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Boys Lacrosse Notebook: Connor Kruse Ties National Assist Record

by Mike Loveday

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New Record

The record for most assists in a single game stood for 58 years after Bruce Corbridge dished out 14 assists for Garden City (N.Y.) against Levittown (N.Y.) on April 22, 1963. The record was matched twice in between then and 2019. 

First, when Jeff Benson dished out 14 for Towson (Md.) against Lansdowne (Md.) on April 13, 1973. It happened again on Feb. 18, 2019 when Eric Malever posted 14 assists for Woodward Academy (Ga.). 

Since 2019, the record has been broken three times with Connor Kruse from Hillsborough Orange (N.C.) the latest player to set the high-water mark.

Connor Kruse dished out 16 assists for Hillsborough Orange (N.C.) in an 18-5 win over Southern Alamance (N.C.).

“We were trying to get some guys some goals that don’t score very much,” Kruse said. “ He (Head Coach Chandler Zirkle) wanted us to make sure we’re still doing what we’re supposed to do and make the smart play. It was to help us develop some good habits moving forward.”

“We made a rule that every goal had to be assisted,” Zirkle said.

Corbridge’s record has broken when Bo Lockwood dished out 15 assists for Hartland (Mich.) in 2022, but his record was broken a month later when Ryan Stadelmaier dished out 16 assists for Midland (Mich.) on March 20, 2022.

I found out about the national record after the game,” Kruse said. “It’s pretty cool. There have been a lot of guys who have put up some pretty big numbers. I owe a lot of it to Chandler helping me out the last couple of years. He helped me develop a lot of skills.”

Kruse came into this season with 330 career points and is coming off a junior year in which he scored 150 points. He scored 139 points as a sophomore. He now has more than 400 career points, which places him among the state’s Top 10.

Now, two years later Kruse and Stadelmaier, like Corbridge and Benson before them, have their names atop the list.

Program Victory

Immokalee (Fla.) earned the 100th program victory with a 21-0 victory over Okeechobee on March 26. 

Notable Performances

Ross Prince won 20-of-21 faceoffs to help Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) to a 9-8 overtime victory over St. Mary’s (Md.) on March 25. Prince, who is committed to Georgetown, also scooped up 10 ground balls in the victory. The win pushed the Blue Devils record to 3-2 on the season.

Player Milestones

Mason Bader surpassed 250 career points in his Apex Friendship (N.C.) career with a five-goal outing against Panther Creek (N.C.). The senior’s performance helped his team to a 17-3 win and continue an undefeated season. Through nine games this year, Bader has 255 career points on the strength of 177 goals and 78 assists. 

Connor Castle surpassed 200 career points for Fuquay-Varina (N.C.). The junior reached 200 with a five-point game against Garner (N.C.) on March 13. Castle has 209 points in his varsity career, and is coming off a sophomore season in which he scored 103 points.

Gavin Selchert reached 100 career points for Lansdale Catholic (Pa.) with a two-goal, one-assist game against Pope John Paul II (Pa.) on March 25.

With five goals in a 7-6 Liberty (Pa.) win, Nate Vella reached 100 career goals.

Green Level (N.C.) junior Harrison Murray became the fourth player in program history to surpass 100 career points last week. Murray dished out three assists in a win over Athens Drive (N.C.).

Willow Spring (N.C.) junior Cullen Trent surpassed 100 career goals last week. Trent has 26 goals through nine games to put him at 120 goals for his career. He is five points away from reaching 200 career points. As a sophomore, Trent scored 113 points.

Seaforth (N.C.) sophomore Ivan Grimes reached 100 career points with a seven-point game against Southeast Alamance (N.C.) on March 21. Grimes scored four goals and dished out three assists to put him at 101 career points. Grimes scored 52 points as a freshman and is already at 49 points through 11 games this season.

Do you have a player milestone you want to see here? Email Mike Loveday or find him on Threads or Instagram.

Stat Leaders

Have you checked out our 2024 Stat Leaders lists? We add players in points, goals, assists, saves and face-off wins throughout the 2024 season. We add game leaders daily and will update season and career leaders as states complete their seasons.

A new feature implemented recently is the ability to see career, season and game leaders for each state. You can even break it down by year for the season and game categories, so you can see who scored the most points in your state in a specific season. This feature is also available on our coach Career Wins list, so you can see who we have listed with at least 100 career victories in every state. 

No. 1 Players

The No. 1 Players list is updated heading into 2024. We’ve opened it up to showcase the players we have for each category, regardless of minimums. If a row is blank it means we have no players for that category (hint, hint). If you have a player that you want to see included, please let us know


Do you have a highlight or notable performance from a player, team, or coach you want to be included in a future notebook? Email Mike Loveday or find him on Threads or Instagram.