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Freeport Falcons Spring Athletes of the Year

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Freeport Falcons Spring Athletes of the Year

Male:

SAM WOGAN, Junior-Lacrosse

  • Team MVP

  •  Western Maine Conference all-star, second-team
  • Head, Heart & Hustle Award winner

  • Captain

Freeport produced its best season to date and Wogan's ability to come up with the big goal at the big time was a large reason why.

Wogan grew up in Freeport and started playing lacrosse in middle school (his previous top sport was football). The midfielder came to the Freeport program as a freshman and quickly played well beyond his age. After winning just three games as a sophomore, Wogan and his young teammates believed they could do something special this spring.

We knew we'd be better,” Wogan said. “We made history.”

The Falcons sure did.

Freeport won its first three games to match last year's total for the whole season and went 7-5 in the regular season, winding up second in Eastern Class B.

Wogan scored 45 goals and added 11 assists during the regular season, highlighted by five goals versus Wells, three against Camden Hills, three more in a key win over Waynflete and had seven in a regular season-ending loss to Waynflete.

After defeating Oak Hill in the quarterfinals (Wogan led the way with four goals) and Camden Hills in the semis (Wogan scored seven times) combined with top-ranked Maranacook-Winthrop losing its semifinal, the Falcons earned an opportunity to not just play in the Eastern Class B Final for the first time, but to host it.

Against one of the state's premier programs, Yarmouth.

While Freeport proved to be no match for the Clippers (Wogan scored his final goal of the season), the Falcons' season couldn't be viewed as anything shy of spectacular.

Wogan scored 12 times and added an assist in the postseason to give him the whopping totals of 57 goals, 12 assists and 69 points in a transcendent campaign.

Everyone was motivated to get better,” Wogan said. “We started to win and I wasn't even sure why.”

Wogan credits his brother, Zac, the Falcons goalie who just ended his sophomore year, for driving him to be his best.

Zac is a huge motivator,” Sam Wogan said. “I'm kind of a perfectionist. I want to do well and do my best.”

Wogan, who surfs and snowboards when he's not playing lacrosse, is a member of National Honor Society and Interact Club, works to prevent bullying and does community service. He hopes to get more assists as a senior and lead Freeport to another playoff berth. He then hopes to play in college.

One of the state's most dangerous players is no longer anonymous. Sam Wogan, Freeport's Spring Male Athlete of the Year, figures to keep scoring goals and helping the Falcons make history.

Coach Geoff Arris' comment: “Sam was our game-changer. We could ask him to do anything and he would. He played attack, man-up, man-down and he played almost every minute of every game. He's a great leader who pushed his team to be better and to work harder as a complete unit. He came in with the other captains on the first day of practice and said they wanted to do whatever it took to make the tournament. There's so much for him to build on next season and I know he's going to push himself to the limit to be even better.”

Previous winners:

2013 Harrison Stivers (track)

2012 Sawyer Williams (baseball)

2011 Hans Pope (lacrosse)

2010 Hans Pope (lacrosse)

2009 Greg Ordway (lacrosse)

2008 Parker Chipman (track)

2007 Luke Charest (lacrosse)

2006 Kelso Davis (lacrosse)

2005 Tim Gray (lacrosse)

2004 Kelso Davis (lacrosse)

2003 Tyler Allen (baseball)

2002 Ben Grant (baseball)

Female:

MEREDITH BRODERICK, Senior-Lacrosse

  • Team's Offensive MVP

  • WMC all-star, first-team

  • Senior All-Star

  • US Lacrosse, All-Academic team

  • Captain

Broderick did it all this spring. From winning draws and ground balls to setting up teammates to tickling the twine, she helped Freeport remain one of the best teams around, leading it to the regional final.

Broderick grew up in Freeport and started playing lacrosse in middle school. The midfielder came to the Falcons varsity as a freshman and after being part of a first-time regional champion as a sophomore, she made an even bigger presence as a junior.

This spring, Broderick dazzled. She led Freeport in scoring with 42 goals and 11 assists and tied for second on the squad with 35 ground balls. She also had 39 draw wins.

Highlights included five goals and two assists in a season-opening win over Fryeburg, two goals, an assist and a game-high 12 ground balls against NYA, four goals (including the winner) in an overtime triumph over Morse, two goals in the Falcons' first win over Falmouth since 2003, three goals in a second win over Fryeburg, three goals and three assists in a victory over Gardiner, three more goals in an overtime loss to York, three goals each in wins over Greely and Wells and three more in a regular season-ending victory over NYA, as Freeport posted a 10-2 record, its best ever.

As the number two seed in Eastern B, the Falcons downed Morse in the semifinals, 13-6, as Broderick had three goals, three assists and five ground balls. Freeport wound up falling to eventual state champion Yarmouth in the regional final, but Broderick bowed out with two more goals.

As I got older, I got more confident,” Broderick said. “Self confidence is a big part of being an athlete. Lacrosse is my favorite sport. I love the beauty of it.”

Broderick was named to the Western Maine Conference all-star team and scored twice in the Senior All-Star Game.

Broderick also played soccer and ran indoor track at Freeport. She belonged to the Earth Club and Interact, played lacrosse year round and for her senior project, is trying to get the town of Freeport to ban plastic shopping bags. She will go to Elon University in North Carolina in the fall, where she plans to play club lacrosse.

She was certainly a part of some of the best seasons in program history. Meredith Broderick, Freeport's Spring Female Athlete of the Year, was a big reason why the Falcons have soared to the top.

Coach Karin Kurry's comment “Meredith was the spark of our team. She was consistent every game. She was our scoring leader and ran the offense. She was also key on draw controls and ground balls. Every year she worked hard improving her game. This year, she blossomed into our offensive leader. She set the tone for the team, especially when she snagged the first draw and scored the first goal. She has an intensity about her that allows her to be a leader on offense and defense. She has the drive to succeed and it showed in our most competitive games. She's never afraid to drive to goal or keep possession of the ball. She kept her cool in close games. That comes with maturity.”

Previous winners:

2013 Jocelyn Davee (lacrosse)

2012 Alexandra Mitch (lacrosse)

2011 Leigh Wyman (softball)

2010 Lucy Whitacre (lacrosse)

2009 Kristen Poulin (track)

2008 Andrea Goodrich (track)

2007 Molly Lincoln (lacrosse)

2006 Amber Klages (lacrosse)

2005 Cassandra Dyer (softball)

2004 Logan Crane (track)

2003 Molly Charest (lacrosse)

2002 Kerry Blenk (softball)

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