3 from Kent net hat tricks in opening day win at Bo Manor

WORTON — It’s difficult to imagine that Kent County High School’s boys lacrosse program was so close to folding in 2021 when there were barely enough players to fill every position and the head coach stepped down midway into what would be an 0-8 campaign.

Now, the roster is a robust 24 and Tom Speakman is all-in for a third full season as head coach at alma mater KCHS.

“I’m very hopeful … great vibe,” Speakman said after the Trojans’ 1-1 start.

They return all but two of their scorers from the 4-8 team of 2023, led by Ethan Clark (22 goals, 9 assists), Landon Wallace (21 goals, 4 assists), Will Speakman (19 goals, 15 assists) and Martin Parrish (13 goals), who spent a good chunk of last season in the goal.

Parrish, who has committed to Salisbury to play soccer, was the team MVP as a freshman in 2021 but sat out 2022.

This year, he is running on the starting midfield with Wallace and Clark and will take face-offs.

KCHS also welcomes back seniors Ryan Myers and Ben Loller and sophomores Daniel Harris and Lynden Saunders on close defense and junior Jack Fry on attack.

Junior David Daniels, who was in a supporting role in his first two seasons, has won the starting job in between the pipes. His backup is Caleb George.

Newcomers who are expected to make an immediate impact are Colin Fry on attack; Logan Dean, Brady Sutton, Nick Stead, Victor Vujanic and Bryce Jacobs on a second midfield; Cody Cummings and Gabe Parr as long-stick middies; and Tucker Ervin on close defense.

KCHS opened with a 15-4 win at Bo Manor on March 22. 

Coach Speakman said the Trojans came out a little flat, “feeling overconfident” given their recent history against the Eagles — lopsided wins of 14-0 in the 2022 opener and 18-5 late last year — before settling in and working the ball well.

Wallace led all players with seven points on two goals and five assists; his line also included four ground balls.

Clark scored four goals and scooped up a team-best five ground balls.

Parrish (one assist), Speakman (three assists) and Colin Fry each netted a hat trick.

This was the high school debut for Parr, who had four ground balls, and Colin Fry.

Daniels was credited with four saves.

Stephen Decatur spoiled Kent’s home opener three days later, 18-5.

Parrish was the locals’ only multiple-goal scorer; Clark, Wallace and Dean each contributed single goals.

“Today is not reflective of what we can do,” coach Speakman said in an interview on the field immediately after the game. 

Stephen Decatur is a Class 2A school, with at least twice the enrollment of Class 1A Kent, and has outscored its first two opponents, 34-9.

The Trojans, who return from spring break on Wednesday, April 3, have only one game this week — Friday at Parkside in Salisbury.

KCHS’ next home game is April 12 vs. Kent Island.


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