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Big Shots: Kevin Fritts, Highland Park (Texas)

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Despite a torn tendon in his right thumb, Fairfield-bound Kevin Fritts scored 46 goals and added 21 assists this year, leading Highland Park to its fourth Texas D-1 state championship.

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WHO HE IS: Kevin Fritts is a Dallas native who lived in New Jersey and then moved back to Texas before his junior year after going to school at Bergen Catholic in New Jersey during ninth and 10th grade. Fritts played on the varsity there his sophomore year and was on the varsity at Highland Park both years there. He has two older brothers who also played college lacrosse, and Fritts will be doing the same, heading to Fairfield University this fall.  Fritts looks to major in communications at Fairfield.
WHAT HE DID: Fritts was named the Most Valuable Player of the Texas D-1 state championship game after getting three goals and one assist in his team’s 7-5 victory over St. Mark’s last week in Austin. The Scots were down 2-0 early, but rallied to take a one-goal halftime lead and never trailed again. Fritts had one goal in the first half and two more in the second. Fritts finished the season with 46 goals and 21 assists, breaking his own school scoring record, which he set last year. He played a major role in the Scots repeating as the state champion – the team’s fourth state title in lacrosse. 
WHY WE NOTICED: Fritts was a first-team All-State selection. Making his accomplishments even more impressive is the fact that he played the entire season with a torn tendon in his right thumb. He had surgery to fix the tendon last week. He injured the thumb in a preseason game and knew that surgery likely awaited him at season’s end, but still had a big year. Fritts will be in a cast for about a month.
WHAT HE SAID: “I was worried at first in the title game. During the season, we played them twice, and both of those games, we trailed by a goal or two at the beginning. They always come out strong, and coach just called a timeout and rallied us together and told us what we needed to fix, and we did it and started getting the ball in the net. It was pretty amazing…Winning it as a senior was extra special because seniors are the leaders of the team."
WHAT’S NEXT: The season’s now finished for Highland Park, which ended with an 18-1 record. 

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Previous "Big Shots" Honorees:

May 19 - Connor English, Manhasset (N.Y.)
May 19 - Erin Laschinger, Notre Dame Prep (Md.)
May 11- Erin Fowler, Hoggard (N.C.)
May 8 - Yanni Rindler, Wooton (Md.)
May 5 - Carmen Taplin, Hillsboro (Ore.)
May 5 - Drew Claytor, La Quinta (Calif.)
April 27 - Katie Schwarzmann, Century (Md.)
April 27 - Terrence O'Donnell, Lindenhurst (N.Y.)
April 17 - Christian Walsh, Boys' Latin (Md.)
April 16 - Maura Maher, Greensburg (Pa.) Central Catholic
April 9 - Lauren Natale, Harrison (Ga.)
April 9 - Mike Antinozzi, Fallston (Md.)
April 2 - Haley Sheehan, Great Valley (Pa.)
April 2 - Sam McDaniel, Loyola-Shreveport (La.)
March 26 - Bobby Braun, Coronado (Calif.)
March 26 - Jordyn Cook, Cy-Fair (Texas)