By Nick Curcuru Sports Editor
Gloucester Daily Times
---- — After a regular season that saw him lead the Cape Ann League with 24 points, Rockport striker Conor Douglass was named the Cape Ann League Small Player of the Year.
Douglass, a senior captain on the 12-4-2 Vikings, joins fellow senior captain Tucker Meredith, senior Matt Rostowksi, and junior Shaun Aspesi on the Cape Ann League All Star team.
The senior's consistency played a key factor in Rockport's Cape Ann League Small title and 12-4-2 record during the regular season. Douglass finished the season with 11 goals, fifth in the CAL, and 13 assists, tops in the CAL.
But it's not just his scoring that made Douglass the CAL Small Player of the Year. Douglass can create turnovers in transition and makes the players around him better.
"He's a very well deserved player of the year," Vikings head coach Dave Curley said. "He was the leading scorer in the league and he does it in a quiet manner. He's not a flashy player but he's very efficient, just a consistent player all over the field. He creates a lot of turnovers and he's good at distributing the ball as well as his stats show. He makes the other players around him better."
Douglass combined with Aspesi to form the league's top one-two scoring punch as Aspesi had 18 points on the season.
While Douglass and Asepsi provide the scoring, Meredith and Rostowski due the bulk of their work on the other end. After an early season loss to Ipswich Curley moved Rostowski to sweeper back and the results couldn't have been better. Rockport's defense came into its own and Rostowski was one of the main reasons for that.
In Meredith the Vikings have a big and athletic player in the middle of the field that can not only defend, but take control of the Vikings transition game.
Rockport's Cape Ann counterparts, state tournament bound Manchester Essex, notched three All Stars in All League goalie Chris Xavier and All Stars Liam Aldrich and Alex Walder.
Xavier has been nothing short of dominant this season as highlight real saves are the norm with him minding the net. Xavier is a huge weapon for Manchester Essex and has been known to steal a game or two a season on his own.
In Aldrich, the Hornets have one of the fastest and most dynamic players in the league. He may be short in stature, but his ability to create plays on offense is up there with the cream of the crop in the Cape Ann League.
Walder anchored a strong defensive unit for Manchester Essex, who finished the regular season with a 7-7-4 record.
The Rockport girls had three Cape Ann League All Stars in goalie Ashley Walima, midfielder Eva Weinstein and forward Ali Davis. Forward Crissy Pries and goal keeper Ella Silag-Stearns were named all stars for the Manchester Essex girls.