Three seniors at The Summit Country Day School were recognized for advancing their academic and athletic careers to the collegiate level on March 20 during a ceremony in St. Cecilia Hall.
Two seniors will lace up their cleats and step out onto the pitch. Caitlin Barnes, Hyde Park, will play soccer at Division III Washington and Lee in Virginia. Bennett Caruso, Hyde Park, will play soccer at Division III University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.
Their classmate Wil Eads, Loveland, will strap on the pads to play football for the Division I Eastern Kentucky University Colonels.
Caitlin was a three-year varsity soccer player and member of the 2015 and 2017 state championship teams. In 64 career games, Caitlin scored 11 goals and recorded 13 assists. Caitlin was named second-team all-Miami Valley Conference this season. On two occasions, she was named to the all-Southwest Ohio academic team and was named an all-Ohio scholar this year.
According to varsity girls’ soccer head coach Mike Fee, Caitlin was one of the program’s more versatile players the last four years.
As a junior, she started as a defender. Last season, she moved into the attacking midfielder role and responded by being the team’s third leading scorer.
“Not many players could have embraced that change and held the same level of success on the field,” Coach Fee said. “We will miss her enthusiasm next season, but are thrilled that she is attending such a great school and will be representing us at the next level."
Caitlin plans to study politics with a minor in poverty and human capabilities studies. She plans to attend law school, too.
"Throughout my college process, I didn't think I could find an academically-rigorous school and play soccer,” Caitlin said. “Finding W&L completely changed my perspective. When I stepped on campus, everything felt right. Now, I have the honor of attending a school that will challenge me intellectually, push me athletically and shape me to be the best person I can be.”
Bennett has had a hand in three state championships as a member of the boys’ soccer team.
Bennett was the team’s second leading scorer this season with nine goals and nine assists.
He plans to study business administration with a minor in exercise science.
In his Summit football career, Wil was a North/South all-Star game and all-Ohio selection in 2019, a two-time all-City and all-MVC performer. He eclipsed 1,000-career yards in both receiving and rushing. He also has 22 career touchdowns.
“Wil is an amazing player, leader and person,” Summit football head coach Justin Isaacs said. “I tried to ensure he knew he had to earn everything. He has a quiet confidence and truly transcends what it means to be a Summit football player. Eastern Kentucky University is receiving one of Summit’s best.”
He is also a standout baseball player for The Silver Knights. Wil is weighing his options between criminal justice and sport management at EKU.
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