Owen Caputo made the most of his four years at Middle Creek (N.C.). The Duke commit won the 2017 4A state championship and wrapped up his career as North Carolina’s all-time leading scorer.
Caputo scored 149 points this year to complete his career with 504 for his career. Those totals put him in rarified air and, in internet terms, First!
Middle Creek’s star attackman became the first player in state history to surpass 500 career points and broke the previous scoring record by more than 30 points. He became the Tar Heel state’s leading goal scorer with 298 and is one of five players to score 200 goals and 200 assists.
But according to Damien Hall, Founder of TriangleLax.com, the numbers possibly overshadow the best part of Caputo’s game.
“What sets him apart is his outright hustle when things don’t go their way. Owen was in the Top 15 in takeaways in the area. It was only our really standout defenders that did better than he did. He’s an absolute warrior,” Hall said. “That’s the part of his game that goes most overlooked - how tenacious he is. He does an unbelievable job of seeing the field.”
“That effort results in points for him so often. The highlight part is not that he hustled back to make the stop, but that he threw it up for someone else to make the play,” Hall added. “You see highlights of him that start with him running down the field with the ball, but you didn’t see him take that ball away. it gets overshadowed by all the offensive output.”
That effort helped Caputo earned a slew of awards: Under Armour All-American, US Lacrosse All-American, South Wake Athletic Conference Player of the Year and News & Observer All-Area.
He ranks among the Top 25 all-time nationally in scoring and one of just 22 known players to score at least 500 points.
The attackman has been remarkably consistent throughout his career. As a freshman, he burst onto the scene with 113 points on 63 goals and 50 assists. He scored 116 points as a sophomore, then increased his total to 126 points last season. He averaged 7.20 points per game in his career.
His 2018 totals place him at No. 3 all-time for the best single season in state history.
He ranks in the Top 15 in North Carolina for the most points in a season with those 126 points and is one of the few players who rank among the state’s all-time leaders three times.
Caputo joins Tucker Hull (Providence), Jay Goldsmith (Northwest Guilford), Carson Song (Charlotte Latin) and Oliver Bacon (Charlotte Country Day) as the only known players in North Carolina history to score at least 400 points.
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