On Tuesday, November 13, thousands of high-school student-athletes around the country signed National Letters of Intent, committing to Division I college athletic programs. Four of those who signed are Rivers seniors, all of them thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue their sport at the next level.
“Boston College represented a community I desperately wanted to be part of,” says Annabelle Hasselbeck ’20, who will play lacrosse in the school’s highly successful program. For Hasselbeck, it’s not just about the athletics: “I found the school to have a perfect balance of hard-working scholars, dedicated athletes, and genuinely kind people.”
Riley Van Duzer ’20 was drawn to Bryant University, where he will also play lacrosse, by the values and approach of the school’s coach. “He is a very old-school personality. The intangible qualities are what he looks for in his players, and he wants them to leave the team better men, not just better lacrosse players,” says Van Duzer.
Aidan Davock ’20, who will compete in soccer at Colgate, says, “I decided to commit to Colgate due to the similarities between Colgate and Rivers. Both are small communities with small class sizes and a beautiful campus.”
The fourth student, Addy Vettel ’20, will run cross-country at Northwestern. Vettel recently won the ISL girls’ championship race.
All the students are excited about the opportunity to up their game. Says Van Duzer, “I am looking forward to the competition it will bring. The team atmosphere at Bryant is extremely competitive, and the players are always looking to push each other to the next level.” Hasselbeck, whose sister Mallory ’21 has also committed to playing lacrosse at BC, says, “My goal is to win multiple national championships with my best friends and have an amazing time doing so.” And Davock is eagerly anticipating “the high level of competition and having teammates to push me to become better.”
The student-athletes are also grateful for the good preparation they received at Rivers, on and off the field. “Rivers has taught me the importance of being a dedicated, hard-working athlete, and having fun while doing so,” says Hasselbeck. “My teammates have made every season of my Rivers athletic career extremely enjoyable. I look forward to going to practice because I love being with my teammates. And I am very thankful to my coaches for believing in me and encouraging me through everything.”
Adds Davock, “Attending Rivers has developed my skills immensely due to the high level of competition in the ISL, the high expectations at every practice, and coaches that truly care for your development as a team and an individual.”
Having four students signed to DI programs speaks well of Rivers athletics, says Athletics Director Bob Pipe. “I’m very proud of these students,” he says. But, Pipe adds, kudos are deserved all around: “All of our student-athletes give 100 percent every day and truly understand the meaning of teamwork. Every one of them owns a share of our tremendous success.”