In our third year of determining the StickStar Player of the Year Award, we have been consistent in making sure the recipient comes from the State Championship Squad. Although not a prerequisite, players who end up winning State have usually put together their best effort on the biggest stage. I had the pleasure of giving Chris Roach the 7/8 Championship MVP Award after he threw down a shutout in their 4-0 victory over my Deuces squad. Now, I am thrilled to present him with the 2013 StickStar Player of the Year award.
Never scared to carry, Roach in the open field.
Demonstrating quality appears in different forms. Chris Roach demonstrated his value to his peers by his ability to respond to adversity and through his ability to lead. All year, the senior goaltender has locked it down in the cage. A cool customer with the appropriate demeanor, Roach has displayed a resilient confidence that not every young man possesses. On his road of life, Roach has dealt with his own personal adversity and learned a great deal along the way. A player with the character and fortitude to walk this path, Roach came back better than ever in 2013.
On the field in 2013, Roach has been excellent. On a senior-laden defensive unit, Roach was their voice on the field, positioning his pieces, communicating, and fortifying the defense. While, at one point early in the season, he did not get the start, this only galvanized his motivation, most certainly apparent with St. Marks’ final run.
After dropping three games in mid-March, the Lions rattled off eleven victories in a row. On this second-half stretch with Roach at the helm, St. Mark’s defeated ESD twice, Highland Park twice, won an SPC title, and clinched the first State Championship in school history. On that stretch of eleven wins, St. Marks only gave up more than five goals twice. Finally, in the Championship game, while ESD definitely got on the board early, Roach stood on his head for the entirety of the second half limiting ESD to only one goal in the entire second half and overtime period combined!
After sealing the victory, Roach fell to the ground as the emotions poured over him, a great sight to see! He has had a great run at St. Marks. We are proud of his efforts. Congrats, Christopher!
64% SV Percentage in 2013. 68% SV Percentage during the Playoffs. 61% SV Percentage in the Championship Game. Roach ='s BRICKS.