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Long Island Lutheran's Boogie Brozoski wins 2014 Newsday Player of the Year

Long Island Lutheran's Lauren

Long Island Lutheran's Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski directs the offense in a game against East Side (N.J.) at Long Island Lutheran Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

For all of the championships and awards she has earned, perhaps the best compliment to be paid to Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski is this: In times of crisis, her team never panics because she is never flustered.

"I have the utmost confidence in her, no matter the situation," said Lutheran coach Rich Slater, who also has been Brozoski's AAU coach since she was nine years old. "She's big in the biggest games; clutch in the big moments."

That Brozoski had 18 points and four assists -- earning tournament MVP honors -- in leading the Crusaders to their first state Class AA Federation title surprised few. Simply put, it’s what she does.

Showcasing quickness, keen game sense and remarkable toughness in consistently driving to the basket through contact, Brozoski averaged 19.5 points and 6.1 assists and 2.2 steals in leading Lutheran through a challenging schedule and to its third Federation championship in four years.

Those attributes and more made the University of Michigan-bound star L.I. Player of the Year for a second straight season.

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