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Five Student Athletes Sign with Division I & Division II Schools

Five of Aquinas Institute’s most gifted senior athletes signed national letters of intent to play Division I and Division II collegiate sports on Wednesday, February 6. Among those students, were Danielle Hartman, Maeghan Kennard, Mickey Knapp, Regan Nugent and Caron Robinson.

Danielle Hartman will attend Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania where she will play Division II soccer for the Lakers. She has had a starting position on the Aquinas varsity soccer team throughout her four years of high school. She was Rookie of the Year in 2015, Second Team Private Parochial player, State Champion for her club team, Empire United, and made it to the Regional finals two consecutive years. Last year she played for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, traveling all across the country to play. This past season she was named captain of Aquinas’ girls varsity soccer team. Danielle is a member of National Honor Society, St. Thomas Club, and maintains a 94 grade point average. She volunteers annually with ARC of Ontario to benefit adults with special needs and is interested in pursuing sports medicine or criminal justice for her college studies.
 
Maeghan Kennard will attend Saint Michael’s College in Vermont this fall where she will play Division I hockey for the Purple Knights. She has been part of the Aquinas varsity hockey team for five years, serving as a captain her senior season. Throughout her Aquinas career, Maeghan was awarded Rookie of the Year, and has been named a scholar athlete each season. She has won state championships and attended nationals playing for the Rochester Monarchs and the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles, and attended the U18 US National Development Camp following her sophomore year. Maeghan also plays volleyball and softball for Aquinas, serving as a varsity softball captain since her junior year. She is a member of the National Honor Society and maintains a 99.89 average.

Mickey Knapp will be attending Niagara University to continue her academic and athletic career playing Division I lacrosse for the Purple Eagles. Mickey has played four years on Aquinas’ varsity girls lacrosse team, and has been named a scholar athlete each year. In her sophomore year she received the most improved player award as nominated by her teammates, and has held a leadership role as team captain both her junior and senior years. In addition to playing for the Li’l Irish, Mickey also plays for local travel club, Relentless Hustle. Mickey is active off the field as a member of Aquinas’ National Honor Society, Sisters of Saint Joseph Women’s Leadership Program, and the school’s Executive Council where she serves as Vice President.
 
Regan Nugent will attend Niagara University this fall to study Marketing and play Division I soccer. Regan has played varsity soccer since she was a freshman and has twice been named Second Team Private Parochial Player. As a senior, Regan took on a leadership role as team captain, was named First Team Private Parochial Player, and was also an All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention pick. Regan has played Premiere Soccer since the age of 10 earning a roster spot on the New York West Region 1 team that traveled to Arizona to compete in the Olympic Development Program Final Four National Championship. She also played for the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy during its inaugural year. Regan plays lacrosse and basketball for the Li’l Irish and was named captain at the JV level for both sports. Regan is a scholar athlete and enjoys her role as a Student Ambassador at Aquinas.  

Caron Robinson will attend the University of Buffalo this fall where he will play Division I football. Throughout his four-year varsity football career Caron has twice been named First Team All-Greater Rochester, was voted most valuable player his sophomore year, and was named Fourth Team All-State his junior year and First Team All-State his senior year. Caron’s awards include co-defensive lineman of the year 2017, most outstanding player 2018 and New York State High School Football Coaches Association Class AA Player of the Year. As a senior, he was named captain of the varsity team. Caron has great passion for the game and has volunteered many hours in youth football camps at Aquinas. He plans to study Art and Design at UB.


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