McAuley standout officially commits to BC

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McAuley senior Alexa Coulombe, one of the state’s premier girls’ basketball players, signs her National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning to attend and play basketball at Boston College. Coulombe, McAuley’s 2010 Winter Athlete of the Year and a huge part of last year’s Class A state championship team, said that Boston College was long her top choice.

“It’s always been my dream to go to BC,” said Coulombe, who’s undecided on a major. “When they came knocking, it was pretty exciting. I really like the coaching staff. Their philosophy will be good for me. I’ve met a lot of the team and I like them all. It balances well with academics. I’m supposed to be playing out on the wing. I’m getting ready for that.”

“I think she’ll do great,” first-year McAuley coach Billy Goodman said. “She can play on the wing. She can play forward. She can shoot the ball. She can play good defense. I don’t see weaknesses. There aren’t a lot of girls who go Division I. It’s good to know that people will come watch a Division I player this year. There are a lot of other good players on this team. We should be fun to watch.”

The Lions open their title defense Friday, Dec. 9, at Noble.

Photographed with Coulombe (clockwise): her sister, Lauren Coulombe, McAuley athletic director Joe Kilmartin, Goodman, Dudley Davis from The Basketball Academy, New England Crusaders coach Kara Leary, father Dennis Coulombe and mother Mandi Coulombe.