ESPNHS' Ben Rohrbach previews the Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year race for Massachusetts, today on the Gatorade Player of the Year blog. Among the favorites listed are Concord-Carlisle's Mike O'Brien, and Noble & Greenough's Oliver White.
Senior midfielder, Concord-Carlisle (Concord, Mass.)
2011 Team record: 15-3-1 (Division 2)
2011 Team standing: Lost Division 2 state championship game
2011 Goals: 20
2011 Assists: 3
2011 Points per game: 1.00
Career goals: 46
Career assists: 11
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Pennsylvania
How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Tallied four goals and one assist in Concord-Carlisle’s seven-game run to the Division 2 state championship match. Directly responsible for 23 of the Patriots' 63 goals (36.5 percent). 2011 Boston Globe Division 2 Player of the Year. 2011 NSCAA State Player of the Year. 2011 NSCAA Scholar Athlete All-American selection. Three-time Dual County League All-Star.
Senior forward, Noble & Greenough School (Dedham, Mass.)
2011 Team record: 13-3-1 (Independent School League)
2011 Team standing: Lost in New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A quarterfinals
2011 Goals: 15
2011 Assists: 6
2011 Points per game: 1.24
Career goals: 41
Career assists: 16
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: School Name (commitment)
How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Directly responsible for 21 of the Bulldogs’ 45 goals (46.7 percent). Two-time ISL Offensive Player of the Year. Two-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic selection.
Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Boys Soccer Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.
Devin Devoy: Senior forward, Bishop Feehan (Attleboro, Mass.)
Zachary Herivaux: Freshman midfielder, Beaver Country Day School (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
Jack Hilger: Senior midfielder, Hopkinton (Mass.)
Jonathan Mendoza: Senior midfielder, Northfield Mount Hermon School (Gill, Mass.)
Chris Murray: Senior midfielder, Canton (Mass.)