Delaney Y. and Michael V., two Pomperaug High School seniors, signed their National Letter of Intent indicating their commitment to participating National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) colleges and universities in the United States.
Delaney Y., 17, was recruited to play field hockey by Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts and will attend the school next year on an athletic scholarship. She plans to study mathematics and secondary education.
She has played on the Pomperaug High School varsity field hockey team for four years as a center midfielder and defenseman, under the coaching leadership of Anne Strobel. She was a two-time All State and All South West Conference (SWC) selection and was a member of the 2013 SWC field hockey championship team. Along with being a four year varsity field hockey starter and captain, she has also been a four year varsity starter for lacrosse and will be captain as well this spring. She has been named to the SWC All Academic team seven times in addition to being named to the U.S. Lacrosse All Academic team. She is also a member of the Spanish National Honor Society.
“I am very excited for the upcoming four years at Merrimack and glad to have spent the last four years with such an amazing field hockey team at Pomperaug,” said Delaney.
Michael V., 17, signed his National Letter of Intent to play golf for Florida Southern College, a college which holds 12 NCAA National Championships and is always one of the top five programs in Division II. VanDerLaan plans to major in business management at the Lakeland, Florida-based school. His scholarship is a combination of athletic and academic. Both he and his older brother, John, who also attends FSC will be on the school’s golf team.
Michael is the captain of the Pomperaug High School golf team this year under coach Richard Szymanski. He has been a member of the school’s varsity team since freshman year. He is an active member and player of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and the Connecticut Junior Golf Association.
While at Pomperaug High School, he was selected for All State and Academic All Conference, and was a member of the 2013 High School Division 1 championship team. He won the AJGA New Era Junior Championship in 2014 with a tournament total 3-under-par 213. He also won the Challenge Cup Invitational in 2014 and the Long Island Junior Championship in 2012.
“I am extremely thankful to my parents for always supporting my dreams, my coaches and trainers for always having faith in me, and my brother, John, for being such a great role model to me over the years,” said Michael.