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West Babylon's Alyssa Murray racking up assists at record pace

Alyssa Murray of West Babylon came into the season 43 assists shy of the New York state record of 275 held by Carolyn Davis, a 2005 Skaneateles alum and two-time All American at Duke, according to Eagles coach Paul Digiulio and the NYSPHSAA record book.

But at the rate Murray's going, the record should be hers sooner rather than later.

In West Babylon's first three games (they are 3-0), Murray has 17 assists, including seven in a 15-2 season-opening win over defending Nassau Class A finalist Massapequa, leaving her 26 shy of the mark. The Syracuse-bound midfielder also has 13 goals for a Long Island-leading 30 points.

At her current pace, Murray (pictured, left) will break the record four games from now, at Floyd on April 16. Once she does, West Babylon can boast the state leaders in assists, and goals, which 2008 graduate Shannon Smith set the mark for at 505.

"It'd be lying to say that I don't think about it," Murray said about the record. "I had 81 last year, so I can at least get whatever I need to break the record this year."

Murray's 81-assist season last year and her 75-assist campaign in 2008 are the third and fifth highest in a season in state history.

Abbie Gowen of Amherst holds the top two with 101 in 2008 and 99 in 2007 — marks Murray could threaten in she continues at her current pace.

In her five-year varsity career, the All Long Island middie has 270 goals. Here is the breakdown of her 249 career assists:

2005: 16

2006: 16

2007: 44

2008: 75

2009: 81

2010: 17 (through three games)

To read more about Murray and the Eagles, the top ranked team in Suffolk, check out our Spring Preview on April 11.

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