Player of the Year: Kaiser Chowdhry, McDonogh
His amazing numbers, 45 goals and 23 assists this season and 97 goals and 51 assists for his career, make him the most prolific scorer in MIAA A Conference history. His explosive speed, his tremendous one-on-one ability and his knack for finishing set him apart. His overall skill and intelligence also helped. His coach, Steve Nichols, called Chowdhry "the most dangerous player I ever coached." At 5-8, 165 pounds, the three-time All-Met striker and fourth-year starter led his team to its second conference title and a No. 2 ranking with 16 game-winning goals. He scored six goals in 18 minutes against Franklin and four goals in 50 minutes against Calvert Hall - both ranked teams. An All-South, All-State and MIAA selection, he's played ODP since eighth grade and three years on the regional team. The A student has Brown, Harvard, Princeton and Georgetown as college options.
Coach of the Year: Howard Schindler, St. Paul's
Schindler's composed personality transferred to his team during two crucial games on the way to the MIAA B Conference title, St. Paul's third in six seasons. The Crusaders won a semifinal shootout against Boys' Latin, Schindler's first shootout in 15 seasons at St. Paul's, and they came from behind to nip Gilman, 2-1, in the title game for Schindler's 150th career win -- and his last. The 47-year-old is retiring from coaching to spend more time with his family. The Crusaders also won a regular-season overtime game against Fallston. With a rebuilt defense, the Crusaders scored eight shutouts in 21 games. "The greatest challenge and satisfaction came from taking multi-sport, non-specialists, getting them to develop camaraderie and a work ethic and moving them forward to believe they can play a pretty style of soccer," Schindler said.
George Bakoulas, Curley
Dangerous in the box and strong in the air, the 6-0, 155-pound left-footed senior striker created a lot of his 16 goals in tight spaces. A good one-on-one player, he scrapped for and usually won loose balls inside the box. Bakoulas scored twice in a 3-2 come-from-behind upset of Loyola, including the game-winner off a bouncing ball that he half-volleyed into the goal. He also scored twice, including the game-winner, in a 4-2 win over Mount St. Joe. In all, the first-team All-State player had five multiple-goal games. He had seven assists. A three-year varsity starter and a member of the 1999 MIAA A Conference championship team, he has played at the regional ODP level and currently plays for the Soccer Club of Baltimore Stars. St. John's, UMBC, Mount St. Mary's and Hofstra are among his college options.
Chris Borcik, Franklin
A go-to player for four years during which he compiled school records of 82 goals and 35 assists, Borcik's quick acceleration created space for him to operate, and his size and strength allowed him to fend off opponents as he drove to goal. If team strategy called for him to decoy players to the outside, Borcik willingly fulfilled that role as in a 3-1 victory over archrival Dulaney. Borcik's 25 goals and 13 assists this season led Franklin (14-4-1) to its first state final and most wins ever. The first-team All-State player scored the tying goal against Eastern Tech with six minutes left in the regional semifinals, before converting the deciding shootout penalty kick. He scored two goals and an assist in the regional final. Possessing a 3.81 GPA and 1,260 SAT, he's drawn interest from American University and Delaware.
Michael Dello-Russo, Wilde Lake
A vocal, fiery leader enamored of beating defenders one-on-one, Dello Russo often drew a mark. A vigorous off-season training regimen enhanced his physical strength, allowing him to better fend off opponents and go to goal, so that he posted career-best season numbers of 12 goals and 15 assists. Dello-Russo scored a hat trick against Hammond and scored two goals and two assists in a 4-3 win over Fallston. His career totals were 34 goals and 33 assists. He played on a state championship team his freshman season. The 5-7, 140-pound All-South midfielder, second-team All-Met last season and a four-year starter, excelled at technical aspects and is orally committed to Maryland- College Park for next season.
Kyle Farmer, Oakland Mills
With state-record sprinter's speed that made goalkeepers' hearts skip a beat, the 6-2, 170-pound senior rolled past defenders like they were practice cones, recording a sensational 13-goal, 12-assist season. A single-dimensional threat his junior season when he headed in most of his 15 goals off set pieces and had only three assists, this season he layered his game by gaining the confidence to score with his feet and to set up teammates with accurate crossing passes. His game-winning, left-footed goal in the Class 1A state championship game against Williamsport fittingly climaxed the Scorpions' third straight state championship season. Second-team All-Met in soccer a year ago, Farmer will attend the University of Florida on a track scholarship.
Jim Fendryk, Calvert Hall
After two seasons as a midfielder, Fendryk accepted a move to sweeper with unselfish enthusiasm and he quickly became a rock in the back for the Cardinals, who posted nine shutouts in 21 games, and allowed more than one goal only three times. The 6-1, 165-pound senior's recovery speed, excellence in the air, quickness and skill on the ball and composure under pressure allowed the MIAA A Conference runner-up Cardinals to play a three-man backfield. He scored four assists and three goals, including a 1-0 game-winner against Severna Park, as well as the Cardinals' lone goal against McDonogh in the MIAA championship game. He's considering Towson, UMBC, Loyola and Washington College.
Mike Jungerheld, Chesapeake-AA
The only player ever to start all four seasons at Chesapeake, during which time the Cougars compiled a 58-10 record, the 6-0, 170-pound senior midfielder distributed pinpoint passes with either foot, was tough to move off the ball and displayed a savvy game awareness that led to his two-time selection as All-South and first-team All-State. Outstanding in the air, Jungerheld was the target man on all set pieces. He scored a career-best 13 goals and 11 assists, giving him 23 goals and 23 assists for his career. His resume includes one state championship his sophomore season. College possibilities include Western Maryland and Frostburg.
Doug Kurz, McDonogh
The center back in the Eagles' zonal defense that recorded 16 shutouts, which tied the school record, Kurz participated in 55 shutouts over the course of his four-year starting career. The Eagles were 76-11-9 during that time. "He's like a little freight train in back, a tough kid who's as strong as an ox and expects perfection from everyone," coach Steve Nichols said. "He's a pure defender, my best back in the four years I've coached here. And he rarely gets much credit." The 5-7, 145-pound senior earned first-team MIAA, All-South and All-State honors this season. His top college choices are Navy and St. John's.
Greg Peters, Mount Hebron
Two phenomenal games, one a 0-0 tie against third-ranked Oakland Mills and one a 2-1 victory over Parkside in the Class 2A state championship game, highlighted a season of excellence for this two-time first-team All-Met goalkeeper whose Vikings won back-to-back state titles. He's gifted with the prerequisites to be an outstanding goalkeeper - quickness, leaping ability and good hands; he's developed his punting, knowledge and on-field communication skills to a high level. The 5-8, 155-pound senior three-year starter posted 30 career shutouts - eight this season in which the Vikings allowed more than one goal only twice and 13 goals in all. An All-State and All-South selection, Peters takes his game to Loyola next fall.
Mike Lookingland, Loyola
Not only did this smooth 6-1, 165-pound defender patrol his sweeper position with the utmost skill, he also pushed forward to surprise opponents with his overlapping runs, creating dangerous two-on-one and three-on-one offensive chances. Such valuable versatility, as well as a powerful foot that can drive free kicks 50 yards or bend them into goal, has several colleges interested in the All-South selection, among them Bucknell, Loyola, UMBC, Maryland and North Carolina State. He scored a team-high 12 goals and nine assists, was 3-for-3 on penalty kicks and led his Dons (13-5-2) to their third straight MIAA playoff and a 38-16-7 three-year record. All-MIAA, he's also a two-time first-team All-Met and All-State player.
Ian Rodway, Wilde Lake
A three-time, first-team All-State player, and the MVP at this season's Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer All-State game, Rodway enjoys the responsibility of finishing and did it well, with a career-high 17 goals and six assists. The solidly-built, speedy 5-9, 170-pound All-South striker plays well in the air and can handle the physical side of the game. Wildecats coach Dave Nesbitt said: "He's ready to play at the next level." Rodway, second-team All-Metro the past two seasons, scored a pair of goals against River Hill, Fallston and Annapolis, and scored his team's lone goal against top-ranked Mount Hebron. He's a member of the Capitol Cup U-18 champion Soccer Club of Baltimore Stars. The quiet team leader has played at the ODP regional level and suits up for Maryland next fall.
Trevor Shea, Oakland Mills
A coach's son, the 5-7, 165-pound midfielder possesses a wealth of knowledge and an ability to read the game that has served him and his team well during a four-year Scorpions career that has featured three straight state Class 1A championships. His quickness to the ball coupled with his experience frequently placed him in the center of action, and an off-season weight-lifting regimen enabled him to be a physical presence in the middle of the field. The first-team All-State player had a knack for being in the right place and scoring off set plays in front of the goal. A back-post insurance goal late in the 2-0 state championship win over Williamsport climaxed a 28-goal, 43-assist career, and a 12-goal, 14-assist season. With a 3.4 GPA and 1,150 SAT, he's considering Penn State, James Madison and Towson University.
Matt White, Mount Hebron
A strong candidate for All-Met Player of the Year, the 6-2, 185-pound senior center halfback's powerful technical and physical field presence extended from end line to end line and sideline to sideline. Whether making a touch pass, winning a ball in the air or dribbling through intimidated defenders, White made it all look easy. His 19 goals and 10 assists included a hat trick against nemesis River Hill, and he scored two goals in a 3-2 first-ever victory over then No. 1-ranked McDonogh. Compared favorably by McDonogh coach Steve Nichols to McDonogh's 1998 All-Met Player of the Year Jon Cole, White, an All-South pick, carries a high-profile resume that includes four years on the state ODP team, two years on the regional ODP team and two Class 2A high school state championships. He takes his soccer talent, 4.20 weighted GPA and 1,290 SAT to Duke next fall.
Jeff Wunk, Mount Hebron
When it came time to knock heads with an opponent's top striker, Wunk's tenacity and intensity made him an intimidating force. Whether as marking back or stopper, the 5-7, 155-pound senior constantly contributed to a No. 1-ranked Vikings team that allowed more than one goal only twice. A double-edged sword, he possessed enough physical strength to knock someone off the ball and enough speed to challenge the fleetest strikers. Wunk's engine was constantly revved at high velocity. His long throws and accurate free kicks led to many of his 12 assists. Wunk showed versatility in the state semifinals when he filled in for an injured Matt White at center midfield and scored an assist and a goal, dribbling by three defenders and beating the goalkeeper one-on-one. He scored six goals this season.
Brian Yi, McDonogh
Brian Yi, McDonogh: Yi missed his freshman season with an injury, but turned heads as a sophomore with outstanding games in the MIAA A Conference semifinals and finals. The 5-9, 145-pound center midfielder, whose brother Alex was chosen Pac-10 Rookie of the Year this season at UCLA, was the top vote-getter at midfield among the MIAA coaches. He scored seven goals and had 18 assists. A first-team All-State selection and a national team pool member for his age group, Yi's passes repeatedly set up teammate Kaiser Chowdhry. "Yi is a skilled technical player who draws attention and creates space," said coach Steve Nichols. "Without Yi, Kaiser would have had 15 fewer goals. He's the real deal." Yi scored a highlight-reel goal against Spalding, a 30-yard kick into the upper-90 on which the goalkeeper didn't budge.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun