Charlie Howard Rewrites Staples Boys’ Lacrosse Record Book; seeks to rewrite the history of the program

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Charlie Howard has older brothers who came through Staples, so he knows many of the players he comes across in the school’s boys’ lacrosse register.

“There was a lot of overlap in those families,” Howard said, a smile appearing over the phone. “They reached out to my siblings. It’s hilarious.”

Howard rewrote some of that record book this season. He and the Wreckers are more focused on writing another piece of school history, trying to win their elusive first postseason championship.

The senior enters the semifinals on Wednesday against Ridgefield – the team that ended the Wreckers’ season last year – with 89 points this season, tied with Will McBride’s 1986 season for the most in league history. ‘school. (Howard had 85 last year.) Saturday in the quarterfinals at Fairfield Ludlowe, he scored his 136th career goal, surpassing Kip Orban’s record. He has 207 career points, one behind Evan Zinn for second, 22 behind Michael Reale’s record.

He scored 60 goals last year to break Reale and Joey Zelkowitz’s school record of 56; he is 54 this year.

“It means a lot because I couldn’t have done it without the team,” Howard said. “If I’m breaking records, I feel like it’s also breaking records for the program.”


Coach Will Koshansky notes that Howard did all of that without a sophomore: He had scored 30+ points in 2019 as a rookie and then lost 2020 like the rest of the state to the pandemic.

“Charlie is a special kid,” Koshansky said. “As a player, he has a knack for putting the ball in the net. He’s an absolute goalscorer, not necessarily the biggest, fastest or strongest, but he has a talent.

“As a child, he puts a smile on every coach’s face. He is very fun to train.

Koshansky took over the program when Howard arrived in 2019. The Wreckers made their first FCIAC final last year but lost to Darien. The team has reached three CIAC finals, the most recent in 2014, without a win.

“He really took the program and turned it around,” Howard said. “We’ve always been a pretty good team, but he took us to the top. For the next two years, we will be the top dogs in the FCIAC.

Howard will be at Boston University by then. He plans to study mechanical engineering. He hopes he has two games left to play first, as the state plays its quarterfinals on Wednesday and its finals on Sunday.

No. 2 seed Staples meets No. 3 seed Ridgefield at 5 p.m.; the Wreckers are seeded third and the Tigers are fifth in the latest GameTimeCT Top 10 poll. After that, top-seeded Darien meets fifth-seeded, fourth-seeded Fairfield Prep in the other semifinal.

Ridgefield beat Staples 4-3 in the first round of last year’s tournament en route to a Class L championship.

“I feel like we’re a totally different team this year,” Howard said. “The separate units, offensive and defensive, play together as a team.”

The two Class M semi-finals are at Law in Milford, Notre Dame-West Haven vs. East Catholic at 5 p.m.; Eighth-seeded Cheshire against fourth-seeded Wilton will follow. The Class S Semifinals are split: SWC Champion Weston meets Shoreline Champion Haddam-Killingworth at 4 p.m. in Fairfield Warde, and CCC Champion South Northwest Catholic faces Canton at 5 p.m. in Tolland. Canton was an NCCC runner-up but avenged its conference finals loss to Somers on Saturday to get here.

mfornabaio@ctpost.com; @fornabaioctp

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