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Tavares Breaks Record

03/18/2001, 12:31pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares collected his 86th point to break the National Lacrosse League's single season scoring record on Saturday night against the Albany Attack.

Tavares, the 5'11, 175-pound forward from Toronto, Ontario collected seven points on two goals and five assists (2 5=7) to break Washington Power forward Gary Gait's former mark of 85 points. Tavares brings his record-setting total to 90 points (39 51=90) in only 10 games.

In 12 games for the Baltimore Thunder, Gait collected 85 points (57 28=85) during the 1998 season to set the former NLL record.

"Like fine wine, John has gotten better with age," Bandits head coach Ted Sawicki said. "When you need a goal, he's always there when it counts."

Tavares' previous career-high was 83 points set during the 1999-2000 season (34 49=83). Saturday's five-assist performance also broke Tavares' NLL record of 49 assists set during the 1999-2000 NLL season.

In 95 career regular season games, Tavares has collected 636 points on 322 goals and 314 assists (322 314=636). Tavares was named the NLL Most Valuable Player for the 1999-2000 season, and the NLL Player of the Month for February 2001.

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