Apologies for this being so late, but I have my reasons. Mandatory disclaimer goes here.
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
Jake Shapiro, FOGO, Radnor – All Shapiro did this week was go 38-for-48 at the faceoff X, including a 14-for-16 performance that helped the Red Raiders take out Conestoga for the first time in 10 years. He followed it up with a perfect 12-for-12 day in a rout of Haverford and added a 12-for-16 day against Abington. The main reason why Radnor drubbed the Pioneers, though, is that Conestoga never had the ball. Shapiro was the main reason why.
Central League Honorable Mention
Dylan Protesto, FOGO, Penncrest – Protesto proved that he’s not just a FOGO as he picked up the offensive slack for the Lions. He had two goals in a loss to Ridley, but it was his hat trick that helped Penncrest power past Lower Merion. Protesto saved his best for last, though, as he scored three times, set up another and was 16-for-18 at the faceoff X in a win over Kennett.
Ridley’s entire defense: Hard to pick just one, though Nick Eufrasio might be that guy. But the Green Raiders have given up five goals or less in five straight games and they allowed all of nine goals in three games last week. Mark Pascetta, John Lyman, John Saunders and Mike Cropper all came in for lofty praise from assistant coach Doug Ellers and that defense was sharp in only allowing Garnet Valley to score three goals. (Sure, that was this week. Still helps my argument.)
Mike Cherry, A, Radnor – Sure, two Radnor kids. Why not? Cherry had all of one goal all season coming into that key showdown with Conestoga, but he seized the big moment to fire home a hat trick that jumpstarted the Red Raiders’ rout. He later added an assist in each game in wins over Abington and Haverford, but the hat trick in the big game gets him on here by itself.
Inter-Ac/Catholic League/Ches-Mont/Bicentennial/Independent Player of the Week
Sean McHugh, A, Cardinal O’Hara – McHugh had a goal and two helpers in a drubbing of Roman Catholic, then upped the ante with a two-goal, three-assist outburst in a walloping of Father Judge maintain footing in a race for Catholic League positioning. The Lions had some nice balanced offense, but McHugh was the ringleader.
Inter-Ac/Catholic League/Ches-Mont/Bicentennial/Independent Honorable Mention
Colin Reder, G, Episcopal Academy – Yes, he benefits from having a superb defense in front of him. It might be the best in the state. But the sophomore was big in net for the Churchmen this week. He made an enormous save in overtime as part of his six-save effort to give Ian Strain a chance to win it and then made six more saves in a win over Penn Charter. He’s coming of age and he’s a big reason why EA has won nine straight.
Matt Cioeta, M, Sun Valley – Just your weekly-mandated mention of the Sun Valley star. This time, he had four goals and an assist to lead a beating of George Washington and although the Vanguards got knocked around by Avon Grove, Cioeta led the offensive charge with a pair of goals.
Grant Ament, A, The Haverford School – A six-assist performance against anyone will likely get you on this list, so the sophomore makes it on thanks to those numbers in a rout of Springside Chestnut Hill. He later chipped in a goal in a loss to Malvern Prep.
– MATT CHANDIK