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posted 04.19.2012 at 11.50 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

West Genesee's Messere Becomes Winningest High School Coach

West Genesee (N.Y.) coach Mike Messere won his 748th career game Thursday night to pass the retired Joe Cuozzo for first place on the all-time high school lacrosse wins list.
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Legendary West Genesee (N.Y.) boys lacrosse coach Mike Messere became the all-time winningest high school coach in the country Thursday night, earning career victory No. 748 in a 7-3 win over visiting Oswego.

With dozens of former players in attendance Thursday night in suburban Syracuse, West Genesee built off a 3-2 halftime lead to secure the win and improve to 8-0.

Messere passed former Ward Melville (N.Y.) and Mount Sinai (N.Y.) coach Joe Cuozzo for first place on the national wins list.

One the sport's living icons, this season marks Messere's 50th anniversary of his senior season at West Genesee as a player. He went on to play at Cortland.

He's coached West Genesee for the last 36 seasons, leading the Wildcats to 15 state titles and 39 New York Section III championships.

Messere was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1994 and has coached more than 50 high school All-Americans.

On Thursday, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard, current team captains Tim Barber and Matt Schattner presented Messere with a Native American Great Lakes lacrosse stick to commemorate the achievement.