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2019 Boys’ Lacrosse Player of the Year Tracker

by Mike Loveday
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Rather than wait until the end of the 2019 boys’ high school lacrosse season to unveil the Player of the Year and All-LaxRecords.com team, I am publishing a weekly tracker to keep up-to-date with the players currently under consideration.

Players will be considered if they fall into the following categories: among the state or county leaders in any statistical category (defenseman and face-off specialists included); the strength of team’s schedule; performance in both regular and postseason games and importance to the team. To submit a player update or to have a player considered for this list, please submit the player’s performance to Mike Loveday.

FirstLastHigh SchoolSt.YearCollege
JacobAngelusPaul VIVA2019Johns Hopkins
Season Complete: Angelus is the first known-and-reported player in WCAC history to score 400 career points - finishing with 406. He earned PVI's MVP for his performance this season after scoring 84 goals and 65 assists. He was the leader of a senior class that is now the winningest class in Panther history with 65 wins over four years.
CanyonBirchMansaquanNJ2019Penn State
Season Complete: Birch became the first player in New Jersey history to record 500 career points after amassing 557 points over four years. The Penn State commit scored 168 points on 118 goals and 50 assists and helped Mansaquan to the Group 1 title game. For his career, Birch leads New Jersey in points and goals (392). At the time of his graduation, Birch was among the nation's Top 15 scorers of all time, passing players like , , and .
GrahamBundyMICDSMO2019Georgetown
Season Complete: Bundy completed his high school career as the first-known player in Missouri history to score 400 career points. The Georgetown commit tallied 429 on 272 goals and 157 assist in four seasons. Bundy scored 143 points during his senior year, helping the Rams to their sixth-straight Missouri state championship. He also leaves MICDS having never lost to another Missouri team and with the Rams riding a 92-game in-state winning streak.
DylanDayTecumsehMI2019Indianapolis
Latest Update: Day has 472 career points heading into the region final on May 29. The senior is second on Michigan's all-time scoring list. As a senior, Day has 50 goals and 39 assists with 133 ground balls.
KevinGroeningerSt. Margaret's EpiscopalCA2019Bryant
Season Complete: Kevin Groeninger from St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.) tallied three assists and two goals in the Orange County Championship game to surpass 400 career points, becoming the first person in California history to reach that mark. He became the 100th-known player to reach 400 career points. Groeninger’s has been amazingly balanced throughout his high school lacrosse career. With one game remaining on the season, the Bryant commit has 202 career goals and 202 career assists. In both 2017 and 2018, the midfielder had only one more goal than assist. This season, he has 56 goals and 51 assists.
BrennanO'NeillSt. Anthony'sNY2020Duke
Season Complete: O’Neill saved one of his most dominating games of 2019 for the final one. The junior scored seven goals and one assist against rival (N.Y.) to clinch the CHSAA championship for the Friars. O’Neill scored 72 points this season, brining his career total to 317.
ConnorShellenbergerSt. Anne's-BelfieldVA2019Virginia
Season Complete: Shellenberger racked up 65 goals and 35 assists in 16 games this season and became the only player in history to score 100 points in a season twice. Shellenberger averaged 6.25 points per game as a senior and is a three-time US Lacrosse All-American in addition to being named an Under Armour All-American.
RyanSiracusaGA2019Maryland
Season Complete: The Maryland commit scored 428 points in his career, which currently places him among the Top 5 all-time. His 247 goals places him third all-time in state history, behind only Nathan and .
GavinTyghPenn CharterPA2019Virginia
Season Complete: Tygh became the nation's all-time faceoff wins leader this season - finishing with 1,297 career victories. The Virginia commit won 70.80 percent of his faceoff opportunities in his career. Tygh started on the varsity program as an 8th grader, but won 1,147 faceoffs from his freshman to senior season, which would have still been enough to supplant TD Ierlan as the nation's all-time leader. Tygh also scored 37 goals and dished out six assists this season.

On the Radar

CadenBackstromValleyIA2020Lindenwood
Season Complete: Backstrom finsihed his junior year by leading West Des Moines to the Nebraska/Iowa state title and a 14-1 record. The junior scored 103 points on 54 goals and 49 assists and 67 ground balls. For his career, the Lindenwood commit has 345 points on 189 goals and 156 assists.
BrooksBaroMcIntoshGA2020Uncommitted
Season Complete: Baro wrapped up his junior season with 107 points on 69 goals and 38 assists. It's the second-best season (point-wise) of his career and gives him a total of 336 points with 196 goals and 140 assists entering his senior year.
AnthonyCaporuscioCrestwoodPA2020Uncommitted
Season Complete: Caporuscio helped his team to the PIAA 2A semifinals this season - scoring 142 points on 105 goals and 37 assists. It seems likely that Caporuscio will become Pennsylvana's all-time leading scorer as he needs only 119 points to tie ' record. The attackman's lowest season scoring total was 126 as a freshman in 2017.
MattFermoCaldwellNJ2019Pace
Season Complete: Fermo finishes his career with 681 career faceoff wins and 335 career ground balls. He won 70 percent of his attempts this season, winning 175 total.
GriffinFriesShawnee Mission EastKS2019Marquette
Season Complete: The Marquette helped lead his team to the state championship this season, finishing with 114 points on 89 goals - both career highs. He is the No. 1 reported player in Kansas for points, goals and assists in a career with 371 points, 237 goals and 134 assists.
MilesHartEaglecrestCO2019Uncommitted
Season Complete: Hart wrapped up his high school career with 812 career saves after making 165 this season. He is the known all-time save leader in Colorado history and the first reported player to have made at least 800 career saves in the state.
BenHullKennesaw MountainGA2020Michigan
Season Complete: Hull scored 144 points this season and topped 100 goals with 101. The junior posted his best statistical season of his career and now has 407 career points.
EricMaleverWoodward AcademyGA2020Maryland
Season Complete: The Maryland commit matched his sophomore total with 165 points this season and giving him 450 for his career. Malever is the first player not named Solomon to have 200 career goals and 200 career points in Georgia history.
CadeNewtonSouth ElginIL2019Uncommitted
Season Complete: Newton finished his career with 390 career points and 252 career goals. The senior is No. 1 all-time in Illinois among the known-and-reported players for career goals, passing Zach Wood from Waubonsie Valley's record of 240 that was set in 2012. He is No. 2 to from (Ill.) in career points.
VanParkerBroughtonNC2019Air Force
Season Complete: Parker wrapped up his career with 382 career points, which at this moment, places him among North Carolina's Top 10 scorers of all-time. Parker scored 100 points this year on 79 goals and 21 assists. He finished with 279 goals and 103 assists.
GrahamSchwartzMiddle CreekNC2019UNC
Season Complete: Schwartz is the known-and-reported leader in state history with the most faceoff wins in a career and is among the nation's all-time leaders with 944 career wins. The senior, who plans to try and walk-on at North Carolina, finished the year with 293 wins and a win percentage of 80.94. He also tallied 28 points on 13 goals and 15 assists and 193 ground balls.

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