By Janee Law
The Cold Spring Harbor School District announced that seven of its female high school athletes have signed letters of intent to attend Division I colleges.
The students include five lacrosse players, a soccer player and softball player.
“Having five go on to play Division I lacrosse is incredible [and] amazing,” said Danielle Castellane, head coach for the girls lacrosse team. “Its nice to have their hard work rewarded and individual accomplishment, in that they get to continue their endeavors at the next level.”
Joining college lacrosse teams are seniors Caroline Kiernan, a defender attending George Washington University, Ashley Lynch, an attacker attending Louisville University, Shannon Logan, a defender attending Johns Hopkins University, Kate Hudson, a midfielder attending Georgetown University and Samantha DeBellis, an attacker attending Duke University.
All five players demonstrate a strong work ethic on the field and in the classroom, Castellane said.
For Lynch and DeBellis, both athletes were named All-Americans last year and operate as a double team on offense, Castellane said.
“When one has the ball, they’re always looking for the other,” she continued, adding that the two will be a huge threat going into the spring season this year.
“As excited and as happy as I am for them, I’m always keeping them reminded that they still have work to do here,” Castellane said. “This is a huge accomplishment so that day it was nice because it was all about them and going to college.”
Senior soccer player Lauren Spinnato, who will be attending Binghamton University, and senior softball player Sabrina Ordierno, who will be attending Colgate University, also signed letters of intent on Nov.11. Both girls have played under Steve Cacioppo, head coach of the girls soccer and softball teams.
“Our student-athletes represent the school, community, and their families with high character, integrity, discipline and pride,” Michael Bongino said, athletic director for the district. “These athletes exemplify those characteristics. Individually, they all bring something valuable to the team and their sport.”
In addition, two field hockey athletes will also be signing letters of intent in the spring, said Brittney Dougher, head coach of the field hockey team.
Bongino said the colleges were “fortunate to have these student-athletes attend their schools” and that “through perseverance and the qualities that have been instilled in them by their coaches and families,” the students are “prepared for the level of competition at the collegiate level.”