In what was a banner year for boys lacrosse in the Greater Newburyport area, two athletes stood head and shoulders above the rest.
Newburyport junior Matt Kelleher and Triton senior Larry Cuddy each rewrote their respective school’s record books this past season, scoring at an unprecedented pace to help lead their teams to new heights while establishing themselves as not just two of the best players in the Cape Ann League, but two of the best players in the state.
Kelleher set a new single-season scoring record for Newburyport by scoring 84 goals, adding 16 assists to finish the year with an even 100 total points. The record previously belonged to David Nicholson, who scored 72 goals early in the program’s history. Head coach Ed Gaudiano said what made Kelleher’s record so impressive is that he did it with so many others on the team contributing as well.
Cuddy, meanwhile, helped create nearly as many goals as he scored, finishing the season with 72 goals and 65 assists. Cuddy’s 137 total points ranked among the most in the state, and with 285 points in his career, he will leave Triton as the school’s all-time leading scorer by a comfortable margin.
Given that each player had about as productive a season as you could possibly expect out of a high school player, The Daily News is proud to honor both Kelleher and Cuddy as its 2014 Boys Lacrosse Players of the Year.
Throughout the course of the season, Kelleher and Cuddy each routinely put up six or more points per game. Kelleher, for instance, scored eight goals against Wilmington on April 18, eight against Austin Prep on April 23, six against Triton on May 2, seven against Hamilton-Wenham on May 10, including the game winner in double-overtime, and seven against Georgetown on May 22, the day he broke Newburyport’s single season record.