Ayotte, Lonergan to join forces

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BRATTLEBORO — There's one thing that Megyn Ayotte can count on during her freshman season with the Franklin Pierce University women's lacrosse team next spring.

A catchy nickname.

The 2018 Brattleboro Union High School graduate will be playing for former BUHS coach Maud Lonergan, who seems to give a good moniker to everyone on the roster.

Mad Dog, Bam-Bam, Goose, Razor, T-Bone and Sharky were some of her creations with the Colonels in 2012.

"I have watched her development for the past three years, and we are excited here at Franklin Pierce about her commitment to our program. Our staff is looking forward to her contribution to our success in the next four years as we climb through the ranks in the NE10," said Lonergan, who is entering her fourth season with the Ravens.

Ayotte racked up 64 goals, 18 assists, 81 ground balls and 78 draw controls in her senior season with the Colonels. She was also selected as an All-American.

"My best memory from this season was when we beat MAU at home, because we hadn't been able to do that in a long time," said the talented midfielder. "Also, getting a semifinal game that was home will always be a great memory because it was the first time in the school's history for girls lacrosse."

Brattleboro earned that right via a thrilling 8-7 victory over Rutland in a quarterfinal, with Ayotte's free position goal in the second overtime being the difference.

"Ayotte's competitive mindset is driving her game to the next level. She has speed through the midfield, and is a solid player in both zones," stated Lonergan, adding that she makes smart decisions with her ball handling on attack.

She reached the 100-goal milestone in her high school career, helping the Colonels to a 14-4 record this year and the No. 2 seed in the Division 1 Tournament.

"The biggest thing I'll miss about high school lacrosse is my teammates and the connections and memories we had," noted Ayotte, who could be known simply as 'Yacht' once she starts turning heads at Sodexo Field in Rindge, N.H.


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