Lincoln's Thompson, NP's Amico sign NLIs to Stonehill College

Lincoln's Thompson, NP's Amico sign NLIs to Stonehill College

Lincoln's Camryn Thompson, left, and North Providence's Aria Amico, right, signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday afternoon to continue their academic and soccer careers at Stonehill College of the Northeast-10 Conference. (Breeze photos by Eric Benevides)
Ready for the next step: High school soccer stars will continue their careers at Northeast-10 Conference school in Easton, Mass.

The Stonehill College women's soccer team didn't have any Rhode Island players on its roster last season, but the Skyhawks promise to have two players from this area in uniform this fall.

Lincoln High's Camryn Thompson and North Providence High's Aria Amico signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday afternoon – just 45 minutes apart from each other in their school's libraries – to continue their academic and soccer careers at the Northeast-10 Conference school, less than an hour away in Easton, Mass.

Both players made verbal commitments to the school before they took the field for their high school teams last fall, but weren't able to make their plans officials until the NLI’s signing period for soccer and football players began on Wednesday.

Amico was the first player to ink her paperwork, doing so at 1 p.m. in front of her family and friends. A three-time Division II all-star as a forward and a midfielder, Amico will now turn her full attention to goalkeeping, which she played during her time with the Smithfield-based Bayside F.C. premier club.

Amico had looked at a few D-II schools in New England, including two of the Skyhawks' Northeast-10 Conference rivals, Assumption College and Southern Connecticut State University, but she chose Stonehill and wants to study to be a physician assistant.

Thompson had a bigger gathering at her signing, which not only included her family and friends, but also her LHS teammates, head coach Chris Allen, principal Kevin McNamara, and Superintendent Georgia Fortunato.

Thompson, who was a two-time First-Team All-State pick and team captain, established herself as one of the state’s premier center midfielders. With the Lions fielding two of the youngest teams in Division I over the past two seasons, Thompson played a leading role in helping them total 18 regular-season victories.

Among the other schools she looked at were Division I Marist College and the Northeast-10's University of New Haven.