Four seniors honored at college commitment ceremony

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Reaghan Duval, Charles DeMatteo, Neil Lingerman and Liam Higgins with Matthew O’Brien, assistant principal/director of health, physical education and athletics.

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 November 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

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Charles DeMatteo and his family.

Since the 7th grade, Charles DeMatteo has played baseball for the Goshen Gladiators. In 2015, as a 9th 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 continued to lead; leading 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 Div III Johnson and Wales in Providence, Rhode Island. While Charles graduating will be a huge loss for our baseball program and our school community; our loss is undoubtedly their gain.

Reaghan Duval

Soccer, Campbell University

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Reaghan Duval with her family.

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. We are very proud of the student athlete that Reaghan has become, proud to call her a Gladiator, but most proud of her for being the friend, teammate and person she is. We can’t wait to see what her future at Division 1 – Campbell University holds.


Liam Higgins

Cross Country, Binghamton University

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Liam Higgins with his mother.

His coaches call him one of the most talented runners Goshen has ever had. I would go one step further and call Liam Higgins one of the most talented 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 these very 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 3rd trip to the state meet for cross country, Liam trekked through 3.1 miles of mud to finish in 6th in the State. And just this past weekend 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. Binghamton is undeniably getting an extraordinary young man and we can’t wait to continue watching Liam succeed.

Neil Lingerman

Lacrosse, Belmont Abbey College

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Neil Lingerman with his family.

Neil Lingerman 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-Div. Selection, and named by the Times Herald Record as an 845 2nd Team All Star. Recently, Niel was recognized as a ‘Player to Watch’ in the State of New York for 2018. Niel 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.

Niel has committed to Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, North Carolina. A school that 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 Div. II Conference Carolinas, a conference that in 3 of the last 4 years, has produced the Div. II National Lacrosse Champion. “The Abbey” has been ranked nationally as high as 12, has been awarded the Conference Carolinas Sportsmanship Award, has produced 4 All-Americans, and had a player drafted 10th into the professional National Lacrosse League. Neil told me he cannot wait to start the 6am workouts 6 days a week and I think that is a testament to the work ethic and the commitment that this young man has. We cannot wait to watch him continue his lacrosse career at “The Abbey.”

For more photos, visit the district’s Facebook page.

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Charles DeMatteo, Reaghan Duval, Liam Higgins and Neil Lingerman with their families and coaches. Congratulations, Gladiators!