Fromert, Mooney earn All-American honors
Easton’s Hall an Academic All-American; Warriors coach Keenan named Man of the Year
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