North Reading resident Sarah Foss recently committed to playing hockey at Northeastern University next year and was selected among the top one percent of hockey players in the country to attend a National Development Camp in Minnesota.
Foss has been playing hockey since she was five-years-old. She played at St. Mary's during her freshman year of high school, when they took home the state championship, and her sophomore year when she was named Boston Globe, Boston Herald and ESPN Boston First Team All-Scholastic.
The hockey goalie now attends the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, where she will be a senior in the fall. The school focuses on both sports and academics.
"Being away from home is not my favorite thing," the athlete said, "But I love the school."
She went on to say that exposure is another benefit of attending the school, "every single game there were scouts in the rink," she said.
Scouts from Northeastern attended her games and in late May, they offered her a scholarship to attend their school. She took it without hesitation.
"I really wanted one of the Boston schools and to go D1," she said. "“I could not be more thrilled to have picked NU, academically it is one of the top schools in the nation and the Hockey program is top notch. Last year they were the Hockey East Regular Season Champions, The BeanPot Champions and finished in the top 10 in the country. Coach Dave Flint has been great and I cannot wait to play for him.”
She is looking forward to participating in BeanPot, a tournament involving Harvard, Boston University, Boston College and Northeastern.
"Every year I would go with my step-dad Chris and it's awesome that I know I am going to play in the woman's one," she said.
She credits her stepfather for getting her into skates for the first time, and inspiring her to play hockey, as he did at Boston University.
"He was a huge inspiration for me," she said.
Foss recently returned from a National Development Camp in Minnesota, along with the top one percent of hockey players from across the nation. She was the only goalie selected from Massachusetts, and one of eight goalies selected across the country.
The camp evaluates and helps develop hockey players. She spent a week in Minnesota, and is now on the USA Hockey Player Development Committee's radar.
"It was an honor to be selected out of Massachusetts," she said.
The camp is a "stepping stone to get to the Olympics," where she hopes to compete one day.
"It's definitely one of my long term goals," she said.