Cole Fenton ’19 Inspires his Team
Student Men’s Lacrosse Manager Cole Fenton ’19 (Hopewell, NJ) inspired his team to take the win against St. Mary’s College of Maryland after his opening ceremonial goal on April 11, 2018, at Kinsley Field. With a hidden ball trick and assistance from fellow teammate, Hunter Davis ’19 (Finksburg, MD), Fenton scored the first goal of the game igniting crowd cheers and leading his team to sprint onto the field and surround him with congratulations. His courage and strength seemed to spark the team’s drive to dominate their opponent.
With a lifelong love of sports, Fenton was formerly the team manager for his high school lacrosse team and he hoped to continue this path in college. After a remarkable recommendation letter from his high school coach, Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Brandon Childs, made Fenton’s dream a reality. “It all started with an email from his high school coach. It caught my attention with the subject title, ‘The best recommendation letter I’ll ever write,’ ” said Childs.
Fenton was born with a rare medical condition that forced him to undergo 26 surgeries. He is limited in his ability to engage in contact sports so he chose to get involved in another way. Going above and beyond the duties of the average team manager, Fenton would often be found spending countless hours before practice helping team members improve their skills. He had no problem fitting right in. His teammates see him as an inspiration and look up to him. “I want to be that face, and be like, ‘Look, I went through it. I know it’s bad, but it does get better,’ ” said Fenton.
He’s always wanted to suit up for a game and even counted it high on his bucket list. He not only had the chance to cross this off his list, but he motivated his team to make the game one of the most memorable in their record-breaking season. The Spartans completed the 2018 season as the number-two ranked team in the NCAA Division III athletic conference.