High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Samantha Rock

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.

Lauren Bernard
Senior midfielder/forward, Colchester High (Colchester, VT)

2011 Team record: 7-6-2
2011 Team standing: Lost in Div. I quarterfinals

2011 Goals: 24
2011 Assists: 5
2011 Points per game: 1.93
Career goals: 59
Career assists: 34

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Boston College

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 10 senior by ESPNHS; Burlington Free Press Player of the Year; Three-time All-State selection; Member of the U-18 Women's National Team player pool; NSCAA All-American in 2010, 2011.

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