Grant Whiteway most likely expected to go over the 500-point mark for his high school career, but it's a safe bet he didn't think it'd come on Friday. But after an eight-point explosion earlier in the week, the Billerica (Massachusetts) High School senior was just one point shy of one of high school lacrosse's most coveted records.
As ESPNBoston reported, Whiteway became only the sixth player in high school lacrosse history to notch 500 points in his career, and the third in Massachusetts history. The UMass-Amherst signee tallied four points in the 12-2 victory over Andover (Massachusetts) High School, but the first point proved to be the most notable of them all.
"He was born to play Billerica lacrosse," Billerica head coach Craig Flynn told ESPNBoston. "He's the most prolific player in the state. What he did reaching that 500-point milestone, it's not only great for him, but it's great for the whole community of Billerica, too. It's such a big thing.
"There are only three guys in the state who have reached 500 points and now he's up on the pedestal with those guys."
As New England Prep Stars mentioned, before Whiteway hit the historic mark, the senior was already being mentioned as the most prolific scorer in Massachusetts public school history. After breaking the mark, there's bound to be a discussion of where he ranks next to the other two players from the state to reach 500.
The best part of the whole story is that Whiteway actually grew up watching Jimmy Connolly and Max Quinzani, the two players before him to notch 500 points, play lacrosse. As ESPNBoston noted, Whiteway was a ball boy for the travel team his dad coached, and both players just happened to be on the team.
When you consider a high school lacrosse player only gets four years to break a record like this one, it makes the feat seem even more incredible. The night got even better when his team captured the Merrimack Valley Conference title on the same night.
It's safe to say things couldn't have gotten any better for Whiteway.