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Attack-mode: Mariner Ladd excited to take lacrosse talents to Thomas College

After three solid previous seasons, Oceanside graduate misses high school senior campaign due to COVID-19
By Mark Haskell | Jul 05, 2020
Courtesy of: Ladd family Oceanside's Nicole Ladd signs her national letter of intent to play lacrosse at Thomas College in Waterville.

Rockland — For many young athletes, the cancellation of the 2020 high school spring sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant an otherwise abrupt end to their competitive athletic careers.

Nicole Ladd of Owls Head, however, is not one of those athletes.

The 18-year-old Ladd, despite missing her senior year of girls lacrosse, will still land on her feet — stick in hand — as she is slated to play collegiate lacrosse at Division III Thomas College in Waterville next spring.

The daughter of Steve and Lisa Ladd, she plans to major in Business Administration and will take part in the 3+1 program, which requires a larger academic workload, with the endgame being completing her four-year degree in three years.

In her fourth year, she plans to go for her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.

It is perhaps fitting. Ladd, who plays attacker, while playing for the present, is ambitious and attacking her future head-on.

Ladd played all three of her eligible high school seasons (missing her senior year) at Oceanside and is “very excited to be taking this step to playing at the collegiate level at Thomas [College].”

Over her three seasons, Ladd racked up 25 goals, five assists and was part of the team’s 2017 team that made a run to the Class B North regional championship game.

Oceanside coach Angie Vachon said she and the Mariners are proud of “Our Nik.”

“She grew to have great field sense with her movement in the scoring area and her angles and ability to hedge the middle for a fast break or to save her teammates legs,” said Vachon. “She was a leader for her team her junior and senior years and worked very conscientiously to help build our growing positive team culture.”

Vachon said while there was no true senior season, “she worked prior to spring 2020 on building our team culture and kept in contact with her teammates throughout the season.”

Ladd said she “made the last-minute decision to sign-up [for lacrosse] my freshman year and I picked it up pretty well and instantly fell in love with the sport.”

“I honestly had never even thought about the option to continue playing in college until it came down to picking which college I wanted to go to,” said Ladd. “I was deciding between Thomas and UMaine and asked myself which school had something I was interested in that the other didn’t. This is when I thought of the option on continuing to play lacrosse at the college level. I then took it upon myself to reach out to my coach, who then reached out to the coach at Thomas. That same day, I spoke on the phone with the coach at Thomas and everything worked out from there.”

As she did with the Mariners, Ladd plans to be an attacker with the Terriers. She said she hopes “to make as much of an impact as I can and give it my all.”

“Nicole will transition nicely to college level play due to her openness, desire to be a team player and her leadership,” said Vachon. “I know coach [Peri] West will feel very fortunate to have her as a part of the Terrier program.”

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