PCHS LAX players sign for college
November 18, 2014
Coming off a season in which the Park City High School boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams both won state championships, a couple key members of those squads have decided where they’ll continue their lacrosse careers in college.
Hannah Hyatt, a midfielder for the girls’ team, will play college lacrosse at Boston College, a highly-ranked Division I school that competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Chad Merrick, a midfielder for the boys’ team, will play at Colorado Mesa University, a rising program in Division II.
For Hyatt, who has played in several tournaments across the country and even a couple international tournaments in the past year, playing on the big stage was something that drew her to Boston College, a highly competitive program in a conference with several powerhouses.
"As of right now, [Boston College] is ranked fifth [in the nation]," she said. "They play in the ACC, which is said to be the toughest conference. They have a lot of the big schools that always make it to the championships."
So, when she got the offer, she jumped at it.
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"They saw me at a tournament and when I went and visited, I fell in love with everything there," she said. "What I love about the program is how often the underclassmen play. That’s what caught my eye the most when I committed."
Freshman year, Hyatt hopes to get some playing time and to learn the ropes from the older players.
"Playing with girls at a higher level has always made me play better," she said. "It pushes me to play my best and really try to do new things."
Now all that’s left for Hyatt is to keep her grades up during her senior year at PCHS so she can suit up for the Eagles next season.
"School-wise, I can’t let up," she said. "What I’m signing isn’t the national letter of intent. It’s a different letter that states that I get in if I keep my grades up my senior year."
For Merrick, the decision to attend Colorado Mesa University was an easy one.
"I’ve been talking to the coach for a long time and he just made an offer that was better than any other I had," he said.
Now he hopes to help the Mavericks’ program continue to grow.
"They’re rising and they’re getting better," he said. "They had a pretty good year last year and they’re getting better recruiting classes."
Though he’s excited to begin his college career next year, Merrick said he’s still got a lot of work left to do at PCHS.
"I’m still going to try super hard this year," he said. "I want to win state my senior year. That would be fun and going back-to-back would be awesome."