Phillip Hurd, 25, devoted lacrosse playerPhillip "Cheesedog"...


Phillip Hurd, 25, devoted lacrosse player

Phillip "Cheesedog" Hurd, an insurance agent and lacrosse player who refused to stop playing despite his illness, died Friday of cancer at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 25 and lived in Chestertown.

Mr. Hurd, who got his nickname because of his love for cheese dogs, was an outstanding lacrosse goalie at Kent County High School, where he graduated in 1988. He attended Chesapeake and Anne Arundel community colleges.

He spent his formative years on the Washington College campus, where his grandmother and mother operated a popular snack bar for many years.

"He was a well-known little character and was literally raised on the lacrosse field here, where he became the team mascot," said Meredith Hadaway, the college's director of public relations.

Mr. Hurd played club lacrosse and coached junior league lacrosse in Kent County.

"He was told last summer that he wasn't to play lacrosse by his doctors," said his mother, Sharon D. Hurd of Chestertown. "But he refused to listen -- and played the entire season. He was a kid who had a lot of heart and courage."

He had been employed for the past year by the Monumental Life Insurance Co.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church on High Street in Chestertown.

Other survivors include his father, John D. Hurd, and his maternal grandmother, Ruth Dickerson, both of Chestertown.

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