Lauren Hinton '18 has been named the 2017–18 Gatorade Connecticut Girls Soccer Player of the Year, marking the third Gatorade Player of the Year award granted to a Loomis Chaffee athlete this year.
The award "recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field." Others who have won the award in the past include soccer legends Abby Wambach, Alexi Lalas, Heather O'Reilly, and Steve Cherundlo.
As part of the award, Lauren will choose a youth sports organization to receive a $1,000 grant through the Gatorade Play It Forward program.
Lauren joins rising seniors Michael Suski (boys soccer) and Jaiden Delaire (boys basketball) as Gatorade Player of the Year winners.
Lauren led the Loomis girls soccer team to a 16-3-1 record and a second-straight New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A Tournament title last fall. She anchored a defense that recorded 14 shutouts and allowed just 10 goals. She chipped in offensively with two goals and one assist. The state coaches association has twice named Lauren the Connecticut State Player of the Year, and she has twice earned United Soccer Coaches All-American honors.