May 14, 2013 1:21 PM by MELISSA CANONE
In its 28th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Ethan Judice of Lafayette High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Louisana Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Judice is the first Gatorade Louisana Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Lafayette High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic
achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Judice as Louisana's best high
school boys soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May, Judice joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Alexi Lalas (1987-88, Cranbrook HS, Mich.), Heather O'Reilly (2001-02, East Brunswick HS, N.J.) and Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.).
The 5-foot-9, 176-pound senior midfielder and forward scored 13 goals and passed for 17 assists this past season,
leading the Mighty Lions (24-2-2) to the Division I state semifinals. Judice is a two-time First Team All-State selection and was named Division I MVP by the Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association.
Judice has maintained a 3.02 GPA in the classroom. A member of his church youth group, he has volunteered locally on
behalf of youth soccer programs and community clean-up initiatives.
"Judice is a very talented player," said Michael Ritch, head coach at St. Thomas More High. "He's athletic, plays with great pace and he can create for his teammates."
Judice has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of West Florida this fall.