Top: Boden Landers, pictured with his parents at RHAM’s signing day, will play lacrosse at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Bottom: Sean Braunwart, pictured with his parents, will play lacrosse at Clark University
Boden Landers and Sean Braunwart starred as teammates on the lacrosse fields at RHAM High School this past spring and will now play collegiate lacrosse at separate locations in Massachusetts.
Landers will attend Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) in Boston to study mechanical engineering and Braunwart will attend Clark University in Worcester to major in accounting.
Landers made all-conference this season after serving as one of the team’s main scoring threats, including a career-high eight-goal performance in a win over Rockville on April 16.
He also played football in the fall and wrestled in the winter at RHAM, calling his senior wrestling campaign, “fun the entire season.”
With Lander’s help, RHAM wrestling won their third straight Central Connecticut Conference (CCC) East title following an 18-1 regular season this winter. The Raptors would finish 4th overall at the Class M meet at states.
“There’s a lot of friend that I will miss,” Landers, a Hebron native, said about leaving RHAM. “I will miss this town; I love this town.”
Landers will now join a Leopards lacrosse program led by longtime coach Dan Russo, who led the program to their most wins in seven years this spring, which included a berth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament.
He said that he knew WIT was the place for him when he went for his official visit and talked to Russo.
“When I saw the campus I knew it was the school and the fact that they had lacrosse was the cherry on top,” said Landers, who added the idea of living in Beantown was intriguing. “I have never lived in a city, so just meeting people and finding new things to do is going to be very exciting.”
Braunwart was a standout at long stick midfielder and defender for a Raptors team that held multiple opponents to three or fewer goals.
He also coached and officiated youth lacrosse for the town of Hebron, along with being part of Model UN and National Honor Society at the school.
In going to Clark, Braunwart is following in the footsteps of his brother and 2021-RHAM graduate Kevin Braunwart, who is entering his sophomore year at the school and is part of the Cougars cross-country team.
The younger Braunwart will be joining a Cougars lacrosse team that plays in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and are led by Jeff Cohen, who has the most wins in program history and is entering his 15th year in Worchester.
Braunwart said that success of the lacrosse program sealed his decision to fully commit to the school, adding, “I’m excited to be part of the team.”
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