Coached By: Joe Cuozzo
Mike McCormick was the first recipient of the Ray Enners Award in 1970. McCormick was the quarterback on the offense of the Ward Melville lacrosse team and was, "a real team guy, a real leader," former Melville head coach Joe Cuozzo recalls.
Cuozzo only started coaching varsity lacrosse there in 1969, so McCormick was his first big-time player and we all know the lore that followed. Though his one goal and 42 assists during his junior year are nothing fancy, McCormick was very responsible for helping get the program going in the right direction that first year. McCormick scored 19 goals and had 41 assists in his senior year when he won the Enners Award giving him final career stats of 20 goals and 83 assists.
"That was back in the wooden stick days," Cuozzo says. "Mike was part of a pretty good group of athletes. They were successful early on and that carried on as we built. That group laid the foundation.
Players like Bill Brown were able to strive for the awards like the Enners since McCormick had already established that Melville players could win it. The same went for Joe Matassa and Nick Miaritis and so on.