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Burr and Burton’s Abby Farrington moves the ball upfield during a game this season. Farrington signed this week to play college field hockey at St. Michael’s College.

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MANCHESTER — Burr and Burton Academy senior Abby Farrington, has officially signed to play field hockey for Saint Michael’s College.

Farrington’s field hockey career began at Mount Anthony Union High School, but with a cancellation of its program in 2019, she fortunately established a member-to-member agreement with BBA and continued playing.

With BBA proving to be a positive fit both athletically and academically, she transferred there as a full-time, student-athlete her senior year. An integral part of the Bulldogs’ field hockey success during her two years with the team, Farrington helped them to reach play in a state semifinal game in 2019 and a state championship game in 2020. She was also named a team captain her senior year.

Field Hockey Coach Barb Miceli, noted that beyond her play on the field Farrington contributes to making the team better through her leadership by example.

“Abby works tirelessly on her skills and inspires others to do the same,” Miceli said.

During the ups and downs of the season and specifically in the shadow of COVID-19 Miceli says that Abby’s voice remained constant, reminding the team to “stay positive, keep their hopes up and to be grateful that they had the chance to play this year.” Even though Abby arrived at BBA late in her high school career, Miceli said that, “Abby is one of those students who fully embodies BBA’s mission of responsibility, integrity and service. She has been a great addition to our program as a whole.”

Located in Winooski, VT, Saint Michael’s competes at the Division II level in athletics, and was recently named one of 2021’s Best 386 Academic Colleges by The Princeton Review.

“Abby’s pursuit of excellence is obvious beyond the field hockey pitch. She is just as dedicated in the classroom and around campus,” says Director of Athletics, Dave Miceli.

He highlights her involvement with the Bulldog Leadership Summit Retreat as just one example of her immediate immersion into BBA life and the impact she has made at Burr and Burton. Looking to the future, Miceli feels, “Abby truly understands that great athletes are made long before the fans are in the stands. I am confident that she will excel at St. Michael’s for the same reason she excelled here — she puts in the work every day.”

While Farrington has proudly completed her high school field hockey career at Burr and Burton, she still has an ice hockey and lacrosse season left to participate in before moving on to college level athletics. Abby has also played with a club team, ADK Field Hockey, in the Albany, N.Y. area for the last three years, and plans to train with them throughout the summer months prior to heading off to St. Mike’s.

Her mother, Becky (Marsden) Farrington also attended Saint Michael’s College as a scholarship athlete (basketball), and is a graduate of the class of 1996.


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