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At the Mount, we strive to promote leadership and confidence in all of our students. The Mount athletic teams, both varsity and junior varsity, also uphold this sense of leadership both on and off the playing field. This fall we had five of our empowered leaders sign their National Letters of Intent to participate in college athletics. There, they will bring their skills learned here, especially their leadership, and inspire others to be leaders as well.

This fall we had five of our empowered leaders sign their National Letters of Intent to participate in college athletics.”

Bridget LaRiccia, a member of the Mount field hockey team, just signed her NLI to play Division 1 field hockey at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. LaRiccia has been playing field hockey at the Mount since freshman year, and has participated in club field hockey since freshman year as well. “My favorite part about playing club field hockey is traveling to different states with my team. We have so much fun together and it is really nice to get the chance to play teams from all over the country.” When asked about how she thought her season had gone this fall, LaRiccia reflected on how well the team played in tough competition and noted that this year they had made Mount history by being the first team to make it to semifinals in the Essex County tournament as well as in the State tournament. Sacred Heart was appealing to LaRiccia because of its beautiful campus and the location of the school. “I’m excited that it is not too far from home and my parents will be able to come to the games. I also love the school spirit that Sacred Heart has.” In the coming months, LaRiccia will be training and getting prepared to play a Division 1 sport, and is more than excited to be joining the SHU field hockey program.

Marisa Jenkins, a member of the Mount softball team, just signed her NLI to play Division 1 softball at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. Jenkins has been playing softball since 3rd grade and started club softball with her organization, New Jersey Pride, when she was 12. This is going to be Marisa’s 4th year playing for the Mount softball team, earning her the title of co-captain, alongside Kelsey Oh ’17. Jenkins, when asked to speak on behalf of her expectations for the upcoming 2017 season, said, “I can tell this year is going to be one of our best by the effort that is being put into winter workouts. Everyone is enthusiastic and excited for this upcoming season.” Jenkins verbally committed to Providence the summer going into her junior year of high school. She was drawn to Providence because of the “homey” feeling it gave her when she first visited campus. Jenkins spoke about the Providence softball program and said, “The softball coaches and players have a close bond, like a family, that not all college programs have. They made me feel welcome, and opened my eyes to the opportunities that Providence could give me.” Jenkins was also drawn in by the many academic programs the school has to offer, and cannot wait to attend there in the fall of 2017.

Jenkins verbally committed to Providence the summer going into her junior year of high school.”

Jackie Smith, another member of the Mount field hockey team, just signed her NLI to play Division 3 field hockey at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Smith has been playing field hockey since 6th grade. In the summer prior to 8th grade, Smith had joined her first national tournament team, G-Force, and has been playing with them ever since. When asked to reflect on a memory of her first years playing the sport, Smith said, “My favorite memory from my younger years of playing is probably scoring my first goal. That sounds so cliché but for school and club I play defense and for me to have scored by bringing it all the way up the field was a big deal.” Smith also noted that her experience playing with Mount Alum, Lauren Callahan ’16 was what brought her to know about the Mount. This fall season, Smith stated that the team had set many goals during the preseason to beat certain teams in the league, “We accomplished many of these goals when we beat MKA 5-2, Milburn 5-4 in Double OT, beat MKA again in strokes, tying AL Johnson 3-3 and then making it to the third round of states.” Smith is more than excited to attend Mary Washington next fall. She reflected on her first visit, “My dad and I walked the campus by ourselves and it was raining. Even though it was cold and miserable and there was nobody out, I knew that this would be my home. I wish I could describe the “just right” feeling.” Now, Smith is training to become faster and stronger for her next four years in Fredericksburg, VA.

Kelsey Oh, another member of the Mount softball team, just signed her NLI to play Division 1 softball at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Oh has been playing softball since the 3rd grade, but started her years on the field playing baseball. At the age of 10, she started club softball and has continued to do so until now, playing for the New Jersey Intensity organization. Oh has been playing softball for the Mount since freshman year, and she is striving to make this season her best one yet, “Last season we had a great run but sadly lost the game before the state championship. I’m super excited to start the season and hopefully make it back to the state championship for the last time in my high school career.” When reflecting on her past seasons, Oh noted that her favorite memory was the team’s annual trip to Ashland, OH for the Wendy’s Classic, “During this annual trip we play against great competition in a tournament and also have so much fun while doing it!” Next year, Oh will be traveling to Columbia, SC to start the next chapter of her softball career. After Oh’s unofficial visit with her future coaches, she knew that was the school for her. The amazing facilities for athletes and the support of her coaches was very appealing to her as well. She is also very excited for the competition she is about to face on the USC field, “I cannot wait to play in the SEC Conference against competition like Alabama and Florida.”

At the age of 10, she started club softball and has continued to do so until now, playing for the New Jersey Intensity organization. ”

Emma Przyhocki, a member of the Mount soccer team, just signed her NLI to play Division 3 soccer at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Przyhocki has been playing since 1st grade, when she started with her town’s intramural league. Since then, she has fallen in love with the game. In 8th grade, she joined her first club organization, SDFC (Montclair, NJ) and has been on that team ever since. The Mount’s soccer team had a great run this season. They made school history this past season by making it into semifinals in the Essex County Tournament. “We had a great run, beating 2 teams in penalty kicks, and falling to Livingston, who was the top ranked team. I am so proud of the way that the team came together to fight until we couldn’t fight anymore. I loved every minute of it and I am definitely going to miss them so much next year.” Przyhocki is looking forward to her next four years in Dallas, PA. After attending a soccer clinic and meeting the players and coaches of the program, she fell in love with the university, “I knew that this was the place for me because I could see myself living there for 4 years, playing with those players with him as my coach.” Now, Przyhocki is focusing on her training for college and aspires to help fellow club teammates with the recruiting process.

 

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