Wednesday, April 23, 2014
By Paul Betit firstname.lastname@example.org
YARMOUTH - Steven Petrovek was often the first player to get to practice for the Yarmouth boys' lacrosse team and the last to leave.
"Even this year, he'd be at practice an hour early, and he didn't need to be," said Yarmouth Coach Craig Curry. "He'd be over there working on his shot. He was a great role model for the other boys He was just a great player to have on my team to show the other players what you have to do to be as good as he is."
A two-time All-American, Petrovek was named the Maine Sunday Telegram MVP after scoring a team-high 52 goals with 46 assists to help the Clippers win their third straight Eastern Class B title.
Petrovek's unceasing efforts to perfect his skills helped him develop into one of the state's top attackmen.
"You know, there are a lot of kids who want to be something," Curry said. "They think they want to put the work and time in. He did."
Petrovek, the son of Portland Pirates managing owner Brian Petrovek, was introduced to lacrosse after his family moved to Maine from Colorado.
"I had a stick out there and I kind of started throwing (the ball) around a little bit," he said. "But it wasn't until I got to Yarmouth I started playing organized lacrosse."
By the time Petrovek started high school, lacrosse became a year-round pursuit.
"I do a couple of camps in the summer and I do some premier lacrosse indoors," he said. "I pretty much have a stick in my hand 12 months out of the year."
His training also included marathon shooting sessions on the turf field in Yarmouth.
"Coach Curry's old house happened to be right next to the turf field, so I'd walk over and grab a bucket of balls out of his garage and go and hang out at the turf field and shoot around," Petrovek said. "Sometimes I'd go down and shoot by myself."
Petrovek's workmanlike approach extended to the games.
"He understood being a great attackman started with playing great defense," Curry said. "He rode very hard. He did the hard things you have to do to be successful, and he did them very well."
"He's an attackman, and (some of them) have got that reputation as being lazy on defense," Yarmouth goalie Cam Woodworth said. "But nobody works harder than (Petrovek), and he got us so many possessions on his (defensive) rides."
Curry, who stepped down at the end of the season after seven years at Yarmouth, said the Clippers were a reflection of Petrovek's personality.
"They were a very hard-working, very unassuming and a very unselfish group of kids, and I think it all started with him," he said.
Petrovek will try to win a spot on the varsity roster at the University of Denver as a walk-on.
"I wanted to go back to Colorado even if I didn't play lacrosse," he said. "I'm sure it's a pretty difficult learning process at the Division I level. I hope I get a chance to be on the team and go from there."
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Steven Petrovek took up lacrosse after his family moved to Maine from Colorado, and he made up for lost time by spending countless hours working on his skills.
Telegram All-State Boys' Lacrosse
John Williams, Brunswick, senior, defense: The KVAC player of the year, Williams scooped up an average of 8.8 ground balls per game during his four-year varsity career.
Ben Brewster, Cape Elizabeth, senior, defense: Brewster, who intends to play at Bowdoin College, picked up a team-high 195 ground balls to help the Capers win their first Class B state championship.
Tom Foden, Cape Elizabeth, senior, attack: A very physical player, Foden had a team-high 41 goals and 37 assists while picking up 98 ground balls.
Karl Rickett, Deering, sophomore, long-stick middie: An outstanding takeaway defender, Rickett scooped up a team-high 128 ground balls and won 74 percent of his faceoffs.
Dan Hanley, Falmouth, senior, middie: Hanley, who is headed to Bowdoin, scored a team-high 38 goals and had nine assists to help the Yachtsmen advance to the Western Class B championship game for the first time.
Michael Kane, Falmouth, senior, middie: Kane, who intends to play at Division III power Salisbury State in Maryland, was a solid two-way performer who had 22 goals and 13 assists.
Nick Gross, Kennebunk, senior, attack: Gross, who will play at the University of New England, had 41 goals and nine assists, leading the Rams in scoring for the second straight season.
Cody Dussault, Lewiston, junior, defense: Dussault is a strong one-on-one defender capable of taking faceoffs and playing offense in man-up situations.
Pat Wolfe, Morse, senior, attack: The Shipbuilders' leading scorer the past four seasons, Wolfe ended his high school career by scoring 53 goals and posting 32 assists. He plans to attend the University of New England.
Caleb Kenney, Portland, junior, middie: An outstanding two-way performer, Kenney led the state with 63 goals and had 30 assists to help the Bulldogs reach the Class A state championship game.
Trevar Haefele, St. Dominic, senior, attack/middie: Haefele picked up 192 ground balls, won 74 percent of his faceoffs and had 47 goals and 60 assists.
Harrison Keithley, South Portland, junior, attack: The Riots' offensive MVP for the second straight year, Keithley had 50 goals and 27 assists and scooped up 70 ground balls, tops among the team's attackmen.
Tim Grose, Thornton Academy, senior, middie: His team's leading scorer for the second year in a row, Grose had 34 goals and 12 assists to help the Trojans earn their first trip to the Western Class A final.
Steven Petrovek, Yarmouth, senior, attack: A two-time All-American, Petrovek scored a team-high 52 goals and had 46 assists to help the Clippers win their third consecutive Eastern Class B championship.
Cam Woodworth, Yarmouth, senior, goalie: Woodworth set a school record by allowing just 4.4 goals per game, helping the Clippers make their fifth appearance in a state championship game in six years.
Coach of the Year: Ben Raymond, Cape Elizabeth
The Capers made steady improvement to win their seventh state championship under Raymond. "We probably improved as a team more than any other team from the start of the season until the end," he said. "Every kid on the team got better