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Class of 2018 Student-Athletes Competing at the National Level
Posted 03/02/2018 08:57AM

Nationally, about 7% of high school student-athletes go on to compete at the college level. The Class of 2018 boasts four student-athletes who have already committed to playing sports at the college they are attending. They will take the skills – athletically, academically, and personally – that they have developed at LCA to make an impact on their college teams and campuses.

Mikayla Cravens has been a two sport Varsity athlete at LCA over her high school career – captaining both the Girls’ Varsity Cross Country and Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse teams in her senior seasons. Mikayla has committed to attend Gordon College next year and will be a vital part of the Fighting Scots Women’s Lacrosse program. Cravens is a three-time Eastern Independent League All-League Award winner for Cross Country (2015, 2016, 2017) as well as a NEPSTA All-Star for each of those three years. This past lacrosse season, Mikayla was named Eastern Independent League Honorable Mention for Girls’ Lacrosse and was awarded the team Most Valuable Player Award as she led the Lady Lions with 56 goals in her senior season. Mikayla was also awarded the LCA 2017-18 Girls’ Sports Award – voted on by the entire LCA coaching staff. 

Gordon College Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jane Ward is excited to have Mikayla join the Fighting Scots saying, “I think she’s a great fit for our team. I’m planning on having her play attack. Her athleticism and hard work are going to be a great addition to our team and help us continue to grow as a program.” 

Mikayla Cravens '18 has committed to play lacrosse at Gordon College. 

Anyone who knows Marc Metivier, knows he is a ball player. His athleticism was showcased on the soccer and baseball fields at LCA, but his passion is baseball. Earlier this school year, surrounded by family, friends, his teachers and coaches, Marc signed his National Letter of Intent to attend and play baseball at Assumption College. During his LCA Baseball career, Marc has been a leader and true competitor.

In 2016 he was awarded the team Most Improved Player Award and in 2017 Marc was named Eastern Independent League Honorable Mention and team co-Most Valuable Player. His junior season was something special as he led the team with 20 hits and 15 runs scored while going a perfect 28 for 28 in stolen base attempts. His best pitching performance of the season was against Pingree when he pitched 6 innings without giving up an earned run. Marc’s senior year was greatly affected by multiple injuries, but he led his team as a captain and when he was able play through injury, he did everything he could to will his team to victory.

Assumption College Head Baseball Coach Mike Rocco believes Marc can make a difference on the Greyhounds even as a freshman saying, “When Marc comes here next year, he will be a pitcher for us. Some things that we really liked about him is that he is a smart kid, he is a hard worker, and he is such a good athlete. We feel confident in what we have seen him in high school and summer ball that he is a kid that can help us right away next year. We are excited about him!”

Marc Metivier '18 has committed to play baseball at Assumption College.

Sophia Petrillo has been involved with gymnastics for most of her life. She has competed at numerous regional and national competitions while training at the world renown Brestyan's American Gymnastics Club in Burlington. All the hours in the gym and hard work have paid off as Sophia signed her commitment to attend and compete at Brown University next year.

In her final Junior Olympic competitions this year, Sophia finished 10th overall in the State and 16th at Regionals to qualify for the National Junior Olympic Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio this past May where she finished tied for 26th overall. An outstanding student as well, Sophia completed an Advanced Senior Research project this year where she conducted a literary review, designed a medical research survey, and wrote a scientific research manuscript entitled “Contributing Factors to Overuse Injuries.” Sophia was also the Salutatorian for the Class of 2018.

Brown University’s Women’s Gymnastics Coach, Sara Carver-Milne, said of Sophia, “I am thrilled she will be joining our team this upcoming school year! Sophia is a tremendous student-athlete. She has demonstrated a solid balance between strong academics and Junior Olympic National Championship level gymnastics. Sophia's character, discipline, positive attitude and drive make her a great fit for our program. She will be a dedicated teammate and a huge asset to the Brown community, on and off the competition floor.”

Sophia Petrillo '18 has committed to compete in gymnastics at Brown University. 

For three years LCA Lady Lions Varsity Softball has had a rock in the middle infield. Elizabeth Stern has seen it all over her three-year career at LCA. She has learned to effectively lead a young group of Lady Lions over the past two years. Under her leadership the team has grown and improved. As a sophomore, Elizabeth was the starting second baseman for the 2016 EIL Undefeated Champions and although her teams fell short of that title the last two seasons, she has certainly left her mark on the program.

In her junior and senior seasons, Elizabeth was named Eastern Independent League Honorable Mention and as a senior, was named team captain and awarded the team Superior Dedication Award. Elizabeth led the Lady Lions Softball team with a .522 batting average and recorded a home run in her final LCA game – a 17-0 victory over Bradford Christian on Senior Day! Her athletic endeavors have led her to the opportunity to play softball at Gallaudet College next year.

The Bison Women’s Softball Coach, Justen Burns is looking forward to having Elizabeth on the team stating, “I'm thrilled that Elizabeth committed to us. I can see that she brings a high level of standards and commitment to the softball field.  I know Elizabeth will come in working hard and college ready, and she will bring another level of competitiveness to our already strong infield.” 

Elizabeth Stern has committed to play softball at Gallaudet College. 

The Lions Athletic Department is excited and proud of these student-athletes who have made collegiate athletic commitments. “I am thrilled that a school and program of our size can produce students-athletes who go on to compete at the college level – not just because of their athletic ability, but their dedication, work ethic, and passion for their sport. I know these members of the Class of 2018 will represent LCA well and we are their biggest supporters,” said LCA Athletic Director, Ryan Patrie ’03. Congratulations to Mikayla, Marc, Sophia, and Elizabeth on your collegiate athletic commitments and thank you for all your hard work while leading as a student-athlete at LCA.

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