Canyon Birch may not have set out to create a legacy, but after four years at Manasquan (N.J.) and accomplishing feats no player in school or state history had done before, and providing inspiration for his community, a legacy is what he leaves behind. Birch accomplished broke several New Jersey records and helped his team to back-to-back state championship appearances in addition to earning a wealth of personal accolades.
Nicky Solomon is searching for a lacrosse ball. That is something that was never a challenge for him in high school. But as he walks around the University of North Carolina campus the week before he plays in the Under All-America game, he is on the phone and looking for something to get him out of his dorm room. Solomon was part of a trio of players that includes Colin Hall (324) and Ryan Siracusa (314) that finished 2018 with at least 300 career points. That appears to be the first time in history that three players with that many points have been on the same roster at the same time.
Justin Shockey considered giving up lacrosse at one point. But with the support of teammates and mentors, he stayed with it to become the premier face-off man in the nation and earns LaxRecords.com’s first-ever Player of the Year. The future Maryland face-off man put together one of the more impressive seasons in Landon (Bethesda, Md.) history. Shockey won 79.3 percent of his face-offs this season and chipped in 197 ground balls, leading the team in both categories.