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THE WINNER: Mac Steeves
School: Needham (Mass.)
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Rockets to a 21-1-3 record and the Division 1 state championship this past season. Steeves scored 20 goals and passed for 25 assists, including the only goal in Needham’s 1-0 win over Amherst (Mass.) in the state title game as well as both goals in the team’s 2-1 win over Somerville (Mass.) in the state semifinals. The Boston Globe Division 1 Player of the Year and the Division 1 Tournament MVP, he concluded his prep soccer career with 67 goals and 51 assists.
Academic excellence: Steeves has maintained a 3.06 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit breast cancer research and as a youth soccer coach.
“Mac Steeves was the most dominant high school player I have seen over the last three years,” said Roy Dow, head coach of Newton (Mass.) North. “With every team he played this year putting its best defenders on him, he was able to still get his goals and find other ways to contribute. Without him, Needham would not have won a state championship.”
THE FUTURE: Steeves will attend Providence College.