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BULLETIN: May 11, 2018 — The all-time career assists record has fallen

With an assist in the first half of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) final, sophomore Caitlyn Wurzburger of Delray American Heritage (Fla.) notched her 329th career assist, which sent her past Corinne Wessels of Manassas Osbourn Park (Va.) for the most known assist total in the history of scholastic lacrosse in the United States.

The thing is, Wurzburger has accomplished this feat in just three years — her eighth-grade varsity season, plus two seasons in the upper school. This means that her 332 total assists will not count as an official National Federation record because their recordkeeping only takes into account the last four years of high school.

Wurzburger, who is committed to Syracuse, has two more years to add to her impressive scoring and assisting totals.

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BULLETIN: May 11, 2018 — Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.), after a decade and 198 straight wins, finally loses a game

This evening, a crowd at U.S. Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Md. bore witness to history.

The history was the finish of the greatest win streak in National Federation history involving a field invasion team sport. In the final of the IAAM Division “A” Tournament, Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) beat Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) by a score of 10-8.

The last time that the Eagles had lost a match was April 2009, some 198 games ago. It is far and away the longest win streak in the history of girls’ high school lacrosse in the United States.

Notre Dame Prep, which had taken McDonogh to overtime only two weeks ago, never trailed during the entire match, taking the lead in the third minute and running out to leads of 6-3 and 8-5 before the Eagles tried to engineer a comeback.

But McDonogh’s shooting often found the Blazer goalie, and the Eagles had an uncharacteristic number of turnovers on clears and in the attack end.

Most importantly, however, NDP was able to win draws against the Eagles’ formidable draw-takers, Maddie Jenner and Emma Schettig, allowing the offense to retain possession for large portions of the game.

 

May 11, 2018 — Friday Statwatch for games played through May 9

Hi, everyone. This week in Statwatch, we take a look at a player whose scholastic lacrosse career could resound as loudly as Austyn Cuneo in field hockey — an aggressive, fluid player whose statistics could stick out like a Mount Everest in Kansas.

You may know the name Caitlyn Wurzburger. She’s the Florida-based lacrosse player who made her verbal commitment to Syracuse while still in middle-school. But evidently, Gary Gait saw something in her, and that something has been on full display since her eighth-grade varsity season at Delray American Heritage (Fla.).

In that eighth-grade season, she scored 101 goals and dished out 103 assists. That’s right. Eighth grade.

Here are her career numbers thus far, with only this evening’s state final against Orlando Lake Highland (Fla.) remaining:

Year Goals Assists Total
8th 101 103 204
Fr. 101 115 216
So. 103 111 214

How much further can this offensive streak go? Do the math. With her first assist this evening, she will surpasses Corinne Wessels’ highest-known career assist total. And if she duplicates her output this season for her junior year, she will have surpassed Sophia Turchetta’s all-time combined goals and assists record — which took her six varsity seasons to accomplish. Barring injury or illness, she could figure in more than 1,000 scoring plays, an unbelievable accomplishment.

What follows is our compilation of girls’ lacrosse statistics through this past Wednesday from various sources including MaxPreps.com, NJ Advance Media, The Harrisburg Patriot-News, The Providence Journal, The Albany Times-Union, Long Island Newsday, The Worcester Telegram, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MassLive.com, the Denver Post, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, MSG Varsity, the Ann-Arbor News, and The Washington Post.

I encourage all coaches, managers, athletic directors, and any influencers out there to convince your team, your school, league, or state governing body to adopt the easy-to-use MaxPreps.com platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams to enter their information there as well as whichever is your local news site, so that we can aim for as complete a statistical picture of the country as possible.

INDIVIDUAL GOALS, SEASON
134 Charlie Rudy, Novato (Calif.)
114 Molly Dankowski, Cumming Pinecrest Academy (Ga.)
107 Kira Sides, Cape May Court House Middle Township (N.J.)
102 Ryann Doyle, Seymour (Tenn.)
101 Hennessey Evans, Mission Viejo Trabuco Hills (Calif.)
101 Caitlyn Wurzburger, Delray American Heritage (Fla.)
100 Kaylon Buckner, St. Louis Ladue Horton Watkins (Mo.)
99 Madison Tare, Camp Hill Trinity (Pa.)
99 Jamie Level, Novato (Calif.)
98 Brooke Williams, Santa Ana Foothill (Calif.)
98 Zelia Bedoian, Lake Balboa Birmingham (Calif.)

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, SEASON
106 Caitlyn Wurzburger, Delray American Heritage (Fla.)
89 Maddie Barber, Cape May Court House Middle Township (N.J.)
77 Reilly Casey, Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.)
75 Christie Coulter, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.)
68 Logan Dougherty, Fairfax W. T. Woodson (Va.)
67 Megan Davis, Neptune Beach Fletcher (Fla.)
63 Samantha Douglass, Estero (Fla.)
63 Nicole Ferrera, Morristown (N.J.)
60 Shaylah Marciano, Princeton (N.J.)
59 Gwenna Gentle, Shallotte West Brunswick (N.C.)

INDIVIDUAL GOALS, CAREER
459 Charlie Rudy, Novato (Calif.)
374 Ryann Doyle, Seymour (Tenn.)
333 Camryn Rogers, Somerville (N.J.)
301 Caitlyn Wurzburger, Delray American Heritage (Fla.)

258 Braelie Kempney, Carthage (N.Y.)

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS, CAREER
324 Caitlyn Wurzburger, Delray American Heritage (Fla.)
201 Braelie Kempney, Carthage (N.Y.)

181 Charlie Rudy, Novato (Calif.)
144 Ryann Doyle, Seymour (Tenn.)

CONSECUTIVE WINS
198 Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.)

COACHING WINS
768 Kathy Jenkins, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.)
549 Deanna Knobloch, Moorestown (N.J.)

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Thanks for reading, and we’ll talk in a week.