Alexa Bollnow Commits to NCAA Division III Hamilton
Team Illinois is proud to announce that forward Alexa Bollnow has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Coach Emily McNamara at Hamilton College in Clinton New York next fall. The Continentals compete in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). They face of regularly against Amherst, Endicott, SUNY Morrisville, Middlebury, Wesleyan, and SUNY Oswego, among others.
The team hosts its home games at Sage Rink which is located right on the beautiful Hamilton campus. Alexa is planning to study math and statistics or economics and hopes to use their alumni network to find a job back home in Chicago.
What really attracted Alexa to the school was its high academic history coupled with the fact that she can also play in an extremely competitive hockey league. She noted, “Hamilton College has always been a school that I’ve had my eye on for a long time. The school is a little far from home, but knowing that the team has a family atmosphere and an exceptional hockey program, it truly made that distance less of a concern.”
Hamilton became Alexa’s top choice because academic rigor is Hamilton’s strong suit. Students are encouraged to study outside their comfort zones and they have a devoted network of alumni and career center professionals who will help you find your future.
Alexa has played for Team Illinois the last two years. She also enjoys various sports including softball. She stays incredibly active and places a high emphasis on her off ice workouts and mental preparation.
She is truly thankful for the support her family and coaches have offered over the years. “My parents have always been there for me throughout my hockey career making many sacrifices in order for me to play,” said Alexa. “My dad has never missed a single game or a practice and my parents are my biggest fans. I also need to thank my Aunt Marcy who is my biggest supporter and always cheers me on.” She also thanks Coach Tom Boyles. “He is constantly pushing me to learn and expand my hockey knowledge.” “I also need to thank Coach Larry Pedrie. He has always believed in me. It would have been hard to make it this far without his support.” “And definitely Coach Kenny,” Alexa adds. “He has coached me for the last four years and has been a part of this journey too.
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