On Nov. 12, two of Lawrence Academy's varsity athletes signed their college letters of intent. Varsity girls' hockey team member Brittany Colton
'16 has committed to the University of Maine, while Gabrielle Reuter
'16, a varsity girls' basketball player, signed with Stonehill College.
"I was ecstatic. I thought it was fantastic," says Kevin Potter, varsity girls' hockey coach, who coached hockey in Maine for 15 years prior to coming to LA. "I think both the guys' and women's programs up there are the
event, so she's going to have a blast."
Colton calls her early signing "amazing," noting that it's been her dream to play college hockey since she was young.
"This is literally what I wanted to do with my life," she says. "Ever since I was little -- and you can ask my parents -- I was like, 'I want to play college hockey.'"
Colton is the latest in a long line of girls' hockey players who have gone on from Lawrence to play in college, but Reuter is the first girls' LA basketball player to sign early.
"She's worked very hard throughout her career to get herself to the next level," says varsity girls' basketball coach Donna Mastrangelo. "Today marks a very important day in the basketball program at Lawrence Academy ... and hopefully it's the start of something ever bigger to come down the road."
As Reuter explains, it was being at LA that helped her see that playing in college was a real possibility.
"When I was at public school, it was pretty much basketball. I didn't really focus my academics," she notes. "Then I realized that I wanted to better my academics ... and once I got here [in my sophomore year], I realized I could balance academics and basketball."
Colton echoes her classmate's sentiments.
"LA has definitely helped me along the way, taught me the right things to do on and off the ice," she adds. "I definitely got a good education from LA ... It really taught me how to thrive in the classroom."
The way Potter, who is also Lawrence Academy's athletic director, sees it, the school's coaching staff also has a lot to do with it.
"I'm so proud of our coaching staff and how they attract top-notch athletes," he says. "We couldn't be more proud."