Jean DePlacido column: Goalkeeper Stam commits to Duke

Once college soccer coaches saw goalie Holly Stam perform against top level competition, many wanted her on their team. The Waring School rising sophomore made a verbal commitment to Duke last week.

“The two top things I was looking for in a college is a really strong academic school and a good athletic program,” said Stam, who lives in Ipswich. “Duke has both, and once I visited the beautiful campus a couple of weeks ago I knew that was where I wanted to play. They gave me an offer, and I accepted right away.

“I was on my birthday when the coach told me they wanted me to commit, and it was my best present. It feels so good to have that decision made. This is the first time Duke has ever committed to people at the end of their freshman year, and I am the third (freshman) to commit.”

Stam’s friend Mary

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