The Kent Roosevelt High School boys lacrosse team will honor Adam S. Hamilton, a fallen United States soldier and former Rough Riders lacrosse player, Friday by presenting his jerseys to family members prior to a home game with Kenston at 7 p.m.
Hamilton graduated from Kent Roosevelt in 2007 and was a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American as a senior. He was a U.S. Army Spc. when he was killed on May 28 last year in Haji Ruf, Afghanistan, at age 22 after his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device (IED) while on a night mission.
Hamilton was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. He was one of the top marksmen in his unit and was assigned as a sniper.
Hamilton was a four-year starter in hockey and lacrosse at Roosevelt, and also lettered in football.
He led the state and set a school record for assists his senior year with 52 in 14 games. He also paced his team in winning loose ground balls as a captain and scored 27 goals. His effort allowed him to be named the Northeast Ohio Offensive Player of the Year.
Hamilton suffered a knee injury during his junior year that limited him to seven games, but he still managed 14 goals and 14 assists. He was second on the team in scoring as a sophomore, leading Roosevelt to the Division IB state championship game with 56 goals and 34 assists in 21 games.
Coaches, teammates and friends praised Hamilton for his leadership skills, confidence and swagger. He was respected for his gritty style of play.
In 56 career lacrosse games at Roosevelt, Hamilton accumulated 104 assists and 100 goals.
He holds Roosevelt’s career scoring record in hockey with over 100 goals. He played football his senior year and received All-Portage Trail Conference Metro Division honors as a tight end that additionally played outside linebacker.