Some of the finest and most important traits that led No. 1 McDonogh (18-1) to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship this season included their confidence, poise and ability to stay in control of games.
Jackson Morrill, a four-year varsity player and captain this season on attack, was the starting point, with an uncanny ability to do whatever was needed at a given time to put the Eagles into position to win.
He had 43 goals and 35 assists this season and, just as important, brought vital leadership and a continued sense of calm. The Eagles finished with an 11-0 mark in the demanding A Conference, closing with an 8-5 victory over No. 2 Boys' Latin for the championship.
"What I love about Jackson, he knew exactly what our team needed when we needed it. And he knows how to get it done," McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner said. "Whether that's taking over as a goal scorer, whether it's feeding, whether it's just getting the ball to the open man and let them do something or whether it's bringing the guys in the huddle and talking to them and giving them the exact words they need to hear, he was what we needed exactly when we needed it."
After making varsity as a freshman and contributing on the team's second midfield unit as a sophomore, Morrill moved up to attack and started the past two seasons. More tough and physical with quality vision and a wicked shot, Morrill emerged as the best player for the area's best team.
An Under Armour All-American, he will play at Yale next year.