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The sports season came to close for the school year at Cape Fear Academy Wednesday as five student-athletes made commitments to continue their athletic careers at the college level.

Two of the Hurricane lacrosse standouts are headed to the Sunshine State to compete among others from across the nation for a spot on the fairly new University of Tampa program, while Rebecca McLean and Brooke Graham will stay in the Carolinas for field hockey and tennis, respectively.

Brian Plazzo, right and John Patrick Talbert will be roommates in college at the University of Tampa. Photos by- Joe Catenacci
John Patrick Talbert, left, and Brian Plazzo will be roommates in college at the University of Tampa. Photos by Joe Catenacci.

Finally, Ross Robison chose to stay here at home and inked his National Letter for Intent as a scholarship athlete for golf at UNCW.

“A new project we’ve been working on this year is that we’re going to get the college athletes in their jerseys and have posters on the walls in our lower school hallway as a way to honor our student-athletes and as inspiration for some our younger students as they will see them walking toward their physical education classes,” said CFA Athletic Director Chris Meehl. “We really want to thank the kids and their parents for putting in the time and we’re really proud of them.

“Good luck in the fall and don’t be strangers.”

Brian Plazzo and John Patrick Talbert will head to the University of Tampa along with 100 new and returning players that will try out for the varsity squad that made it to the NCAA Division II Final Four in only its third year of existence.

“We’re looking forward to watch Brian and J.P. work this September for our lacrosse teams,” said University of Tampa Assistant Coach Chris Panos. “Tampa will carry 45-50 players on the varsity team, which plays a 15-game regular season schedule and 35 players on the JV team, which plays a 12-game regular season schedule. This is a very competitive, up-and-coming program.”

McLean will have a change of scenery as she heads to Appalachian State after being named team MVP over the last two seasons. She joins the Mountaineers field hockey team after recording 11 goals and 11 assists over 22 games. 

Rebecca McLean, right, and Brooke Graham pose for a picture with family on Wednesday.
Brooke Graham, left, and Rebecca McLean pose for a picture with family on Wednesday.

“Rebecca is a well-rounded player with the ability to play many positions,” said Appalachian State Coach Brandi Alexander. “With her strong defensive presence and field awareness she will be able to assist the team in the defensive end as well as through the midfield.”

After a high school career that included a NCISAA individual state championship and four all-state selections, Graham is off to Wofford College. Graham sharpened her skills over the years as a member of the ACE program at the Country Club of Landfall.

“We are so excited that Brooke will be joining the Wofford family,” said Wofford Coach Krissy Hall. “Her work ethic and positive attitude are second to none. We look forward to all the great things that she will accomplish on the court, in the classroom, and in the community over the next four years.”

Robison is a five-time all-state and all-conference performer, the spring 2014 CFIC Conference Player of the Year. The future Seahawk is currently ranked 67th in the Golf Weekly Junior Boy’s National Ranking for the Class of 2014 in the US. His home course is Cape Fear Country Club.

“Ross will be a great addition to the UNCW golf team,” said UNCW Coach Matt Clark. “He is a very talented young man with dreams of taking the Seahawk Golf Program to new heights. I love his passion for the game and I look forwarded to watching Ross grow on and off the golf course over the next four years.”