NASHUA -- Bishop Guertin senior multi-sport athlete Connor Donahue, of Groton, inked his National Letter of Intent to play collegiate lacrosse at the University of Denver.
The Pioneers, who made it to the NCAA Division-1 Men's Lacrosse Finals last year in Philadelphia, heavily recruited the Bishop Guertin senior during his junior year with his club travel team, The Top Gun Fighting Clams. The U. of Denver was not the only school trying to leave a lasting impression on the Groton attackman.
Defending National Champion Loyola University, Hofstra, High Point and St. Joe's of Pennsylvania were all looking to sign the Lowell Sun and Nashua Telegraph All-Star. However, where he felt most comfortable was at the University of Denver.
"I was recruited about a year ago," Donahue said. "I did this whole travel circuit for lacrosse with the Fighting Clams last summer, and they saw me there at a couple of tournaments. I'm going into Denver undeclared, but I am looking to study something business-related."
Donahue has been a member of the Bishop Guertin Cardinals lacrosse team for the past four seasons.
The Cardinals have been very successful with Donahue in the line-up. Bishop Guertin has won three consecutive Division 1 New Hampshire State Championships.
"I started a little bit of my freshman year, but I have won three state championships in lacrosse," he said. "We are defending for the fourth this year -- we have a lot of our team coming back this year. It should be a good year; I'm excited."
Donahue is also the captain of the Cardinals' hockey team, which is in contention for the New Hampshire State Playoffs going into the final week of the regular season. Last year, however, other than the state titles, Donahue had the chance to make the trip of a lifetime to Africa.
Donahue, along with lacrosse teammate, Colin Swanson, traveled to Africa on a mission trip.
"We went through the school on a mission trip to St. Francis in Zambia," he said. "Brother Don, a teacher at the school, set up the trip for us. We do community service work -- we redid this band hall and painted it. The big part of it is living in the area and seeing what the kids are like, what the families are like."
Swanson and Donahue each brought over some lacrosse balls and sticks. The Bishop Guertin athletes transformed from missionaries to coaches of the young children in the village they were staying in.
"From the first day we got there, they treated us like celebrities," Donahue reflected. "All the kids wanted to do was hold your hand and talk and be around you. Me and one of my buddies I played lacrosse with, Colin Swanson, brought three sticks each, and the first day we gave them to all the kids. They didn't know the rules or anything, but they had more fun throwing the ball as far as they could, chasing after it and throwing it back.
"I would definitely go back in a heartbeat and do that again ... It was awesome."