When deciding on college, Pearl River senior Jamie DeGennaro (18U) got some assistance from a former — and soon to be current — softball teammate.
Noreen Jordan, who DeGennaro played ball with at Pearl River, helped the Pirates' catcher decide on Stevens Institute of Technology.
"She's one of my best friends and she plays there," DeGennaro said. "She said I should come look, and I loved the campus. And Noreen talked to the softball coach and the coach was really interested in me."
DeGennaro's other top choices were Binghamton University, SUNY, and the University of Delaware .
Fairfield and Fordham were on her list as well.
DeGennaro wants to major in aerospace engineering.
"I want to build airplanes," DeGennaro said. "I got into the five-year program and you get your masters. They have a co-op program so I will have some work experience. Going there, you have a better chance to get a job out of college."
She's excited for next year to play for the school and with Jordan.
"I'm glad to be going to Stevens so I can keep playing softball for a while longer," DeGennaro said. "They only started a team two years ago and I'm excited to play for them."
There's one moment that will always stick out for DeGennaro and it's the softball moment that helped get her into college — the two-run single by DeGennaro in the bottom of the sixth inning of the state semifinals last year.
"That was one of the best moments of my life," she said.