STONINGTON — Think of Stonington High's X-back position on the boys lacrosse team as similar to that of a point guard in basketball.
The X-back, like a point guard, controls the ball, sets up the offense, distributes and can score — the good ones, anyway.
Lucian Kronholm is a good one.
Kronholm, a junior this past season, finished with 30 goals and 15 assists to help the Bears to an 11-7 record and a berth in the Class S state tournament. He was named to the All-ECC Division II first team.
"Lucian's a great creator of offense," Stonington coach Nick Warhola said. "He plays X-back behind the net, and he's good at drawing double teams and then moving the ball, which gives other guys the ability to score. But he also has the ability to score as well. He's a great finisher on top of it."
Six times Kronholm scored a hat trick (three goals) or better in a game, including four in a 15-8 Bears victory over Westerly. He also had at least two assists in four games, all of them Stonington wins.
"He usually had the best defender on him, too," Warhola added.
Kronholm finished second on the team in both goals and assists.
The Bears worked to improve their team chemistry this past season, Warhola said, and won four more games than in 2018, the coach's first season. Goals for 2019 included a winning percentage of .700 (at .611 they came up a bit short) and qualifying for the ECC tournament (which they accomplished).
"It was definitely a successful season," Warhola said. "A couple things here or there and it could've been an even better one."
Also honored for the Bears were freshman Christian Hudson, who was an ECC Division II honorable mention pick. Hudson, who plays attack, had 30 goals and nine assists. Kyle Marino, a sophomore defender, was the team's sportsmanship award winner, and Sean Peglow was the scholar-athlete honoree. Peglow, a junior attack, led the team in both goals (41) and assists (19).