Terrific Trio of Lax Players Sign

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Senior lacrosse players Alexa Mattera, Therese Mittleman and Alexandra Salim signed National Letters of Intent to play at the college level next fall. They were joined by family members and girls lacrosse coach Steven Levy for the Dec. 1 ceremony in Athletic Director Stephen Restivo’s office.

Mattera, a midfielder and captain of the team, will attend Hofstra University, where she plans to study education, focusing in special education. On the varsity lacrosse squad since she was a freshman, Mattera earned All-Division three years in a row and was named to the All-Long Island lacrosse team last season. A triple-sport athlete, she also competed on East Islip’s basketball and field hockey teams.

“Hofstra was the best fit for me,” said Mattera. “It has the major I wanted, and is close to home, which is important to me.”

Fellow midfielder Mittleman will attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Also a member of the varsity since a freshman, she has played the sport since kindergarten.

“Wesleyan is a liberal arts school and the academic choices will allow me to find out what I want to do, and their lacrosse program is on the rise,” said Mittleman, who is currently undecided on a major.

Salim, a goalie, will play for Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, where she will major in political science. She was named a Scholar-Athlete twice and All-Division in 2012.

“Once I stepped onto the wonderful campus, I knew it was home,” Salim said of Campbell.