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Cape Elizabeth Capers Spring Athletes of the Year

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Cape Elizabeth Capers Spring Athletes of the Year

MALE

ADAM HAVERSAT, Senior-Lacrosse

  • All-American

  • WMC all-star, first-team, defense

  • Senior all-star

  • Captain

Simply the most devastating defensive force (and probably the best player) in the state, Haversat willed his team to the state title this spring, completing his quest to become of the great players in the history of the state's premier program.

Haversat grew up in Cape Elizabeth and started playing lacrosse in middle school. His freshman year, he was the goalie for the JV team. He joined the varsity as a sophomore and quickly became known as a premier defender.

Haversat, who also played two years of varsity soccer, was especially smothering this season, as the Capers won 10 of 12 regular season contests before downing Waynflete, Falmouth and Yarmouth to reach the pinnacle.

Consistently assigned to neutralize the best attack or middie the opposition had to offer, Haversat's aggressiveness, physicality and ability to scoop up loose balls made him a matchup nightmare and helped Cape Elizabeth hold the opposition to an average of just five goals per game. The Capers shut out three of their foes, something almost unheard of in this sport.

For the season, Haversat had 135 ground balls (14 in a home win over Falmouth was his season high), dominated in the faceoff circle to the tune of winning 65 percent and even on occasion, got involved on offense, scoring twice and assisting on two other goals. In a back-to-the-future performance, he even stepped into goal in one game, pitched a shutout and made eight saves.

No player in the state did more.

I wanted to be the best this school's seen in awhile,” Haversat said. “I like being the last line of defense. I like being the one whacking other players, not getting whacked. It was a great season.”

Haversat, an avid hiker when he's not playing team sports, will play at Plymouth (N.H.) State University next year. He credits coach Ben Raymond and University of Southern Maine coach Sam Lane for getting him to the next level.

Fans at the next level are in for a treat. Adam Haversat, Cape Elizabeth's Spring Male Athlete of the Year, simply brings it every time he takes the field, epitomizes toughness and skill and is a winner in every sense of the word.

Coach Ben Raymond’s comment: "Adam was an extremely important piece of our team. He led the defense in every single way, every single day. He's been one of the hardest workers on our team and has worked on his game in the summer and offseason and it's really paid off. I can't say enough about what a quality young man he is. He was a great leader on the team and an outstanding teammate. In our biggest games, he was the best player on the field."

Previous winners:

2012: Will LeBlond (baseball)

2011: Cam Brown (baseball)

2010: Ben Brewster (lacrosse)

2009: Andrew Guay (baseball)

2008: Zach Belden (lacrosse)

2007: Pat Murphy (baseball)

2006: Evan Bagley (lacrosse)

2005: Brett Brown (lacrosse)

2004: Garret Currier (tennis)

2003: Alex Weaver (lacrosse)

2002: Mike DiFusco (lacrosse)

FEMALE

LAUREN STEIDL, Senior-Lacrosse

  • All-American

  • WMC All-Conference, first-team, midfield

  • WMC All-Academic team

  • Senior all-star

  • Captain

A superbly talented and elegant player, Steidl once again proved to be one of the state's premier talents and graduates as arguably the finest Caper in program history

Steidl got a jump start on lacrosse excellence, growing up in the hotbed of Baltimore. She played four years for the Capers' varsity and after being hindered by injury early in her high school career, really broke out as a junior, scoring a whopping 58 goals, adding 26 assists, winning 44 draws, collecting 14 ground balls and forcing nine turnovers. She committed to playing at Princeton University as a junior and went on to produce a tremendous senior campaign.

Steidl, who also played four years of field hockey, set up Cape Elizabeth's first goal of the season, 89 seconds into the opener, scored her first goal five minutes later and wound up with two goals and two assists in the emphatic 18-5 victory at Falmouth. She also won nine draws and had six ground balls. Steidl scored three times versus Freeport, four against Gorham, four versus Yarmouth, had three goals and 11 draw wins against Greely, six goals versus Falmouth and seven (along with 13 draw wins and seven ground balls) in a regular season-ending victory over Yarmouth.

Steidl added six goals in a semifinal round playoff victory over Greely, then bowed out with three goals and an assist versus Waynflete in a regional final loss.

For the season, Steidl had 49 goals and 10 assists, giving her 154 goals and 47 assists for her high school career.

It was a great season,” Steidl said. “I have no regrets.”

Steidl credits her success to her coaches, competitive nature and will to win.

In addition to athletics, Steidl was a top student, was involved with Cape Elizabeth's one act play, one of the best in the state, and was a member of the school's state championship speech and debate team.

Princeton is the next stop. Steidl is undecided on a major, but hopes to make her presence felt on the field.

She certainly etched her place in program lore. Lauren Steidl, Cape Elizabeth's Spring Female Athlete of the Year, for the second year in a row, was a star of stars who lived up to and exceeded her lofty expectations.

Coach Jeff Perkins' comment: "It's been incredible to have a player of Lauren's talent that you know you can count on game after game to control the ball and make great decisions. She was always the hardest worker in practice and also during the offseason. Her leadership on the field was very evident, whether playing offense or defense. The team would really feed off her energy. She will be sorely missed and will leave some big shoes to fill."

Previous winners:

2012: Lauren Steidl (lacrosse)

2011: Elin Sonesson (lacrosse)

2010: Gabe Donahue (softball)

2009: Colleen Martin (softball)

2008: Trish Thibodeau (softball)

2007: Maureen Kertes (softball)

2006: Clare Egan (track)

2005: Elise Moody-Roberts (track)

2004: Dana Riker (track)

2003: Leslie Harrison (track)

2002: Anna Lombard (lacrosse)

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