Pictured: Jake Burdick had 23 goals and 12 assists in his senior season with Valley Regional. (Submitted photo)
By Paul Augeri
Valley Regional midfielder Jake Burdick leads the 2021 First Team All-Shoreline Conference selections as Player of the Year after producing 23 goals and 12 assists in his final season with the Warriors.
Burdick, who was a First Team pick for the third time, also earned All State and All New England accolades for the second year in a row. He was voted to All State in Class S this year and in Class M in 2019.
“Over the four years coaching Jake, I was extremely impressed with his awareness and vision on the pitch, which you do not see in many high school players,” Valley Regional coach Mick Fearon said.
Led by Burdick and fellow Shoreline first teamer Tucker Burr, the Warriors reached the quarterfinal round of the Class S tournament, where they lost in overtime to eventual champion Old Saybrook.
Three players from Old Saybrook and three from Morgan also headlined the First Team All Shoreline. The Rams, who won the Class S title for a third straight time, and the Huskies shared the Shoreline championship after playing to a scoreless draw on Nov. 5.
Portland’s Mike Searson was voted Shoreline Coach of the Year after leading the Highlanders to a 10-7-2 record and second-round appearance in the Class S tournament.
Shoreline coaches cast their votes at the conclusion of the regular season.
JAKE BURDICK, Sr. Midfielder, Valley Regional
CAMERON DeANGELO, Jr. Forward, Old Saybrook
TYLER MUCHA, Sr. Defender, Morgan
TUCKER BURR, Sr. Midfielder, Valley Regional
CAIDEN HETTRICK-RIVERA, Sr. Midfielder, Portland
BRADY TALERICO, Sr. Midfielder, Portland
SEBASTIAN KADLOF, Jr. Midfielder, Morgan
PAUL PIGNATELLA, Sr. Defender, East Hampton
KEVIN DeCAPUA, Soph. Forward, Old Saybrook
COLE MERRIAM, Soph. Forward, Haddam-Killingworth
NICK SCALZO, Sr. Defender, Old Saybrook
BEN WILLIAMS, Sr. Defender, Haddam-Killingworth
AUSTIN ANTONARAS, Sr. Defender, Cromwell
BAILEY GOSS, Sr. Goalkeeper, Morgan
ANDREW SALBINSKI, Sr. Defender, Valley Regional
NICK ROTHMAN, Sr. Forward, Old Saybrook
ALEX GALLARDO, Sr. Defender, Morgan
JACK DeTORO, Sr. Forward, Portland
SAM HUTCHINSON, Jr. Defender, Valley Regional
BRADLEY KULMANN, Jr. Midfielder, Old Saybrook
JOE MORSE, Jr. Defender, Morgan
ANDERS SILBERBERG, Jr. Midfielder, Old Lyme
LOGAN FOX, Sr. Forward, Cromwell
LUKE KARPIEJ, Sr. Midfielder, Hale-Ray
RYAN ENGELS, Jr. Goalkeeper, Westbrook
MICHAEL KOLLMER, Jr. Forward, Valley Regional
JAYDEN ZAITOUN, Sr. Defender, Haddam-Killingworth
JONAH LATHROP, Jr. Goalkeeper, Old Lyme
BRAYDEN CODY, Soph. Midfielder, Old Saybrook
JAKE McKENNA, Fr. Forward, Valley Regional
EVAN JOHNSON, Sr. Defender, Portland
ZACH DONCET, Sr. Goalkeeper, Portland
RYAN LASUSA, Soph. Midfielder, Haddam-Killingworth
DREW DeSTEFANO, Sr. Goalkeeper, East Hampton
HERMINIO VIVEIROS, Sr. Defender, East Hampton
BRENNAN JOHNSON, Jr. Midfielder, East Hampton
LIAM CELIC, Jr. Midfielder, Old Lyme
JACOB SALAFIA, Jr. Midfielder, Cromwell
LOUDON CHUPAS, Sr. Goalkeeper, Hale-Ray
GAGE ROVELLI, Sr. Defender, Coginchaug
LEO DiLEONE, Sr. Midfielder, Coginchaug
HENRIK GUSTAFSON, Jr. Midfielder, Westbrook
ALEKSANDER GUERRERO, Fr. Defender, North Branford
NIKOLAS PROESTAKIS, Sr. Midfielder, North Branford