McDevitt ‘early season MVP’ for men’s soccer

By Erin Nollen
October 9, 2008

Senior co-captain Mike McDevitt is no stranger to the game of soccer.

He has been playing soccer since he was 5-years-old and has continued playing ever since.

Since playing two years on varsity at Father Judge High School for Coach John Dunlop. McDevitt played one year at Philadelphia University and then transferred to Cabrini where he has been part of the team ever since.

“Mike was a great kid. His work rate in the classroom and on the field was awesome. He was a quiet kid with cute smile that enjoyed playing the game of soccer,” Dunlop said.

McDevitt, senior human resource management major, plays in the midfield or up top for Cabrini.

“Mike brings the much-needed physical presence to our team that our opponents fear the most,” coach Glen Jaskelwicz said. “He has the uncanny ability to leap through the roof to win head balls and he can do it in a variety of areas on the field. He wins head balls in our defensive third of the field, in the midfield and in the offensive third for goals, characteristics that not many players can claim they possess.”

“In addition, he has taken on the likes of All-Americans from Johns Hopkins and battled them for an entire game a few weeks back, which enabled us to tie them in a very exciting contest under the lights on the turf field. He scored in that game as well which demonstrates how valuable he is to this team,” Jaskelwicz said.

Besides being respected by coach Jaskelewicz, McDevitt is also a role model for his Cabrini teammates.

“Mike is a very inspiring co-captain with a lot of bright ideas,” Mike Kroener, junior marketing major, said.

McDevitt’s personal goal for the season is to help the team in whatever way possible, whether it is by scoring or any of the little things that take place on or off the field.

“Our team goal is to win the conference for the first time in a while. We were picked to finish first in preseason so it’s definitely attainable,” McDevitt said.

It’s safe to say that everyone realizes McDevitt’s love for the game, especially the one person that knows him the best, his father Michael McDevitt.

“Mike has natural instincts for the game. He has great vision and sees the game well. Physically there is nobody better in the air. He loves playing soccer and has a passion for the sport,” McDevitt said.

“Mike brings the much needed senior presence to our team and without a doubt has been the early season MVP of the team,” Jaskelewicz said.

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