- Last Updated: 8:17 PM, December 1, 2011
- Posted: 1:44 AM, December 1, 2011
Manhattan continues to produce some of the city’s top talent and teams year-in and year-out.
That always seems to start with Beacon, which has become the PSAL’s power program. The Blue Demons made their fifth straight finals appearance and won their third Class A crown this year.
Dalton put together one of its best season with a mix of young and old for a second-place finish in the Ivy League. LaGuardia put itself back among the elite with a PSAL Class A quarterfinal berth and Columbia Prep is on its way there after beating Staten Island Academy and playing with Riverdale in the NYSAISAA tournament.
All-Manhattan girls soccer Player of the Year: Jennifer Angione, Beacon
The big moment has never fazed Angione and the playoffs are when the senior shines the most. The striker scored 18 goals, had nine assists this season and she was one of the biggest reasons Beacon won its second straight PSAL Class A title. Angione put the team on her back in the final telling her teammates to play her the ball. She scored both goals in a win over rival Bronx Science. Teammate Alex Easton and coach Kevin Jacobs said they never saw her play so determined as she netted seven of her team’s 15 postseason goals. Her quickness with the ball at her feet and her accurate shot made her a nightmare for defenses to contain.
All-Manhattan girls soccer Coach of the Year: Andy Chappel, Columbia, Prep
It was a banner year for the small private school. Chappel’s dedication and development of his team, despite a young roster, was a big reason why. The Lions, with a group of talented sophomores, won an unbeaten NYCAL title, upset PSAA champion Staten Island Academy in the NYSAISAA play-in game and hung with eventual champions Riverdale in the quarterfinals. Chappel has instilled a confidence in his club that went 18-3-0 after winning just two games two years ago. The future is expected to be even brighter.
M Izzy Branco-Lo, Columbia Prep
There may not have been a more dynamic player on the field for the Lions this season. The sophomore was one of the team’s offensive leaders with 18 goals and 17 assists as much of the Columbia Prep offense ran through her. She was also not afraid to mix things up on defense to help lead the Lions to one of their best season in recent years.
M Megan Caccavale, LaGuardia
The pint-sized senior was the Athletics engine at center midfield. She was a blur on counters and could turn defense into offense quickly. Caccavale netted 17 goals and dished out 16 assists helping lead LaGuardia to a second place finish in Manhattan A-II and a trip to the quarterfinals.Follow @NYPostsports