Lonergan, Williams to play lacrosse at NMH
BRATTLEBORO — Having been robbed of their senior lacrosse seasons at Brattleboro Union High School because of COVID-19 concerns, Tobin Lonergan and Gus Williams will complete their varsity lax careers at Northfield Mount Hermon next spring.
"A postgraduate year at NMH will allow me to be immersed in a high level of academics and surrounded by other similarly dedicated students. I will also have the opportunity to train and compete in a very competitive prep school conference, heavily preparing me for collegiate sports," said Williams.
The midfielder had a hat trick to lead the Colonels in last year's season opener. He later tallied twice when taking on rival Mount Anthony Union.
"Next year I will be taking a postgraduate year at Northfield Mount Hermon and then I will be playing at Colorado College after that," Lonergan stated.
The 6-1 attacker was on pace to set records at BUHS. She scored 182 goals and dished out 58 assists in her first three varsity seasons combined.
"My favorite thing about lax is being around the greatest group of girls and making the best memories while playing the sport I love," noted the girl nicknamed "Tobo."
Lonergan and Williams will spend one year at the Massachusetts prep school that has two turf fields, an ice rink, an indoor pool, a dozen tennis courts, and a boathouse on the Connecticut River.
"I'm looking forward to bringing my leadership ability (to NMH)," Williams commented. "I'm really looking to be a guy that can bring that team to the level they have been trying to reach."
He will also play soccer for the Hoggers.
"I'd say as far as pure athleticism and integrity, I looked up to Jack Price during my first three years in the BUHS soccer program. Jack was a captain of the 2018 boys soccer team here at BUHS and we were both center backs for the team that year," said the son of Benjamin and Jill Williams.
Lonergan played defense for the Colonels on the ice, helping them to a home semifinal game in 2019. Her BUHS girls lacrosse team reached the Final 4 the year before that.
"I always loved the bus rides and all the singing and dancing that happened after wins. So many amazing memories were made from these years playing as a Colonel, and I couldn't have wished for a better group of girls to do it alongside of," she explained.
At Colorado College, Lonergan will either major in Early Childhood Education or Psychology. She would like to become a teacher or else a counselor of some sort.
"I'm looking to play lacrosse at the next level. That is the sport I have been very dedicated to over the past couple of years. I started playing in the eighth grade and just loved the game," said Williams. "I love soccer too, but there's something about lacrosse that I've just latched onto. It's fast paced, super physical, and incorporates aspects from so many other sports."
Things won't quite be the same at NMH for the Guilford resident, who will definitely miss having his twin brother around.
"It's going to be a huge change to not be at school with Luke next year, but I think we are both prepared for it," Williams mentioned. "We've gotten a lot closer in the last couple years of high school."
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