 254 assists. That achievement occurred in March with a six-goal, six-assist evening. The Syracuse commit averaged 6.72 points per game in four seasons.

Earlier this season, LaxRecords spoke with Berkman about chasing Florida's scoring record and what motivated him. The attackman never had his eye on Florida's career records, but another number instead.

Before he entered his freshman season, Berkman received a challenge from Casey Powell (renowned for wearing 22) to break his high school total for points in a career.

“I met him [Powell] in 5th grade, and he coached me in club lacrosse. We became close, and he challenged me to beat his high school record,” Berkman said. “That’s what I’ve always been going for."

While he did not reach Powell's 553 career points, Berkman etched his name on the Florida record book - a feat that will stand for some time.

Berkman holds the best-known Florida record for the most assists in a game with 11 - a total he reaching against Timber Creek (Fla.) as a junior. He is second all-time with a 17-point game - also against Timber Creek in 2017.

He also holds the record for the most assists in a season (86) and is tied for third for the best point total in state history.

Berkman broke current Maryland and former Lake Brantley (Fla.) star Jared Bernhardt’s assist record by more than 50 and is the first Florida player to surpass 200 career assists.

Jeffrey Conner

Jeff Conner from Strath Haven (Pa.). Photo by Matt Chandik

Jeff Conner from Strath Haven (Pa.). Photo by Matt Chandik

Jeffrey Conner scored five goals for Strath Haven (Pa.) on June 5 to push him beyond 400 career points. His performance also propelled Strath Haven into the PIAA 2A championship game, which pretty much encapsulates his career.

Conner averaged 6.24 points per game in leading the Panthers to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class 2A championship game. He posted the best season of his high school career with 156 points - 26 more than his previous career high.

“I’ve coached high school lacrosse as a head coach for 33 years. I said two years ago, he [Conner] could be the best player I ever coached and at the end of this season, he confirmed it,” Strath Haven head coach Jef Hewlings said. “He committed years ago to become the best lacrosse player he could be, and he didn’t just say that he worked at it. He was always the kid that was staying after practice or showing up early.”

Conner’s career got off to an auspicious start. He had to sit out twice during his freshman year after dislocating his kneecap. He scored 22 points in his first varsity season.

“It brings your confidence down because you don’t want to overuse, it. You’re scared of it popping out again. I wore a knee brace for a year and a half, but I felt like it was restricting me and I just took it off. I was ready to go, and I just feel like I got my confidence back,” Conner said.

And go he did.

He scored 100 points as a sophomore. One hundred and thirty as a junior and 156 last season. Over the previous three seasons, Conner averaged 5.25 points per game.

“As a sophomore, you know, things started really well for him, and he just had a really good season. The next thing we knew he had 100 points at the end of the year. And his team was going to the state semi-finals for the first time ever,” Hewlings said. “A lot of that was him being a leader in the program. Even though he was a sophomore, we could see that he was the kind of kid you could build around.”

He finishes his career at Pennsylvania’s No. 6 scorer of all-time and only the sixth player to surpass 400 points.

Conner earned LaxRecords.com Player of the Week for June 4. He was an Under Armour All-America selection in addition to being named the US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year*.

*Loveday covers the Mid-Atlantic for US Lacrosse

Sean Goldsmith

Sean Goldsmith joined his brother Jay as a member of the 400-point club.

Sean Goldsmith joined his brother Jay as a member of the 400-point club.

Sean Goldsmith joined his older brother Jay as part of the 400 Club during the 2018 season. The Northwest Guilford (N.C.) attackman bested his brother’s career total by 20 points by the time his senior year was complete.

Goldsmith completed his career as North Carolina’s No. 2 scorer of all time after scoring 475 points.

The Mercer commit, along with Middle Creek (N.C.) senior Owen Caputo broke the state’s previous scoring record of 472 points that was set in 2009 by Tucker Hull.

Goldsmith is just the sixth player in North Carolina history to surpass 400 career points.

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Kyle Long

Kyle Long from Springfield-Delco (Pa.) was a 2018 Under Armour All-American. Photo by Mike Loveday

Kyle Long from Springfield-Delco (Pa.) was a 2018 Under Armour All-American. Photo by Mike Loveday

Kyle Long is only one of two players in Pennsylvania history to surpass 300 career assists and one of six to surpass 400 career points.

The Springfield-Delco (Pa.) graduate is 3rd all-time in the nation with 330 career assists, behind Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin) and Nicky Solomon (Centennial).

The Maryland commit had six assists and two goals in a 16-10 win over Strath Haven (Pa.) to push him beyond the 400-point mark.

Long earned a spot on the Under Armour All-America team in addition to being named a US Lacrosse All-American. He completed his career as Pennsylvania’s No. 2 assist man of all-time and No. 4 in career points.

Gavyn Pure

Gavyn Pure from Dawson School (Colo.).

Gavyn Pure from Dawson School (Colo.).

With three goals and one assist Gavyn Pure from Dawson School (Colo.) became the first player in Colorado history to score 400 points in a career.

The achievement came in a 10-9 win over Valor Christian (Colo.) on April 24.

The graduate holds Colorado’s No. 1 spots in points, goals, and assists after completing his career with 457 points, 252 goals and 192 assists.

Pure entered the 2018 season as Colorado’s all-time scoring leader, surpassing Chad Kruezer from Monarch (Colo.) at the end of his junior year. He broke Wilkins Dismuke’s goal record, which stood since 2013.

He is the only reported player in state history to be a 200-200 man and the only player to surpass 200 career assists.

The attackman has been steady throughout his career, averaging 6.04 points per game. He averaged 112 points per season.

Joe White

Joe White from Collegiate is already Virginia's all-time point leader.

Joe White from Collegiate is Virginia's all-time point leader.

Joe White became the first player in Virginia history to reach 400 career points on May 2. The Collegiate (Va.) star scored two goals and two assists against Benedictine (Va.) to reach the milestone.

The Penn State signee completed his high school career with 425 points. He broke the previous scoring record by more than 100 points. Dan Doty from Potomac School (Va.) scored 323 career points and was the state's all-time leader since 2000 before this season*.

As if that was not enough, White also became Virginia's all-time leader in assists with 171.

White has 244 career goals and 181 career assists. The senior has been consistent throughout his career. He joined the varsity team as an 8th grader in 2014 and scored 42 points. As a freshman, he scored 104. He followed that up with 92 and 98 point seasons. He scored 89 this year.

*White, Connor Rogers (Hargrave Military Academy) and Bobby Solomon (W.T. Woodson) all broke the Doty’s scoring record this season. Rogers and Solomon are No. 2 and No. 3 on Virginia's all-time scoring list.

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