Lake’s Kenton not letting injuries slow him down

FELTON – Lake Forest High senior Carter Kenton broke his wrist during the Spartans’ second game of the 2018 season against Indian River Wednesday, March 28.

Exactly one month later, Kenton returned to the field with a cast on and picked up right where he left off.

He returned to the field against Sussex Central Saturday, April 28 just in time to score a hat trick in Lake’s 15-4 victory. He would go on to score a combined 24 more goals over the next three games, including 10 in the Spartans’ 18-6 win over Mt. Pleasant Saturday, May 5.

Carter Kenton scored six goals in Friday’s 13-12 loss at Milford (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

“It’s feeling pretty good,” Kenton said of his wrist following Lake’s tough 13-12 loss to rival Milford on Friday night. “There’s still a lot of stiffness in the elbow, but I’m just blessed I can be back on the field. The doctors told me there’s a chance I might never play, so it’s just one of those things where I feel very blessed just to be back out here.”

Following a successful wrist surgery, the healing process could officially begin in late March.

“The doctor just kind of said ‘we’ll see how it heals’ and that hopefully I’d be back by the all-star game in June, but my wrist started healing really well, it got really straight again so they felt comfortable letting me come back out here. Plus, I’m a senior, so it’s really important to me to be back out here playing,” he said.

This spring marked his second consecutive lacrosse season in which he suffered a broken wrist.

The injuries have done little to stop him from doing what he loves.

In fact, Kenton officially signed on to play lacrosse for another four years in college.

Friday, April 27, Kenton made his college decision official and signed on to play at West Virginia University.

“I had other options to different schools, but it was one of those things where I wanted to do athletic training and West Virginia is the best school for that,” Kenton said. “I also had the opportunity to play lacrosse there, so it was the best option for me. I fit in very well there, the coaches are super-nice and I like where the program is headed.”

Kenton says WVU is aware of his injured wrist and that it didn’t concern the coaching staff one bit.

Kenton signed on to play lacrosse at WVU Friday, April 27 (Special to The Chronicle).

“Last year they got to see game footage of me playing with my broken wrist, so they really had no concerns there. They know it’ll be healed up by the time I get out there, so they’re excited,” he said. “With a bunch of injuries in high school, I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue my lacrosse career. Just being able to go there and to room with one of my best friends, it’s going to be a fun opportunity.”

Kenton and his future college roommate, Lake Forest teammate Kurt Moyer, have teamed up to lead the Spartans to a 10-4 record with one regular season game remaining.

Lake’s trio of Kenton (37), Moyer (25) and sophomore Kade Collins (61) has accounted for 123 of Lake’s 186 total goals scored this season.

Kenton said his high school coaches, including head coach Brandon Savage, were very influential to him over his four-year career at Lake Forest.

“I really appreciate everyone who’s been there for me,” Kenton said. “Without them, without God, I wouldn’t be here where I am. So, I’m just very thankful to have an opportunity to play in college.”

Carter said he’d like to work on getting stronger over the summer, prior to leaving for WVU, to help prevent some of the injuries he’s suffered in his past. For the most part, he’d just like to make an impact on the WVU program.

“In general, I’d just like to get in there and impact their program in any way that I can. Wherever they see me fitting in, that’s where I want to play.”

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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