The Northern Soccer League’s Division I proved to be one of the most competitive divisions this season.
Five of the seven teams finished with records well-above .500.
Beekmantown laid claim to the regular season title, and captured the Section VII Class B championship with a victory over Plattsburgh, which finished the year at 10-7-1.
Saranac Lake (8-5-1) and Northeastern Clinton (8-5-4) were also strong contenders in Division I and Class B this season.
Peru (10-5-2) was the lone Class A representative in Section VII, but proved it belonged by making it to the state regional title game. The Indians suffered a heartbreaking loss in overtime to Averill Park.
AuSable Valley was awarded the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award.
The all-star teams and awards were selected by the NSL coaches.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Jacob Dick (Peru)- Dick, a senior, was a captain and four-year starter for the Indians this season. He finished his career as a three-time all-star and proved to come through in the clutch for Peru. Dick had 14 goals and 12 assists for the Indians this year, nine of those goals were game-winners.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Josh Marlow (Saranac Lake)- Marlow, in his first season with the Red Storm, guided them to an 8-5-1 record. He had spent five years with Saranac Lake’s JV squad before making the move to the varsity this season. The Red Storm made it to the Section VII Class B semifinals, before dropping a 2-1 decision to Plattsburgh.
Austin Tetreault (Northeastern Clinton)- Tetreault, a second-year all-star, used his quickness and excellent foot skills to excel on offense for the Cougars. He played a pivotal role in the team’s offensive strategy, and finished with 13 goals and four assists.
John Fine-Lease (Plattsburgh)- Fine-Lease, a senior, was the sweeper and two-year starter for the Hornets. He was the anchor on defense for Plattsburgh in both his junior and senior seasons. Fine-Lease has great foot skills and helped in many of the Hornets’ counterattacks.
Alex Price (Beekmantown)- Price, a junior, finished his second season as a starter for the Eagles. He spent most of his time at midfield, but switched to forward throughout the season. Price could also help clear balls in the defensive end, which helped key offensive attacks. He finished with eight goals and three assists on the season.
John Plessis-Belair (Peru)- Plessis-Belair, a junior, was a three-year starter for the Indians at midfield this season. He was responsible for initializing Peru’s attack and marked the opposing team’s top players. Plessis-Belair added five goals and 11 assists this year.
Matt LaClair (Beekmantown)- LaClair, a senior, controlled the net for the Eagles for the second consecutive season. He also proved to be a great communicator, and helped setup the defense during transitions. He has great reaction time and instincts that kept other teams off the scoreboard, which helped LaClair to a league-high nine shutouts.
Aaron Noel (Saranac Lake)- Noel, a senior, played defense for the Red Storm this season. He helped anchor a defense that allowed just 17 goals on the year, but also helped out offensively with four goals and two assists.
Rodney Grimshaw (Northeastern Clinton)- Grimshaw, a second-year all-star, was a strong defender for the Cougars on the season. He used his strength and athleticism to anchor Northeastern Clinton’s defense. Grimshaw was a great hustler, which allowed him to be successful at his defensive position.
Jack Tolosky (Plattsburgh)- Tolosky, a senior, played midfield and forward for the Hornets for the past three seasons, two as a starter. He has great abilities on the soccer field and showed amazing versatility. Tolosky netted the game-winner in the Section VII Class B semifinal game against Saranac Lake. He finished the year with two goals and four assists.
Ian Spear (Peru)- Spear, a senior, started his final season with the Indians on the sidelines due to an injury. His return, though, kick-started Peru’s offense and provided the spark it needed to move into the state Class A regional title game. Spear finished the year with 10 goals and three assists.
Elias Smith (AuSable Valley)- Smith, a senior, has been a starter for the Patriots for the past two seasons. He has provided great leadership and quality team play. Smith is very skilled with the ball, is fast and a tenacious defender. Many times during the season he was an offensive sparkplug from his defensive position.
Aaron Cross (Saranac)- Cross, a senior, wrapped up his third season on the varsity for the Chiefs this season. He was one of two starters that shared the most playing time on the field and showed great heart, conviction and a tremendous will to win. Cross had great leadership on a young team, and finished the season with three goals and an assist.
Northern Soccer League
Div. I Boys’ All-Stars
Austin Tetreault (Northeastern Clinton), John Fine-Lease (Plattsburgh), Alex Price (Beekmantown), John Plessis-Belair (Peru), Matt LaClair (Beekmantown), Aaron Noel (Saranac Lake), Rodney Grimshaw (Northeastern Clinton), Jack Tolosky (Plattsburgh), Ian Spear (Peru), Elias Smith (AuSable Valley), Aaron Cross (Saranac)
Yanis Yahiaoui (Plattsburgh), Brady Channell (Plattsburgh), Austin Myers (Saranac), Nick Danussi (Beekmantown), Nate Devins (AuSable Valley), Alex Proper (Beekmantown), Garrett Begore (Northeastern Clinton), Devin Cowan (Saranac Lake), Peter Daly (Peru), Isaac Nixon (Peru), Dustin Plumadore (Beekmantown)
Most Valuable Player: Jacob Dick (Peru)
Coach of the Year: Josh Marlow (Saranac Lake)
Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award: AuSable Valley