Wednesday, March 12, 2014
By Paul Betit firstname.lastname@example.org
25 Players to Watch
Pat Stanton of Scarborough has been in goal for the last two Class A state finals. He plays his best in the big games.
John Patriquin/2012 Press Herald file
Matt Crowley, a four-year varsity player for Greely, controls the middle third of the field as a midfielder.
John Ewing/2012 Press Herald file
10 Teams to Watch
1. Scarborough: The Red Storm have the experience and depth to contend for a second consecutive Class A title.
2. Falmouth: The Yachtsmen have enough at both ends of the field to contend during their first season in Class A.
3. Greely: The veteran-laded Rangers appear ready to contend during their first season in Western Class B in more than three decades.
4. Yarmouth: Talent and experience should keep the young Clippers in the thick of the race in Western Class B.
5. Cape Elizabeth: A solid lineup should make the Capers one of the teams to beat in their first season in Western Class B.
6. Deering: An experienced group of forwards and midfielders will keep the Rams in contention in Western Class A.
7. York: The speedy Wildcats should remain a factor in Western Class B.
8. Camden Hills: A solid defense should keep the Windjammers in the race for a third consecutive Eastern Class B title.
9. Kennebunk: A talented, athletic corps of players should keep the Rams in the mix in Western Class A.
10. Waynflete: A solid midfield should keep the Flyers in the picture in Western Class C.
Austin Bell, Gorham senior, midfield: A solid all-around player, Bell had seven goals and six assists last year.
Henry Cleaves, Waynflete senior, midfield: An outstanding defender, ball winner and leader, Cleaves is in the starting lineup for the third consecutive season.
Matt Crowley, Greely senior, midfield: A four-year varsity player, Crowley controls the middle third of the field.
Will D'Agostino, Falmouth senior, goalie: His size and athleticism make it difficult for opposing players to get the ball past D'Agostino, who compiled a 0.76 goals-against-average in his second varsity season last fall.
Griffin Drigotas, Kennebunk senior, forward: A four-year starter who can shoot with either foot, Drigotas had eight goals and four assists last fall.
Galen Dubois, Morse senior, midfield: After missing all of last season because of injury, Dubois is expected to be Morse's main man in the middle of the field.
Danny Fox, South Portland senior, midfield: A smooth operator, Fox is expected to direct a potent South Portland offense.
Owen Gillis, Westbrook senior, midfield: A third-year varsity player, the speedy, highly-skilled Gillis makes the offense go.
Mitchell Hickey, York senior, midfield: A four-year varsity player, Hickey has been a frequent contributor to the offense the past three seasons.
Noah Lobozzo, Gray-New Gloucester senior, midfield: Lobozzo moves back to the middle of the field after spending last season anchoring the defense.
Charlie Mull, Cheverus senior, goalie: A three-year starter, Mull allowed less than one goal per game during his first two varsity seasons.
David Murphy, Yarmouth senior, midfield: Murphy uses his fabulous first touch and terrific vision to make the transition game go.
Darius Natacyo, Thornton Academy senior, midfield: After transferring from Hermon, Natacyo had seven goals and 10 assists last season for the Trojans.
DJ Nicholas, North Yarmouth Academy junior, forward: An extremely dangerous player, Nicholas scored a total of 37 goals in his first two varsity seasons.
Stephen Ochan, Deering junior, midfield: Extremely quick on the counter-attack, Ochan has the ability to control the game offensively and defensively.
Wyatt Omsberg, Scarborough senior, midfield: Athletically gifted, Omsberg is an unselfish player who can control the middle of the field.
Sam Porter, Greely senior, defender: A terrific one-on-one defender, Porter anchored a defense that allowed 14 goals and posted eight shutouts in 16 games.
Robbie Small, Mt. Ararat junior, forward: Extremely versatile, Small scored 16 goals last season to lead the Eagles to the Eastern Class A championship.
Chandler Smith, Yarmouth senior, back: A veteran of three varsity seasons, Smith provides a solid anchor to the defense.
Pat Stanton, Scarborough senior, goalie: In goal for the last two Class A state finals, Stanton seems to be at his best in big games.
Griffin Thoreck, Cape Elizabeth junior, back: Extremely dangerous on free kicks anywhere on the field, Thoreck scored nine goals during his second varsity season.
Peter Vannorsdall, Camden Hills senior, midfield: Vannorsdall, who had seven goals and four assists last season, remains a key performer for the Windjammers.
Luke Vilas, Falmouth junior, striker: The lightning-quick Vilas scored nine goals last season to help the Yachtsmen capture their third Class B state championship in four seasons.
Yusuf Yama, Portland senior, midfield: A transfer student from Lewiston, the speedy Yama help the Blue Devils advance to last season's Eastern Class A final.
Tony Yekah, Windham senior, forward: Yekah is expected to spearhead the offense with his speed and deft touch with the ball.