For so many student-athletes, National Signing Day is the culmination of hours and hours of hard work, training, discipline, individual and team success, and the official start of the next chapter of their lives.
Seven Springfield seniors marked their official commitment to play college sports by signing National Letters of Intent with their respective colleges on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Four boys' lacrosse players, two girls' lacrosse players and a field hockey player signed with exceptional universities that bring the best of both academic and athletic worlds to our athletes.
Bianca Caceci (field hockey/Alvernia), Isabelle Mastropietro (lacrosse/Temple), Julie Schickling (lacrosse/Temple), Brian Noll (lacrosse/Widener), Jack Spence (lacrosse/Lehigh), Pat Clemens (lacrosse/Saint Joseph's) and Liam DiFonzo (lacrosse/Lafayette) inked with a combined six schools, including four Division I schools and two Division III schools.
Caceci, a midfielder and defender, earned honorable mention All-Central League and All-Delco honors in the past two seasons while ranking in the top 10 in defensive saves in the Philadelphia region by philafieldhockey.com.
Mastropietro and Schickling were intrical parts of the Cougars' run to the 2017 PIAA state championship game. Mastropietro, a three-sport athlete, was a first-team lacrosse All-Delco and second-team All-Central pick a year ago as part of a 44-goal, 73-point campaign. Schickling pocketed 36 goals and 40 points to earn honorable mention All-Central and All-Delco honors.
Spence and Clemens have been cornerstones for the two-time state champion boys' lacrosse team since their freshman year, and both are also standout football players. Clemens is a rare two-time All-American defenseman going into his senior year, while Spence netted 39 goals to go with 14 assists en route to earning All-EPLCA honors.
DiFonzo tallied 28 goals to go with 12 assists a season ago to earn second-team All-Central League honors, while Noll spearheaded a stingy defense that allowed the Cougars to make the PIAA Class AA semifinals.
"We're incredibly proud of these impressive class of 2019 student-athletes for everything that they've accomplished while wearing a Springfield uniform," Springfield athletic director Glenn Mallon said. "They've been part of championship teams on the field, and in most cases, in multiple sports, and they've also been excellent students in the classroom. They truly represent everything that Springfield is about, and we wish them nothing but the best at the next level."
"It's been an unbelievable ride for these seven terrific student-athletes, and we know that they're destined to do great things at the next level," assistant athletic director and boys' lacrosse coach Tom Lemieux said. "As a coach, it's been an absolute joy to work with our four players who will play in college, especially because they're all driven, dedicated leaders who have left their mark on our program."
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