Four Goshen seniors sign letters of intent

High school seniors Charles DeMatteo, Reaghan Duval, Liam Higgins, and Neil Lingerman will continue to play in college

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  • Front row (from left): Reaghan Duval and Charles DeMatteo. Back row: Neil Lingerman, Matthew O’Brien, assistant principal/director of health, physical education and athletics, and Liam Higgins (Photo provided)

  • Liam Higgins with his family (Photo provided)

  • Charles DeMatteo with his family (Photo provided)

  • Reaghan Duval with her family (Photo provided)

  • Neil Lingerman with his family (Photo provided)

  • Charles DeMatteo, Reaghan Duval, Liam Higgins and Neil Lingerman with their families and coaches (Photo provided)

— Four Goshen High School seniors signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers at college in the fall.

Charles DeMatteo, Reaghan Duval, Liam Higgins and Neil Lingerman signed their college acceptance letters in front of family and friends during a ceremony in their honor on Nov. 20. Each of them thanked their families, coaches, teachers and friends for their support and helping them to succeed.

“My hope for you four is that you allow this ceremony to serve as a recognition of your exceptional achievement and also a recognition of all of the qualities you possess that made this achievement possible,” said Matthew O’Brien, Assistant Principal/Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. “I also hope you take a moment to appreciate the people in front of you; remember what you see today, because what you see right now is the community you came from, all of the support you’ll have as you move forward, and all the people that will be rooting for you every step of the way.”

Charles DeMatteo Baseball, Johnson and Whales

Since the 7 grade, Charles DeMatteo has played baseball for the Goshen Gladiators. In 2015, as a 9 grader, Charles was a starter on the JV team. In 2016, as a sophomore, Charles was a statistical leader on the Varsity team as he led the team in runs scored (14), walks (14), and was second on the team in On Base Percentage, .450. Charles also pitched out of the bullpen. In 15 innings, Charles struck out 17 batters. He was the recipient of the Roy Baldwin Award that year: an award given to someone who demonstrates heart, hustle and character at all times.

Last year, as a junior, Charles led the team in Batting Average (.377), On Base Percentage (.506), and Runs Scored (18). Charles pitched 29 innings, striking out 43, and posting a 2.79 ERA. Charles, again received the Roy Baldwin Award.

This year Charles enters his senior as one of the unquestioned leaders on the team; holding high expectations for himself and for his teammates. Charles has committed to playing baseball at Division III Johnson and Wales in Providence, Rhode Island.

Reaghan Duval Soccer, Campbell University

Reaghan is a standout goalkeeper for our Girls Varsity Soccer Team. A captain for the last two years, Reaghan’s leadership had a tremendous impact on the team. Her excellence over the last four years was not limited to just the soccer field, but extended to the classroom as well.

Last year, Reaghan was inducted into the National Honor Society, and as we expected, she continues to prioritize her academics and set high standards for herself in the classroom. The student-athlete is committed to Division 1 at Campbell University.

Liam Higgins Cross Country, Binghamton University

Liam's coaches call him one of the most talented runners — and athletes — Goshen has ever had. This season, he broke several records, many of which were set 15-20 years ago by athletes who have banners with their names on them hanging on Goshen's walls. His first major accomplishment this year came early in the season, setting a new home course record of 16:17. Last month, he smashed the school record at the prestigious Manhattan Invitational, running 12:33 for the win. And at the County championship last month, he set yet another school record at Bear Mountain running 15:22 and becoming the first Goshen runner to win the OCIAA meet since 2003. Most recently, in his third trip to the state meet for cross country, Liam trekked through 3.1 miles of mud to finish in 6th in the State. And in November he finished 7th at the New York State Federation Championship meet.

In track, Liam is known as the team’s Swiss Army Knife, excelling in every event from the 400m to the 3200m. Last spring, Higgins was part of the school-record breaking 4x400m relay, running the fastest split on the team. Higgins’ boasts a 4:23 personal best in the mile and a 1:55 in the 800m. These events perfectly fit his unique combination of speed and endurance. All of these accomplishments would not have been possible if not for Liam’s intense work ethic and high level of dedication to his training and to his team. We are proud to announce that 7x Section 9 champion Liam Higgins has signed with Binghamton University to continue his academic and athletic career.

Neil Lingerman Lacrosse, Belmont Abbey College

Neil has been playing Lacrosse since the second grade. He is an alumni of the notorious Long Island Express program and has played with or against some of the top lacrosse talent in the country. Known for his physicality, Niel will graduate as Goshen’s all-time leader in ground balls and forced turnovers. He was a 2017 All-Division Selection, and named by the Times Herald Record as an 845 2nd Team All Star. Recently, Neil was recognized as a "Player to Watch" in the State of New York for 2018. He was a captain on the lacrosse team last year and is a Triple G athlete, having played varsity soccer, football, skiing and indoor track in addition to lacrosse.

Neil has committed to Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, N.C., which began recruiting him after his performance in the Long Island Under Armour All Stars try-outs. Nicknamed “The Abbey” Belmont-Abbey plays in the very competitive Division II Conference Carolinas, a conference that in three of the last four years, has produced the Division II National Lacrosse Champion. “The Abbey” has been ranked nationally as high as 12, has been awarded the Conference Carolinas Sportsmanship Award, has produced four All-Americans, and had a player drafted 10 into the professional National Lacrosse League. Neil cannot wait to start the 6 a.m. workouts six days a week, a testament to his work ethic and the commitment.

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