Ten area athletes to compete in NCAA Division I athletics

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL and DAN ATTORRI

Monitor staff

Published: 06-04-2023 8:02 AM

Editor’s note: The following list was compiled based on submissions from area athletic directors. If a student-athlete has erroneously been omitted, please email sports@cmonitor.com.

Ten student-athletes from the Class of 2023 in the Monitor’s coverage area will continue their athletic careers at the NCAA Division I level next year. Bow will send five athletes to Division I schools. Concord and Coe-Brown each have two, and Merrimack Valley has one.

Alex Larrabee (Bow)Colgate, women’s lacrosse

Named in 2022 to the USA Lacrosse All-American list, Larrabee will graduate Bow holding multiple records. Through the end of regular-season play last week, she totaled 220 career goals, 119 assists and 339 total points, all tops in program history.

She’s also set the school record for most points in a season (133), assists in a season (53) and most draw controls in a season (133). Larrabee will play for Colgate in the Patriot League.

“She has a lot of different moves with the stick,” Bow head coach Chris Raabe said earlier this season. “She brings it through all the levels. She’s got some fakes. She’s got good footwork, and her shot is wicked.”

Hannah McGonigle (Bow)Buffalo, softball

A standout for Bow’s softball program that wrapped up its 2023 season 10-7 with a narrow 4-3 loss to ConVal in the first round of the Division II playoffs, McGonigle starred both at the plate and in the circle for the Falc ons.

Though she won’t be pitching this summer or at the University at Buffalo, Bow head coach Jen Boyden still received great production from her over her career.

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This season, McGonigle posted a 0.71 earned run average over 69⅓ innings with 85 strikeouts. For her career, she tossed 224⅔ innings, posted a 1.93 ERA and struck out 293 batters.

At the plate, she was even more impactful, hitting .500 this year with a 1.479 on-base-plus-slugging, 16 extra base hits, 24 runs batted in in 84 plate appearances. Over her career, McGonigle hit .552, posted a 1.573 OPS, had 101 hits including 11 home runs, 40 walks and just 20 strikeouts.

She’ll join a Bulls program that competes in the Mid-American Conference.

“I’ve known Hannah as a player for seven years, and she’s been working toward this moment from day one,” Boyden said. “She brought that same tenacity and focus to Bow High School and helped establish the standard for how we want to develop our program and how we want to hold our athletes accountable. I truly believe she’s in a category all (on) her own with her level of athleticism and IQ, and while we’ll definitely have a huge hole to fill, she’s become such a role model for the community for the power of hard work and the value of humility.”

Lyndsey LaPerle (Bow)Sacred Heart, women’s soccer

A key cog for the Falcons throughout her soccer career, LaPerle led the way in 2022 as Bow reached the Division II semifinals and finished the season 15-3-0 and won the division championship in 2021.

She wrapped up her senior campaign with 23 goals and 15 assists and finished her four-year career with 63 goals and 28 assists. LaPerle will head to Fairfield, Conn., to join a Sacred Heart program that finished 11-5-5 overall in 2022 and 5-1-3 in Northeast Conference play.

“Lyndsey just has a motor that keeps going,” Bow head coach Jay Vogt said after the Falcons’ loss in the D-II semifinals to Pembroke last November. “She has a desire to score. She has a desire to beat people, and that’s what you need in a forward. You need that, and she gave it to us.”

Susanna Zahn (Bow)UNH, cross country and track

Zahn burst onto the scene in 2022, winning the Division II title in the 3,200 meters in the outdoor track season and claiming the D-II girls’ individual state title in cross country last fall.

She was 24th in D-II as a junior, but went undefeated against D-II runners in her senior cross country season, only losing once to D-III’s Brianna Malone of Portsmouth Christian. Her year included victories in the 70-team Manchester Invitational and the 20-team Bobcat Invitational, both by decisive margins.

Injuries prevented Zahn from competing at the Meet of Champions and New Englands last fall and kept her out of both the indoor and outdoor track seasons entirely, but she will be ready to race for the Wildcats this autumn.

“She takes it so seriously and lives and breathes running,” Bow girls’ cross country head coach Dave Niemaszyk said. “She does all the things she needs to do: preparation, putting in the mileage, tightening up her form, those kinds of things. She does the little things that add up.”

Maya Brochu (Bow)UMass-Amherst, XC/track

Brochu has had a consistent presence near the top of the standings throughout her entire running career, earning All-State honors in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

She finished second to Zahn in the 3,200 meters in spring 2022 and finished 13th in D-II and 12th at the Meet of Champions this past fall in cross country.

Brochu finished fourth in both the 1,500 and 3,000 meters at the D-II indoor track championships and also ran a leg of the runner-up 4x800 relay. She recently finished fifth in the 3,200 meters at the outdoor track championship to punch her ticket to the Meet of Champions.

Brooks Craigue (Concord)Merrimack, baseball

A standout hockey talent as well, Craigue will continue his baseball career with the Warriors in the Northeast Conference. Through the end of the 2023 regular season, Craigue hit .355 with a .467 on-base percentage, .983 OPS, 22 hits, 23 runs scored and seven stolen bases.

On the mound, he was 7-1 with a 2.08 ERA. Over 43⅔ innings, he allowed just 27 hits, 12 walks and struck out 30 hitters.

Craigue started on the mound for the Tide in the team’s first-round playoff win over Bishop Guertin on Thursday. He allowed four earned runs over 6⅓ innings of work.

“He’s a great teammate. He’s good with younger kids. He’s always doing the right thing,” Concord head coach Scott Owen said. “His compete level is second to none. He just goes out there and he competes, whether he has his best stuff or not. The bigger the situation, the better he becomes, and that’s not something you can necessarily teach.”

Molly Nyhan (Concord)Stonehill, XC/track

The Crimson Tide has been synonymous with strong distance runners over the past few years. Nyhan has been a major piece to Concord’s cross country and outdoor track programs.

Nyhan finished fifth at the Capital Area Cross Country Championships this past fall and sixth in the 4x400 relay and 1,600 meters at the D-I outdoor track championships to qualify for the Meet of Champions.

A swimmer during the winter season, Nyhan will focus on running for the Skyhawks as they attempt to make a name for themselves in their second year as an NCAA Division I school.

Aidan Cox (Coe-Brown)Virginia, cross country

A state record-holder in multiple events and an All-American who has competed at the regional and national level on a regular basis, Cox is one of the first Granite State athlete to run at a Power Five NCAA conference in several years.

Cox owns the 5K state record (14:58.8) and D-II record (15:15.4) in cross country, the D-II record in the 1,500 indoors (3:58.06) and state record in the 3,000 meters indoors (8:28.61) and the D-II outdoor records in the 1,600 (4:12.22) and 3,200 (8:57.63).

He finished fifth in the nation in the 5,000-meter indoor race in March to earn All-American honors, clocking the ninth-fastest time ever recorded by an American high school runner (14:21.98).

“Aidan is the hardest-working and most dedicated runner that we have worked with over our careers,” said Coe-Brown coach Brent Tkaczyk, referring to the 20-plus years he and co-coach Tim Cox have been at CBNA. “As amazing as his middle school and high school years have been, the best is yet to come for Aidan.”

Cox is heading to Charlottesville this fall, joining his older sister Addison, a 2021 Coe-Brown graduate, at UVa.

Tyler Tkaczyk (Coe-Brown)Siena, cross country

When you’re teammates with an All-American who owns as many state titles as Cox, it’s easy to get overlooked, but Tkaczyk has been a huge reason why his Coe-Brown teams have only won D-II championships since the Class of 2023 started at CBNA.

Most recently, Tkaczyk finished second to his cousin, Cox, in the 1,600 meters and claimed third place in the 3,200 at the D-II outdoor championship a week ago. He finished fourth in D-II and sixth at the Meet of Champions in cross country in the fall 0f 2022.

Tkaczyk will be joining his older brother Luke – a former NHIAA D-II champion in both track and cross country – at Siena in the fall.

Bishow Thapa (Merrimack Valley)UNH, track and field

Over the last couple of years, Thapa has established himself as one of the best middle-distance runners in the state and in turn has helped Merrimack Valley produce incredible relays.

Thapa finished third in the 400 meters at the D-II outdoor track championships a week ago, finishing the race in a blistering 51.51 seconds, just .30 seconds away from winning an individual state title.

Thapa also anchored Merrimack Valley’s runner-up 4x400 relay, a team that finished second only to overall champions Coe-Brown Northwood Academy.

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