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December 5, 2012

SALEM NEWS BOYS SOCCER ALL-STARS 2012


The Salem News

---- — Player of the Year

Eric Martin

Danvers, Senior

Center Midfield

Eric Martin stood in a class of his own this season. The senior midfielder eclipsed 100 points and will go down as the all-time leading scorer in Falcons program history.

“He’s a guy that we can lean on,” said head coach Mike Chase after Martin’s milestone. “To step (since he was) a freshman and dominate with the points he has, it’s very impressive. Beyond his ability and the goal scoring, he’s a modest kid that’s very humble and brings it every day to practice.”

Martin was named the Northeastern Conference Small’s MVP for his 39 goal and 14 assist performance this season. As team captain, Martin led the Falcons past Saugus in a regular season contest in which he scored six goals and assisted on another.

Named to the All-State and All-New England team, Martin is the type of player that can instantly turn a game around, simply by stepping on the field. He can create space in the smallest of places and has no problem shaking off 2-3 defenders to score.

“Eric truly makes everyone around him better and he’s a fun kid to be around,” added Chase.

Not only a soccer player, Martin plays basketball in winter as a point guard and is able to see the court much like the soccer pitch.

Though Martin hasn’t decided on a college just yet, he does plan to continue is soccer career next fall.

CHIP SHERMAN

Masconomet, Senior

Forward/Midfield

Named Cape Ann League Player of the Year ... Masco athlete of the month in October ... All-State and All-New England member ... The 18-year-old Topsfield native committed to play Division 1 soccer at Siena College next year ... Holds a 3.7 GPA ... Finished with 10 goals and 14 assists and led the team in scoring ... One of three captains this year for the Chieftains ... Recorded two assists against East Boston in the Division 1 North first round.

CONOR LEAHY

Beverly, Senior

Center Mid/Forward

Finished the season with a team-high 20 goals and 17 assists ... Two-time Northeastern Conference MVP ... Three-time NEC All-Star ... Interested in Keene State, Plymouth State and Bentley for next year ... His best individual performance came against Swampscott in which he scored hat trick ... Extremely versatile player for the Panthers, both on attack and in the midfield.

TIGHE VANLENTEN

Masconomet, Senior

Defense

Played an intricate role in the Chieftains’ defense ... Helped his team post 16 shutouts at sweeper ... Named Eastern Mass all-star and Cape Ann League all-star ... Credits his father as his biggest influence for teaching him everything he knows ... Masco gave up six goals in 21 games for 0.29 goals against average ... Team captain ... A three-sport athlete, Van Lenten plays basketball in winter and is the Chieftain goalie in lacrosse during the spring season.

RISHAD DE SILVA

Bishop Fenwick, Junior

Forward

Named to the Eastern Mass all-star and Catholic Central League all-star teams ... Finished with eight goals and four assists ... Holds a 3.5 GPA as an honor roll student ... Plans on playing Div. 1 or 2 soccer in college ... Guided the Crusaders to an 8-7-4 record overall and a postseason appearance ... Cites his family, teammates and coach Nick Padovani as his biggest influences for their constant support.

DEMETRI DECOULOS

Masconomet, Senior

Defense

In 21 games this season, the Chieftains let up just six goals with the help of a solid defense led by Decoulos ... Wants to attend college for architecture and plans on playing soccer next fall ... Named to the Cape Ann League all-star team ... As team captain, Decoulos played a key role in Masco’s tournament runs both last year and this year ... As a team the Chieftains recorded 16 shutouts.

NICK FUSCO

Hamilton-Wenham, Senior

Defense

Named to the Cape Ann All-League team ... Undecided at the moment, but plans on attending college next fall ... During a regular season league game against Newburyport, Fusco scored the tying goal with minute left in regulation ... Generals’ team captain ... Defense was the No. 1 strength of the Hamilton-Wenham team and Fusco played an intricate role in that backfield.

THOMAS DROVER

Peabody, Senior

Midfielder

Named Eastern Mass and Northeastern Conference all-star teams ... Finished the season with six goals and 10 assists ... Started the season as goalie and recorded two shutouts for the Tanners before moving to the midfield ... Team captain ... Wants to either play soccer or run track in college ... Ranked in the top 10 percent of his class with a 3.61 GPA ... Honored with this year’s Coaches Award.

CARTER OCKO

St. John’s Prep, Senior

Defense

Catholic Conference Player of the Year ... EMass all-star ... Named to the All-State team and All-New England Team ... Finished with three goals and one assist ... Scored the game winning goal against Masconomet in the Division 1 North semifinals with four minutes to play in the game ... Holds a 3.95 GPA ... Plans on attending college in the fall, but is undecided at this time ... Guided the Prep to a Catholic Conference Championship with only one regular season loss.

BROOKS CLARK

St. John’s Prep, Senior

Center Midfield

Finished second on the team in scoring with 18 points on nine goals and nine assists ... Catholic Conference all-star and EMass all-star ... Named to the All-State team ... His best game came against conference rival B.C. High in which he had a goal and an assist ... Plans on doing a post-graduate career ... As one of three captains, led the Eagles all the way to Division 1 North final against Somerville.

BEN ALPERN

St. John’s Prep, Senior

Goalkeeper

Came up huge for the Eagles at the beginning of the season after starting captain Brian Keogh went down with a leg injury ... Alpern took over the position and n his 20 games played this year, he had 10 goals against (0.50 GAA) ... Named Catholic Conference all-star ... Plans on pursuing either soccer or lacrosse in college ... Holds a 3.86 GPA ... Recorded 12 shutouts for the Eagles (17-2-2).

CRISTIAN SCOPA

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie, Senior

Midfield

Scopa was one of the driving forces for the Bulldogs ... Whether serving as the anchor on defense, the distributor in the midfield, or the finisher up top, Scope consistently led his team in any area that was needed ... Helped orchestrate three shutout wins against rival opponents and contributed with four goals on the season ... Named CAC all-star ... He is strongly considering WPI, Wenworth or Mass Maritime for engineering next fall.

SLATER SULLIVAN

Ipswich, Senior

Center Midfielder/Center Back

Started in every game this season for the Tigers ... Named to the CAL All-League team and also CAL all-star .... Sullivan finished the season with three goals ... As team captain, he guided his team to the Division 3 North quarterfinals ... Plans on playing soccer in college next fall ... Recognizes his coaches for providing him with the tools needed succeed.

CHRIS BRADY

Marblehead, Sophomore

Sweeper

Led the team in scoring during his freshman season with 10 goals ... The Magicians gave up 65 last season, but with Brady’s help only allowed 39 this year ... NEC all-star ... Holds a 4.2 GPA ... Credits his coach Scott Laremie as his biggest athletic influence for always pushing him to be better ... Marblehead made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

DREW PIAZZA

Danvers, Senior

Defender

Named NEC all-star ... Best individual performance came against Swampscott as Piazza score a pair of goals ... Holds a 3.1 GPA and plans on playing on soccer in college and study mechanical engineering ... Finished the season with 12 goals and nine assists ... Netted a goal in the Falcons’ 5-1 win over Lynn Tech in the Division 2 North first round ... His biggest athletic influence is Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi.

JASON ALAS

Salem, Senior

Midfielder

Registered 10 goals and eight assists as one of the Witches main offensive facilitators ... Scored the game-winning goal against Beverly in a come from behind victory during the regular season ... Was named to the NEC and Eastern Mass all-star teams ... Team captain and earned himself team MVP honors ... Credits his father for instilling in him a love for soccer ... Hopes to play soccer in college next fall.

Honorable Mentions

Beverly— Brendan Cronin, Sr. F; Cam Rogers, Sr. Midfield; Dylan Perry, Sr. D; Justin Carnavale, So. GK.

Masconomet— Derek Grammer, Sr. GK, Mike Ennis, Sr. F, Adam Grammer, Jr. Mid, John Black, Sr. GK.

Prep— Nate Schmidt, Sr. Mid; Kazalyan, Sr. F/Mid; Tommy Buonopane, Sr. F/Mid.

Danvers— Nick Lebel, Sr. D; Zach Noring, Sr. Mid; Matt Hogan, Sr. F.

Salem— Alex Carvajal, Sr. Mid; Robert Abreu, Sr. Mid; Stephen Harris, Sr. GK; Mitchel Osgod, Sr. D.

North Shore Tech/ Essex Aggie— Ron Donahue, Sr. D; Wilson Aguilara, Sr. M; Mike Reynolds, Sr. Mid.

Peabody— Sean Bernado, Sr. D; Vlasi Duni, Sr F, CJ Alamonti, Jr, F/Mid

Swmapscott— Kendrick Simpson, Sr. Mid; Killian Simpson, So. F; Neil Lahrizi, Jr. Mid.

Marblehead— Josh Beloff, Sr. Mid; Brett Leblanc, Sr. F; Cole Guyre, Jr. Mid.

Ipswich— Matt Jeager, Jr. F; Sean Whooley, Jr. D; David Dick, Jr. Mid.

Fenwick— Drew Thibideau, Sr. D/Mid; Greg Enos, Jr. GK; Iftimi Arapi, Sr. Mid; Michael Mackenzie, Sr. D.

Hamilton-Wenham— Nick Loeper, Jr. D; Russel Grigorian, Jr. Mid.