Welcome to MSGVarsity.com's Memorable Mondays, a summer-long series that looks back on the top players, games and moments from the past season and gazes ahead to 2012-13. As the summer goes on, we'll compile all the lists and post them here: www.msgvarsity.com/mondays. New lists will be posted every Monday at noon.
In Week 1 of Memorable Mondays, we look at five of the best graduating seniors from Connecticut high schools.
Shannon Colligan, Greenwich: What a year, and what a career for the two-sport standout.
The Cardinals' all-time leading scorer in girls soccer with 150 points, Colligan finished with back-to-back, school record 20-goal seasons and led Greenwich to the FCIAC championship this past fall.
Then the individual awards started rolling in.
All-FCIAC. All-State. And finally, the N.C.State-bound Colligan became the first Greenwich player to earn All-American status when she and just three other girls from Connecticut were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2011 All-America team.
Colligan actually learned of the All-American news while competing in the Connecticut Girls Soccer Association Senior Bowl -- where she was selected as one of two Players of the Game, an event which included four teams and featured two all-star games.
That wasn't all either.
In lacrosse, Colligan was an All-State midfielder who led the Cardinals in assists and played a starring role as the team reached the FCIAC finals and ultimately ended the season by winning its second straight Class L title.
Sarah Mannelly, New Canaan: A three-sport All-State standout who excelled in soccer, basketball and lacrosse, Mannelly leaves some huge shoes to fill.
The Boston College-bound senior midfielder was the only girls lacrosse player from Connecticut selected to the MSG Varsity All-Metro team.
A two-time first-team All-American and the Connecticut Player of the Year for 2012, Mannelly graduates as the school's all-time leader in assists, caused turnovers and draw controls. This season, she amassed 83 goals and 47 assists in leading the Rams to a 21-1 record highlighted by their second state title in three years.
The program's all-time leading scorer in basketball, Mannelly became the first Rams player to crack 1,000 career points. One of the premier point guards in the state and a three-time first team All-FCIAC selection, she ended her career with 1,474 points, 512 assists and 298 steals.
Mannelly also earned first-team All-FCIAC and All-State honors in soccer.
Case Matheis, Darien: Rated by many combines as the top high school player in the country coming into the season, the mighty Matheis certainly lived up to the hype.
And the Duke-bound senior attackman is leaving quite a legacy.
Matheis graduates as the program's all-time leader in goals, assists and points, and is the first three-time All-American in Connecticut history.
This season, Matheis piled up 63 goals, 46 assists and helped the Blue Wave capture their seventh state title in eight years. The 2011 MSG Varsity Tri-State MVP, Matheis was again selected to first-team All-Metro.
Terry Tarpey, Fairfield Prep: The senior swingman -- the boys basketball cover boy for MSG Varsity's Winter Magazine -- was also the ultimate stat stuffer.
One of the most complete players in all of Connecticut, the 6-foot-5 All-State and All-SCC guard/forward averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks per game in leading the Jesuits back to the CIAC Class LL semifinals.
A three-year starter, Tarpey finished his career with 1,450 points. Also a scholar-athlete recipient, Tarpey has signed to play at William & Mary.
Zach Zurita, Bunnell: One of the best soccer players to come out of the Nutmeg state in years, Zurita capped a brilliant career with the Bulldogs by totaling 43 goals and 14 assists en route to Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year and 2011 Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year honors.
A three-time All-SWC choice and two-time All-State and All-New England selection, the Monmouth-bound Zurita had career totals of 96 goals and 42 assists.
The 5-foot-9, 155-pound All-American forward led the Bulldogs to a 20-2-2 record and the Class L state championship this past season. Zurita had 11 goals and three assists in the state tournament.
Join us throughout the summer as "Memorable Mondays" brings you more top 5 lists:
July 2: Top five individual performances from 2011-12? July 9: Top five Cinderalla stories from 2011-12? July 16: Top five exciting endings from 2011-12? July 23: Top five heartwarming moments from 2011-12 ?July 30: Top five favorite venues from 2011-12? Aug. 6: Top five coaches from 2011-12? Aug. 13: Top five most memorable games from 2011-12? Aug. 20: Top five teams from 2011-12? Aug. 27: Top five teams to watch in 2012-13
Find them all at www.msgvarsity.com/mondays.