In its 27th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, today announced Oliver White of Noble & Greenough School as its 2011-12 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Player of the Year. White is the second Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Noble & Greenough School.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior forward scored 15 goals and passed for six assists this past season, leading the Bulldogs (13-3-1) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A tournament quarterfinals. A two-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic selection, White is a two-time Independent School League Offensive Player of the Year. He concluded his prep soccer career with 41 goals and 16 assists.
White has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a mentor to minority students at Nobles, a youth soccer coach and with sled hockey, a sit-down hockey game for people with disabilities.
“Oliver White has been the primary reason that Nobles has won the league over the past two years,” said Paul Sugg, head coach of Roxbury Latin School. “Without him, they don’t come close to scoring as many goals over the course of both seasons. He is not a selfish scorer who doesn’t contribute in other areas. He works hard, he’s physical and athletic, and he’s a presence at all times.”
White will attend Harvard University this fall, where he will play soccer.
White joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Players of the Year Cole DeNormandie (2010–11, Lincoln-Sudbury, Leon Brown, (2009-10, Roxbury Latin), Charlie Rugg (2008–09, Rivers), Jan Trnka-Amrhein (2007-08, Noble & Greenough), and Ben Slingerland (2006-2007, St. John's Prep) among the state’s list of former award winners.
Below are the Gatorade boys soccer Player of the Year recipients from the five other New England states:
CONNECTICUT: ZACH ZURITA, BUNNELL
The 5-foot-9, 155-pound senior forward led the Bulldogs to a 20-2-2 record and the Class L state championship this past season. Zurita scored 43 goals and passed for 14 assists, including 11 goals and three assists in the state tournament. The 2011 Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year and an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Zurita had a goal and two assists in Bunnell’s 3-0 win over Avon High for the state title. He concluded his prep soccer career with 96 goals and 42 assists.
Zurita has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and has worked at Soccer & Rugby Imports in Southport.
“Zach Zurita has got real savvy,” said Brian Quinn, Zurita’s club coach with South Central Premier. “He’s very, very skillful, he’s got great instincts in front of the goal and his work rate is very good. He’s one of the best players the state has produced in a long time.”
Zurita has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Monmouth University in New Jersey this fall.
Zurita joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Boys Soccer Players of the Year Kevin Michalak (2010 – 11, Farmington), Kofi Agyapong, (2009-10, St. Luke's), Colin Bradley (2008–09 Avon Old Farms), Pat Boucher (2007-08, Cromwell), and Ryan Kinne (2006-2007, Naugatuck) among the state’s list of former award winners.
RHODE ISLAND: COLIN PATCH, LA SALLE ACADEMY
The 6-foot-2 senior defensive midfielder led the Rams to a 15-1-5 record and the Division 1 state championship this past season. Patch scored seven goals and passed for 12 assists while helping the defense record 10 shutouts. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Patch is a two-time Providence Journal First Team All-State honoree. He concluded his prep soccer career with 19 goals and 30 assists.
Patch has maintained a weighted A-minus average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a landscaper/painter, on behalf of a homeless shelter and food bank and he has completed a service-mission trip to Costa Rica.
“Colin Patch was the best player in Rhode Island,” said Tony Vieira, head coach of East Providence High. “He’s a good ball-winner with a great range of passing and field awareness. If I had to pick one guy I could steal and put on my team it would have been Colin.”
Patch will attend Connecticut College this fall, where he will play soccer.
Patch joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Boys Soccer Players of the Year Marcos Ugarte (2010–11, Providence Country Day), Nick Dubee (2009-10, 2008–09, Chariho), and Brett Uttley (2007-08, 2006-2007, North Kingstown) among the state’s list of former award winners.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: BRIAN HART, PHILIPS EXETER
The 6-foot-2 senior forward scored 35 goals and passed for 13 assists this past season to lead the Big Red (18-2) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council semifinals. A Boston Globe All-Scholastic and the NEPSAC Class A MVP, Hart broke the school’s single-season and career records for goals scored.
Hart has maintained a B average in the classroom. Also a hockey standout, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and a youth skating program.
“Brian Hart is an absolute monster, a beast,” said Bill Scott, head coach of rival Phillips Academy Andover. “He’s as good a prep player as I’ve seen in a long time, and I’ve been coaching for 31 years. He’s quick and strong and runs through people, but his skill level is stunningly good.”
Hart will attend Harvard University this fall, where he will play hockey.
Hart joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Boys Soccer Players of the Year Eric Jayne (2010–11, Hanover), Josh Vlasich, (2009-10, Exeter), Kenny Kolbeck (2008–09 Pinkerton Academy), Brad Hilton (2007-08, Merrimack) and Robbie McLarney (2006-2007, Londonderry) among the state’s list of former award winners.
MAINE: ROBBY LENTINE, WINDHAM
The 5-foot-8 senior midfielder scored 21 goals and passed for 10 assists this past season, leading the Eagles (16-2) to the Class A state championship. An All-New England selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Lentine was also named First Team All-State and the Maine Telegram Player of the Year.
Lentine has maintained an A average in the classroom. A Spanish tutor in his school, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth soccer programs and a summer camp for children with life-threatening illnesses.
“Lentine seems to be able to take care of anything at any time,” said Rocco Frenzilli, head coach of rival Portland High. “Last year he was instrumental for them defensively, then this year he stepped up and took over more of an offensive role. He’s the kind of kid who will make you pay if you don’t watch him at all times.”
Lentine will attend Virginia’s Roanoke College this fall, where he will play soccer.
Lentine joins recent Gatorade Maine Boys Soccer Players of the Year Fazal Nabi (2010 – 11, Portland High School), Gabe Hoffman-Johnson (2009-10, 2008–09 Falmouth), Oliver Blum (2007-08, Greely), and Jordan Hale (2006-2007, Falmouth) among the state’s list of former award winners.
VERMONT: JACK SHEA, U-32
The 6-foot-2 senior midfielder scored 13 goals and passed for nine assists this past season, leading the Raiders to the Division 2 state championship game. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Shea was also the Times Argus Player of the Year and a First Team All-State honoree.
Shea has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a mentor for elementary school students in the community.
“You can’t usually find a kid who plays as hard as Shea does for as long as he does,” said Jason Miles, head coach of rival Montpelier High. “He’s really relentless, with a great motor. He’s also very skilled, he plays both ends and he’s great in transition.”
Shea has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at the University of Vermont this fall.
Shea joins recent Gatorade Vermont Boys Soccer Players of the Year Paul Bianchi (2010–11, Essex), Andrew Mercier, (2009-10, South Burlington), Rob Cole (2008–09 South Burlington), Tyler Macnee (2007-08, Champlain Valley Union) and Andy Borah (2006-2007, Champlain Valley Union) among the state’s list of former award winners.