Junior Michael Suski has been named the 2017–18 Gatorade Connecticut Boys Soccer Player of the 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." The nomination puts Michael in a group of players that are highlighted by soccer legends Abby Wambach, Alexi Lalas, Heather O'Reilly, and Steve Cherundlo. As Connecticut's honoree, Michael will also be considered for the national Gatorade Player of the Year award.
As part of the award, Michael will choose a youth sports organization to receive a $1,000 grant through the Gatorade Play It Forward program.
Michael is the second Loomis athlete to be chosen as a Gatorade Player of the Year this year, as junior Jaiden Delaire also received the award for his efforts on the basketball court.
Michael led the Loomis boys soccer team to a 19-3 record and the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A Tournament championship. During this impressive run Michael recorded 40 goals and 12 assists, tallying the game-winning golden goal in the championship game against Berkshire School.
Michael was also named the New England Soccer Journal's Prep Offensive Player of the Year and holds the school record for career goals with 60 — and still has his senior year ahead.