Jack Hennessy, Mikey Fitzgerald Earn Block ‘S’ Awards; Amy Lamb, Michael McCarthy Honored At Banquet; Frankie Bergonzi, Sean Gallagher, Brendan Lesch Elected ’10 Captains

The Norwalk Inn was jammed, as parents, siblings, alumni and friends honored the 2009 varsity, JV and freshman teams this afternoon.

Mikey Fitzgerald (left) and Jack Hennessy, proud Block "S" winners. (Photo by Carl McNair)

Jack Hennessy’s teammates voted him Most Valuable Player — earning the quad-captain and hard-nosed sweeper a Block “S,” the most prestigious award in Staples athletics.

Mikey Fitzgerald, the central defender-turned-goal scorer, received the other Block “S,” as Most Improved Player.

Michael McCarthy earned the Alumni Award, given annually to the player who best epitomizes the values of Staples soccer.  After 9th grade, Michael made the difficult decision to become a goalkeeper, in hopes of helping his team as a senior.  The Alumni Award takes on special significance because his father, Stuart McCarthy, won a state championship in 1978 as a Wrecker.

Amy Lamb was honored with the Jeff Lea Award, presented to an adult for long and meritorious service to Staples soccer.  Amy has remained active in the program long after her 3 sons graduated.

2010 captains (from left): Sean Gallagher, Frankie Bergonzi, Brendan Lesch. (Photo by Carl McNair)

The 2009 team voted Frankie Bergonzi, Sean Gallagher and Brendan Lesch as captains for next year’s squad.  “They are very worthy successors to generations of Staples captains,” said head coach Dan Woog.  “They have a big job ahead of them, but I am confident they — and the entire 2010 team — can rise to the challenge.”

Goalkeeper coach Tom Henske spoke eloquently to the state champions.  He told them they are special people — because they have unlocked the keys to success in life — but warned of the burdens that being on top can bring.

Sam Bender’s video was a highlight of the afternoon.  In 10 minutes the talented videographer captured nearly every goal, great pass, excellent defensive effort and save in all 24 matches.

The unbeaten junior varsity also was recognized.  Ben Root and Steve Smith were cited with All-FCIAC JV awards.

Freshman coach Chris O’Dell paid tribute to this year’s state champs, before honoring his own undefeated squad.  Sam Koenig received the Stephen Martin Award, presented annually in memory of the former player’s special spirit.

The 2009 team -- together one last time, at the annual banquet. (Photo by Carl McNair)

6 responses to “Jack Hennessy, Mikey Fitzgerald Earn Block ‘S’ Awards; Amy Lamb, Michael McCarthy Honored At Banquet; Frankie Bergonzi, Sean Gallagher, Brendan Lesch Elected ’10 Captains

  1. Thank you Dan and all of Staples Soccer for my own legitimate soccer award. After so many years of being in a soccer family, I am humbled to have earned my own award( And very surprised!!) . It has been easy to be involved in an organization such as Staples Soccer that gives back to you more then you give to it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and congratulations to a wonderful group of young people, coaches and parents. You are an inspiration to many in many ways.

  2. Amy,

    Make sure you get the Plaque back to Coach Woog! Coach Woog what’s the idea of letting Lamb make off with the Plaque when Nangle and I barely got our pictures taken with it. LOL:)))

  3. Jack Hennessy carrying on the legacy.

  4. Dan, Kurt, and Tom and the rest of the Staples Soccer Family

    I would like to extend a huge and hardy Thank You for allowing me to not only be a part of but baring witness to one of the most enjoyable experiences I truly have had in many many years. The journey was outstanding and I thank you all. To Jack and Drew and the seniors may all your future endeavors be as fruitful. Brendan, Sean, and Frankie the new three amigos congrats on the honor bestowed upon you. No three are more deserving. Good luck one and all. Best wishes to you all and a very happy holiday.

    Rich Stein 86′

  5. any chance that the video shown at the banquet will be put on youtube?

  6. Absolutely. Our staff (Sam Bender) is working on it.

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