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Staples Lacrosse Star Commits to Dartmouth

Junior Patrick Lesch scene in action last year vs. Danbury
Junior Patrick Lesch scene in action last year vs. Danbury

“Outstanding athleticism, a tough competitor and a great kid” are the words Marty Lisevick, the Staples athletic director, uses to describe Patrick Lesch ’14. He is known for his success on both the football and lacrosse team at Staples.

Recently, Lesch committed to Dartmouth within the Ivy League and NCAA guidelines when he is still only a junior in High School. Although he is committed to play lacrosse, he still has to go through the formal admissions process and he is still responsible for maintaining his grades.

Lesch will not be the first athlete from his family to attend Dartmouth. According to Kate Lesch ’16, their father was a baseball and football player for the school.

“Over the past couple years, I have attended a camp at Dartmouth and also other showcase events where the Dartmouth coach could see me play. After this past football season, I visited the campus where we discussed our mutual interest in my lacrosse at Dartmouth,” Patrick Lesch ’14 said.

According to those interviewed, Lesch is not only extremely athletic but he is also a great person and a respectable teammate.  “Along with his excellent athletic ability, his personality makes him the type of player that all coaches want to have on the team,” Paul McNulty the varsity boys lacrosse coach said.

According to Lisevick, Paul McNulty has helped the boys lacrosse team drastically. “He has taken a team that probably barely made the state tournament and has taken our kids twice to the final four,” Lisevick said.

Staples students seem to be very excited for Lesch and his achievements are inspiring to many.

“Dartmouth is one of the most prestigious colleges in the country, and it is great that he has the privilege to play there,” Luiz Cruz ‘15 said.

Patrick’s teammates think that he will have a lot to bring to Dartmouth. “He brings crazy defense and he’s really fast,” Nathan Luce ’15, a lacrosse player at Staples, said.

According to Lesch and his sister, their family is very proud of his accomplishments.

“We are all so proud of him. He always gives 100% on the field and in the classroom. He has definitely earned this opportunity,” Kate Lesch Patrick’s sister said.

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Gabrielle Feinsmith, Sports Editor

Gabrielle Feinsmith is neither a star athlete nor fan of a specific sports team but she loves her position as Sports Editor of Inklings. "I love the positive vibes that sports create,” she explains. “Whether it be bringing people together to support a team or the teamwork and strong work ethic that is taught to an athlete, sports have an effect on people that nothing else can compare to."   Feinsmith is one of three sisters and the only sports fan of the three. Gabrielle acknowledges that her individual love for sports came without a push from her dad who  is a major sports fan. She got the bug at the beginning of her freshman year when she started attending Staples sports events.

By sophomore year Gabrielle joined Inklings and being the sports editor was her first choice position. Though she has written articles other than sports, such as her favorite piece about the conflict in Gaza last November, she   values sports news because of the broad array of topics it offers and their impact. Sports articles run the gamut from a biography of an athlete, to a recap piece on a game, to a breaking news alert about an athlete’s injury.

As Gabrielle goes into her junior year, she is a determined sports journalist, always looking to improve her craft. Her goals for this year are getting more quality action photography to accompany articles as well as getting more of the Inklings staff to attend sporting events and produce content for the Sports section.

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