High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Bangor

Eye on POY: Maine girls soccer

February, 4, 2012
The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls 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.

Caitlin Bucksbaum
Junior midfielder, Falmouth (Falmouth, Maine)

2011 Team record: 13-4-1 (Class B)
2011 Team standing: Class B state champions

2011 Goals: 10
2011 Assists: 11
2011 Points per game: 1.17
Career goals: 15
Career assists: 21

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Tallied one point in all four Class B postseason games, including the assist on the game-winner in a 1-0 state final win over Presque Isle (Maine). Had a direct hand in four of Falmouth’s nine postseason goals (44.4 percent). 2011 First Team All-State selection as named by the Maine Sunday Telegram. 2011 First Team All-Western Maine Conference selection.

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