A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
For his 29 fellow Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Colin Patch
School: La Salle Academy (Providence, R.I.)
Position: Defensive midfielder
Athletic achievement: Patch led the Rams to a 15-1-5 record and the Division 1 state championship this past season. He 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.
Academic excellence: Patch has maintained a weighted A-minus average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: 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 (R.I.). “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.”
THE FUTURE: Patch will attend Connecticut College this fall, where he will play soccer.