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Cheverus Stags Spring Athletes of the Year

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Cheverus Stags Spring Athletes of the Year

MALE

THOMAS LAWSON, Sophomore-Lacrosse

  • SMAA first-team all-star, attack

  • Underclass all-star

Looking like anything but an underclassman, Lawson scored a lot of goals and set up many more, helping Cheverus return to the Class A state final.

Lawson started played lacrosse in the second grade and it quickly became his number one sport. He joined the Cheverus varsity as a freshman and helped the Stags win their first regional championship.

As a sophomore, he had an abundance of highlights.

Lawson, an attack, scored three goals in a season-opening victory over Deering, tickled the twine five times in a loss to South Portland, had four goals against Waynflete, three versus Massabesic, three more against Portland and three versus Windham.

In the playoffs, Lawson scored three times in a quarterfinal round victory over Portland and added four goals against Deering in the semifinals.

For the season, Lawson had 47 goals and 31 assists and was named to the all-conference first team.

Lawson believes his love for the sport has helped him reach the upper echelon.

I spend a lot of time practicing,” Lawson said. “I work hard. I'm still working on dodging and getting better in traffic. I have a great team around me. I'm looking forward to next year. We can definitely go back (to states)."

Lawson, who lives in Gorham, has also sailed at Cheverus and may take part in football this upcoming season. He's a member of Key Club and plays for the Maineiax premier team. He spent time in Maryland earlier this summer at a showcase for college coaches. Lawson wants to play in college, but first hopes to win a state title or two and be named All-American.

Don't bet against him. Thomas Lawson, Cheverus' Spring Male Athlete of the Year, has already established himself as one of the state's premier scorers and the bad news for the opposition is that he's only going to keep getting better.

Coach Bill Bodwell's comment: “Tom loves the game of lacrosse and spends time working on his own to become a better player. Tom has excellent stick skills and is big and strong for a sophomore. He typically draws the opposing team's best defenseman and his ability to move the ball when the defense keys on him makes everyone better. He led our team in both goals and assists.

Previous winners:

2012: Louie DiStasio (baseball)

2011: Nic Lops (baseball)

2010: Jack Terwilliger (track)

2009: Mick DiStasio (baseball)

2008: Topher Pochebit (lacrosse)

2007: Todd Keneborus (baseball)

2006: Michael Antoniou (lacrosse)

2005: Ben Michaud (track)

2004: Ben Michaud (track)

FEMALE

ALEX LOGAN, Junior-Lacrosse

  • All-American, honorable mention

  • US Lacrosse All-Academic team

  • SMAA All-Star, first-team, midfield

  • US Lacrosse National All-American Showcase Selection

  • Maine Team

  • Cheverus Most Outstanding Player

  • Captain

Logan did a little of everything this spring, making more impact plays at different spots on the field than anyone, helping her team do something it had never before accomplished.

Logan came to lacrosse naturally as her father, Jim, coached in Brunswick, where she grew up. She started playing in elementary school, competed for North Yarmouth Academy in middle school, then made an impact as a freshman, helping Cheverus reach the regional final. Logan was named a first-team league all-star as a sophomore as the Stags again reached the regional final, but that all paled in comparison to what she accomplished this spring.

Logan scored 44 goals, had nine assists, scored on 62 percent of her shots, won 47 ground balls and 62 draw controls and forced 30 turnovers, a stat line likely unmatched by any other player in Maine.

She had three goals against McAuley, three more against Portland, three against Marshwood, then tallied four goals, including the winner, in a pivotal overtime victory at three-time defending state champion Scarborough, a victory which planted the seed that the Stags could go all the way (Logan also won nine draws and had five ground balls in the win). She scored four times versus Windham, added four more against NYA and after Cheverus' eight-game win streak came to an end, had four goals and 15 draw wins against Gorham.

The Stags weren't about to suffer another painful playoff loss and rolled through the region, beating Mt. Ararat (Logan scored five goals), Windham (Logan won 18 draws) and finally Cony (Logan had three goals, 16 draw wins and eight ground balls), to secure a first trip to the state final. There, Cheverus battled Massabesic for 50 palpitating minutes before it ultimately prevailed, 8-7, thanks in large part to Logan's two goals, 10 draw wins and game-high nine ground balls.

"It's just so great," Logan said, after the win. "I came up watching my Dad coach Brunswick, seeing Brunswick come to the state final. I just imagined myself here. I just can't believe it.”

Logan also plays a key role on Cheverus' very strong field hockey team. She played hockey as a freshman and sophomore and took part in the throws in indoor track as a junior. She'll attend an All-American Lacrosse Showcase in Florida this month (she's the only player from Maine) and also competed for the Maine Team.

Logan is a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Haiti Solidarity Club, Do Something Club, Home Front Club, was named an All-American honorable mention, qualified for the All-American All-Academic team, serves as a volunteer tutor, has over 250 hours of community service under her belt and found the Lacrosse-4-ME Foundation, a non-profit which provides free lacrosse equipment and instruction to underserved youth in the area.

"I pride myself on hard work," Logan said. "I'm a perfectionist."

Logan, who hopes to win another title and earn All-American as a senior, is highly coveted by colleges and is weighing her options at the next level. She wants to play lacrosse and is interested in pursuing a degree in neuroscience.

Clearly, her record speaks for itself. Alex Logan, Cheverus' Spring 2013 Female Athlete of the Year, has already established an amazing legacy and has one more year left to shine in a Stags' uniform.

Coach Jamie Chamberlain's comment: "Alex is an athlete with a great attitude, who has worked incredibly hard to make herself a very good player. As a midfielder, this means she works on taking draws, on her defense and also on her shooting. She's the consummate midfielder because she's been willing to put in the practice time and push herself to get better. She's become not only a leader by example, but also a mentor to her teammates. She played through injuries and illness without complaint and when we needed a big play to change momentum during a close game, more often than not, Alex came up with the clutch play. She also has the same work ethic in the classroom and finds time to get involved with community service projects. The good news for Cheverus is that Alex was just a junior."

Previous winners:

2012: Meredith Willard (lacrosse)

2011: Paige Lucas (lacrosse)

2010: Theresa Hendrix (softball)

2009: Theresa Hendrix (softball)

2008: Theresa Hendrix (softball)

2007: Dana Proscia (lacrosse)

2006: Dana Proscia (lacrosse)

2005: Meaghan Morris (track)

2004: Kate McLaughlin (track)

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.