2008 PDL season: A tale of two halves
Barons miss the playoffs after impressive first half
The 12th season for the Ocean City Barons franchise began with a tremendous amount of optimism. Many within the organization believed that the 2008 edition of the Premier Development League team was among the most talented roster the club had ever assembled. Even after the season finished without a berth in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup or the PDL playoffs, that may still be true, but the results didn’t back that up as the team finished with a 6-5-5 record, the lowest point total -- 23 -- in the club’s six-year PDL history. The Barons finished in a tie for fourth place in the Northeast Division, seven points short of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.
One of the highlights of the 2008 campaign was a series of individual accomplishments by one of the club’s greatest players. Byron Carmichael (Marshall ’03 / Lumberton, NJ), playing in his fifth season with the Barons, became the club’s all-time leader in goals and reached the 100-point mark of his career while breaking the career record in that category.
Barons announce 2008 award winners
Adam Sternberger named Ocean City's MVP
The Ocean City Barons have announced their award winners for the 2008 season. Adam Sternberger was selected as the most valuable player, Byron Carmichael was the team’s offensive player of the year, and Joe Ilett was named as the top defensive player. The honors were determined by the Barons coaching staff.
2008 Ocean City Barons
Most Valuable Player
(Rutgers ’08 / Mays Landing, NJ)
Offensive Player of the Year
(Marshall ’03 / Lumberton, NJ)
Defensive Player of the Year
(Eckert College / Maldon, England)
Sternberger did not begin his fourth season with the club until the third game at the Long Island. From that time, the recent Rutgers University graduate played in 13 games, totaling 1,091 minutes and scored his lone goal of the season --a penalty kick-- on June 29 at home against the Westchester Flames. He worked tirelessly in the midfield game in and game out, helping to link between the backline and the forwards and creating scoring chances for Ocean City. He finishes the season ranked seventh in Barons history in goals (9), points (20) and minutes played (3,088).