Improved Trojans prep for 1A East
WORTON — You only need to compare scores to know that Kent County High School’s boys lacrosse program is on an uptick. That the Trojans are 4-6 — more wins than the previous two years combined — is another indicator of their improvement.
Things are going so well that second-year head coach Brendon Ireton thinks a bye and then a home game are possible in the Class 1A East Region tournament that starts next week.
The regular-season finale is Friday at Cambridge.
Kent County went 0-2 last week against Class 3A James Bennett and Class 2A Queen Anne’s. In each game, the score was so much better than last year.
Bennett defeated Kent, 17-6; last year’s game was a beatdown, 22-6.
Border rival QA’s pulled out a 12-6 win, compared to a lopsided 17-2 victory a year ago.
Both games were closely contested through the first half, “but we struggled getting points early and played a lot of defense,” Ireton said.
Jeremy Graham was credited with a season-high 12 saves against 7-2 James Bennett, the top team on the lower Shore.
Kent played well “in spurts” on April 26 against Queen Anne’s (7-5), Ireton said.
Graham made seven stops.
Silas Phillips led the Trojans with three goals, extending his scoring streak to three games in a row. Joey Cerino contributed two goals and Drew Baker assisted twice.
Ny’tre Green had Kent’s other goal. Kolby Walters and Zach Argo each had one helper.
If the Trojans are going to finish strong and make some noise in postseason, “we need to get on the same page offensively and defensively, getting our ‘ A game’ from both sides,” Ireton said. “In tougher games, we’ve gotten good play from one side while the other struggled.”
Last week against larger schools Bennett and Queen Anne’s, it was the defense that stepped up for Kent.
Ireton said if the Trojans are to be successful from here on out, they will have to play consistently well from end line to end line and “control our focus within the stick skills.”
Beginning this year, there are separate state lacrosse tournaments for each of the four enrollment classifications.
Kent County is in the 1A East Region with the smallest schools on the Shore and in Harford and Cecil counties. Kent’s section in the region is comprised of Cambridge and Bo Manor. Kent ripped Bo Manor, 14-1, on April 9.