When Lily Shannon ‘22 graduates from The Governor’s Academy this May, she’ll have 12 varsity letters. It comes as no surprise, then, that she made history this winter when she joined an elite group of players in Governor’s hockey history to reach 100 points. Shannon made her impressive 100th point as an assist during a game against Kents Hill School in December.
Shannon attributes her 100 point success to her team and her coaches, Head Coach Claudia Asano Barcomb and Assistant Coach Babe Ceglarski P’02,‘04,‘11. Describing her team as a family, she says it is a close knit group that has a lot of fun and works hard.
"Reaching 100 points in your Govs career is a big deal. She is one of a few hockey players to ever achieve this — truly amazing and a testament to her work ethic and talent,” says Coach Barcomb.
She’s in good company in the 100-point club, according to Coach Ceglarski. “Lily joins an illustrious collection of players to crack the 100-point barrier. She developed into a goal scorer before she came here and achieved these numbers in a COVID-19 shortened season during her junior year.” Former 100-point club members include Olympic athlete Alex Carpenter ‘11 and Brandy Fisher ‘94, the first player to win the Patty Kazmaier Trophy, presented annually to the top player in the NCAA Division I women’s hockey.
Shannon has been playing ice hockey since the age of seven. She watched her brother play and “knew right away” that she wanted to play herself. Ever since that day, she says hockey has been a huge part of her life.
A consummate student athlete, Shannon has been a starter for all 12 of her 12 varsity teams during her Govs career, all while maintaining a difficult course load and receiving great grades. The quality of her education was an important factor in her decision to come to Govs in the first place. Shannon said she wasn’t feeling challenged enough academically or athletically at her local high school during her ninth grade year. After connecting with Coach Barcomb and looking more seriously at Govs, she transferred here, repeating her ninth grade year. Shannon says, “I believe in the importance of getting a good education. I wanted to challenge myself in the classroom and not just on the ice. Even when I was choosing where to go to college, I selected a school not only for their hockey program, but for their academics as well.” Shannon will continue her ice hockey career at NCAA Division 1 Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts this fall, having committed to the school in her junior year.