Knights show great intentions; Five student-athletes sign letters of intent during early signing period

“We’ve had four of our guys over the last few years, and that shows the direction that the program is going,” said Chase. “It shows that we’re starting to get some of those athletic kids from baseball into lacrosse. It shows that the kids are buying into the program that we’ve put together. It also shows the work that my assistant coaches have done to help these kids get where they are. I’m proud of them.”

It wasn’t a big surprise that Cop and Lange were sought after by Division I schools because both have been varsity players since their freshmen seasons.

Cop burst onto the scene with 26 goals his first season and rallied for 23 as a sophomore when Southington was struggling after graduating one of their top classes. Lasts year, he averaged three goals and one and half assists per game as he led the team in goals (52), assists (28), and points (80). The third year varsity player also ranked fourth in ground balls (43) as the clear leader for the Knights.

“He was unstoppable. He was one of the best attackmen in the state,” said Chase. “He was a leader on the field, and a workhorse in practice. When the chips were down, he was always picking the guys up. With some people, you can say that this is a really big surprise. Not with Kevin. It was apparent in the youth league that he was going to be doing this.”

Sacred Heart and the University of Hartford were among a list of four or five schools that showed interest in the Southignton scorer, but Cop chose Quinnipiac for their business school and a coaching staff that has helped him during off-season workouts on club teams.

“I liked the school and the student life there,” he said. “I just liked their program the best.”

Chase said that Lange is no surprise, either. The defenseman has only scored once during his three year varsity career, but his athleticism and teamwork has anchored the Knights. Lange chose Sacred Heart despite a change in the coaching staff, but Chase said that it won’t pose any problems for his defensive star.

“When he came in as a freshman, nobody knew anything about him. He had only been playing lacrosse for a few years, but he was just so athletic I couldn’t not have him on the varsity team,” said the coach. “He was on our man-down unit, and that’s a pretty big thing for a freshman. That unit is pretty elite. You’re a man down. You’re playing against at least one or two more players on the other team. From there on, he’s been one of the smartest lacrosse players that I’ve ever had.”

Lange chose Sacred Heart for their campus, the proximity to his family, and the school’s programs for marketing and sales.

“As soon as I stood on campus, I fell in love with the school,” he said. “When the whole coaching thing went on, I began to second guess myself, but I went onto campus again and I fell in love again. I love the academics and where it is. It’s close, and my parents can come and watch me play.”

Sydney Ferrante, softball

In the 2013 Class LL softball championship game, Sydney Ferrante made three tough infield stops as Southington clawed their way to a 1-0 victory, and that’s one reason why Northern Kentucky University fell in love with Southington’s storied shortstop.

For three seasons, she’s anchored the Knights defensively. For three years, she’s led them at the plate. On Friday, Nov. 15, Ferrante signed her letter of intent to play for the Norse next season.

“Sydney’s extremely athletic, and she’s worked extremely hard. She deserves everything that she gets,” said former Lady Knight coach John Bores. “What they really liked about her is her versatility. She can play wherever they need her in the infield. She can play anywhere in the outfield. That gives them a lot of options in the way they use her.”

Since 2011, Ferrante has been powering the Knights. She batted .369 as a freshman, .453 as a sophomore, and .467 in her junior season. Over 70 games as a Lady Knight, Ferrante has collected 109 hits, 38 extra base hits, 86 runs, and 112 RBI. As a junior, she tied the program record for RBI (46). Last season, she broke it with 49.

The University of Massachusetts and Fordham University showed interest, but Ferrante decided to head south and Northern Kentucky scored the victory. Ferrante will embrace a course of study in exercise sciences.

“I loved their campus,” she said. “They’re five miles from Cincinnati. Being near the city but not in the city with all the distractions was really important for me. I loved their location, their campus, and the programs there are incredible.”

Bores said that he enjoys watching his student go on to play in college as much as winning state titles.

“Any time you see a kid be successful and win a D-I scholarship, it’s special,” he said. “It’s like winning a state championship to me. I’m like a proud parent,” said Bores. “She’s one of the best hitters that I’ve ever coached.”

Carolynn Keal, Lacrosse

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