Manasquan’s Canyon Birch breaks New Jersey’s all-time boys lacrosse goals record
One by one the records have fallen, yielding before one of the greatest lacrosse players in New Jersey history. On Tuesday during the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals, Canyon Birch climbed to the top of the state’s all-time scoring list.
With seven goals in Manasquan’s 18-4 win over Howell in the SCT quarterfinals, Birch surpassed Matt Poskay as the state’s all-time leading goal-scorer with an incredible 363 goals. Birch added two assists to increase his state record for career points to 515 and counting.
Birch now holds the state records for career goals and points as well as the state single-season record for points, which he set last season with 175. His 123 goals last season were the second-most in a single season in New Jersey history, trailing only the 129 scored by Poskay in 2002. The Penn State recruit leads New Jersey with 89 goals plus 37 assists for 126 points.
Manasquan is the two-time defending Shore Conference Tournament champion and is trying to join Rumson-Fair Haven (six) and Christian Brothers Academy (four) as the only programs to win three or more SCT titles. The Warriors will take on Rumson at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Long Branch High School in the first SCT semifinal game. The two teams met in the regular season with Manasquan winning, 13-2.
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