High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Hayley Dowd

Massachusetts Girls Soccer POY: Hayley Dowd

February, 9, 2012
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Hayley Dowd


School: Peabody (Mass.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-5


Athletic achievement: Dowd led the Tanners to a 22-0-2 record and the Division 1 state championship this past season. She scored 41 goals and passed for 19 assists, recording seven goals and three assists in six postseason matches. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the Division 1 Player of the Year for both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald, Dowd is a two-time Northeastern Conference MVP. She has 121 goals and 43 assists through three varsity seasons.

Academic excellence: Dowd has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Peabody High Captain’s Council, she has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach.

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Eye on POY: Massachusetts girls soccer

February, 4, 2012
The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls 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.

Lauren Berman
Junior midfielder, Canton (Mass.)

2011 Team record: 19-2-2 (Division 2)
2011 Team standing: Lost Division 2 state championship game

2011 Goals: 33
2011 Assists: 7
2011 Points per game: 1.74
Career goals: 90
Career assists: 22

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Maryland

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Scored seven goals in six postseason matches, including two goals in the Division 2 state semifinals, a 3-0 win over Newburyport (Mass.). 2011 NSCAA All-New England selection. Two-time Hockomock League Most Valuable Player. Three-time All-State selection. 2011 All-Scholastic selection as named by The Boston Globe. No. 21 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

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