The Next Level: All-GLS Team 2013

The second annual team consisting of the best performers in Division-1 who hailed from the state of Michigan. Any disagreements, perceived omissions, etc., feel free to debate them in the comments.

Goalie

Connor Flynn
Rockford
Freshman/Detroit

So, have you ever made an all-anything team without a second of game action? Connor Flynn has. Although he redshirted for UDM this year, he is the only goalie on any Division-1 roster who played high school ball in the state of Michigan.

Defense

Jamie Hebden
Brother Rice
Senior/Detroit

Last year’s All-GLS Defensive Player of the Year picked up where he left off in 2012.  He joined Canadian LSM Jordan Houtby to lead the country’s No. 23 overall defense. On the year, he started all 15 UDM games. He caused 38 turnovers (second nationally) and picked up 42 ground balls. Though he also committed 14 turnovers and 11 penalties for 9:30, his positive defensive numbers are high. He also got involved in the offense, contributing one assist.

Michael Hamilton
Brother Rice
Senior/Hofstra

Hamilton was an every-game starter for a pretty good Hofstra squad – the Pride finished No. 15 in adjusted defensive efficiency. He didn’t stuff the statsheet, but did cause three turnovers and pick up 18 ground balls. Like Hebden he added an assist to contribute offensively. He committed just two turnovers and seven penalties for 6:00.

Rob Healy
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
Senior/Michigan

Healy didn’t put up huge numbers, but he was a consistent starter on a defense that was sorely in need of them (and finished No. 49 nationally in adjusted efficiency). He started all 14 games. Defensively, he caused seven turnovers and picked up 15 ground balls. He tried to get involved in the offense, and took two Shots (one on goal). He was relatively clean as well, and only committed six turnovers and five penalties for 5:30.

Midfield

Mike Birney
Detroit Catholic Central
Sophomore/Detroit

Birney was the year’s breakout player, after only taking 14 total shots during his freshman year. He started all 15 games for the Titans, and led them in scoring. He scored 31 Goals on 100 Shots (53 on goal) and added nine assists. He wasn’t too involved defensively, but caused two turnovers and picked up 10 ground balls. He committed 27 turnovers and two penalties for 3:00.

Scott Drummond
Birmingham Seaholm
Sophomore/Detroit

Drummond was another weapon for a UDM offense that found itself over the second half of the year. He played in all 15 games, starting 14. Drummond scored 14 Goals on 57 Shots (34 on goal) and added 13 assists. He also collected 14 ground balls. On the negative side, he committed 21 turnovers and one penalty for 1:00.

Jacob Coretti
East Grand Rapids
Freshman/Rutgers

Coretti took a postgrad year after leaving East Grand Rapids, but has burst onto the scene since arriving in Piscataway. In his first year on the field, Coretti played in 14 of 15 games, starting nine. He scored 10 Goals on 29 Shots (15 on goal) and added five Assists for a Rutgers offense that needed playmakers (and finished No. 52 nationally). Coretti also caused one turnover and picked up four ground balls. He committed 11 turnovers.

Attack

Nick Dolik
Brother Rice
Senior/Penn State

Dolik was pretty much a full-time midfielder this year after splitting time between middie and attack in 2012, but I’m including him at attack to facilitate getting both he and Coretti on the team. Dolik played in all 17 games for the No. 24 offense in the land. He scored 10 Goals on 57 Shots (27 on goal) and added five assists. Picked up seven ground balls. Committed 18 turnovers and two penalties for 1:30.

Tommy McKee
Holt
Junior/Air Force

Although McKee’s production didn’t feel like he was matching last year’s excellent pace, he actually outdid his numbers from 2012. He started all 13 games for Air Force’s No. 22 offense. He was the No. 2 most productive Falcon, scoring 28 Goals on 75 Shots (52 on goal) and added four assists. Caused four turnovers and picked up 19 ground balls. Committed 12 turnovers and one penalty for 1:00.

Will Meter
Brother Rice
Sophomore/Michigan

Though Meter battled injuries during his second year in Ann Arbor, he was the top-scoring full-time attackman for the Wolverines. He played in 13 games, starting 11. His production included 10 Goals on 48 Shots (33 on goal) and five assists. Meter caused two turnovers and picked up 25 ground balls. Committed 20 turnovers.

Specialists

Danny Henneghan - Faceoff Specialist
Brother Rice
Senior/Penn State

Henneghan was last year’s faceoff specialist of the year, and he repeats the feat in 2013. He won 202 of 351 faceoff attempts (.575), picking up 82 ground balls. On clean wins, he recorded four Assists and took six Shots (three on goal). Despite a ground ball on more than 40% of his wins, he only committed three turnovers. Rare for a faceoff specialist, he was listed as a starter for all 17 games.

Dakota Sherman – Long-Stick Midfield
Cranbrook
Junior/Michigan

Although Sherman didn’t put up huge numbers, his were easily the best among LSMs. He played in 13 games, starting one for Michigan’s No. 62-ranked defense. Sherman caused four turnovers and picked up 12 ground balls. He also committed three turnovers and one penalty for 1:00.

Tom Sible – Short-Stick Defensive Midfield
Forest Hills Central
Sophomore/Detroit

The Titans actually had a fairly robust set of options at this position, but the sophomore Sible wins out. Returning from an ACL injury, he played in 13 games. Sible scored two Goals on three Shots (all on goal) and added two assists. Defensively, he caused four turnovers and picked up five ground balls. He also committed four turnovers and two penalties for 1:30.

Offensive Player of the Year

Mike Birney
Detroit Catholic Central
Sophomore/Detroit

Birney flipped the switch this year, turning from a little-used role player to a major offensive weapon. His development allowed the Titans’ offense to open things up, and his outside gun is impressive. He’s hitting 109 MPH on the radar gun, and only stands to get better,

Defensive Player of the Year

Jamie Hebden
Brother Rice
Senior/Detroit

Hebden repeats as the All-GLS DPOY, and with good reason. He was among the nation’s leaders in a few major defensive categories (No. 2 in caused turnovers, and high on the list of GBs among true longpoles). His presensce will be missed for the Titans in a big way next spring.

Debate away. The full final stats can be seen here.

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2 Responses to The Next Level: All-GLS Team 2013

  1. Reg Hartner says:

    A few more awards to piggy back on to you:

    Freshman of the year: Coretti/Andy Hebden. I respect shuffling the deck to get Coretti on the team and you already wrote his bio, but what Hebden did at UDM was huge. A team that struggled to find any offense or identity in the midfield had it’s most steady player come from a freshman. Limited T/O’s, solid when stuck back in D, taking shots when he needed to and always making the extra pass for the open man. He passed up several open looks to keep the ball moving and work within the offense. Just want UDM needed to compliment Birney’s emergence.

    Coach of the year: Karl Zimmerman. He inherited a terrible offense and fractured group of players in the wake of Tully. Took his lumps early in the season focusing the offense through Adams and then losing him for the season. Not to mention having to shuffle a few inherited guys into new roles and keeping them happy. By the time they had their “must win” game against Canisus the team was rolling. Slowing it down and eating clock in games they need to and running and gunning in games they needed goals. Completely converted the offense into a middie focused offense, allowing Alex Maini to be…well Alex and still attack the net and getting Masterson/Bo to get points in each game down the stretch. I think Karl deserves the nod.

    • Sir Laxalot says:

      Could not agree more on Zimmerman/Zetterberg… the offense at UDM stuck with their plan even when injuries struck…and when the offense struggled to put the ball in the net like at Robert Morris…. I especially like Tim’s pick of Thomas Sibel at D-mid… the guy is such a gamer, and a member of the mighty knee brace club at UDM, which Nick Garippa will be a new member of next year… (Shayne Adams, Joe MacLean, Sibel and Garrippa) teams always tried to go at MacLean and and Sibel and they held more than their ground… Thomas’ scoring touch was huge…

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