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Keith Switzer, St. John's
Switzer is a gritty junior midfielder from Bergen Catholic in Oradell, N.J. Switzer, a former high school wrestler, has five goals and two assists — not overwhelming stats, but numbers don't define what Switzer means to his team.
"We call him the 'Muddy Chicken' after Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia," Red Storm coach Jason Miller said. "He's small [5-7, 181 pounds], not particularly fast, but works his tail off every day."
Coaches love this type of athlete. "First here, last to leave," Miller said. "Always shooting extra. Does everything right. Very reliable. Rarely makes mistakes. Quality kid."
Kieran McArdle may be a bona fide star for St. John's, but hard-nosed players like Switzer define this upwardly mobile program. St. John's is 7-2 and making noise in the Big East after defeating then-No. 1 Notre Dame on Saturday. Switzer's second-quarter goal was met by a fired-up reaction on the Red Storm bench.
February 23, 2013