GROTON -- Groton-Dunstable senior Kailyn Rekos has had her mind made up on what school she wanted to attend since the fall. Rekos finalized her decision to attend the University of Delaware Wednesday morning inside the Groton-Dunstable library surrounded by her family and school administrators. Rekos's smile beamed through the room as she put the pen to her intent letter.
Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco may be the most popular Blue Hen, but in the eyes of Groton-Dunstable fans, Rekos is.
"Having to wait for a specific date was extremely nerve wracking," said Rekos as she breathed a sigh of relief. "I got to visit the soccer team before I committed and I just loved them. It was nice to know I had academics behind me, but I also have great people I can become best friends with."
Rekos was the anchor of a Crusaders' back line who made an improbable run in the district tournament, which featured knocking off defending champion Auburn on the road. Rekos rendered a goals-against average of 1.20 in 18 starts during the 2012 season.
"She was one of the most valuable players on our team last fall," said Crusaders head coach Steven Naboicheck. "She kept us in some games where if we didn't have the quality goalkeeper she is, we wouldn't have had the same results."
Rekos was named to the first team for All-States, All-League and All-New England. In addition she was named G-D's most valuable player.
In the off-season, Rekos competes for the Massachusetts Stars Club, where she believes that her experience has prepared her for the next level.
"Our club soccer is very competitive," said Rekos. "It is the same competiveness I am going to walk into college with. I was prepared that way -- of always fighting for my spot and playing time. If I walk in physically and mentally ready, I think I have a chance of playing."
When Rekos steps in next season, she will be the third goalie on the Blue Hens' depth chart with a sophomore and senior ahead of her. Throughout the recruiting process, Rekos has been in constant contact with future teammate Kelsey O'Donnell.
Rekos inherited a new head coach at the start of this season, and Naboicheck is reluctant to take credit for his star goalie.
"It is strictly Kailyn's achievements," said Naboicheck. "It is a fantastic achievement and it is very rare. According to the NCAA, only two percent go on to play in college. She is clearly a small minority, going to play as a scholarship athlete as a Division one athlete is very rare."
Delaware plays in the Colonial Athletic Association with Northeastern, which also expressed interest in the Groton-Dunstable senior. The Blue Hens are coming off a 9-8-1 and a 6-4 sixth-place finish in the CAA. Delaware has a special connection with Naboicheck and his wife, Groton-Dunstable track and field/cross country coach Colleen Naboicheck, who is a Delaware alum.
"I am looking forward to watching her and seeing what she does," said Naboicheck. "Especially in the fact she is going to the University of Delaware; my wife is a Blue Hen. So there is a certain synergy there. If the opportunity presents itself to see a game at Delaware, my wife would really enjoy that."