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Riverhead students sign to play lacrosse, field hockey, basketball


Five Riverhead High School students will continue their athletic careers in college next year. The students, three of whom will play lacrosse, were honored at a signing ceremony at the high school library Thursday afternoon. 

Blake Carrara, who verbally committed to the University of Maryland for lacrosse as a sophomore, will officially become a Terrapin. Maryland is currently the No. 1 seed in the Division I NCAA Tournament and playing against Brown in the semifinals for a chance to play in the national finals.

Carrara, two-time all-county defenseman, is also ranked fifth in his class and will major in mechanical engineering.

Courtney Troyan will join another elite lacrosse program at Stony Brook University. The Seawolves reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament this year before falling to Syracuse, 7-6.

A midfielder who contributed on all ends of the field, Troyan was a 2015 academic All-American. She plans to major in pre-med.

Austin Fitzpatrick will also play lacrosse at NYIT, a successful Division II program. The Bears reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Tournament this spring before falling to Le Moyne by one goal.

Fitzpatrick, who was a four-year starter for the Blue Waves, received a scholarship for both academics and athletics to attend NYIT.

Katelyn Zaneski will play field hockey at Adelphi University, a Division II program. Zaneski began playing field hockey before starting seventh grade after switching from soccer. She went on to play four varsity seasons with the Blue Waves and also played lacrosse in the spring. She was an all-county player this past fall and team captain. She also excels academically with a 98.29 weighted average.

Sam Dunn, a standout basketball player, will attend LIU Post, a Division II program. Dunn helped lead the Blue Waves to a league title this past winter and eclipsed 1,000-career points while doing so. She was the League III MVP and a three-time all-county player. She boasted a 97.78 GPA in the classroom as well.

Photo Caption: Blake Carrara, Courtney Troyan, Austin Fitzpatrick, Katelyn Zaneski and Sam Dunn posed for a photo during the signing ceremony. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)