Late flurry lifts Yel­low team

Re­laxed at­mos­phere at Howard High pro­duces ex­cit­ing fin­ish

Record Observer - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

Yel­low 13 — Red 11

EL­LI­COTT CITY — All-Star games are known for be­ing lax, which was an ap­pro­pri­ate de­scrip­tion in two ways for Fri­day evening’s Mary­land State Lacrosse Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion Se­nior All-Star Game.

De­spite the low-key over­all ap­proach, there was no mis­tak­ing the tal­ent level of the top high school lacrosse play­ers in the state, with crisp pass­ing and catch­ing on dis­play, solid de­fense and goal­tend­ing, and ac­cu­rate shoot­ing from many dif­fer­ent an­gles.

With dark­ness set­ting in at Howard High School, the Yel­low Team scored the game’s fi­nal three goals to rally for a 13-11 vic­tory over the Red Team. Both teams, each with 25 play­ers, were mix­tures of pri­vate and pub­lic school high

school ath­letes through­out the state.

De­spite a lot of flail­ing sticks, no one was hurt, mak­ing it an easy day for the trainer on site.

Without a pow­ered-up score­board, the score and the time-re­main­ing were yelled from the side­lines oc­ca­sion­ally to the play­ers and fans in at­ten­dance. River Hill’s Jake Fried­man put the Yel­low Team in front to stay when he slung in a right-handed shot, low to the left side of the goal, while be­ing checked to the ground, for a 12-11 lead with two min­utes re­main­ing. Mar­riotts Ridge’s Troy Hensh cir­cled from behind the net and scored into an open goal with 35 sec­onds left for the fi­nal tally.

The Red Team, which in­cluded Mid-Shore ath­letes Luke Fromert and Mikey Quinn of Kent Is­land and Ryan Hall of Eas­ton, had ral­lied from a 10-5 deficit with six unan­swered goals to take an 11-10 lead with about seven min­utes to play.

Hensh, the Yel­low Team’s only mul­ti­ple-goal scorer, pumped in four goals and was named the game’s Of­fen­sive Most Valu­able Player, and Mt. He­bron goalie Casey DuBois was named De­fen­sive Most Valu­able Player.

West­min­ster’s Blake Ruby, Bel Air’s Justin Calabrese, and Lib­erty’s Jake Cir­uli led the Red Team on of­fense, each with a pair of goals. Eight dif­fer­ent play­ers scored for the Red and 10 for the Yel­low.

Fromert scored the Red’s se­cond goal to cre­ate a 2-2 tie in the first quar­ter. He cir­cled from behind the cage and fired in a righthanded shot from a sharp an­gle.

“It was just an all-star game, just kind of tak­ing it easy. It was fun,” said Fromert. “Ev­ery­body knew how to pass and catch and that’s kind of hard to find with a pub­lic school team, so it was good to see ev­ery­body with great IQ out there. Know when to pass and know when to move the ball. Pretty easy, not much en­ergy to be put out.”

Fromert and Quinn, cousins, plan to join fam­ily mem­bers on the Mercer Univer­sity (Macon, Ga.) lacrosse team be­gin­ning in Au­gust.

“It was great com­pe­ti­tion. I think ev­ery­body was kind of laid back though,” said Quinn. “The sea­son’s over, ev­ery­body is kind of mov­ing on to the next thing that they have to do. But it was good. It was the best of the best out here clearly.”

Quinn han­dled many of the face­offs for the Red Team. “Dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tion,” he said. “It took me a while to get in my rhythm, but those guys are for real; I’m mean they’re good.”

Quinn won the face-off to open the fourth quar­ter, which led to a fast­break goal by North­ern’s Cris­tian Daniel.

Fam­ily mem­bers Matt Quinn and James Fromert will both be ju­nior mid­dies next sea­son for Mercer, an NCAA Di­vi­sion I team. The Bears fin­ished the 2016 sea­son with a 5-8 record and a mark of 3-4 in South­ern Con­fer­ence play, fin­ish­ing fifth in the league.

Kent Is­land fin­ished the 2016 sea­son ranked six out of 157 teams in the Lax­power MPSSAA com­puter rat­ings.

Eas­ton was ranked 25th in the rat­ings. Hall, a 6-5 defender, picked off a pass and ran the ball up­field for a suc­cess­ful clear, which even­tu­ally led to the Red Team’s ninth goal. Hall has com­mit­ted to play lacrosse for Army. He plans to at­tend a prep school in Rhode Is­land for a year prior to at­tend­ing West Point.

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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Kent Is­land’s Luke Fromert bat­tles An­napo­lis’ Cam­den Stra­manak for pos­ses­sion Fri­day evening dur­ing the 2016 Se­nior All-Star Game at Howard High School spon­sored by the Mary­land State Lacrosse Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Kent Is­land’s Luke Fromert (2) and Mikey Quinn (21) re­act af­ter An­napo­lis’ Cam­den Stra­manak (34) col­lects a ground ball Fri­day evening dur­ing the 2016 Se­nior All-Star Game at Howard High School spon­sored by the Mary­land State Lacrosse Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion.

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