CR duo earn first team All-State boys’ lacrosse

Kevin Sheahan

Kevin Sheahan

Kevin Sheahan and Thomas Aloe can add something new to the list of things they have in common.

The Caesar Rodney High senior duo were both selected as boys’ lacrosse first team All-State members. In the fall, they’ll both be playing for the University of Delaware.

Cape Henlopen High midfielder Kyle Orton and Sussex Tech long-stick midfielder Travis Quillin were the two other Henlopen Conference players on the first team.

The Riders had the third most players honored, with five total as senior David Schmidt made the second team at attack while senior Sean MacLeish (attack) and junior Luke Rankin (face-off specialist) were on the third team.

Sheahan, a defender, made the first team for the third season in a row. He garnered All-State honors every year of his high school career as he was on the second team as a freshman.

He captained the Riders the last three years and led them to a 13-2 record this season and the state semifinals. The CR defense averaged 4.4 goals against this season while Sheahan recorded 38 takeways, 74 groundballs, three goals and three assists.

“Kevin always drew the assignment of the opponent’s best attack or midfield making it very difficult for offenses to get going,” said CR coach Matt Faircloth.

Sheahan also won the DIAA Harry Roberts Senior Scholar-Athlete Award for a $2,000 scholarship.

Aloe missed most of his junior season with an injury but returned to score 51 goals with 19 assists this year.

Thomas Aloe

Thomas Aloe

A two-way player, Aloe also had 94 groundballs.

“Definitely one of the most complete lacrosse players in the state,” Faircloth said. “He has drawn almost every team’s top defensive player and relished the opportunity to score or force slides to allow teammates to score.
“Something that may go unnoticed is his tenacious on-ball defense. He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever coached.”

Schmidt led the Riders in goals with 52. It’s the fourth year in a row he netted 40 or more goals. He also had 23 assists.

MacLeish was first on the team in assists with 24 and also scored 46 goals for an offense who averaged 13.8 goals a game.

Rankin’s face-off win percentage was 70 percent, up five percent from a year ago and he also added 12 goals, three assists and scooped up 48 groundballs.

Three Kent County players were on the honorable mention list — Dover midfielder Dylan Handel, Polytech long-stick midfielder Cody Sapp and Smyrna defender Kyle Coburn.

Cape Henlopen also had Michael Hopkins (attack) and A.J. Marshall (defense) make the second team while defender Tobin Fleming and goalie Chris Argo were named to the third team.

State champion Salesianum had the most players honored with six on the first team and 12 total.

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