Long Island Player of the Year: Cari Roccaro, East Islip, Sr., Center Midfielder
The resume continues to grow for the Notre Dame-bound Roccaro, who was named Newsday’s girls soccer Player of the Year.
“I think it’s awesome that people are recognizing my hard work,” Roccaro said. “But I can’t stop working.”
With her hard work and the perfect combination of size, speed and skill, Roccaro - who had 11 goals and three assists - made first team All-Long Island for the third time in her high school career, she was named New York State Player of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and was selected as an All-American for the second straight season.
“Individually, I think I had a pretty good season,” Roccaro said rather modestly. “But I’ll never forget freshman year when we won the Long Island championship. That was the most memorable for me.”
Here's our profile of Roccaro from early in the season.
Nassau Player of the Year: Jill Mulholland, MacArthur, Sr., Forward:
Mulholland was named an NSCAA All-American and the state Class AA co-Player of the Year after scoring 17 goals and 11 assists to lead MacArthur to its first state title. The Hofstra-bound midfielder had five goals and two assists in the postseason including the lone goal in the state championship.
Mulholland said she’ll most remember the late comeback in the state semifinals.
“We thought we were – last 10 minutes we didn’t give up – but in your head you’re like ‘we might go home,’” she said. “To come back from that is amazing.”
Mulholland combines great ball skills with speed, power and finesse, making her one of the best all-around players on the Island. She is a member of the All-Long Island first team for the second straight year.
Suffolk Coach of the Year: John Diehl, Ward Melville
Guided the Patriots to a 16-3-1 record, a League I title, the top seed in the Class AA playoffs and their first county championship in the program’s 31-year history.
Nassau Coach of the Year: Lauren Gotta, MacArthur
Led the Generals to a 18-2-0 record and the first state and county championships in program history.