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: Robby Lentine
School: Windham (Maine)
Athletic achievement: Lentine 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, he was also named First Team All-State and the Maine Telegram Player of the Year.
Academic excellence: Lentine has maintained an A average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: 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 (Maine). “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.”
THE FUTURE: Lentine will attend Virginia’s Roanoke College this fall, where he will play soccer.