Former Dorman lacrosse coach Ron Cadorette calls Matthew Montgomery one of the hardest-working players he’s ever coached.

“I just can’t speak highly enough about him,” Cadorette said simply.

This season, Montgomery had 25 goals and 11 assists for Dorman. He picked up 56 ground balls and caused 10 turnovers. Montgomery did a little bit of everything for the 5A upper state finalists. He played wing on faceoffs, played on both sides of the ball, was on man-up, with Cadorette calling him the leader of the Dorman lacrosse team.

“I believe I did well this season,” Montgomery said. “I could have changed a few things, but overall I think I worked hard and finished up the season nicely.”

Montgomery’s performance has earned him Herald-Journal/GoUpstate Player of the Year honors. But the numbers only tell a little bit of the story. To get a full picture of Montgomery, you have to consider that work ethic.

Montgomery played top-level lacrosse while holding down three jobs during the season. After his first two classes, he’d leave school to head to his first job cleaning septic tanks. After heading back to Dorman for lacrosse practice, three days a week he went back to a second retail job at Westgate Mall. On his days off, Montgomery had five customers he’d mow lawns for.

He can add master scheduler to his resume.

“I had a notebook and I would plan out everything I had to do for the week, like school work and training,” he said. That helped me a lot with managing my time.”

His love for lacrosse also helped Montgomery.

“I have a lot of love for the game,” he said. “Even on the hardest days at work or school, I always looked forward to going to practice or to the game we had that day.”

Even though the Cavaliers’ season ended one step short of the state championship game, Montgomery said he’s proud of what Dorman was able to accomplish.

“I’m very proud of what we did this year, especially the seniors,” he said. “We’ve come a long way from JV, and we really proved it this year.”

Montgomery will be attending Harford Community College in Maryland, where he will play lacrosse for two years with hopes of transferring to a major program.