Braintree High School seniors Angelina Joyce and Sydney Morris made it official last Thursday, Feb. 8 as they signed their National Letter of Intent to matriculate and play soccer; Joyce at UMass Lowell and Morris at Merrimack College.
The ceremony was originally scheduled on Feb. 7, but was postponed a day due to the inclement weather.
Mike Denise, BHS athletic director, served as the master of ceremonies, which was attended by fellow teammates, family, friends, coach and BHS faculty members.
Joyce was a three-year varsity starter for the Wamps soccer squad, where she excelled as a scorer and distributor of the ball. She was voted as captain for her senior season, but instead opted to play for the Boston Breakers Development Academy on the recommendation of her future collegiate coach, Francesco D’Agostino.
“It was a difficult decision to forgo playing my senior season at BHS,” said Joyce. “My coach recommended that I pursue the opportunity with the Breakers Academy to sharpen my individual skills so that I was ready to compete at the D 1 level.”
Joyce honed her soccer skills growing up with the Massachusetts Olympic Development Program and NEFC Elite Soccer Club.
“AJ was the most resilient and hardworking player I have coached,” said Braintree coach Matt Freeman. “She successfully fought back from numerous injuries throughout her high school career - pushing to achieve her goal of playing Div.1 soccer in college.”
Joyce will pursue a physical therapy degree.
Morris was a four-year varsity starter for BHS and served as captain for the Wamps this past season.
“Sydney was a fixture at the center back position since preseason of her freshman year,” Freeman said. “Her natural ability and game sense made her one of the best defenders in the Bay State Conference and our defensive leader. Sydney has earned the right to realize her goal of playing collegiate soccer.”
Morris led the Wamps in total starts and minutes played during her four year career.
“I had a few choices (Stonehill College and Assumption) but Merrimack just felt the best for me,” said Morris, who will enter the school of Health Sciences.
“I am excited about the opportunity.”
Joyce was joined at the ceremony by her mother, Gina, father, Joseph, and younger sister, Anabella.
Morris celebrated the occasion with her parents, Heidi and Rick, and a very proud grandmother, Ursula.
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