Connetquot sending 37 athletes to play in college; here’s where they’re going


A whopping 37 athletes from Connetquot High School’s Class of 2022 are set to continue playing sports in college, the school district announced.

At Connetquot’s recent College Recognition Ceremony for Athletes, the graduating seniors announced their intentions to keep participating in their sports at NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III programs, as well as at junior college programs.

Peter Melore, director of health, physical education, athletics and recreation at Connetquot, suggested to the group that college athletics will feel “business-like” but that the key to their success will be to “go back to your foundation” and talk to their support structure. Connetquot hosts its 2022 commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 23.

Here’s a breakdown of the college-bound athletes, the sports they’re playing and where they’re going to college.

Division I

Madeline Barget – track – Lafayette College

Morgan Cassidy – swim and dive – Marist College

Madeleine DiGaetano – soccer – Wagner College

Shaun Hill – lacrosse – Long Island University

Ryan Iocca – cross-country – University of Albany

Ben Lillie – volleyball – Sacred Heart University

Julia Mansfield – cross-country – Hofstra University

Laney Schmitz – soccer – Marist College

Division II

Ava Boldi – soccer – American International College

Heather Dent – field hockey – Molloy College

Joanna Forrest – volleyball – The College of Saint Rose

Martin Halinski – lacrosse – Dominican College

Kevin Johnson – soccer – Queens College

Aidan Mallon – track – Dominican College

Rita-Marie Masi – soccer – Mercy College

Division III and JUCO

Joseph Boutros – football – Nassau Community College

Sal Castellano – lacrosse – United States Merchant Marine Academy

Emily Crain – softball – St. Lawrence University

Makayla Doscher – soccer – Farmingdale

Joseph Fazzingo – lacrosse – Farmingdale

Karina Fitzpatrick – swim and dive – Hartwick College

Cailin Hall – softball – Oneonta

Brynne Harrington – cheer – Cortland

Jessica Hendricks – swim and dive – Buffalo State

Nick LaMantia – football – Utica University

Matthew Maloney – lacrosse – Western Connecticut State University

Ariana Palminteri – softball – Buffalo State

Christian Paredes – wrestling – Rhode Island College

Gabby Pinero – soccer – Farmingdale

Alan Rodrigues – football – Salve Regina University

Dominic Ruggiero – volleyball – St. Joseph’s University, New York

Jake Steffens – lacrosse – Oswego

Brayden Stellwagen – lacrosse – St. Joseph’s University, New York

Ryan Waring – baseball – PolyTech

Brian Zecchini – lacrosse – Oneonta

Top photo: Connetquot High School Principal Michael Moran, left, and athletic director Peter Melore, right, are pictured with student-athletes who announced their intent to continue their sports on the college, university and junior college levels. (Courtesy of the Connetquot Central School District)