KHS Boys Lacrosse
With the score tied at ten and with two seconds left on the clock in double overtime, senior Sam Forte sent a desperation shot from the midfield sideline. In a flash, the ball traversed the length of the field, glanced off a stick, ricocheted off a player’s foot, and miraculously cascaded down the back of the net – GOAL! The Kennett players rushed the field in celebration leaving gloves, helmets, and sticks across the turf like artifacts of a game well won. But the celebration wasn’t just for their ascension to the State Championship game, it was also a celebration of the history that they had made, and the obstacles they had overcome.
In 2020, Kennett Lacrosse, like every other spring activity, was shuttered by the pandemic. By 2021, the pandemic had established a new sense of normalcy. Distancing, masks, protocols, quarantines, and general anxiety washed over everything including the first lacrosse season in over 22 months. The challenges were obvious, but players and coaches took the season a day at a time as worrying about the unknown was an unproductive use of valuable time. Throughout the season, Coach Bob Allvord, who has been with the Kennett program – on and off – since its inception, managed the challenges, the unknowns, and the dispiriting disruptions with a calm and assuredness that helped lead the team to the best season in its twenty-year history. Yet, the coach is also quick to celebrate his assistant coaches and Athletic Director Sean HArvey for helping to guide this season to a successful conclusion.
For the first time, the team secured the Ches-Mont league championship with a 13-0 record. In district tournament play, they defeated crosstown rival Unionville in their first-ever district playoff victory. They advanced to the quarter-finals of the district tournament qualifying them for the state playoffs. While the district playoffs did not go their way, they forged ahead through the state playoffs with a steeled determination. By the time of the semi-finals, they looked to even the score. Having both defeated and lost to Garnett Valley, they needed one more hard win to get to the state championship game. That last-second goal punched their ticket to the final game.
As miraculous as that goal was, the championship game was equally as tragic. Allvord admits the last game of the season stung, but he encouraged his team to never forget this season for everything it represented. This program has come a long way since it began and this graduating group of seniors including, Jason Astle, Vincent Cresci, Broc Fantazzi, Sam Forte, Evan Hartmann, Buzzy Hertz, Richi Hughson, GRay McManus, and Jason Zurita provided a core of talent that was only surpassed by their heart. That’s not to say this team is without a promising young core. While we’ll never replicate this season or this team, Kennett Lacrosse has much to look forward to. Congratulations boys! Thanks for a great season!