Thursday December 27, 2012

Eitan Kiin

Senior defender,
Monument Mountain

Kiin came on strong in 2012. Combined with fellow All-Eagle selection Bobby Kinne, Kiin allowed Monument to play a flat four at times and shut down top strikers like Greylock's Nathan Majumder. Unheralded before this season, Kiin has drawn college interest.

The coach's take: He's really good as far as intelligence and coachability. He figures the game out quickly. He's intelligent enough that if a kid's weak on one foot he pushes them to a weaker side. It's subtle little things that make really strong high school players into decent eventual college players.

-- Matt Naventi, Monument coach Bobby Kinne

Junior defender,
Monument Mountain

Kinne may have been a touch slower than Kiin, but he made up for it by his ability to read the game. He also had a deep throw-in that made for an instant scoring threat up the field. Paired with Kiin, he turned one of Monument's biggest question marks into a true strength.

The coach's take: He's played varsity since he was a freshman. He's a very solid player. His consistency was huge.

-- Naventi

Nick Masiero

Senior forward,
Monument Mountain

Masiero was the Spartans' engine in their run to the Western Mass. final. The senior had 21 goals and five assists, but more important was his hustle. He flew up and down the field, creating chances at one end while stymieing the opposition at the other. He also played a bulk of the middle of the season with a quad injury. He was still able to score about a goal a game over that stretch.

The coach's take: He mixed up defenders to the point where he made them look foolish. The overall impact, I think it was the offensive and defensive component. He was always busting his butt defensively as well. You need kids like that when you get into the tournament.

-- Naventi

Ian Akers

Senior midfielder,
Monument Mountain

While Akers didn't have huge numbers (four goals), he did a lot for the Spartans in the midfield. The senior found guys up front and also shut down opponents moving through the midfield. Without him, the Spartans wouldn't have been able to transition so fast.

The coach's take: He was the key to us transitioning. He was the first person we looked to, could distribute really well and his touch on the ball was so unbelievable.

-- Naventi

Lucas Wartella

Junior forward,
Monument Mountain

Wartella had nine goals and eight assists, a level of production that took the pressure off Masiero. With Wartella creating goals in the second half of the season, teams had to respect him as well. That made Monument's offense more than just the Masiero show.

The coach's take: His speed, it's deceiving. He can receive a ball and take such a quick first touch and intended first touch. He's very deliberate, knows what he's doing. He's a threat. Probably as far as the technical component of the game, probably our most technical player as a junior.

-- Naventi

Kevin Boino

Sophomore forward, Wahconah

Boino led the Warriors with 10 goals while also chipping in four assists. His speed up top made for a strong combination with Nick Montferret in the middle.

The coach's take: He's always a threat up front. Great speed, good with his feet. He can score with both feet.

-- John Kovacs, Wahconah coach

Nick Montferret

Senior midfielder, Wahconah

Montferret was the engine that drove the Warriors all season. He generated the offense in midfield setting up goals for Boino, or finishing chances. He showed balance with seven goals and seven assists out of the midfield.

The coach's take: He's able to distribute the ball as a midfielder. He's also a scoring threat. He anchored the middle.

-- Kovacs

Nathan Majumder

Senior F/MF, Mount Greylock

The question for the Mounties this year was where will the goals come from? Majumder was the answer, scoring 31 goals and setting up 11 more. A physical presence, the senior could battle through double teams and confound teams even when they focused on him.

The coach's take: He seemed to be able to beat teams in different ways. He could always create space for himself. You don't really train that.

-- Blair Dils, Greylock coach

Jonah Majumder

Senior defender, Mount Greylock

A steady presence at the back, Majumder captained the back line. Combined with goalkeeper Sean Houston behind him, the Mounties didn't let much get through.

The coach's take: He's an intelligent student of the game. His field awareness and ability to recognize or channel pressure, channel forwards into places where they don't want to go is something he does very well. He played just about every minute of every game. He's a real rock of stability back there.

-- Dils

Sean Houston

Senior goalkeeper,
Mount Greylock

Houston has been a rock for the Mounties for four years and 2012 was no different. The senior gave up less than a goal per game and developed into a true leader. Coach Blair Dils said that, in practice, Houston is such a perfectionist that it rubs off on the younger players. One of his best sequences may have come in the season opener at Lenox when he stopped one shot and then had to recover in the other direction to stop a rebound.

The coach's take: I hope to think that future goalies will develop his level of skill but I don't know if we'll see a goalie quite like him certainly in my tenure of coaching. Our next goalie, you can't follow that career up. It's a completely different set of expectations.

-- Dils

Harry Rich

Senior midfielder, Pittsfield

Without Rich, coach Andrew Antil said the Generals wouldn't have been the team they were. The senior helped create and score big goals, finishing with five on the year. Antil called him Pittsfield's go-to guy.

The coach's take: He just generated our offense. Most of the offense we had went through him. The big results we got this year, a lot of them were because of him, because of his vision, because of his passing.

-- Andrew Antil, Pittsfield coach

Matt Begrowicz

Senior forward, St. Joseph's

Begrowicz was a threat to say the least. The senior scored 28 goals, developing a strong left foot to go with his right.

The coach's take: He's skillful. He was motivated. He's a good player. I expected him to score some goals. I knew he could score.

-- Aziz Adjao, St. Joe's coach

Seamus Ryan

Senior midfielder, Lenox

The senior not only could score (finishing with 10 goals), but could also set up his teammates with 12 assists. He could break down defenders on the dribble and then distribute the ball very well.

The coach's take: He was a lot to handle for other teams. He was our one most difficult person to mark. ... He turned out to be most dangerous because he could get goals as well as provide for his teammates.

-- Scott Chadwick, Lenox coach

Luke Martino

Senior defender, Lenox

Martino led a Lenox defense that was full of young players. He could win balls like no one else on the team and was consistent, playing almost every minute.

The coach's take: He's just a really consistent, hard tackling, no-nonsense defender. ... When he went out to play it was 100 percent, hard to every ball.

-- Chadwick

Matt Waltermire

Junior defender, Hoosac Valley

Waltermire never left the field, playing every minute of every game for the Hurricanes. Fast and technical, Waltermire was the one chasing down forwards for defensive-minded Hoosac.

The coach's take: If we thought we'd given up a breakaway, Walty was always there to cover and chase down forwards. ... He made it so we could really anchor down our defense.

-- Camilo Bermudez, Hoosac coach

Capsules for both teams by Berkshire Eagle Staff