1960 Suffield High School Boys Soccer Team
Inducted in 2017

 Undefeated!  For the first time in Suffield High School history, a sports team logged in with an undefeated season.  The only blemishes on the 1960 Boys Soccer Team record were two ties against Bloomfield and Bacon Academy, and both of them were redeemed by convincing Suffield victories in the rematches.  The team set new season standards for SHS soccer in wins (17), most goals scored (75), and fewest goals allowed (5) enroute to the third Suffield State Championship in all sports and the second in boys soccer.
 
The offense was led by the high-scoring duo of Dave Lill (22 goals) and Co-captain Ray Galetta (21 goals).  They were ably assisted by a plethora of front-liners including Peter Gaughan, Louie  Grabowski, Rod Ritter, Bobby Duni, Terry Hartmann, Allan Tallis, Roy Harriman, Louie Favreau, Toby Moffett, Bob Flynn, and Michael Balch.  Coach Bill (Mr. A) Atkinson didn’t lack for talent;  his biggest challenge was finding enough playing time for his talented scoring crew!
 
In goal was second year keeper Dave Landry who quickly rose from a rookie last year to now one of the finest goalies in the State.  The defensive alignment in front of Dave was anchored by fullback George Bellmore and George Leel who time and again broke up opponent attacks.  When the need arose, John Samsel and John Zenisky were at the ready to back up the two George’s.  The midfielders were an equally talent-rich contingent led by Co-captain Bob Chase and fellow starters Donald Kennett and Gary McQuillan.  Backing them up were number one sub Woody Jacobus along with Randy Walker, John Smith, Paul Pochron, and Julius Drenzek. 
 
At the helm, were Head Coach Bill Atkinson from Springfield College who shared the coaching duties with his assistant, Stan Miela.
 
With a winning streak of 9 consecutive victories to start the season, interrupted only by a 0-0 tie against powerful Bloomfield, Suffield went on to end the regular season at 15-0-1.  Facing Southern Champion Bacon Academy in the Charter Oak Conference playoff, the game ended in a hard fought 2-2 tie.
 
In the State Championship semi-finals, Suffield again faced conference opponent Bacon Academy and this time dispatched the Colchester team with a decisive 3-0 scolding.  Awaiting Suffield in the Class S finals was Hale-Ray of Moodus who were riding the crest of a 56 game unbeaten streak.  On the strength of Dave Lill’s goal and the usual staunch defense, Suffield came away with the State Championship, 1-0, and secured for themselves the first ever undefeated SHS sports season.