H-ton Senior Ryann Gaffney Chooses Boston University

Ryann Gaffney is flanked by her parents, Erin and Bill.

December 02, 2016

She’s well known for giving her Blue Devil teammates every ounce of energy she can muster and soon Ryann Gaffney will be doing the same at Boston University after the Huntington High School senior signed an NCAA Division I letter of intent to play lacrosse at the highly regarded school.

A genial, upbeat young woman, Ms. Gaffney has starred on the Blue Devil varsity soccer, indoor track and lacrosse teams. She’s compiled an exceptional academic record, too, and earned many admirers among her classmates and teachers.

“Boston University is a great place for me to continue my career as a midfielder,” Ms. Gaffney said. “BU is more than anything I could have ever asked for in a school and I couldn’t be more excited to start next fall.”

Boston University boasts an enrollment of more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The college has more than 10,000 faculty and staff members and it offers 250 fields of study.

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senior Ryann Gaffney.

“I started playing lacrosse in third grade for Huntington Village Lax and have loved it ever since,” Ms. Gaffney said. The teenager is expected to be a key starter on next spring’s Blue Devil team. Last year she tallied 25 goals and three assists.

Ms. Gaffney is a wonderful athlete and she likes to keep busy playing sports. Her dad was an undefeated state wrestling champion for Huntington and the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award recipient at the 1980 state tournament. Billy Gaffney went on to enjoy a very successful college mat career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he captained the team. His name is emblazoned on the Blue Devil wrestling met inside a large white star, like his fellow state champs.

“I’ve been playing a sport every season for as long as I can remember and I always knew I that wanted to continue into college,” Ms. Gaffney said. College coaches made their pitches to the teenager and she talked over her options with her parents and went on some campus visits before making her decision.

“I am interested in majoring in communications and Boston’s program is ranked fourth in the country,” Ms. Gaffney said. “To be able to be a part of such a well renowned department and play a D-I sport is more than anything I could have ever asked for. The coaches are amazing and the city location is ideal for me.”

With seven months to go in her senior year, Ms. Gaffney is clearly looking to make every day count. “I transferred to Huntington as a sophomore and that is easily one of the best decisions I have ever made,” she said. “The memories I have made here, both on and off the field, I will keep forever. The teachers at Huntington have helped to make my experience here even more special. I’d like to thank Mr. [Steve] Lashin especially for always believing in me and cheering me on.”

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Ryann Gaffney (No. 17) has been splendid for Huntington. (Darin Reed photo)
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Ryann Gaffney (No. 17) has been splendid for Huntington. (Darin Reed photo)
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Ryann Gaffney (No. 17) has been splendid for Huntington. (Darin Reed photo)
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