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Long Island Player of the Year
Garden City, attack, senior
Dwyer led the offense of the No. 1 team in the country, scoring 39 goals to go with 75 assists (tied for best on Long Island) to finish with an Island-best 114 points. The Harvard-bound attack was impervious to double teams and moved the ball to his teammates with ease.
The Trojans imperturbable leader on and off the field displayed poise, composure and patience while deciphering opposing defensive schemes and setup his teammates with awe-inspiring passes from all angles.
Dwyer had a goal and seven assists in a 14-4 rout of rival Yorktown in the state semifinals and two goals, including the game-winner, and added four assists in an 11-4 win over Irondequoit in the state final.
“I don’t really see it that way as the game winner,” Dwyer said in his usual polished fashion after winning the state championship. “It was just an overall unbelievable team effort. So many guys do so many little things that you don’t even realize.”
Garden City had an extra-man opportunity leading 4-3 early in the fourth quarter when Dwyer faked a pass while wrapping around the cage, faked a shot high and beat the goalie low to put the Trojans ahead of Irondequoit 5-3 and they never looked back.
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)