There were a lot of deserving teams for the Men's Club of the Year. When you look at some of the teams we had to leave off this year's list--OMBAC, SFGG, Old Blue, Life, Seattle, the Austin Huns, the Chicago Lions--it makes our three finalists that much more impressive.
Glendale Raptors: The Raptors finished as PRP champions for the second year in a row but it's not just that they won the title it's how they did it. Few teams have put together as impressive a regular season as the Raptors did in the PRP last year. They were the dominant team for most of the year with only two late season slips. They more than atoned for that with a dominating display in the final. The team is loaded with stars in the likes of Zach Fenoglio, Armandt Peens, and Chad London. Throw in the likes of Hanco Germishuys who also played for the team and there weren't a lot of teams in the country that could beat them.
Mystic River: The year that Mystic River put together was phenomenal to watch. It was just a couple of years ago that Mystic River and Middlesex, two good teams on their own, merged. Now that both teams have fully come together as one it is paying off massive dividends. Players like Alatasi Tupou, Evin O'Driscoll, and Vinnie Daly have turned Mystic River into the best team in New England. During their run to the DI title they were fun to watch as they took their opportunities on offense. They backed that up with a great run in the ARP in their first year. A lot of the credit for Mystic River's season goes to head coach Josh Smith, as underrated of a coach as you'll find.
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NYAC: NYAC missed out on the ARP title for the first two years and you could tell that upset them. So what did they do? They backed it up with a massive campaign in the ARP this year. It would have been easy for the team to slack a little given that some of their players are coming off post-World Cup hiatuses but that didn't happen. Instead, the team loaded up with new players like Harry Bennett that pushed them to a new level. Additionally, having former Eagles head coach Mike Tolkin back really seemed to bring them new organization.
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