Ian Concannon and Spencer Hallyburton, both members of Durham Academy's Class of 2014, have been named U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-Americans in recognition of excellence on the lacrosse field and in the classroom. In addition, DA Athletic Director Steve Engebretsen has been named U.S. Lacrosse Man of the Year for the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association.
Concannon, who will attend Williams College, and Hallyburton, who will attend Harvard College, were the only two student-athletes from North Carolina independent schools honored with the Academic All-American distinction. Eligibility requirements include exhibition of "exemplary lacrosse skills," good sportsmanship, "high standards of academic achievement," and service to one's school or community.
Hallyburton was a first-team NCISAA all-state selection, and both he and Concannon were first team all-TISAC (Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference) selections in 2014.
Engebretsen, who has served as DA's athletic director since 1991 and worked at DA since 1981, was selected for the Man of the Year recognition by lacrosse coaches around the state. Brad Touma — North Carolina's U.S. Lacrosse representative and coach of the Charlotte Country Day School boys lacrosse team — said Engebretsen "has been at the forefront of the development and growth of high school lacrosse for over 25 years."
Touma noted that Engebretsen and DA's first lacrosse coach, Kevin O'Connor, were charter members of the state's first-ever interscholastic lacrosse organization for public and independent schools, and he lauded Engebretsen's involvement in the transition to lacrosse as an NCISAA sport, along with former DA coach Joe Seivold.
"Finally, Steve has continued to be an important administrator," Touma said, "and with current coach Jon Lantzy, has created the King of Spring, the largest inter-sectional high school lacrosse event of its kind in the country."
Durham Academy's varsity boys lacrosse team capped a successful 2014 season with a second-place finish in the 2014 NCISAA tournament