2021 Shore Sports Network Boys Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year: Wall’s Logan Peters
The numbers on the scoresheet are what drive the accolades, or at least validate them. And the goals and assists were obviously a dynamic force in what was the most successful season in the history of Wall’s boys lacrosse program. But Logan Peters’ impact went beyond what everyone saw on gamedays.
“What made him a special player was what he brought to practice every day,” said Wall head coach Victor Rivera. “There are going to be days where a team lacks energy, lacks focus, but he was always the guy who got everybody going. The stuff off the field and outside of the game is where he made such a big impact.”
The statistics were pretty good, too.
After a fantastic sophomore season in 2019 and with a scholarship to play at Rutgers University locked up, expectations were sky-high for Peters entering his senior season this spring. He did not disappoint.
The Wall senior attackman authored a record-setting year with a state-leading 140 points that included 78 goals and 62 assists. He led the Crimson Knights to their first appearance in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals and their first trip to an NJSIAA state sectional final. Also for the first time in program history, Wall finished ranked in the state top 20.
To cap a fantastic career, Peters is the 2021 Shore Sports Network Boys Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year.
Peters played sparingly as a freshman but exploded onto the scene as a sophomore in 2019 with 52 goals and 45 assists for 97 points. A three-sport star who was the quarterback on Wall’s state championship football team and a forward on the school’s basketball team that won consecutive NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 3 sectional titles, Peters is no stranger to winning. Lacrosse is his Peters’ main sport, however, and he was geared up for his final season, especially after the cancelation of the 2020 season.
He began the season with four goals and four assists in a season-opening 16-6 win over eventual Group 4 finalist Southern Regional, and never let up. He averaged just under four goals per game and averaged seven points per game, including a 12-point game vs. Donovan Catholic and a 10-point game vs. St. Joseph (Metuchen). He had 12 games recording eight or more points. He had at least a hat trick in 15 of 20 games, recorded multiple points in 19 of 20 games, and also picked up 50 ground balls. His 140 points also marked the third season in a row a Shore Conference player has led New Jersey in scoring (Manasquan’s Canyon Birch in 2018 and 2019). Those 140 single-season points are also the third-most in Shore Conference history behind Birch’s state-record 175 in 2018 and 168 in 2019.
“He definitely sees the field better than anyone I’ve watched play,” said Rivera, who was an assistant for Wall before taking over as head coach in 2020. “He’s a special athlete in regard to that. In the game it looks like he’s doing things on the fly but from my perspective it’s everything he does in practice translating to the games. It’s those intangibles, making guys around him better.”
There’s a lot that goes into Peters being a star attackman. At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds he is big for the position and uses his physical edge to his advantage. He is a great athlete who can beat defenders off a dodge, has a hard and accurate shot, and is a deft passer. His ability to routinely set up his teammates for goals was even more important than the goals he scored because it brought balance to Wall’s offense.
“I thought when he was a sophomore he forced more shots instead of letting the game come to him,” Rivera said. We knew that going into this year he was going to be seeing a lot of double teams and that he had to take what the defense gave him, and that’s exactly what he did. He really developed a trust with his teammates and we were at a point where all six of our guys out there were scoring.”
Peters’ legacy at Wall High School is now complete, and it is certainly one of considerable accomplishments. He was a two-time First Team All-Shore football selection on a team where he starred as a quarterback and a safety, helping Wall win a state sectional title, a Shore Conference pod championship, and go 19-1 over his final two seasons. He was a key cog on a basketball team that won two sectional titles. And in lacrosse, he is a two-time First Team All-Shore attackman, a 249-point scorer for his career, the program’s only player to have 100 career goals and 100 career assists, New Jersey’s leading scorer as a senior and the Shore’s Offensive Player of the Year.
“To Wall in general, his impact goes outside of just lacrosse,” Rivera said. His leadership qualities stand out more than anything because of everything he plays; being the starting quarterback, the best attackman, a starting forward. There was a lot on his plate and for that kid to get a lot of press and never let it get to his head and always keep striving to get better, he’s just a special player and a special guy.”