Wednesday, November 11, 2015

First senior athletes commit to colleges

Anna Sirianni

Two students committed to play on college athletic teams on National Signing Day, November 11.
 Cameron Costello signed a National Letter of Intent and an Athletic Grant-In-Aid Agreement to play Division I Women's Field Hockey at Lafayette College. She was joined by her parents, John and Kristen Costello, her brother, Patrick Costello, Principal Malone, Athletic Director Ted Harrington, and the NH-S field hockey coach, Gwen Smith.
 Mr. Costello said that Cameron’s signing brings the family, “a big sense of relief that this process is over with...She is more relaxed.”
 Cameron is a four-year varsity athlete on both the NH-S field hockey and lacrosse teams. She plans to use what she learned as a New Hope Lion to help her become a Lafayette Leopard.
 “I think the NH-S field hockey team is very structured. It gave me an idea of what being dedicated to a team and what being part of a team is,” she said. “I think those skills of being a teammate and a leader by working hard consistently year round will translate well into the workload at Lafayette.”
 Margaret Dougherty signed a Letter of Intent to play Division II Women’s Lacrosse at Rollins College. She was joined by her parents, Michael and Betsy, three of her four siblings: Kate, Bryan, and Kevin, Principal Malone, and Athletic Director Ted Harrington.
 Margaret is a three-sport, four-year varsity athlete at NH-S. She has been on the field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse teams since her freshmen year.
 “[In college] I will miss the variety, but I will certainly love spending more time with my favorite sport: lacrosse.”
 Though the two athletes are the first to commit, other seniors have received offers from colleges but have not yet decided on their post-graduation plans. For instance, Riley Smith received an offer to play Division III Men’s Soccer at the University of Scranton and Alex Lotier received an offer to play Division I Men’s Soccer at Lehigh University.

 Cameron and Margaret plan to finish their senior years by playing on the NH-S lacrosse team together one last time.

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