PDA Tsunami - Red Bank Catholic High School standout named Gatorade New Jersey girls soccer player of the year and NSCAA youth all American
PDA TSUNAMI-RED BANK CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL STANDOUT NAMED GATORADE NEW JERSEY GIRLS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR and NSCAA YOUTH ALL-AMERICAN
CHICAGO (February 10, 2011) — In its 26th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Danielle Colaprico of the PDA Tsuanami and Red Bank Catholic High School as its 2010-11 Gatorade New Jersey Girls Soccer Player of the Year. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Colaprico as New Jersey’s best high school girls soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May, Colaprico joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Kevin Garnett (1992-93, Maudlin HS, S.C.), Alexi Lalas (1987-88, Cranbrook HS, Mich.), Heather O’Reilly (2001-02, East Brunswick HS, N.J.) and Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.).
The 5-foot-3 senior midfielder led the Caseys to a 23-1-1 record and the Non-Public A Co-Championship this past season. Colaprico scored 22 goals and passed for 10 assists. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team, she was a 2010 ESPN RISE Second Team All-American and a two-time Asbury Park Press Player of the Year. Colaprico concluded her prep soccer career with 70 goals and 35 assists.
Colaprico has maintained a 3.53 GPA in the classroom. A member of her school’s Hot Topics Club that addressed important student issues, she has volunteered locally as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit the Special Olympics.
“Danielle Colaprico is one of the best players to ever come through our club,” said Mike Gould, Colaprico’s club coach with Players Development Academy. “In the championship game when stuff comes on the line, Colaprico’s going to win a game for you. She’s the player who’s going to make the difference.”
Colaprico has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at the University of Virginia this fall.