Earlier this month, three Niskayuna student athletes signed their letters of intent to play Division I athletics at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Maryland, and Merrimac College. They joined three of their Niskayuna classmates who signed their National Letters of Intent to play Division I athletics last November.
As they signed their letters on Friday, February 7, Meghan Doyle (soccer, Notre Dame), Caroline Hanks (field hockey, Maryland), and Kelly Hartlage (soccer and track, Merrimack) were surrounded by their families and Niskayuna coaches. Niskayuna High School Principal John Rickert formally presented the letter of intent to each student athlete.
Similar ceremonies took place across the country on the national signing days in November and February. For the students, this represents potential funding for tuition, room and board, and other expenses, as well as the opportunity to pursue a degree and compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.
Here is a brief profile of each of the three student athletes:
Meghan Doyle: Letter of Intent to attend the University of Notre Dame
Meghan was 4-year varsity girls' soccer player. She finished her career with 61 goals and 36 assists in 71 games. She was named an All-American, Section 2 Class AA co-player of the year, and Suburban Council Player of the Year after the 2013 season. The Schenectady Gazette called her the "most dangerous offensive player in the area." She is an honors student who will continue her studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her parents are Chris and Paula Doyle.
Caroline Hanks: Letter of Intent to attend the University of Maryland
Caroline has scored 32 goals with 23 assists in her varsity field hockey career. She was a 4-time participant in the Suburban Council Championships from 2010-2013, and a member of the 2012 Suburban Council Championship and State Class A finalist team. She was named a first team Suburban Council all star after both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Her parents are Paul and Susan Hanks.
Kelly Hartlage: Letter of Intent to attend Merrimack College
Kelly is in the midst of a 4-year athletic career at Niskayuna High School
where she has been a standout in two sports, soccer and track. She will be
signing to compete in both sports at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. She was
a 2-year starter in soccer where she scored 10 goals and had 12 assists. She was
named an all-Suburban Council performer this past season. In track, she is a
standout sprinter who set the freshmen record in the 4x400 meters in outdoor and
placed second in sectionals in indoor as a sophomore. Her parents are James and