High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: East Islip

New York Girls Soccer POY: Cari Roccaro

February, 9, 2012
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls 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 her 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Cari Roccaro


School: East Islip (Islip Terrace, N.Y.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder/defender
Height: 5-foot-6


Athletic achievement: Roccaro scored 11 goals and passed for four assists this past season, leading the Redmen to an 11-3-1 record. A First Team ESPNHS All-American, she is also a two-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and was named the Long Island Player of the Year. Roccaro is a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Under-20 Women’s National Team, which is currently competing at the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain.

Academic excellence: Roccaro has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally on behalf of a soccer program for children diagnosed with autism.

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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.

Cari Roccaro
Senior midfielder/defender, East Islip High (Islip Terrace, NY)

2011 Team record: 11-3-1
2011 Team standing: Lost in Suffolk County sectionals

2011 Goals: 11
2011 Assists: 4
2011 Points per game: 1.0
Career goals: 36
Career assists: 19

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Notre Dame

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: NSCAA All-American in 2010, 2011; Long Island Player of the Year; NSCAA New York Player of the Year; Ranked No. 4 senior by ESPNHS; Member of the U-20 Women's National Team.

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