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Athlete Worth Watching: Ethan Carr

Jun 28, 2016 09:00AM ● By Cate Reynolds
By Tom Worgo

Ethan Carr
Severna Park High School // Lacrosse, Indoor Track, Soccer

Severna Park High School senior Ethan Carr is focused and eager to challenge himself. He takes the U.S. Army’s slogan, “Be all that you can be” to its highest level. Carr’s military goal is to serve in Delta Forces or the Green Berets after he graduates from the United States Military Academy, where he will play lacrosse.

At the revered institution, Carr plans to major in Foreign Area Studies. “It gets you a major in Arabic and you also study intelligence,” Carr says. “I am focusing on the Middle East, since it’s been a hot zone with the military. You learn about the area’s culture, geography, and the language. So you can go right into an area working with the people. It will help me a lot with Special Forces.”

In pursuing his dreams, Carr is following a long-standing family tradition that includes his father, Chris, who graduated from West Point and served in the Army as a captain. Carr’s grandfather, Frank, was in the Army and served in Vietnam, and his great grandfather, Glen, served in the Navy during World War II.

For now, Carr will concentrate on finishing his senior year at Severna Park.

He shows grit and unusual passion as a three-sport standout, competing in lacrosse, indoor track and soccer for the Falcons.

Lacrosse is clearly his best sport. The 6-foot, 175-pound Carr chose playing the sports for Army over the nearby Naval Academy and schools which aggressively recruited him, such as Lehigh and Bucknell universities and the University of Delaware. He carries a 3.99 grade point average and takes advance placement classes in statistics, biology, and history.

“As a player, he is just the one that will put the team on his back,” Severna Park Boys Lacrosse Coach Dave Earl says. “When you get to the Division I level, you have to be able to compete physically. He has that kind of size and athletic ability. He also has the work ethic and the mindset to get it done.”

Carr earned First-Team All-County honors as a junior and ranked third on the Falcons with 27 goals. The three-year starter, who served as a co-captain this spring, was a finalist last year for the C. Markland Kelly Award, which is given annually to the best high school player in the state.

Earl values Carr’s leadership abilities as much as his top-notch offensive and defensive skills. “He gets in the weight room with the younger guys to really show them the ropes,” the coach says. “A lot of freshmen came in and have never lifted before. He really helps them. He tells the kids what Severna Park is all about and what we expect out of them. He does a great job with that.”

The 17-year-old also started for three years as goalie for Falcons’ soccer team, racking up 17 career shutouts, including eight as a senior.

“It was never my full-time sport and I never got a lot of training in it,” Carr says. “I just used my athletic ability in goal. I would come and get the ball and make myself big in there and stop all the shots I could. I was fearless in the goal.”

Carr loved to put his team in position to score a goal. “One of my biggest strengths was to punt the ball very far,” he says. “I would kick it 60 or 70 yards down the field and generate offense. We would get scoring opportunities off of that.”

Carr also had an impact for the school’s indoor track team. He competed on the varsity as both a sophomore and junior and finished in third place in the county in the triple jump.

Severna Park indoor track coach Elmer McPhail says that last year, “We won a boys county team championship and he was a big part of that. We wouldn’t have won it without him.”

Carr didn’t run indoor track as a senior because of a torn hip flexor he suffered during the last soccer game of the season. That gave him time to help counsel teammates in the art of triple-jumping.

“He was there every day working with the jumpers and showing them what to do,” McPhail says. “Because of him, my jumpers were pretty good.”

McPhail says that it was an easy decision to help Carr’s move to the challenge of his life. “I wrote a letter of recommendation for him for West Point,” he adds. “I couldn’t have been happier to do it because of his character, work ethic, and leadership.”