EASTHAMPTON -- Victoria Palumbo, of Ayer, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the Division 1 University of New Hampshire, where she plans to play ice hockey and field hockey, during a Nov. 10 ceremony recognizing seven Williston students signing to play college sports at the Division 1 and 2 levels.
Palumbo plays midfield in field hockey and defense on the ice. She's been on skates for 13 years, and involved in field hockey for six years. During her tenure at Williston, the teams she has played for won the New England championship in field hockey, as well as the Harrington Invitational Hockey Tournament in ice hockey.
"I hope to play both D1 field hockey and ice hockey to the best of my ability and to continue to grow as an athlete," she said. "At Williston, I have been able to play at the highest level, with great coaches who push me every day to be better."
Palumbo's field hockey coach, Kate Garrity, praised her play at Williston.
"Her skills and athleticism have always been strong," Garrity said. "Tori's grown as a leader. As an underclassman, she just led by example. As a senior captain, it's great to hear her voice out there, supporting, teaching and leading her teammates."
Palumbo's ice hockey coach, Christa Talbot Syfu, said, "Tori is a four-year player who made an impact as soon as she stepped on the ice. Tori is an excellent skater and is relied on in all situations. Despite her small stature, she plays much bigger and uses her body very well to protect the puck.
"She has a strong hockey IQ and isn't afraid to jump-start the offense from the defensive end. She will continue to be an integral part of our defense core and we look forward to seeing her continue to elevate her game."