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Eye on POY: Maryland boys soccer

2/15/2012

The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Andrew Harris

Senior goalkeeper, Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.)

2011 Team record: 18-4-1 (Independent Athletic Association of Maryland Conference A)

2011 Team standing: Lost IAAM Conference A state championship game

2011 Goals allowed (AVG.): 10 (0.43)

2011 Saves (PCT.): 114 (91.9)

2011 Shutouts: 15

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: Wake Forest University (verbal)

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Made 10 saves before allowing an overtime goal as Gilman fell to McDonogh, 1-0, in the IAAM Conference A state title match. Two-time NSCAA All-American. 2010 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year. No. 33 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

Mike Gamble

Senior forward, McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.)

2011 Team record: 18-2-1 (Independent Athletic Association of Maryland Conference A)

2011 Team standing: IAAM Conference A state champions

2011 Goals: 36

2011 Assists: 20

2011 Points per game: 2.67

Academics: B-plus average

Collegiate destination: Wake Forest University (verbal)

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Had a direct hand in 56 of McDonogh’s 77 goals (72.7 percent). Had the assist on the only goal of the game as McDonogh edged Gilman, 1-0, in overtime to win the state title. 2011 NSCAA State Player of the Year. Two-time NSCAA All-American. 2011 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year. No. 12 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Boys Soccer Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Ricky Greensfelder: Senior midfielder, Archbishop Curley (Baltimore, Md.)

Malcolm Harris: Senior defender, McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.)

Colin Martin: Junior midfielder, Bethesda-Chevy Chase (Bethesda, Md.)

Cody Niedermeier: Senior goalkeeper, Broadneck (Annapolis, Md.)

Marcus Salandy-Defour: Senior forward, Georgetown Prep (Bethesda, Md.)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.