Late flurry lifts Yellow team
Relaxed atmosphere at Howard High produces exciting finish
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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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.
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.