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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Eye on POY: Maine boys soccer

By Steve Ouellette

The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Robby Lentine
Senior Midfielder, Windham High (Windham, ME)

2011 Team record: 16-2
2011 Team standing: Won Class A state title

2011 Goals: 21
2011 Assists: 10
2011 Points per game: 1.72
Career goals: 35
Career assists: 25

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Roanoke College

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Maine Telegram Player of the Year; NSCAA All-New England; Four-time First-Team All-Conference.

Bradly Wilcox
Senior Forward, Bangor Christian High (Bangor, ME)

2011 Team record: 18-0
2011 Team standing: Won Class D state title

2011 Goals: 30
2011 Assists: 8
2011 Points per game: 2.92
Career goals: 107
Career assists: 38

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: NSCAA All-American; Class D Player of the Year; Set state career record for goals scored.

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.

Andrew Jones: Scarborough High (Scarborough, ME) Senior midfielder
Elliot Maker: Cheverus High (Portland, ME) Senior forward
Nem Kaurin: South Portland High (Portland, ME) Senior midfielder
Chris Hall: Messalonskee High (Oakland, ME) Senior defender
Malcolm Steele: Camden Hills (Rockport, ME) Senior forward

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.