CUMBERLAND — Bishop Walsh’s Haven Mackie, who led the area in three offensive categories despite being sidelined and slowed by a midseason injury, won the Dr. Raul Felipa Offensive Player of the Year Award for the second year in a row.
Mackie is the third repeat winner in the 24-year history of the award. The others were BW’s Tim Hammontree (1990, 1991) and Mountain Ridge’s Chris Ranker (2009, 2010). Mackie shared last year’s award with Allegany’s Dakota Bierman.
Mackie will receive the award, which is determined by a vote of area coaches, at the 65th annual Dapper Dan Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Ali Ghan Shrine Club.
A junior, Mackie is one of the quickest forwards in the area and has the ability to strike the ball well with either foot. He was responsible for all of BW’s penalty kicks and was successful on each one, including a game-winner in a 1-0 victory at Calvary Christian.
Mackie was slowed a bit and missed two games after suffering a broken toe prior to the Spartans’ Homecoming game, but still led the area in goals scored (25), three-goal games (5), points (55) and scoring average (3.23).
During his two Offensive Player of the Year seasons, Mackie has played in 37 games, scored 48 goals and assisted on 18 others for 114 points and a 3.08 average. He finished in the top five in the City and AMAC in scoring both years.
“Last year Haven benefitted from playing beside Player of the Year Gordon Hasslinger and this year Haven had to shoulder a lot of the offensive responsibilities,’’ said BW co-head coach Joe Rowan. “Because of injuries, he had at least five different teammates playing the other forward position. This hurt our consistency.
“Haven was a marked man against every team we played. I am sure most teams’ game plan was to shut him down and make someone else beat them,” Rowan continued.
It didn’t work too well, as Mackie scored 25 of the Spartans’ 57 goals. He also was named to the All-Area, All-AMAC and All-Bi-State first teams.
“Haven is extremely accurate with his shots but is also unselfish and looks to set other players up,” said Rowan.
“He has a great knowledge of the game. Playing against higher competition at the club level and among the Olympic Developmental players has really broadened his knowledge base of soccer.”
Mackie was one of 10 juniors on this year’s team at BW, which began the year 8-3 and finished 10-9 and tied for No. 5 in the final area poll.
“We were very young. We had only three seniors on the team and at times were starting five or six sophomores,’’ Rowan said. “Next year we really need Haven to establish himself as a leader of the team.
“Great players make everyone around them better and Haven is going to have to carry the burden of getting the other players to push themselves and play beyond their ability. He should be one of the top candidates for Player of the Year.”
For Dapper Dan Banquet ticket information, call The Original Sports Shoppe at 301-722-5490.
Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. Write to him at email@example.com