NORTH ANDOVER — Tucker Ciessau’s final high school lacrosse game didn’t end the way he would have liked. The high-scoring senior and his Scituate High teammates fell to North Andover, 17-6, in the preliminary round of the Division 2 state tournament, but he did walk away with something to celebrate: his 400th career point.
With the game already in effect out of hand — the Scarlet Knights were up 17-4 with just a couple minutes to play — the senior attackman ended up with the ball behind the North Andover net. He fed it to sophomore midfielder/attackman Sean Williams, who promptly found the back of the net.
The assist served as the 113th point of Ciessau’s season and 400th of his career. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder quickly exited the field for a hug from his coach, Mark Puzzangara.
“I just congratulated him. I said, ‘I’m proud of you,’” Puzzangara said. “We’ve been together so long, coaching him in the summer, coaching him in Laxachusetts, I’ve seen him grow and develop into the player we always knew he could be.”
Puzzangara took Scituate’s final timeout right before the goal, deciding to make Ciessau’s pending milestone a point of emphasis.
“I pulled the guys in and said, ‘Listen, let’s pull something positive out of this. He needs one more point to get to 400,’” Puzzangara said. “We’re not about points, but when you can hit that milestone, to be a member of the 400 club, that’s special. I’m proud of him and I wanted him to be able to get to that point.”
Ciessau will graduate as the program’s all-time leading scorer with an even 400 points, including 67 goals and 46 assists this season. He was named an All-American by the Eastern Mass. Lacrosse Coaches Association in 2012 and will suit up for Division 1 Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., next year.
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