Around the Crease: March 15, 2012

March, 15, 2012
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Kris Coppolino, Winter SpringsDonna Coppolino/ESPNHSKris Coppolino holds the Winter Springs (Fla.) school record for points in a career.
ESPNHS continues its weekly feature, Around the Crease, which takes a look at players, teams and high school lacrosse news from around the country.

Stats Galore

With the season underway in several states, the statistical leaders list has received a few updates over the last week.

St. Andrew’s Conor Whipple is making a statement in his junior season. Two weeks after the Georgetown commit scored nine goals in one game, Whipple scored 11 goals and added three assists against Gulliver Prep (Coral Gables, Fla.) on March 10.

After Whipple’s nine-goal performance, ESPNHS noted that the National High School Federation listed the record for most goals in a game at 10, but according to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Robert Allen from Medina (N.Y.) scored 12 goals in a game on May 7, 2008.

Whipple’s 11-goal/14-point performance is the top performance this season for and puts him second all-time for most goals in a game. The junior has 40 goals and 14 assists this season.

Not to be overshadowed, Creekside (Jacksonville, Fla.) junior Nick Eccher scored nine goals in the March 9 game against Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.). The attacker also dished out two assists.

In the opposite corner of the country, Lake Washington (Kirkland, Wash.) attacker Cody Bernstein scored seven goals in a game against Bainbridge Island (Wash.).

Socastee (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) junior Tyler Keane dished out 10 assists in a game against Cookeville (Tenn.) to set the current season record.

Milestone Point

Winter Springs (Fla.) has jumped into the No. 2 spot in the ESPNHS Girls’ State Rankings and some of that has to do with the play of senior Kris Coppolino.

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County commit scored nine goals and dished out two assists in a game against the No. 1 team in Texas, St. John’s.

The 11-point performance gives the senior 370 for her career and will earn her a spot amongst the top all-time point leaders in the ESPNHS National High School Record Book Project.

Coppolino already holds the school record for points and has 200 goals and 170 assists in her career. The senior needs 52 goals and 20 assists to tie the school records for the respective categories.

Winter Springs is 7-0 this season.

Notes from the King of Spring

Seven states participated in the Brine King of Spring Face-off Classic in North Carolina last week and ESPNHS was there to cover the event.

Now that the dust has settled, which states and schools fared the best during the four-day event?

POWERADE FAB 50 No. 1 Calvert Hall went 2-0 in its games and outscored opponents 28-3 and likely solidified its spot atop the FAB 50 rankings when they are released Wednesday.

But Virginia may have come away with the biggest bragging rights of the tournament as teams went 8-2.

Among the most impressive schools, St. Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.) outscored its two opponents 21-10 and knocked off FAB 50 No. 49 St. Mark’s 6-1.

Christchurch (Va.) senior Pat Young had a field day in three games and led all players with 19 points. The UMBC commit scored nine goals and dished out 10 assists. Goalie Connor Keehn stopped 41 shots for the Seahorses to lead all goalies in saves.

Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.) was also impressive, going 2-0. High Point commit Cory Phillips scored six goals and goalie Alec McNamara recorded 16 saves.

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