The best description of Severn School’s 2022 boys soccer campaign is that it was a season to remember.
The accolades kept coming in for the Admirals after achieving a perfect 17-0 season for the second consecutive year and winning the MIAA B Conference. The fleet-footed Admirals used speed and passing to amass 87 goals.
Their stellar offensive and defensive skills were noticed by local media outlets, and Severn collected a litany of honors after the season.
Head coach Mike McCarthy was named Co-Coach of the Year by the Baltimore Sun. Forward Davis Cawlfield, responsible for 26 of the Admirals’ goals this season, was named Anne Arundel County Player of the Year by the Capital-Gazette and first-team All-MIAA. Other players who gained notoriety were Allan Tchmourlryski, first-team All-MIAA and All-County, as well as Ammar Yusef, Hudson Lamb and Alex Mussog, who were named All-MIAA first-team.
“Give credit to the players, parents and the school for achieving these outstanding postseason awards,” McCarthy said. “We’re so blessed to have fantastic players and they are great kids as well.”
McCarthy also emphasized that his players have been teammates since elementary school and have formed strong bonds. Those supportive friendships help during the dog days of the preseason camp in August.
“At the start of summer camp, I always tell my players that the season is a 90-day sprint,” McCarthy said. “From August 15 to November 15 is our season, and it goes by fast. So, I tell my players to enjoy the season and work hard every day.”
Cawlfield was quick to give a nod to McCarthy and the help his coach has given him over the past four years.
“He really assisted in my development,” Cawlfield said. “He was more than a coach to me; he was someone to talk to about school or other advice I may have needed."
One of the key elements of McCarthy’s team is conditioning. He uses “disguised fitness” during camp and has the players in constant motion to prepare to run for 80 minutes.
McCormick then uses that stamina to out-run and out-hustle other teams and methodically keep applying pressure on opposing defenses.
“We have an attack-minded offense that passes the ball well and hopefully results in great shots,” McCarthy said. “We hope to use seven to 10 passes to get the best possible shot.”
Besides the high-octane offense, the Admirals had a stingy defense this year, allowing only 11 goals. In 2021, they gave up only 10 goals.
The last two years were gratifying for McCarthy and his staff, but he’s quick to give praise to the parents.
“They handle everything from team dinners and lunches to the senior-day celebration,” McCarthy said. “They are so supportive to the school and all of the athletic teams.”
Severn Athletic Director Julian Domenech expressed pride in the Admirals’ recent run.
“They have had an incredible two-year run, and it’s not easy to maintain that level of play in any conference,” Domenech said. “Their play on the field is impressive, but being around these young men is even more rewarding.”
The future continues to look bright as the Admirals will return many letter winners as well as an undefeated JV squad.
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