Lt. Ray Enners Award

The Lt. Ray Enners Award is presented annually to the most outstanding high school lacrosse player on Long Island's Suffolk County, New York. [1] The award is presented by the Suffolk County Boys Lacrosse Coaches Association, Section XI Athletics, to the player who best exemplifies courage, teamwork, skill and leadership. The award is named in memory of Raymond Enners.[2]

Lt. Enners was raised in Farmingdale, New York and attended Half Hollow Hills High School (Half Hollow Hills Central School District) in Dix Hills, New York, where he was an outstanding lacrosse player. He was voted to the 1963 All-Long Island lacrosse team. Lt. Enners also played lacrosse at the United States Military Academy at West Point (Class of 1967).

Following high school, Lt. Enners continued to excel at lacrosse at the United States Military Academy. During his 1967 senior year, Lt. Enners was an NCAA Honorable Mention All-American. He was inducted posthumously into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame during 2004.[3]

While leading a platoon in Vietnam, Lt. Enners was killed in combat on September 18, 1968. Lt. Enners received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart for extraordinary heroism in combat in South Vietnam. During 2016, Richard W. Enners[4], Lt. Enners' younger brother who also is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, authored the book, Heart of Gray. The book details the story about his brother, Alpha Company, 1-20th Infantry, 11th Brigade, and Lt. Enners' courage and sacrifice in Vietnam.[5]

At the start of the 2019 lacrosse season, Half Hollow Hills High School (now known as Half Hollow Hills East High School) retired Lt. Enners' number 26 lacrosse jersey. At the same ceremony, the school also retired the number 21 lacrosse jersey worn by alumnus James Metzger, the 1977 recipient of the Lt. Ray Enners Award. [6]

The initial Lt. Ray Enners Award was presented during 1970. This award is one of three that have been named in memory of Lt. Enners. The others are the Lt. Raymond Enners Award that is presented to the NCAA National Player of the Year in men's lacrosse and The Lt. Enners–Chris Pettit Award that is presented each season to Army's offensive most valuable player.

YearWinnerPositionHS All-AmericanSchoolCoach
1970Mike McCormickAttackmanWard MelvilleJoe Cuozzo
1971Richard MeisterDefenseYesDeer ParkWarren Deutch
1972Frank UrsoMiddieYesBrentwoodBob Hoppey
1973Bob McGuireAttackmanYesHuntingtonAaron Littman
1974Bill CarplukMiddieYesCentral IslipGeorge O Leary
1975Bill BrownAttackmanYesWard MelvilleJoe Cuozzo
1976Peter PredunMiddieYesHarborfieldsMike Liese
1977James Metzger[7]Attackman - MiddieYesHalf Hollow HillsLou DiBlasi
1978Albert RayMiddieYesCopiaqueWalter Reese
1979Robert MacAneneyAttackmanBrentwood RossPeter Murray
1980Glen MohrmanMiddieYesHalf Hollow HillsStan Kowalski
1981James M. SmithMiddieYesComsewogueKen Reese
1982Tom GundersonMiddieYesSmithtown EastLou Antonetti Sr.
1983Chris WalkerDefenseYesWard MelvilleJoe Cuozzo
1984Chris GarveyMiddieYesHalf Hollow HillsDoug Mayer
1985Scott Reh [8]MiddieYesRocky PointMike Bowler
1986Jonathan Reese [9]MiddieYesWest BabylonRich Burns
1987Steven RandbyGoalieYesHalf Hollow HillsDoug Mayer
1988Joe MatassaMiddieYesWard MelvilleJoe Cuozzo
1989John BanksGoalieYesWard MelvilleJoe Cuozzo
1990Joe RomeoGoalieComsewogueBob Woods
1991Chris TheofieldAttackman - MiddieNorthportBob Macaluso
1992Mike LaRoccoGoalieYesSmithtown WestRalph Pepe
1993Greg CattranoGoalieYesWard MelvilleJoe Cuozzo
1994Al Hernandez [10]DefenseYesWhitmanBob Howell
1995Jay NegusAttackman - MiddieYesWard MelvilleJoe Cuozzo
1996Will CampbellAttackman - MiddieYesSachemRick Mercurio
1997Justin O'ConnellDefenseYesSachemRick Mercurio
1998Nick RussoAttackman - MiddieYesComsewoguePete Mitchell
1999Kevin CasseseMiddie/Faceoff specialistYesComsewoguePete Mitchell
2000Peter VlahakisMiddieShoreham-Wading RiverTim Rotanz
2001Nick MiaritisAttackman - MiddieYesWard MelvilleJoe Cuozzo
2002Matt MillerMiddieYesWilliam FloydVictor Guadagnino
2003Larry Cerasi [11]AttackmanMiddle CountryKen Budd
2004Jeff StrittmatterAttackman - MiddieYesRocky PointMike Bowler
2005Pat PerrittAttackmanYesSachem EastRick Mercurio
2006Chris Ritchie [12]AttackmanYesMount SinaiJason Sanders
2007Justin TurriAttackmanYesWest IslipScott Craig
2008Dwayne StewartAttackmanCopiaqueJim Konen
2009Kevin SaboAttackman - MiddieWesthampton BeachRalph Pepe
2010Nicky GalassoAttackmanYesWest IslipScott Craig
2011Luke Miller [13]MiddieWilliam FloydDesmond Magna
2012Sam Llinares [14]Attackman - MiddieYesHauppaugeJim Konen
2013Tim RotanzAttackmanYesShoreham-Wading RiverTom Rotanz
2014Kieran Mullins [15]Attackman - MiddieYesIslip High SchoolKeith Scheidel
2015John Daniggelis [16]Attackman - MiddieYesSmithtown EastJason Lambert
2016Gerard ArceriMiddie/Faceoff specialistYesSmithtown EastJason Lambert
2017Chris Gray [17]AttackmanYesShoreham-Wading RiverMike Taylor
2018Zach HobbesMiddieYesWard MelvilleJay Negus
2019Conor CalderoneFace-off Specialist/MiddieYesSmithtown WestBobby Moltisanti, Jr.

For more information about Lt. Enners and the Suffolk County high school award named in his honor, see the June 15, 2016 Suffolk County Lacrosse Coach's Association Awards Program, page 19. [18]


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