The crowd was out the door and into the hallway outside the film room at St. Anne's-Belfield School's Conway Convocation Center after school on Wednesday afternoon.
Family and friends gathered to watch a trio of STAB lacrosse players sign their letters of intent to continue their careers in college, with Sadie Bryant set to attend Gardner-Webb University, Audrey Schreck headed to the University of Denver, and Eric Buhle bound for the University of Richmond.
Schreck says college lacrosse had been a goal of hers since she started watching her older brother Charles, now a junior at the University of Delaware, play the game. Schreck was a first-team All-VISAA selection as a junior last spring, after being named to the second team as a sophomore in 2013.
Schreck was also named an All-American by US Women's Lacrosse after her junior season. She committed to Denver prior to that junior year at STAB.
"Every aspect of Denver University fit perfectly for me, Schreck said Wednesday. "I love the academic side; the school is wonderful. The program is phenomenal. The coaches, I really got along with them well. And they're creating such a wonderful program."
Bryant will join a Gardner-Webb program that will make its debut in 2015. Albemarle High School alum and one-time STAB assistant Jacquelyn Duggins is the Bulldog's first-ever women's lacrosse coach.
Bryant was a VISAA all-state first team selection last year with the Saints, and as a sophomore on Covenant's state title-winning team in 2013. She committed to Gardner-Webb last January.
"I play field hockey as well. And when that came to an end this year, it was sad," Bryant said. "And I couldn't imagine lacrosse coming to an end like that too, and not being able to play for four more years. So it's exciting to know that I have four more years to go."
Buhle is also joining a fledgling college lacrosse program. The Spiders reached the NCAA Tournament in their first-ever season in 2014.
Buhle was an All-VISAA first-team goalie for the Saints last spring. He committed to Richmond the summer after his sophomore season, before the Spiders had ever played a game.
"I'm really excited about it," Buhle said at Wednesday's ceremony. "I know the coaches have been doing a great job. They had a great season last year, and it's really definitely something to look forward to. And I think they've got a lot of potential."