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.