All-Eagle boys soccer MVP Majumder an artist

Thursday December 27, 2012

Nathan Majumder simply did things you didn't see anywhere else in Berkshire County this fall.

From a bicycle kick in the playoffs to a perfectly placed header goal in the season opener, some of the Mount Greylock senior's goals were like works of art.

"I knew he had a 20-goal season in him, but for him to get 30 far exceeded expectations," said Mounties coach Blair Dils. "It was pretty amazing to see how consistent he was in beating teams whether they were double teaming him or not."

Majumder's ability to find the net makes him the 2012 All-Eagle Most Valuable Player. Better known as the man who set up scores in recent years, the senior exploded for 31 goals this fall. No other Mountie had more than five.

Majumder was supposed to still be that midfield distributor entering the season. Early on, though, it became apparent he was going to be an offensive star.

"He seemed to be able to beat teams in different ways," Dils said. "He could always create space for himself. You don't really train that. It's something that has developed over the last couple years. He started the year in central midfield but we felt we could get more out of him if we put him closer to goal."

Majumder still distributed, finishing with a team-high 11 assists, but he also scored himself more than he ever has. Dils' decision to move Majumder further forward really paid dividends.

"Playing forward in games, I quickly became better at finding the runs, places to look for the give-and-go, the through ball," Majumder said. "Getting that experience playing forward in games made it a lot easier to find the back of the net."

Majumder was just such a force up front. Physically, he was difficult for teams to handle. Athol tried to mark the senior tightly. He responded by scoring on a spectacular bicycle kick.

"It seemed like I had more physical capability this year," he said. "I feel like I'm fairly big. I just used it better. I could keep going and that would wear them out."

While Majumder became the go-to scorer, others gladly stepped into his former role as playmakers. Guys like Benni McComish, Eric Hirsch and Felix Kershaw were happy to pass the ball ahead to a lethal Majumder.

Spectacular goals and run-away wins were the end result. Majumder said he still can't believe some of the plays he made this fall, like that bicycle kick. Neither could his teammates.

"We knew he could do a lot but none of us knew he could do that," Hirsch said. "Every time he scored an incredible goal it was another ‘wow' moment."


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