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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Needham's Steeves named Gatorade Player of the Year

By ESPNBoston.com

In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Mac Steeves of Needham High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Steeves is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Needham High School.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior forward led the Rockets to a 21-1-3 record and the Division 1 state championship this past season. Steeves scored 20 goals and passed for 25 assists, including the only goal in Needham’s 1-0 win over Amherst High in the state title game as well as both goals in the team’s 2-1 win over Somerville High in the state semifinals. The Boston Globe Division 1 Player of the Year and the Division 1 Tournament MVP, he concluded his prep soccer career with 67 goals and 51 assists.

Steeves has maintained a 3.06 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit breast cancer research and as a youth soccer coach.

“Mac Steeves was the most dominant high school player I have seen over the last three years,” said Roy Dow, head coach of Newton North High. “With every team he played this year putting its best defenders on him, he was able to still get his goals and find other ways to contribute. Without him, Needham would not have won a state championship.”

Steeves has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Providence College this fall.

Steeves joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Players of the Year Oliver White (2011–12, Noble & Greenough School), Cole DeNormandie (2010–11, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School), Leon Brown, (2009-10, The Roxbury Latin School), Charlie Rugg (2008–09 The Rivers School), Jan Trnka-Amrhein (2007-08, Noble & Greenough School), and Ben Slingerland (2006-2007, St. John's Prep School) among the state’s list of former award winners.