Coached By: Jim Konen
Dwayne Stewart did not start playing lacrosse until 8th grade, but luckily for Copiague's program he was a quick learner. By the end of his high school career he amassed 141 points and won the Enners Award as Suffolk County's top player in 2008.
"I'm into all different kinds of sports, but fell in love with lacrosse," he said. "By the end of my junior and senior years, I really came to. I felt like everything came to me. It was unbelievable how everything happened."
Stewart is just talking about the lacrosse part of his life. Juggling lacrosse, school and a job to help support his family, at times it seemed like the world was on Stewart's shoulders in high school. His Enners Award fully encapsulated the quality of being a leader and working through a great deal of adversity.
"What 16 years olds can do that?" says Copiague head coach Jim Konen. "He did this every day with big smile on his face."
Copiague has never been a lacrosse town, but when Stewart was swarming around the field everyone noticed. His teammates watched in awe and his coaches were smitten with his ability to change a game. After games were over, he'd be on the field shooting at an empty cage.
"He's a one in a million kid," says Konen. "He had the game figured out and had a sport sense and he worked harder than anyone I had ever coached."
The quarterback on the football team and point guard on the basketball team, Stewart helped Copiague gain incredible recognition. He was part of the school's New York State championship basketball team during his junior season.
His hard work in all sports paid off after he earned a scholarship to Albany, where he is a member of the lacrosse team, and thinking about walking on to the football team.
"He's humble and appreciates everything that's given to him," Konen says. "He's a real good role model for Copiague kids."