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Nipmuc High School senior Rachel Bloznalis sits with her father Peter on February 6 as she prepares to sign her letter of intent to play soccer at Boston University next fall. Rachel was congratulated by Nipmuc Principal John Clements, Athletic Director Bill Leaver, and Girls Soccer coach Howard Cohen, who told her "it was a privilege and a pleasure to be your coach and to watch you grow as a person and as a player over the past four years." Rachel has enjoyed a tremendous career as an athlete at Nipmuc. She will be joining the Division I BU Terriers in the fall. Melissa Orff photo.


Nipmuc's Bloznalis Signs With BU
It's no secret, Nipmuc soccer star Rachel Bloznalis has known for awhile that she would be suiting up in the scarlet and white of Boston University for more than a year, but she made it official last Wednesday when she signed her letter of intent on the first day of signing for the fall season.
"It was really exciting to finally sign my letter," she said. "Since I committed as a junior, it was all verbal, nothing was written, so this made it official."
Signing day was the end of a long process for Bloznalis, but BU was always at the top of her list. "College soccer recruiting starts when you are a sophomore," she said. "Coaches start talking to you and you hear from all these schools and it is pretty overwhelming. There are so many schools to choose from. BU was always in my mind though because they have a good program."
Bloznalis said BU has everything she is looking for. She plans to major in a health sciences related field, a program offered by the school. The Terriers soccer team also has a competitive program and have made 10 trips to the NCAA tournament and won nine America East championships. Another connection for Bloznalis to the program was her coach in the Olympic Developmental Program, Liz Driscoll, who has served as an assistant coach for the Terriers.
Bloznalis was also swayed by the location on Allston's Commonwealth Ave. "It's a really good location for me, I love Boston," she said. "And I knew I wanted to go to a big school."
Bloznalis expects to play center back at the college level, a position she played for her club teams. She will join BU in a time of transition. The Terriers' athletic programs will move to the Patriot League beginning next season.
"It's nice to be going to a new league with some good competition," said Bloznalis. "They are still projected to be one of the top teams, but there will be more competition and more travel, but I don't mind that. I think it's cool to travel."
She made everything official on signing day in a ceremony at Nipmuc High School. NRHS Athletic Director Bill Leaver was in attendance along with Bloznalis' father, sister, coaches, and more than 20 friends and teammates.
"A few people talked and I signed it and then it was done," she said. "It's both a relief and exciting, everything is starting to happen."




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