Records are made to be broken as ALL scoring marks set
Week 10 in the Arena Lacrosse League saw many ALL scoring records tied or broken and with four weeks to go in the regular season the record breakers can add to their totals and we could see one record change hands game by game with St. Catharines Shockwave Bryan Neufeld and Oshawa Outlaws John St. John locked in a battle for the ALL scoring title.
St. John has tied Austin Murphy's regular season points total (set during the 2018 ALL season) with 83, and will surely add to the total with three games to go, but its Neufeld who should break the record first as he sits two points behind St. John with a game in hand. That game will be played this coming weekend against the Six Nations Snipers, St. John's Oshawa Outlaws have the weekend off.
St. John did pass Dustin Caravello's season assist record over the weekend by adding 16 in the two games the Outlaws played bringing his total to 60, surpassing the 55 Caravello put up during the same 2018 season that saw Austin Murphy set the points and goal record. Neufeld again is lurking in the wings with 57 and could surpass St. John's total as early as this coming Sunday, March 1 in the aforementioned game against the Snipers.
Neufeld had an incredible 16 points Friday night vs Oshawa breaking the points in a game record, besting the 14 point mark set two weeks prior by Luke Laszkiewicz of those same Oshawa Outlaws in a game against the Toronto Monarchs February 8.
Neufeld's 11 assists in Friday's game (to go along with 5 goals) broke the assists record of 10 set by Peterborough's Timbermen's Skkyler Thomas set a week earlier also in a game vs Oshawa.
Speaking of Laszkiewicz, Luke scored an incredible 12 goals over the weekend bringing his season total to 46, destroying the previous record of 37 set by Murphy during his record setting season. "Laser" as he is appropriately nicknamed, should (barring a NLL callup) become the first 50 goal scorer in Arena Lacrosse League history; averaging 4.6 goals per game, a 60 goal season is within reach.
Laszkiewicz has had two 8-goal games this season which matches the league record that he shares with Layne Smith of the St. Catharines Shockwave who also incredibly has had two 8-goals games this year. Smith who has averaged just under five goals per game in the seven (of 10) games he has played this season, is on pace for 53 goals.
With many other ALL players having career years, it will be a fun run to the end of the ALL regular season to see how high these new scoring standards can go.