Surrounded by classmates and parents, five Boston Latin School senior athletes signed National Letters of Intent during a Wednesday morning ceremony.
Paige Mulry signed to play softball for Providence College, Patrick “Packy” Naughton signed to play baseball at Virginia Tech, Maggie Mulligan signed to play basketball at UMass Amherst, Lucy Moyes signed to row at University of Rhode Island and Meagan Lew signed with the crew team at Duke University.
“I like the atmosphere of the school and the whole team was so nice, I couldn’t ask for a better school to go to,” Mulry, a utility player from West Roxbury, said of Providence. “The whole team, the coaching staff everything is so great.”
Another West Roxbury resident, Naughton, went 13-2 on the mound for Boston Latin as a junior last spring.
“When I went there I loved the campus and the coaching staff and everything was great,” he said of Virginia Tech. “Blacksburg is just so warming and welcoming and I loved it there.
“The competition is going to be increased dramatically. The bottom hitters aren’t going to be weak hitters. You’re going to have to pitch to every spot in the lineup like it’s the top of the order.”
Mulligan is excited to have achieved her goal of making it to a Division 1 basketball program at Umps.
“It was just such a perfect fit for me after I met the team, I just clicked with them,” she said. “It’s a huge honor. I think after all the hard work I’ve put in over the years it’s such an awesome thing to be able to say that I am doing and to compete at the next level.”
The 6-foot-2-inch junior center helped lead the Wolfpack to their first state tournament in 10 years last spring. She scored a game-high 11 points in their post-season loss to Lexington.
“I think [UMass is] going to have me move around [positions] but I’m ready to play whatever position they want me to,” she said while noting she needs to work on her strength and her jump shot. “I think the aspect of being more independent from my parents, they’ve been there the whole time, is going to be a tough transition but it should be interesting.”
Moyes and Lew are both coxswains on the Latin crew team.
“I really like the coaching staff there and I feel like when I went on my official visit I really clicked with the girls on the team,” Moyes said of URI. “And my mom actually went to Rhode Island and I just love the schools."
She said the fact that her mom also went to URI wasn't the deciding factor. It helped that
between athletic and academic scholarships Moyes has a full ride to URI.
“I chose the school because I wanted to go there but it’s also cool that [my mom] also went there,” she said.
Finally, Lew will join two other former Boston Latin rowers, Caroline Kiritsy and Rachel Wolsfelt, at Duke next fall.
“I think it’s so cool it definitely brings a bit of comfort going into Duke,” she said. “it's definitely nice to know people on the team going in. I rowed with Rachel Wolsfelt not with Caroline Kiritsy; she was older than me.
“I’m really excited. I definitely want to go premed track, definitely some sort of science but I’ll figure it out when I get there. I talked to Rachel about it and she said it’s a lot of studying and learning on your own which I think BLS has prepared me for. So I’m excited. I’ve seen Caroline and Rachel be very successful at Duke so I’m excited.”
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