By Robert Mingolelli
“Determined, confident, athletic and kind,” shared GD guidance counselor Nancy Charbonneau. “Aidan will be attending Endicott College in the fall and majoring in criminal justice, and also playing lacrosse.
Aidan McDonough, a senior at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, has maintained a solid grade point average while still being heavily involved in athletics, extracurricular activities and a part-time job.
“Aidan comes from a strong, close family and has learned from his parents, Kathryn and Robert, responsibility, trustworthiness and independence. Aidan’s older brother, Liam, a sophomore at UMass Lowell, has been a positive influence, showing him firsthand how he successfully balances academics with his athletics,” continued Charbonneau.
Several high school staff members and coaches offered the following thoughts about him as a student/athlete.
“Aidan has always been a great teammate for us,” said Groton-Dunstable assistant principal Rick Arena who coached him his freshman and sophomore years at GD. “He always practiced hard and proved he just wanted to get better as evidenced by how he played last year and why he was selected Captain this his senior year.”
“Aidan would have been major force in Central Mass, and in fact, the state this year,” related lacrosse coach Rick Clark who replaced coach Arena. “He would be the first one out on the field, practicing his face off skills and moves. During 2019, there were several games where he was above the 90% win factor in face-offs.”
Asked about a solid game on his part during high school, Aidan replied, “last year when we played Littleton, I scored two goals and won most of my face-offs against two very experienced players.”
“Obviously, his dedication to self-improvement and personal development to this important area of the game will be sorely missed at GD and nearly impos- sible to replace. He will be a great addition to the Endicott College lacrosse program,” concluded coach Clark.