When she was 12, the only poster on Delaney Belinskas’ wall was for Boston College.
She had been playing hockey for several years by then, first donning skates in preschool, joining the 12-year-old’s travel team when she was in third grade, and playing through each winter season.
It was an unusual choice for a Floridian, living in what her parents described as the “softball capital of the world.” Yet, when her mother had tried to sign her up for something else—figure skating lessons were an option—Ms. Belinskas held firm. Her big sister, Sydney, was playing hockey and she would, too.
“I had to play with the boys growing up,” Ms. Belinskas said last week. “Coming in [to Williston] as a freshman, everyone was good. I wasn’t used to that.”
On Friday, the senior’s poster choice proved prophetic when she signed a national letter of intent to play with the Division 1 Boston College Eagles. Ms. Belinskas was joined at the ceremony by her teammates Rachel Rockwell ’16, who signed with Providence College, and Morgan Fisher ’16, who signed with the University of Connecticut.
Ms. Belinskas said that Boston College, the last school she had toured, felt like a natural fit.
“I chose Boston College because it felt right,” she said. “The team was welcoming, the coaches were cool, and it was my style.”
The forward, who was named to the All New England Second Team after last year’s incredible run of 20 victories, credited both her family and her teammates for helping her succeed.
“[My parents] have pushed me to be the best and try my hardest every moment of my life,” she wrote in an email. “Without their support and love I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Ms. Belinskas’ parents, Phyliss and Stephen, who flew from their home in Florida to attend the signing on Friday, said they had known deep down that their younger daughter, like Sydney who plays for Trinity College, would play competitively at the next level.
“She’s worked really hard to earn this,” Mrs. Belinskas said of Delaney.
While Ms. Belinskas’ college choice won’t take her far from Williston, she said one of the things, she’ll miss most about Williston is being able to play outside in the winter.
“I’ll miss skating on the pond,” she said. “It’s fun to be outdoors.”