Boys lacrosse: McGinnis caps career as Gaels’ all-time leading scorer

Shelton senior co-captain Kyle McGinnis left the Gaels at the end of the season as the all-time leading points scorer, breaking the mark set in 2013-14 by Josh Kreitler.

McGinnis is the all-time goal scorer with 87 and all-time in assists with 51, good for 138 points and eclipsing Kreitler’s total of 95 points.

Last year, McGinnis also tied the school record for goals in a game, scoring seven in a win over Law to equal the mark set by Chris Schiffer and John Esposito.

“Kyle is a special kind of player that makes everyone around him that much better,” said Shelton head coach Matt Read. “He is one of the top three student athletes as far as academics goes that I’ve coached in my 20 years.

“Kyle will be going on to UConn to study pre-med so his lacrosse days are coming to an end, unless he plays club lacrosse at UConn. But he is a very driven and dedicated student so I know his studies will come first.”

McGinnis, who also starred for the Shelton High wrestling team, has helped the Gaels reach the state tournament in three of the last four years. As a freshman, when the Gaels went 5-11, he had five goals and two assists and thoughts of all-time mark never occurred to him.

“I grew up in the Shelton lacrosse program but I never envisioned being an all-time leading scorer,” said McGinnis. “It’s an amazing accomplishment but certainly not a goal of mine when I entered high school. I just wanted to help my team be successful. It so rewarding to see how far this team has come over the past four years.”

As a sophomore, McGinnis began to find the back of the net with a little more consistency and put in 14 goals and 10 assists for the 9-8 Gaels. As a junior, things really began to pick up as his 33 goals and 20 assists earned him first team All-SCC honors for the Gaels, who finished 8-9.

“My fellow senior teammates have all worked hard to help Shelton be successful,” added McGinnis. “We pushed each other to get better but it was never about trying to get me the record. That just kind of happened through hard work. We came into this season knowing we had to be leaders and set the example for the younger players.”

McGinnis is in line to be awarded Academic All-American for lacrosse and the two-time team captain is also the first player to make first-team All-SCC. Shelton finished out the regular season at 10-8 and McGinnis scored a team-high 35 goals.

“Kyle is going to be awfully hard to replace,” said Read. “He is an impact player. Kyle helped us beat Cheshire for the first time three years ago. This year we beat Notre Dame 8-7 in the best game that Shelton has ever played.

“That is what Kyle has meant to this program. He’s a hard-nosed kid who can hang with the best of them. His leadership skills is what will be missed the most.”