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VIDEO: Two LCMR athletes make college choices

Lower Cape May senior Matt Gibson (seated) signs a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Division I Mt. St. Mary’s. Also pictured are (from left) Lower Cape May athletic trainer Frank Zilinek; Gibson’s parents, Alice and Bill; and Lower Cape May athletic director Erik Simonsen.


A pair of senior athletes at Lower Cape May Regional High School made their college choices official Friday.

Boys lacrosse player Matt Gibson and field hockey player Reese Bracken each signed National Letters of Intent during a small ceremony on the school’s campus.

Gibson, a three-year starting defender/long-stick midfielder for Lower, has committed to Division I Mt. St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md. Gibson, who played his freshman season at St. Augustine Prep, also competes for the South Shore club lacrosse program.

He said he chose Mt. St. Mary’s over Wagner College.

Mt. St. Mary’s went 9-7 overall, 5-1 in the Northeast Conference last season. The team lost in overtime in the NEC Tournament semifinal round.

Gibson said he plans to major in sports management.

Bracken, who led Lower’s field hockey team to one of its best-ever seasons this fall, signed with Division II Pace University (N.Y.).

Bracken scored a team-high 19 goals this fall and guided the Lady Tigers to their first-ever appearance in a South Jersey title game. Lower finished 13-4-1 in 2019.

Bracken, who also is a starter on the school’s girls lacrosse team, chose Pace over Central Michigan, Slippery Rock and Mercy College.

Pace finished 6-12 overall, 5-9 in the Northeast-10 Conference, this fall.

Bracken said she plans to major in business.

Lower Cape May senior Reese Bracken (seated) signs a National Letter of Intent to play college field hockey at Division II Pace University. Also pictured are (from left) LCMR athletic trainer Frank Zilinek; Bracken’s parents, Matt and Anne (also the school’s field hockey coach); and LCMR athletic director Erik Simonsen.