MVRHS sports stars Abby Marchand and Addy Hayman signed letters of intent Tuesday to take their athleticism to the next level.
Abby will play field hockey for Connecticut College, and Addy will take her lacrosse skills to Middlebury College in Vermont. Both players are multisport athletes, and both say they will miss their time out on the high school field.
“I am really going to miss the Island community. All my teachers and coaches over the years have been so good to me,” Abby said. “I am so happy to be able to keep playing.”
Addy said she is also going to miss her teammates, her friends, and her coaches — including her father, who coaches the high school lacrosse team: “All my coaches have been so great and encouraging. I am going to miss my dad out on the sidelines every day. It’s going to be really hard to move on, but I can’t wait.”
For the two girls, college is the next big step in their sports careers. “I am excited to get the opportunity to compete at that level,” Addy said. “I can’t believe it’s finally here.”
Recently retired field hockey Coach Lisa Knight said a few tearful words honoring the girls and their dedication to that sport.
“These are two very special young ladies,” Knight said. “Both are four-year players and captains of the field hockey team — they are my big girls.”
Knight addressed each athlete directly, highlighting their strengths, both on and off the field: “She [Abby] has intensity that you cannot teach, and she is going to excel.” Knight said, “The coaches at Connecticut College are getting a gem. You have left a void out on that field that will never be filled.”
Head lacrosse Coach Kurstin Moore praised Addy for her athleticism and her passion. “You are an exceptional player, and I am so proud of you,” she said. “Middlebury is going to enjoy having you on the field, and it’s not super far away, so I can come and watch you play.”
Lee Hayman said she is excited to watch her sister play at Middlebury.
“She’s my sister, she is my teammate, she is my best friend. She made me such a better player, and she broke all my records, which I love and hate,” she joked.
Lacrosse coach and proud father Bob Hayman said it has always been Addy’s dream to make it to the college level, and now that dream has become a reality.