By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Laconia High School senior Meya Minor signed a national letter of intent to play women's lacrosse at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge in a ceremony held Thursday afternoon at the Meredith Village Savings Bank restaurant at the Huot Technical Center.
Minor says that she is looking forward to the challenge of playing college sports but her immediate goal is to try and help the LHS girls' lacrosse team repeat as Division III champions, a goal they pulled off last year by beating Derryfield School of Manchester 12-10 to record the first ever state lacrosse championship for the Sachems.
"I'm really happy for her and proud of her," said her coach, Keri Howe, who said that she has talked with the women's soccer coach at Franklin Pierce and feels that the program there is perfectly tailored for Minor.
"The program is just right for her," said Howe.
Minor said that she is grateful for the support she has received from her parents, Tim and Sheri Minor, and the opportunity to play lacrosse with a talented group of players "who make me look better."
Co-coach Bob Howe said that he remembers Minor starting to play lacrosse when she was in the third or fourth grade and that he was her coach.
"We had a terrible team that year," said Howe, adding that over the years many players from that same team put in a lot of hard work to turn themselves into champions.
Minor said that she remembers those early years of playing lacrosse and how the girls who are in the same class as her worked over the years to build themselves into a competitive team.
She said she plans to major in physical therapy at Franklin Pierce, which is a career she has always wanted to pursue.
Minor, who has been an All-State lacrosse selection since her sophomore year, also stars on the basketball court and was a member of the Sachem team which made it to a Division III championship game this year before losing to undefeated Gilford High School.
Craig Kozens, Laconia High School athletic director, said that Minor is one of a large number of scholar-athletes at Laconia High School whose excellence in the classroom matches their performance on the playing field.
"They set an example for younger students that is very important and shows that it is possible to do well in school and have an opportunity to compete in sports at the college level," said Kozens.
Laconia High School senior Meya Minor signs a national letter of intent to play women's lacrosse at Franklin Pierce College Thursday afternoon. Minor signs the letter as her parents, Sheri and Tim, look on. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)