05/31/2018 4:05 AM
Owen Caputo's senior year at Middle Creek (N.C.) didn't the way he would have liked it to when the Mustangs fell in the state championship game.
Despite that, it could be a while before anyone threatens the record he left behind. The Team 91 2018 midfielder and No. 13 recruit in the 2018 class, according to Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse, Caputo recently broke the state of North Carolina's all-time scoring record and finished his storied career with 504 points.
"I feel really blessed to have been healthy enough to play in so many games during my four years at a top-notch program like Middle Creek," Caputo said. "I've been surrounded by exceptional teammates, and those teammates and coaches have made the record possible. During my freshman year, the senior class showed me how to work hard every day and believed in me. As my senior year started, my coach made me aware of the record and my teammates made it a team goal for me to achieve the honor."
Caputo displayed remarkable consistency in his career, never scoring less than 113 points in a season. It's not easy to keep scoring at such a ridiculous clip when you're the focal point of defenses' gameplans, seeing double and triple teams, early slides and shutoffs, but Caputo, who played attack in high school, took it in stride.
"Although I've been shut off and slid to early at times, it really comes down to my teammates," Caputo said. "They've always taken advantage of whatever the opponent has designed. I've concentrated on not being frustrated and allowing the game to come to me. The culture that we have at Middle Creek is about consistent effort, so it's how we roll as a group. We play up tempo and push the ball from the defensive end, so the opportunities for points were there for the taking."
Caputo is one of four Team 91 players who will play in the Under Armour All-American Game on Saturday, June 30 on Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins. After that, he'll head not far up the road from his high school to national runner-up Duke, where he'll play for his father, Blue Devils assistant coach Ron Caputo, and head coach John Danowski.
"Playing Division I lacrosse has been a goal of mine since I first picked up a stick," Caputo said. "Playing for Coach Danowski means that I will learn something every day, whether it's about lacrosse or life. There are so many great players at Duke, and I just want to practice hard and see where that goes."
Congratulations to Owen on his incredible achievement!
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