MADISON – Two Madison High School student-athletes officially signed to further their academic and athletic careers in Wednesday’s National Signing Day ceremony at the
school’s Media Center.
Chase Cmaylo signed to continue her field hockey career at Colgate University, while Clare Culligan will play women’s lacrosse at Lafayette College.
Cmaylo was a big part in the success of Madison field hockey over the last three seasons. She finished her Dodger career with 15 goals and eight assists her senior season as
Madison reached the sectional final. The Dodgers won the Morris County Tournament last season.
Cmaylo’s older sister went to Colgate, so there was familiarity with the school.
“When I was narrowing down my search for field hockey, they really stood out to me,” Cmaylo said. “I love all of the coaching staff. I’m really excited to be part of the team.”
Knowing a lot about the school with her ties, Cmaylo is ready to make an impact with the school out of Hamilton, N.Y. The Madison senior officially committed to Colgate in July 2019. Cmaylo saw the rise of the Madison field hockey program over the years.
“I was a varsity starter the last three years and it’s a really special program,” she said. “We have a lot of core values that we stay true to. I was really happy to be apart of it. I
know when I started we had a lot of girls on the team who were super experienced, and I think that played a huge role.”
For Culligan, Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. was the perfect fit.
“Lafayette has incredible academics. I just love the team, the location. Everything about there is just the perfect fit,” she said. “I was looking for somewhere that had a great
balance of academics and athletics. I was looking for a smaller school and a friendly team environment. When I stepped foot on campus it really just clicked.”
Culligan has been an impactful player for the Dodgers over the years. Madison reached the Group 2 final in 2019, finishing the season with a 17-5 record and a sectional title.
As a junior, Culligan finished with 67 goals and 20 assists. She also had 109 draw controls. Culligan’s sophomore campaign saw her score 46 goals to go along with 15 assists, 78 draw controls and 24 ground balls. Culligan’s freshman year also saw a ton of positives, as she put in 41 goals.
She will look to have a strong senior season in her last showing before she heads off to college.
“I expect to have a really strong season. We have lots of returners, and a lot of them have a lot of varsity experience,” Culligan said. “I’m really excited for this season.”
Culligan committed in September of her junior year.Madison will look to continue to make history after last season’s run.
“The program has come so far,” Culligan said. “When I was a freshman we were good, but last year we had an incredible season. That was incredible to be apart of.”
Culligan started playing lacrosse in third grade. She immediately fell in love with thesport.
“I loved how it combined hand-eye coordination, but also I could utilize my speed. I’ve loved the game ever since,” the senior said.