ESPNHS continues its weekly feature, Around the Crease, which takes a look at players, teams and high school lacrosse news from around the country.
Take Me To Your Leader
New York has a new all-time scoring leader.
Silver Creek (N.Y.) junior Zed Williams may not be a household name yet, but the attacker put his name atop the record book on June 2 with a four-goal, one-assist game against Pen Yann (N.Y.).
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound junior has 554 career points, which surpasses Casey Powell’s 18-year record of 553.
Williams has been part of the Silver Creek varsity team since he was an eighth grader and totaled 99 points. He followed that year up with 174 points as a freshman and 155 as a sophomore. The junior has 126 points this season and helped power a Silver Creek offense that scored at least 25 goals six times and broke the 30 goal mark three times this season.
Williams, who was just named to the 2012 Warrior 40, should become the nation’s all-time leading scorer during his senior season. ESPNHS Lacrosse lists Tim Stratton from Manheim Township (Lancaster, Pa.) as the all-time leading scorers with 589 points. Stratton played at Manheim from 2004 to 2007.
Big Goal Leads To First Title
Junior attackman Griffin Kinney scored the biggest goal in the history of Delaware Hayes (Delaware, Ohio) lacrosse on June 2 off a feed from junior defender Jordan Carlson.
But he didn't even get to watch it go in.
Kinney was being knocked off balance as he converted his game-winning fourth goal with 90 seconds remaining in an 11-10 overtime victory over Springboro (Ohio). The victory earned the program its first Ohio High School Lacrosse Association Club Division championship.
"Jordan Carlson doesn't really take too many face offs, but that was the biggest face off of our high school's career, and he won it against a kid who was dominating face offs all game,” said Kinney. "It's not really a textbook [shot], but it's from coming around the left side of the goal with the ball in your right hand, and you turn the stick over and send it behind your back into the goal. I took it once in a game and missed it. I kind of dove, ran into a few people and got the shot off. I didn't even know that it went in until I saw the crowd and my teammates were in a pile on top of me."
The title is the first state championship for Delaware Hayes in any sport, and is more impressive considering this is the lacrosse program's third year of existence.
Senior attackman Josh Bender scored four times, junior midfielder Dominic Sanfillipo had a goal and two assists, junior midfielder Paul Golden scored twice and senior attackman Charlie Darrough had two assists as the Pacers rallied from a 10-5 deficit with five minutes left in the third quarter.
Although the Pacers had beaten the Panthers 7-4 on April 21, they trailed 6-4 at halftime on Saturday. Being behind was an odd position for Delaware Hayes after having out-scored their first three playoff opponents by a combined 61-7, which included a 20-3 win over Ottawa Hills (Toledo, Ohio) in the semifinals.
"Being the favorite was something that we weren't really used to. So I think we were just feeling too good about ourselves going into the game," said Kinney, who scored six times to go with two assists against Ottawa Hills.
Kinney ends the year with 62 goals and 30 assists, followed by Bender with 71 goals and nine assists. Sanfillipo (16, 15), junior midfielder Lane Kleilein (18, 11) and Darrough (12, 12) also contributed.
"We're graduating three seniors, and one of them is our leading goal-scorer," said Kinney. "But our whole defense and all of our midfielders are coming back. We have the personnel to be state champs again."
Adding To The Trophy Case
Wando (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) goalie Logan Windham was named the Player of the Year by the South Carolina High School Lacrosse Coaches Association. Teammate Richard Slay was named the Defensive Player of the Year and were among two of the Warriors' four recipients to earn All-America status.
Wando went 11-1 this season, winning its final 10 games to win the South Carolina state championship over Dorman 7-6.