Trying out a new thing here. I’m sure everyone will be enraged when I snub Player X for Player Y from X’s rival, but here we go. This will be a weekly feature that only takes into account the games played that week from Monday to Sunday, so at least you know now the parameters. An exception for this week because of when the season started, so from the beginning of the season to yesterday for this week.
Bonus points will be given for quality of competition. Additionally, there will be two categories for me to divide this into. Central League and everybody else. However, Conestoga, Lower Merion and Harriton are still ineligible because of, well, you know by now. That way, it makes for a fairly easy to distinguish dividing lines. Consideration is given basically off of the stats reported to the Daily Times. If you’re a D-man or LSM or SSDM, this does not favor you unless your coach reports that you played out of your mind. Such is life. I won’t forget about those guys when it comes time for All-Delco. Don’t worry about that. Away we go…
Central League Player of the Week
Brendan Manderack, G, Radnor – The Drexel-bound senior helped the Red Raiders get off to a hot start with an incredible 18-save performance to knock off Episcopal Academy, 7-6, in a big statement game in Radnor’s opener. He was also strong in a 7-5 win over Great Valley, stopping nine shots to up the Red Raiders’ record to 3-0. He and Radnor will be up for big tests this week against Lower Merion, Garnet Valley and The Haverford School.
Central League Honorable Mention
Tom McDermott, G, Ridley – Lots of early love to the goalies and well-deserved. McDermott is checking in a healthy (read: freakin’ incredible) 87.0 save percentage after stopping 20 of the 23 shots sent his way in easy wins over Interboro and Abington.
Lucas Spence, A, Springfield – The sophomore came flying out of the gates with three goals and six assists in the first three games, including a goal and an assist as the Cougars nearly took out red-hot Penn Charter. He’s turned into quite the facilitator for Tom Lemieux‘s squad and he’ll be needed to play beyond his years if Springfield wants to compete for a league title.
Rob Logan, A, Penncrest – Logan was at the forefront of a 15-5 whipping of Unionville with two goals and four assists as the Lions displayed a balanced offense. Logan will have his chances to put up big numbers this year, even with all of Penncrest’s scoring threats. Can he deliver?
Inter-Ac/Catholic League/Ches-Mont/Bicentennial/Independent Player of the Week
Tyler Chambers, M, Episcopal Academy – Injuries have decimated the Churchmen’s second midfield line, giving Chambers extra minutes, and he’s made the most of them. He leads EA with nine goals and six assists in five games, including five points against Radnor and three assists in an 8-1 thrashing of Downingtown East. Can he do that against La Salle and St. Joseph’s Prep this week?
Inter-Ac/Catholic League/Ches-Mont/Bicentennial/Independent Honorable Mention
Tim Coyle, G, Cardinal O’Hara – Coyle led all of Delco in saves a year ago and it seems like he’s intent on making that happen again this year. In three games, he stopped 59 of the 81 shots sent his way for a very strong 72.8 percent save percentage for a rapidly-improving Lions team. That number included a whopping 27 saves against Penn Charter.
Timmy Brooks, M, The Haverford School – The young Fords took their early lumps in a 2-3 stretch, but Brooks has been a big reason for the two wins in a row with six points in that time span. He leads THS with 11 points, including seven goals, and has had multiple points in every game but one.
Jake Herrmann, A, Interboro – The Bucs are off to a 1-2 start, but Herrmann’s been one of the guys keeping them in games. His five-goal, two-assist performance in an 11-10 win over Upper Darby was huge and he paces the Bucs with seven goals and nine points.
– MATT CHANDIK