Player of the Year: B.J. Quigley, Archbishop Curley
In leading the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference in scoring for a second straight year, Quigley made the most of his 27 goals this fall, concluding with the game-winner in the Friars' 1-0 win over McDonogh for the league championship.
It gave Quigley eight game-winning goals in the team's final 11 games, as the senior finished his career with 59 goals and 17 assists. Fast, skilled and determined in the offensive third of the field, Quigley was able to run past defenders or set up inside the penalty area with the ability to finish with both feet. The three-year starter, team captain and MIAA All-Star scored in 16 of the team's 21 wins and had seven multi-goal games.
"He's always been an emotional player, and what he did well this season was keep his emotions in check and positive," Curley coach Barry Stitz said. "I don't think you can put together a better high school season."
A first-team All-State selection by the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer (MACS), Quigley has made an oral commitment to play soccer at UMBC next fall.
Coach of the Year: Barry Stitz, Archbishop Curley
Following an underachieving 13-11-1 season in 2005, the Friars came together with a united front this fall, learning from past mistakes to enjoy a 21-3 season, including a 1-0 win over McDonogh to capture the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.
It was a milestone victory for Stitz, who is 100-59-9 through seven seasons at Curley. Playing a tough out-of-conference schedule along with the demanding rigors of the MIAA, the Friars played with positive energy and a sense of urgency each time out. With a strong senior class led by B.J. Quigley, Vince Savarese, Brent Hooper and Sean Rothe, they went 13-3 in league play to earn the top seed and ended the season with nine straight wins, including three one-goal efforts against runner-up McDonogh.
"This season, the kids really liked playing with each other," Stitz said. "Last year was not a fun experience for them and it was a senior-laden team that worked hard to make sure that didn't happen again."
Chris Agorsor, McDonogh
Only a sophomore and labeled by McDonogh coach Steve Nichols as "the most dangerous player I've ever coached," Agorsor combined breakaway speed and decisive quickness with a quality touch to score 16 goals and add eight assists for the No. 3 Eagles.
One defender wasn't enough to contain Agorsor, who needed little time and space to produce instant offense. Among his 16 goals came two game-winners against Mount St. Joseph and other game-winners against Loyola, John Carroll and Archbishop Spalding. Agorsor, who has 25 goals in two varsity seasons, was All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and a first-team All-State selection. He has been offered scholarships by Virginia, Wake Forest, Duke and North Carolina.
Zach Barnett, Mount Hebron
What will stand out in his exceptional senior season was the goal he scored with 7:33 to play in the Class 3A state title game against North Carroll, getting the No. 2 Vikings even and giving them the momentum needed to go on to claim a 2-1 victory. But Barnett's strong two-way play in that game and throughout the season better defines his fine four-year career.
Barnett spent most of the season effectively directing the middle after playing at sweeper his first three seasons. With a dangerous long throw, he assisted on 13 goals to go with the big goal. Barnett, a first-team All-State choice who was voted by the Howard coaches as the county's Player of the Year, is considering going to Penn next year to play soccer.
Andrew Bulls, McDonogh
In earning Baltimore County Player of the Year honors this fall, Bulls took on more responsibility in a junior season that saw him develop into a complete player and the heart of a young McDonogh team.
Along with scoring 15 goals and dishing out 17 assists, Bulls brought a poise and confidence to the field that made his teammates around him better. His leadership came by example and through words, and his ability to dictate the flow of a game was a necessity in helping the Eagles reach the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game. Bulls, who spent his first season at Old Mill, was named to the All-MIAA team and will take 35 goals and 34 assists into his senior year.
Steve Ehatt, Loch Raven
After playing midfield in his first two varsity seasons, the junior standout made a smooth adjustment to sweeper this fall, providing the Class 2A state runner-up Raiders (15-5) with stability and poised play in back.
Quick, smooth and sturdy, Ehatt, 5 feet 11, constantly won balls that came his way and used his fine touch to effectively distribute the ball forward. His presence enabled the Raiders to push their fullbacks forward to create scoring chances. The defense, which had two new sophomore starters, allowed 13 goals this season and four in 12 Baltimore County games. Ehatt, a first-team All-State choice, also contributed at the offensive end with four goals and four assists.
Tyrone Hall, Mount St. Joseph
This year's only repeat first-team choice, Hall closed out a fine three-year varsity career with 14 goals and eight assists, as the Gaels reached the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals. As one of the toughest marks in the area, the senior captain brought explosive speed and quickness with and without the ball, creating opportunities for himself as well as his teammates.
Hall, a second-team All-State pick who is still undecided on a college, played a major role in helping the Gaels share the conference crown last season.
Brent Hooper, Archbishop Curley
Polished and creative in his third season at center midfield, the senior captain was able to control the flow of a game and maintain a consistent pace in helping the No. 1 Friars capture the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown.
The savvy, two-way player and first-team All-State selection finished the season with five goals and six assists, also paying close attention to detail on defense and proving to be a calming influence on teammates. Hooper, who also wrestles and plays lacrosse at Curley, has accepted a soccer scholarship from Virginia Tech.
Brendon McCarron, Arundel
McCarron, a senior captain, was the centerpiece of a dynamic offense that produced 60 goals this season for the two-time defending Anne Arundel County champion Wildcats.
McCarron saw time at forward as well as midfield, playing inside and outside with a nonstop work rate that rubbed off on teammates. In totaling 14 goals and seven assists, he showed an ability to finish off his own chances as well as set up others. The first-team All-State selection, still undecided on a college, ended his three-year career with 31 goals and 18 assists.
Mike Napolitano, Mount Hebron
Hard work in the offseason helped Napolitano enjoy a breakthrough senior season that ended with the Vikings capturing the Class 3A state crown and him earning The Sun's Howard County Player of the Year honors.
With speed, gifted ball skills, relentless pressure and dogged determination, Napolitano finished the season with 25 goals and 11 assists, scoring the winning goal in the 2-1 state championship win over North Carroll in the final minutes. Napolitano shrugged off the constant attention he drew from defenders and saved some of his best games for the postseason, scoring six goals and adding four assists in five wins. The first-team All-State selection is considering playing soccer at Salisbury.
Vince Savarese, Archbishop Curley
The two-year captain thrived on the challenge of shutting down the opponent's top offensive threat and enjoyed plenty of success against a talented list of forwards in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Coming back for his third varsity season stronger after extra time spent in the weight room, Savarese brought a tireless work rate to go with fierce tenacity and smart positioning that set the tone for the rest of the Friars' defense.
In claiming the conference title, the Friars (21-3) yielded 21 goals in 24 games. The senior standout, who earned second-team All-State honors, will play soccer at Loyola College next fall.
Andy Stromberg, Fallston
Along with all the physical skills needed to dominate, the senior captain brought leadership and a no-lose approach to the middle of the field for the No. 4 Cougars. The first-team All-State selection finished the season with nine goals and seven assists, and was equally as impressive with his defensive work in controlling the middle of the field.
Fallston coach Chris Hoover said he could count on Stromberg to do whatever was needed to help the Cougars win. They finished the season with a 15-2-1 mark, falling in overtime to eventual state champion Mount Hebron in the Class 3A East regional title game. Stromberg spent all four seasons on varsity - the past three as a starter - and finished his career with 23 goals and 28 assists.
Kyle Wittman, Calvert Hall
The senior captain had the rare distinction of being a four-year starter in goal for the No. 7 Cardinals, who finished the season with a 12-6-2 mark in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. A strong, physical presence with a good knowledge of the game, Wittman recorded seven shutouts and allowed 21 goals in 20 games. He was the vocal leader of a young defense, always in charge of the penalty area and effectively distributing the ball from the back.
An MIAA All-Star who made second-team All-State, Wittman played in conference championship games his first two seasons as Calvert Hall won the title in his freshman season and was league runner-up the following year. He will play at Loyola College next year.
Name, School, Class, Pos.
Wils Alpern Towson Junior Forward
Christian Barreiro Calvert Hall Junior Forward
Michael Rose Severna Park Junior Forward
Justin Carver North Carroll Senior Midfield
Eric Cava Broadneck Senior Midfield
David Cross Arundel Senior Midfield
Mike Deasel Loyola Senior Midfield
Ben Delisle Loch Raven Senior Midfield
Teddy Smith Centennial Senior Midfield
Cory Chapman Century Senior Defense
Sean Rothe Arch. Curley Senior Defense
Sam Stein Fallston Senior Goalie
Note // Teams selected by Glenn Graham after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun