All-Metro boys soccer Player of the Year: Ben Stitz, Archbishop Curley

Ben Stitz was the area’s most dangerous and consistent scoring threat, enjoying a breakout 31-goal, 14-assist season for the No. 4 Friars (18-3-1) to close out a fine three-year varsity career.

The senior captain’s 31 goals fell just short of the program’s previous single-season mark of 32, which was set by Steve Quaranta in 1981. Big goal after big goal came from Stitz over the course of the season as he scored in 17 of the team’s 22 games.

Stitz had his career cut short in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal loss to Mount Saint Joseph on penalty kicks, when he was sidelined early in the second half with a knee injury.

The Penn commit finished his career with 49 goals and 37 assists, and was instrumental in helping the Friars reach the MIAA A title games in his sophomore and junior years.

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