East Islip sports standout Cari Roccaro has become the first girls soccer player to ever be featured on the cover of “MSG Varsity The Magazine.” The senior, a 2010 Suffolk Class AA Player of the Year and All-American, joined four other Long Island student-athletes on the fall issue’s cover.
“Our magazine staff had to choose from literally thousands of athletes on Long Island – and hundreds of soccer players alone – to pick the five that would be on the cover,” explained MSG Varsity regional manager Denise Calamusso, who presented Rocarro with a framed copy this week. “Cari was chosen because she is an elite athlete who represents her school proudly, and MSG Varsity couldn't be happier with our selection.”
MSG Varsity had spotlighted the central midfielder before – they ranked the “soccer prodigy” as No. 10 in their 2011-2012 school year Top 31 Athletes to Watch, and the MSG Varsity website featured a Mike Gavin interview with her earlier this month – but Roccaro was gratified by this new honor. True to her team-first ethos, she appeared less concerned about her own accolades (which include 11 goals in her final season), instead expressing regret for East Islip’s shootout loss to Connetquot in last month’s soccer playoffs.
Roccaro has accepted a scholarship to play for Notre Dame, and is looking forward to her freshman college season in 2012.