KENT: The Kent Roosevelt High School boys lacrosse team will honor Adam S. Hamilton, a fallen U.S. soldier and former Rough Riders lacrosse player, by presenting his jerseys to family members before a home game with Kenston at 7 tonight.
Hamilton, 22, graduated from Kent Roosevelt in 2007 and was a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American as a senior. The U.S. Army specialist was killed May 28 in Haji, Ruf, Afghanistan, in an explosion during a night mission.
He was part of the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, in 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 lettered in football.
His senior year, he led the state and set a school record in lacrosse for assists, with 52 in 14 games.
He also paced his team in winning loose ground balls as a captain and scored 27 goals.
He was 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, confidence and swagger. He was respected for his gritty style of play.
In 56 lacrosse games at Roosevelt, Hamilton accumulated 104 assists and 100 goals.
He holds Roosevelt’s scoring record in hockey with more than 100 goals. He played football his senior year and received All-Portage Trail Conference Metro Division honors as a tight end who also played outside linebacker.
Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or firstname.lastname@example.org.