Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent

Grace Ryan, News Editor

On Nov. 14, seven senior student-athletes signed their National Letter of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers. During snack block on Nov. 14, Rachael McDonough, Emma Caulfield, Lindsey Jacobs, Maddy Clark, Brigid Welch, Brooke Walonis, and Catie Hurley officialized their commitments in the presence of friends and family. 

Rachel McDonough committed last spring to play Division 3 lacrosse at Stevenson University. McDonough has been playing lacrosse for 10 years and chose Stevenson for its mix of academics and athletics. 

“I really liked how serious [Stevenson] takes their athletics and how valued they made me feel. I’m most excited to meet a new group of people and be able to travel and have new experiences,” McDonough said. 

Emma Caulfield committed last June to play Division 3 lacrosse at Skidmore College. Caulfield has played lacrosse since Grade 6 and loved the fast pace game ever since. She is excited to experience a new version of lacrosse in college that also involves traveling. 

“I chose Skidmore for a variety of reasons. I felt that the school was a perfect balance of competitive athletics as well as challenging academics. I also loved the area of Saratoga and just felt at home on campus” Caulfield said. 

Lindsey Jacobs committed at the beginning of last summer to play Division 2 field hockey at Bentley University. Jacobs has loved field hockey ever since she began to play competitively in middle school and looks forward to joining the strong sports community at Bentley. 

“I am most excited about being close to home so that my family visit me and go to my games, along with meeting girls that have played field hockey in different states all over the country, and being able to compete at the next level,” Jacobs said

Maddy Clark committed the winter of her junior year to play Division 1 field hockey at the College of the Holy Cross. She has played field hockey since the age of four and always knew that she wanted to play field hockey in college. 

“I chose Holy Cross because of the amazing education program and opportunities. The nice coaches and awesome teammates really made me feel at home,” Clark said. 

Brigid Welch committed at the beginning of her junior year to play Division 1 lacrosse at University of Massachusetts Amherst in Massachusetts. Welch has played lacrosse since Grade 7 and looks forward to continuing her athletic career playing the sport she loves.

“I chose UMass Amherst because of the inviting team, coaching staff, and academics this school has to offer. I can’t wait to be playing alongside people I have never played with before,,” Welch said.       

Brooke Walonis committed the summer before Junior year to play Division 1 soccer at the University of Connecticut. She has played soccer since the age of four and looks forward to competing at a higher level. Walonis chose UConn because she felt she belonged there.

“I am super excited to compete at a high level and grow as an athlete. I can’t wait to make new friends and push myself to make an impact in this program,” Walonis said. “I can’t wait to be a husky.” 

Catie Hurley committed this fall to play Division 3 basketball at Connecticut College. Hurley has been playing basketball since the third grade and chose Connecticut College for its prestigious academics as well as the coaching staff who she met during the recruitment process. 

“I am so excited to have a fresh start on a new team. I can’t wait to prove myself and undergo the challenge of earning my minutes every game,” Hurley said. 

These seven seniors are just the beginning of the senior class’s continuation of their athletic careers as several other seniors will sign their National Letter of Intent later in the year. Congratulations and best of luck in the future!