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August 24, 2013

Fantasy Matchups: How would Masconomet fare on the pitch against the Prep's nationally ranked champions?

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Up front, Masconomet had a terrific striker in Evan Reece (19 goals, 16 assists), the CAL Player of the Year and his team’s leading scorer. He was flanked by Will Carey (15 goals, 14 assists) and Mike Soucy. Reece’s skill was on display on an amazing winner in double-overtime of the Division 2 North final against Winchester, a 15-yard shot from the right side to the far corner, fed by Carey.

“I distinctly remember that Evan had this wonderful goal, from an unimaginable angle,” said Andy Nechtem, who would be CAL Player of the Year as a senior in 1999 and later played at Harvard. “Stuff would happen where you could see some serious talents.”

Captain Kent Geisel was a strong presence at midfield and Aaron Biscaglia was a skilled passer in the middle, too. Maher was a big, athletic body that score five state tournament goals, “Balls were bouncing off every part of his body and going in,” Peter Nechtem remembered.

Carey was outstanding in the air, giving Masconomet the ability to play a ground-based passing game and also attack aerially.

On defense were players like Mike DiChiara and the Nechtem brothers, who both said that playing together for the first time was one of the highlights of their athletic careers. Mark Capone was valuable at sweeper and Chris Stambaugh was a solid fullback in front of goalkeeper Ryan King.

“The defense was good, but I think our strength was up front,” said Peter Nechtem. “Evan was really special. We played together growing up and the strategy was kick to to Evan; he’d outrun anybody. Will really controlled the box and had his way, too.”

ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION GROUP

The dominance of St. John’s Prep in 2006 was, in no uncertain terms, a sight to behold.

The Eagles finished 22-0-2 and were ranked No. 6 nationally by the NSCAA at season’s end. They had athletes — and supremely skilled soccer players — at every level of the field, and on the bench.

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