Shaker’s seven senior student-athletes gathered last Wednesday to publicly sign their national letters of intent. They are, from left, Sarah Cheney (Georgetown women’s lacrosse), Sean Egan (Fairfield baseball), Liam King (Rutgers men’s lacrosse), Julia Lennon (Harvard women’s lacrosse), Julia Maloney (Holy Cross women’s lacrosse), Blake Retell (University of Buffalo wrestling) and Eva Torncello (Towson women’s lacrosse).
Photo by Rob Jonas.
COLONIE Wednesday, Nov. 20 was a busy day for Town of Colonie high school senior athletes.
Seven Shaker and three Colonie athletes representing five sports signed their national letters of intent at separate ceremonies at the two public schools.
Four members of the Shaker girls lacrosse team selected NCAA Division I schools. Sarah Cheney signed with Georgetown, Julia Lennon selected Harvard, Julia Maloney picked Holy Cross and Eva Torncello is headed to Towson.
Lennon said she is ready for the challenges awaiting her at Harvard, both on the lacrosse field and in the classroom.
“I’ve been taking tough classes all through high school, so I think I’m ready,” said Lennon. “You just have to put the work in.”
Maloney said Holy Cross came calling once its coach, Stephanie Ridolfi, saw her play goal for the Blue Bison.
“The head coach of Holy Cross knows coach (Kara) DePaula, and coach DePaula had their coach come down to watch one of our games,” said Maloney.
Two boys lacrosse players also made their selections. Shaker’s Liam King will play at Rutgers in the spring of 2015, and Colonie’s Chris West is heading for Southern New Hampshire University.
“They’ve got some really good chemistry, and they’re a very competitive team,” said West. “I’m looking to get some playing time as a freshman.”
Two more spring sport-based athletes revealed their collegiate choices. Shaker baseball player Sean Egan is going to Fairfield University, and Colonie softball player Marisa Sholtes will attend the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
“It’s very exciting. It’s great to know that I get to play the game I love after high school,” said Egan.
“I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to go down south and play Division I softball,” added Sholtes.
Colonie basketball standout Nicole Riddick will be making the leap to the NCAA Division I level when she plays for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell next winter.
“It’s going to be a huge transformation for me, and it’s going to be exciting competing at that level,” said Riddick.
Shaker wrestler Blake Retell will attend the University of Buffalo, one of a select few New York Division I college programs.
“It’s a great feeling to know the coach there feels I can compete against the top wrestlers in the country,” said Retell.