ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced its inaugural Mr. Lacrosse Award recipient, recognizing Billerica Memorial High senior attackman Grant Whiteway as the top male lacrosse player in Massachusetts.
The Mr. Lacrosse Award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff, correspondents and state lacrosse coaches. Whiteway will be presented with the award at a later date.
“Grant Whiteway established himself as one of the most feared scorers in Massachusetts during the last four years,” said Scott Barboza, co-editor of ESPN Boston High Schools. “He has many times over written his name into the record books alongside some of the greatest players who have ever played the game in this state.”
Whiteway became one of six players nationally to have ever reached the 500-point plateau for his high school career before finishing with 539 career points (353 goals, 186 assists). The UMass-Amherst commit broke his own single-season state scoring record this season with 115 goals for 181 points.
That followed a record-setting performance during his junior year in which he broke Duxbury’s Max Quinzani’s single-season record for goals (113) and establishing a record for points in a season with 169.
The two-time Eastern Mass. All-American was a four-year starter for head coach Craig Flynn’s team and a four-time Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star.
The Indians’ captain also stood among the nation’s scoring leaders in 2011 in goals, points and points per game average.
“The Whiteway family is synonymous with lacrosse in Billerica and it is fitting that Grant is our first Mr. Lacrosse winner as he serves as a terrific ambassador to both his community and the game,” Barboza said. “There is no finer example of a player who embodies the qualities of skill and leadership.”