Unbeaten Honkers net 14U boys lacrosse title

FREDERICA, Del. — Kent County-based Honkers Lacrosse defeated Middletown’s MOT Youth Lacrosse Club, 10-5, in the championship game of the boys 14U division of the Eastern Shore Youth Lacrosse Association.

Trey Moore scored six goals to lead the Honkers, who finished 9-0.

The Honkers ousted Camden (Delaware) in the semifinals, 13-7.

The semifinal and championship games were played on the same day — May 18 — at the DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica.

MOT (Delaware) was the only league team that the Honkers did not play during their 7-0 regular season, according to head coach Kreigh Kirby.

In the regular season, the Honkers defeated Camden, Fruitland, Beach, Smyrna (Delaware), Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Talbot.

In their nine games, the Honkers outscored their collective opponents, 95-32.

Facing off against MOT in the title game, the Honkers built a 4-1 lead at the end of the first quarter that they stretched to 8-2 at halftime.

Kirby and his coaching staff of Creg Fleetwood, Ben Joiner, Glenn May, Doug Goodall and Wroth Newcomb cleared their bench in the semifinal and championship games, and every member of the team played “extensively” in both games, Kirby said.

The Honkers were all seventh and eighth graders, with the exception of goalie Lawson Walters, a sixth grader who also was a field player for the championship 12U team.

Twice during the season Walters (43 total saves) had scheduling conflicts and could not be in two places at once, so Kellan Thomas (three saves) tended net for one game and Clay Fleetwood (six saves) was the fill-in for the other.

Head coach Kirby told The Evening Enterprise that “the season as a whole was just a great experience from start to finish.”

Across the board, he said, the Honkers consistently improved.

To sum it up, Kirby said, “They’re a very talented group of guys, but more importantly, they’re a competitive, coachable and hardworking group.”

Offensively, the Honkers were led by midfielder Trey Moore (36 goals, 7 assists) and attackman Quentin Joiner (23 goals, 7 assists) — both eighth graders. 

Moore also scooped up a team-best 72 ground balls.

Grant Campbell progressed from being a shooter to being very pass-oriented by the end of the season, and led the team with 15 helpers while also contributing eight goals.

Seventh grader Clay Fleetwood was the face-off specialist; he led the team with 34 won draws and was second with 43 ground balls.

Joey Davis, who played close defense but switched to a short stick to help in the midfield and on defense, and Mason Newcomb also saw time at the X; Davis (31 ground balls) won 11 face-offs and Newcomb (25 ground balls) won 22.

Other key contributors on offense were midfielder Charlie Wick (3 goals, 3 assists), attackman Douglas Goodall (5 goals), Owen Fry and Rumsey Herr.

Playing time for offensive threats Brooks May and Ronan Newcomb was limited because of injuries.

Creg Fleetwood and Ben Joiner were in charge of the defense, and “coached those guys up phenomenally all year,” Kirby said.

Seventh grader Kellan Thomas (32 ground balls) was the leader on D, though according to the coaches, everyone played well and there was very little drop-off when substitutions were made.

Rotating in regularly at the other two close defense positions were Brayden Albertson (29 ground balls), Chase Fellows, Zac Gray, Paul “Bang” Tue, Ethan Brengle and Ben Crow.

Declan Reed and Tommy Wooten ran as the Honkers’ long-stick middies. Both performed at a high level, despite being fairly new to the game of lacrosse, according to the coaches.

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