Pingree lacrosse coach Kevin Tersolo nominated his star defender Grant Latimer for All American consideration at the coaches meeting, and every single one voted for him. Tersolo was proud to inform the Topsfield resident, who will play at Providence College next year.,of his unanimous honor at the end of the year team banquet.
Latimer received a certificate with his name on it from US Lacrosse. It is something he will alway cherish.
"It's a dream come true," said Latimer, one of three brothers to play sports for the Highlanders. Older brother Jackson is now on the football team at St. Anselm College, and younger brother Harrison will be a senior at Pingree in September and a terrific basketball player. "It's a goal I have always looked forward to and means a lot to me. It's very nice to be respected by all the coaches."
"All American is one of the highest honors you can get in lacrosse," said Tersolo. "When I nominated him every coach at the meeting agreed. Grant is not only an outstanding player, but a wonderful person.
"He is respectful on and off the field. Anything we asked him to do he immediately did. He respects the coaches and his teammates. If we pointed out things he could do a better job with he immediately made the adjustments with no excuses."
Pingree has a lacrosse dynasty, posting a 19-2 record this year with a perfect 5-0 league mark en route to another championship, the third for Latimer since he came as a sophomore transfer from Masconomet and fifth straight for the Highlanders. He was named captain as a junior and senior.
"He's a player, who leads by example," said Tersolo. "You have to be special to be named captain two years. This season he shut down every opponent's number one offensive player, either at attack or midfield. That's very impressive since he faced a lot of Division 1 players, and was only beaten once. It says a lot with our tough schedule."
Latimer. who was also named the Eastern Independent League's Player of the Year this spring, also played football, and spent the winter season working on fitness and getting ready for lacrosse which starts the end of February for the Highlanders.
"He'll have fall ball and a few scrimmages at Providence then hit the weight room. Their season starts in January when they return from winter break," said Tersolo. "It's going to be a year round commitment for him."
Latimer said the highlight of this last season was beating New Hampton, a team Pingree had never defeated before.
"That overtime win right in the middle of our season was something I'll always remember," he said. "One of our goals this year was to beat them. I'm so glad I transferred to Pingree because both academically and athletically it was the best move for me.
"I can't wait to get to Providence and start playing lacrosse. It begins right after we get to campus and goes to Thanksgiving break. Right after New Year's we'll be back at it with conditioning to get ready for the season."