From last 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
Robert Raucci, A, Garnet Valley – Pretty easy choice, actually. Raucci didn’t have the most goals of anyone, but he did come up the biggest of anyone. He scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 upset (well, this year in the Central League, not much is an actual upset) of Radnor after a four-goal game against Strath Haven. If that wasn’t enough, his hat trick goal against Bishop Shanahan came in overtime to give him another tally in the GWG column. The Jaguars are playing well and Raucci is coming up big all the time.
Central League Honorable Mention
Will Manganiello, A, Penncrest – Manganiello just can’t be stopped in the early going. He scored seven goals and added six assists in two games, including a four-goal, two-assist performance in a 10-5 win over Souderton.
Vince Marra, A, Springfield – The senior returned to the lineup in style with his phenomenal two games, including a career-high six goals against Harriton. He also paced a throttling of Strath Haven with a hat trick and an assist, and with his return, he gives the Cougars an added dimension.
Dave Talda, M, Marple Newtown – Talda is at the heart of a rebuilding Tigers team that has surprised with how competitive it has been. He had two goals in a one-goal loss to Haverford, but then exploded for four goals and an assist in a double overtime win over Unionville. That also included the game-winner. Not too shabby.
Inter-Ac/Catholic League/Ches-Mont/Bicentennial/Independent Player of the Week
Kevin Gayhardt, D, Episcopal Academy – No one had a better week than Gayhardt. Matched up 1 on 1 against La Salle two-time All-American and Maryland signee Matt Rambo, Gayhardt limited him to one goal in head-to-head play. Matched up against St. Joseph’s Prep’s Notre Dame-bound Anthony Marini, Gayhardt tossed up goose eggs in Marini’s stat line. The All-Delco was excellent last year. He’s been better this year.
Inter-Ac/Catholic League/Ches-Mont/Bicentennial/Independent Honorable Mention
Drew Supinski, M/FOGO, The Haverford School – Supinski did it all for the Fords this week. Against St. Joseph’s Prep, he had a hat trick, then the sophomore had a strong day at the faceoff X against Radnor and also tossed in a pair of goals. He’s part of a talented, young group that has helped the Fords turn things around quickly after a bad start.
Matt Cioeta, M. Sun Valley – On here simply because of an insane eight-goal, two-assist game against Interboro (the West Chester Rustin game wasn’t reported). Soon enough, it won’t be possible to claim that Cioeta’s the county’s best-kept secret. Eight and two will get you on here, though, that’s for sure.
Ian Strain, M, Episcopal Academy – I try to spread out the awards a bit, but Strain had too good of a week to ignore. He stays on the field pretty much all game, plays in every situation and never seems to get tired. He had a goal, three assists and five ground balls vs. La Salle, then had two goals, an assist and eight ground balls against the Prep. That’s incredible.
– MATT CHANDIK