Fromert, Mooney earn All-Amer­i­can hon­ors

Eas­ton’s Hall an Aca­demic All-Amer­i­can; War­riors coach Keenan named Man of the Year

Record Observer - - Sports - By WIL­LIAM HAUFE bhaufe@star­dem.com

While he said good-bye to one cor­ner­stone at the end of the past school year, Kent Is­land High boys’ head lacrosse coach David Jones has a pretty fair idea who might fill that role over the next two years.

The Buc­ca­neers’ bid for a third straight Class 3A2A state cham­pi­onship was de­railed in the East Re­gion fi­nals this year by North­ernCalvert, but at­tack­men Luke Fromert and Sean Mooney im­pressed enough to earn U.S. Lacrosse All-Amer­i­can hon­ors.

“Luke has been the cor­ner­stone of the team the last few years,” Jones said of the grad­u­ated se­nior who is headed to play for Mercer (Ga.) Uni­ver­sity. “He’s been a starter since he was a sopho­more. He contributed as a fresh­man, so he’s a four-year var­sity player.”

A co-cap­tain, Fromert led the Bay­side Con­fer­ence’s high­est scor­ing of­fense (292 goals) in goals (64) and points (94) this sea­son, and added 30 as­sists, which ranked sec­ond on the team. His 232 points and 90 as­sists rank sec­ond on the school’s ca­reer scor­ing list, and his 142 ca­reer goals are third to Johnny Gi­uf­freda (181) and Brady Dove (145).

“He’s a hard worker and leads by ex­am­ple,” Jones said of Fromert, who led the Buc­ca­neers to a 14-4 record and a fourth con­sec­u­tive con­fer­ence ti­tle — third out­right. “Luke is go­ing to go on and I think have a promis­ing col­lege ca­reer.”

Jones is hop­ing Mooney has an­other two promis­ing years in a Bucs’ uni­form. A trans­fer from St. Mary’s, where he played a part in the Saints de­feat­ing McDonogh for the 2015 Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion A Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship, Mooney led Kent Is­land with 50 as­sists this past sea­son, and added 35 goals. His 85 points were sec­ond only to Fromert.

“He made an im­me­di­ate im­pact in our of­fense,” Jones said of Mooney. “He al­lowed us to shift play­ers around so that we had depth all over the of­fen­sive end of the field. He has great vi­sion. He sees the field very well. Hope­fully he has two more bright years ahead of him in his high school ca­reer.”

Eas­ton’s Ryan Hall, a fouryear starter on de­fense, earned Aca­demic All-Amer­i­can hon­ors.

“Well earned,” Eas­ton head coach Den­nis Keenan said of the War­riors’ de­fen­sive MVP. “Ob­vi­ously he has a great work ethic on the field and in the class­room, and it showed be­ing named Aca­demic All-Amer­i­can.”

Hall is sched­uled to do a post-grad year at Portsmouth Abbey, a Catholic board­ing school in Rhode Is­land, where he plans to play foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and lacrosse, be­fore en­ter­ing West Point next sum­mer.

Hall’s team­mate, se­nior at­tack­man Sam Phillips, who led Eas­ton with 55 goals and 22 as­sists this sea­son, earned the Bob Scott Award, given to the player who goes above and be­yond in ser­vice to his team, school and com­mu­nity. Phillips grad­u­ated as Eas­ton’s ca­reer leader in goals (141) — sur­pass­ing the mark set by his older brother Ben — and fin­ished sec­ond on the ca­reer list for as­sists (75) and points (216) to Ben.

“He was the heart of the of­fense the past two years,” Keenan said of Sam Phillips, who was nine points shy of Ben’s ca­reer points mark when he suf­fered a con­cus­sion in the an­nual Bull Roast game against Saints Peter and Paul that side­lined him for the re­main­der of the sea­son. “When he went out with a con­cus­sion against Peter and Paul it af­fected us and hurt us in the play­offs as well.”

Phillips is headed to the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land but doesn’t plan on play­ing for the Terps.

Keenan was named Man of the Year, which hon­ors the in­di­vid­ual whose ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and sup­port of the game and its ideals ex­tend be­yond his own pro­gram. A year af­ter win­ning the school’s first state lacrosse cham­pi­onship, the War­riors moved from 2A-1A to the 3A-2A ranks, where they lost to Kent Is­land in the East Re­gion Sec­tion I fi­nal.

“It’s nice to be rec­og­nized by my fel­low coaches here on the Shore,” said Keenan, who guided the War­riors to a 10-4 mark in his 18th sea­son. “It’s al­ways a great honor when you are rec­og­nized by your peers.”

Eas­ton’s Will Sch­midt was named As­sis­tant Coach of the Year,

“He’s coached the de­fense the past few years; wealth of knowl­edge,” Keenan said. “He was a great player and he was able to re­late it to the kids. He coached most of these guys through youth and through Dark Horse. He knew the kids, knew our op­po­nents well, put a lot of time and ef­fort into scout­ing and watch­ing film.”

Af­ter go­ing 5-11 his first year, Brad Niesz was named Coach of the Year af­ter di­rect­ing Queen Anne’s County to a 7-8 mark that in­cluded a vic­tory over Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester in the 2A-1A East Sec­tion I fi­nal. The Lions lost to South­ern of Anne Arun­del in the East Re­gion cham­pi­onship.

“I’m for­tu­nate to be sur­rounded by good peo­ple; kids that are will­ing to work hard and a coach­ing staff that’s got a ton of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge. Makes my job pretty easy,” Niesz said. Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester head coach Steve Hur­ley, who led the Vik­ings to a 7-7 slate, was named the re­cip­i­ent of the Ger­ald Car­roll Jr. Award, See LAX Page 26

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