|By Kevin Devlin
“It’s been a long time since she has played for Bobby Miller and the South Boston Sharks in the local youth league, but Micaela has kept the same work ethic instilled while competing with the boys”
There’s hardly any dispute that hard work, determination, focus, diligence, sacrifice, are all necessary ingredients when it comes to being a winner. There can be little doubt that South Boston’s Micaela Long is part of that elite class of student-athletic that knows what it takes to succeed. And, as a result, Micaela will be attending the University of New Hampshire (UNH) next September on a full scholarship and will be playing ice hockey.
Micaela is a three-sport standout in ice hockey, field hockey and softball at Pompret School, and was team captain for all three teams during her junior year. She set a New England Prep School single-season record for points scored with 111 during the 2003-2004, and then in her junior year, 2004-2005, she became Pompret’s all-time leading scorer.
Micaela was invited to the U.S. National Camp in 2002, 03, 04, and 05, and was the USA National Skills 19 under champion as a sixteen-year old in 2003. She also led Asabet Valley to two national championships. Micaela was selected to the New England Prep All-Star First Team in 2004 and 2005. And, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Forward Award at Hockey Night in Boston in 2003 and 2004. Her resume is incredibly impressive and reads like “Who’s Who in the Women’s Hockey World.”
Mom and dad, Timmy and Sheila, are overwhelmingly proud of their daughter and what she had done so far in her young life.
“We are very, very proud of Micaela for all her accomplishments and admire her focus,” said Timmy. “She’s worked hard and made the personal sacrifices to get where she is today. Micaela has a lot of fun and always keeps her success in perspective, always levelheaded, always looking to learn, becoming a true student of the game.
“It’s been a long time since she has played for Bobby Miller and the South Boston Sharks in the local youth league,” added Timmy. “But, Micaela has kept the same work ethic within her while competing with the boys.”
Micaela knows that thus far in life, she has been incredibly fortunate with the opportunities presented to her, and she has not wasted one second capitalizing on them, turning these opportunities into success by sheer hard work and determination
“I’ve had a dream experience at Pompret School these past four years, said Micaela. “The academic, social, and athletic experience has been surreal. The experience of attending a prep school, making friends from all over the United States and Canada has been invaluable. Although the school is only a little over an hours drive from South Boston, it has taught me to be self-reliant. It’s been a dream experience, but Southie will always bee my home.
“But now I’m ready to move onto Division I hockey at the University of New Hampshire,” Micaela concluded. “I can’t wait to play against my Pomfret friends at Harvard, Vermont, Brown, and Wisconsin, and my Southie friends Pam McDevitt and Brit Lomond at Providence.”
Micaela will finish up this academic and athletic year at Pompret School and ready herself for Division I competition at UNH. Her story reads like a fairy tale come true where the young heroine does everything right to realize her dreams.
Bottom line, Micaela’s done what she has needed to do and will continue to be a bright, shining light for all of us to watch and admire.