Surrounded by family members and coaches, Oyster Bay High School senior Michela Rutigliano has signed a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse for the Owls at Southern Connecticut State University. Michela, a defender and midfielder, has played varsity lacrosse at Oyster Bay High School since her freshman year and helped the team compete in several county championships. She is an Unsung Hero award winner and has played travel lacrosse for seven years.
“Michela is incredibly fast and athletic with really good game sense,” said Mr. Charles Rizzuto, coach for Oyster Bay High School’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team. “She is one of the hardest working student-athletes that I have been lucky enough to coach and she is somebody that our younger players in the program look up to."
A three-season athlete, Michela also excels in winter track and cross country, coached by Mr. Kevin Cotter, and captains both teams. She recently earned All-Conference in cross country for the 5th consecutive year and competed in States five times. In winter track, she was named All County three times.
A scholar-athlete, Michela takes a rigorous course load of advanced placement and college-level courses. She plays flute in symphonic band, is the publicity officer for National Honor Society, and is also a member of the Student Leadership Athletic Program (SALP) Interact Club, Birthday Wishes Club, and volunteers for Friday Friends to help special needs children bond with teen volunteers though various activities.