Ayotte commits to Franklin Pierce

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BRATTLEBORO — During a time when Americans are giving thanks, Franklin Pierce University is grateful that Megyn Ayotte will be attending next year.

The talented Brattleboro Union High School senior signed a national letter of intent on Monday to play for the Division 2 FPU women's lacrosse team, which went 8-8 last season.

"We are so excited to bring her into our XAL Family," the Rindge, N.H. school tweeted out this week.

The Ravens are led by Maud Lonergan, who was a two-time Marble Valley League Coach of the Year during her eight seasons in charge of the BUHS girls lacrosse team.

"I'll bring athleticism and speed to FPU," remarked Ayotte, adding that she will move the ball quickly to create opportunities for her teammates and herself.

She helped the purple and white to an 8-9 record during her junior year, earning Marble Valley League First Team and All-State First Team honors.

"My best BUHS memory so far was beating Woodstock last season. We won, but it was back and forth the entire game," stated Ayotte, who scored five goals and dished out two assists during the thrilling 16-14 victory.

In June, Ayotte was one of 40 underclassmen in the state to play in the Rising Stars lacrosse game at Middlebury High School. She anchored her team's midfield in that contest, controlled several draws and tallied twice.

She is the latest Colonel to sign with a college, following former BUHS running back Cheick Diakite (Bentley University) and senior baseball star Leif Bigelow (UConn). Maddie Rollins (Longwood), Mariah Lesure (Castleton) and Sarah Clark (Castleton) are recent BUHS graduates who went on to be women's college lax stars.

"I'm majoring in Sports Management/Marketing. My career goal would be to be managing major teams and working for large sports organizations," commented the three-sport star, who is a soccer goalie in the fall and a shooting guard during the winter months.

She went off for a dozen points to help Brattleboro crush Burlington on the court in January. On the pitch, she finished with 15 saves during a 1-0 loss to defending state champion Burr and Burton in late October.


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