Congratulations to three Minisink Valley seniors who have signed Division I/II NCAA National Letters of Intent (NLI):
Division I women’s lacrosse, Central Connecticut University
“Krista has been an integral part of our 2022 division championship as well as the 2021 and 2023 Section IX championships teams. a four year varsity starter and team captain,” said Coach Chris Burger. “Her contribution on the defense has been so consistent and strong since she’s started that she is simply expected to deliver at a high level in each game and she does! She has great ball awareness, stick skills and body positioning. This results in knock downs and turn overs. She works hard during the season and in the off-season and because of her focus and work ethic she continues to get better year over year. We look forward to her continued growth as a captain in her senior year and know she will help us continue to strive for the next level in the spring season and through her college career.”
Lily Rodriguez, Division II women’s soccer, University of Bridgeport
“I have witnessed her develop through her soccer career since Intermediate School, said Coach Theresa Uhelsky. “Over her five years of playing varsity soccer, she has undoubtedly demonstrated dedication and commitment to the sport. Her growth from the Intermediate School to her current position is a testament to her passion for the game. She is a true leader, friend, and valued teammate. Lily’s role as varsity captain for two years speaks volumes about her leadership skills and her ability to inspire and motivate her teammates. A true leader not only excels on the field but also fosters a positive and cohesive team environment, and Lily’s leadership has done that for the Varsity Girls Soccer Program. Those who have seen Lily play, admire her foot skills and ability to keep possession of the soccer ball. Her proficiency in maintaining possession of the soccer ball, even when double or triple-marked, is a remarkable feat and shows her exceptional ball-handling skills. Her ability to act as a playmaker from the midfield highlights her deep understanding of the game.”
Ben Salamone, Division II men’s lacrosse at Mercy University
At Minisink Valley, he was named to the All-Division first team and All-Section second team in 2022; and the first team for All-Division, Division and All-Section in 2023. Ben recorded 69 goals and 43 assists totaling 112 points.
“Ben is a member of our program that has led by example for the past two years both on and off the field,” said Coach Chad Lakeman, “He’s a hard worker and that has shown in both his athletic and academic achievements. Examples include countless hours of travel and training time to try and reach the next level of his game as well as striving to achieve high honor roll all of High School while also achieving the NYS Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish. Ben has been a great volunteer coach with our youth program helping to give back to his community. He will be a great addition to the Mavericks.”