Governor’s Celebrates NCAA Division I-bound Athletes

Governor’s Celebrates NCAA Division I-bound Athletes

Before a crowd of families, coaches, teammates, classmates, teachers, and friends in the Peter Marshall French Student Center, ten members of The Governor’s Academy Class of 2024 celebrated their commitment to play NCAA Division I athletics next year. Representing six Governor’s athletic teams, these athletes demonstrate the strength of the Academy’s athletic program and we are proud of their accomplishments.

“Governor’s Athletics congratulates these ten excellent athletes who have given so much to our school and will continue to make us proud as they play for their colleges next year,” said Director of Afternoon Programs and Athletics Claudia Asano Barcomb. Athletes were celebrated individually and had the opportunity to have photographs taken with their families, coaches, and teammates.

Members of the Class of 2024 who plan to play NCAA Division III athletics will be recognized in a celebration later in this school year.

Read about each of the NCAA Division I-bound athletes below:

Lila Graves ’24 of Manchester, Massachusetts will compete in track and field next year at Davidson College. Lila has competed in a slew of different events throughout her four years on The Governor’s Academy’s track and field team. She currently ranks in the top five in team history for the high hurdles, long jump, and triple jump. During the 2023 season, she was second in the ISL in the long jump, and she was third in New England in both the long and the triple jump. She has been named a captain for the 2024 season due to her commitment to the sport and her teammates.

Addison Jay ’24 of Burlington, Massachusetts will play field hockey next year at Boston University. Addy arrived at Govs in 2021 and has been an intimidating and confident presence on the field ever since. She is relentless and incredibly hard to defend. She was elected captain for her senior year. Addy plays club field hockey for the East Coast Wizards. She also plays ice hockey and softball for Governor’s, and will be a twelve-season letter winner. In addition to being a captain of the field hockey team, Addy will serve as a captain for the softball team and an assistant captain for the ice hockey team.

Hunter Kingsbury ’24 of Byfield, Massachusetts will play baseball next year at Bryant University. Hunter is a dynamic ballplayer who can impact the game all over the field. Hunter's strong arm, agile feet, and swift stride allow him to consistently execute in the infield or outfield. He is a dangerous hitter too: he can work a walk, split the outfield gaps, or clear the fence with his powerful and smooth left-handed swing. Hunter's elite base-running instincts make him a constant threat on the basepaths. He will lead his team as captain this spring. Hunter played summer ball with the New England Expos.

Tyler Maille ’24 of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts will play lacrosse next year at Merrimack College. A three-year starter on the varsity lacrosse team, Tyler is a strong and physical attackman who never shies away from contact. He is one of the top finishers in the ISL and was named All-ISL Honorable Mention last season after he racked up 31 goals and 14 assists. Tyler plays club lacrosse for the New England Twisters. 

Colin Maloney ’24 of Topsfield, Massachusetts will play lacrosse next year at Marquette University. Colin is the true definition of a “late bloomer”. It was only two years ago that he picked up a long pole for the first time and began playing defense. Colin took off with this transition and there is no question that his best lacrosse is ahead of him. He is a tenacious defender who is a threat to push in transition at all times and is always in the mix to pick up ground balls off the wing. Colin plays club lacrosse for the New England Twisters. 

Christian Oliveira ’24 of Somerville, Massachusetts will play baseball next year at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Christian is an exceptional athlete who possesses the rare physical talent and skill to be recruited both as a position player and a pitcher. Christian's bat is powerful and consistent, and he has strong base running instincts and speed. On the mound, Christian's arm has produced fastballs that have registered 92 mph; however, unlike many high school power pitchers, he pairs this power with swing-and-miss off-speed pitches and an excellent feel for the zone, rarely yielding walks to opposing hitters. Christian played summer ball with Apex Academy.

Reese Pascucci ’24 of North Andover, Massachusetts will play ice hockey next year at Sacred Heart University.  Reese is a disciplined defenseman on the ice with a strong shot and excellent 1v1 skills. She has played club hockey for New England Elite throughout her high school career. Reese was elected ice hockey captain for her senior year. She also plays soccer and lacrosse and will be a twelve-season letter winner at Govs.

Cam Russo ’24 of Middleton, Massachusetts will play ice hockey at Brown University. Cam Russo has been a positive addition to the Governor's community and hockey program since joining us in the fall of 2020. Cam has excelled on the ice and led our program offensively each season. Cam's skill set, vision, and offensive ability have distinguished him as one of
the best forwards in NEPSAC hockey. As a senior, Cam will lead his team as a captain. We are excited to follow Cam's success not only this season, but in his years ahead at Brown University.

Riley Thurston ’24 of Hampton, New Hampshire will play field hockey at Lehigh University. Riley is a disciplined and selfless player with a work ethic to be admired. She is as competitive as it comes and gives us depth in many positions and can play both sides of the ball perfectly. She has played for Seacoast United throughout her high school career. Riley was elected captain for her senior year and she is also on the golf team.

Ethan Winterbottom ’24 of Plainfield, Illinois will play lacrosse at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Ethan is one of the top defenders in the ISL. He is continuously matched up with the opposing team’s best player and more often than not, he comes out on top. His physicality, discipline, and overall knowledge of the game cause countless issues for the opponent. Ethan was named both All-ISL Honorable Mention and All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention while being voted captain by his teammates. Ethan plays club lacrosse for True Illinois. 

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