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ATHLETICS

Welcome to the Athletics pages of the Portsmouth Abbey School website. For Portsmouth Abbey School student-athletes, the rewards of athletics participation are immediate and enduring. Our co-curricular athletics program provides a balance to the academic and spiritual life on campus and helps to promote a sense of community.





ATHLETICS NEWS

Four Abbey athletes spent four days in Marlboro, MA, last week to attend the most comprehensive NCAA exposure event of the summer: NCD Hockey Camp. Dan Sliney '18 (forward), Jake Horoho '18 (goalie), Curtis Birthwright '19 (defense), and Jacob Tilvey '19 (forward) attended the camp. Held at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, MA, the camp consisted of four days of intense hockey and conditioning. Well over 20 NCAA coaches were present. Coach Allie Skelley has been part of the camp's coaching staff for 12 years. The camp began in New Jersey as a way to expose students to New England Boarding School, and grew to become NCAA-focused. "It's a good opportunity for the students to work one-on-one with college coaches," Coach Skelly says. He is currently the only prep-school coach on the staff; the rest are all college-level. "I think it helps the students that I'm there," he says. "It allows me to talk to the coaches about my players, too." The camp began on Sunday with two day skates and a night game. The following days were packed from start to finish, including off-ice conditioning, morning practice, afternoon small games skate and a game to finish off the day. In addition, daily coaches' seminars took place informing students and parents what it took to be a college athlete, the proper procedure for contacting coaches, and picking the right school. "Overall, it was a great team bonding experience for all of us and we had a lot of fun," Dan Sliney, who will serve as Captain for the 2017 season, says. "The camp was both a testing of our playing ability and being able to push ourselves to the limit." The final day of the camp consisted of two games, with the winner moving on to the "Championship." The Abbey players' team won both games. More than just a hockey conditioning camp, this opportunity gave students a chance to play in front of NCAA coaches in a unique way. Each camper has significant practice and game time with every coach, which helps coaches see a prospect outside of a single-game performance. With such significant exposure to coaches, they are able to take work ethic and character into consideration along with sport-specific talent. In addition, the seminars ensured that students - and their parents - are well-informed about the recruiting and application process, so each player is able to make a wise and informed decision when the time comes. "Many of our teammates attend New England prep schools, and it was interesting comparing schools and bonding with guys we played throughout the prep hockey season," says Jake Horoho. "It was a great experience that I would recommend to any serious hockey player."
US Lacrosse has recognized three senior Portsmouth Abbey Boys' Lacrosse players for their performances on and off the field. The Abbey won the EIL Championship and finished 13-2 overall. ​Dan Locke of Warwick, RI received US Lacrosse All-American Honors. Locke was a four-year starter for the Ravens. As a defender, he averaged eight groundballs per game this spring. Dan Locke will be continuing his playing career next year at College of the Holy Cross. ​Matt Plumb of Portsmouth, RI was recognized by US Lacrosse as an Academic All-American. Plumb finished his senior season with 18 goals and 26 assists and a 3.4 average during his four-year career at the Abbey. He was a three-sport captain at the Abbey in football, ice hockey and lacrosse. Matt will attend and play at Catholic University in the fall. ​Connor Baughan of Foxborough, MA received the Bob Scott Award for Leadership. Bob Scott was a legendary coach at John Hopkins from 1955 until 1974. As a leader, Baughan made an impact on and off the field. He scored 23 goals and tallied five assists this season and was a captain in football, squash and lacrosse in his final year at the Abbey. He will continue his playing career at Bentley University this fall.
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