POULTNEY, Vt. - The Green Mountain College women's basketball program began its recruiting for 2017-18 in full force behind first-year head coach Brad Rideout this fall. The Eagles are proud to announce the first member of the '17-'18 recruiting class will be Arlington, Vermont native Riley Lane who recently made her financial commitment to the College.
Lane will switch from the Maroon and White Eagles uniform she wore at Arlington Memorial High School to the Green and Gold of the Green Mountain College Eagles uniform next season.
"Riley is a great first addition to our program," said Rideout. "She brings a terrific work ethic and great energy to our program. Riley has the ability to do a variety of things well on the court and gives us positional flexibility with her in the lineup. She is also a very hard worker in the classroom and is a valuable addition to the Green Mountain community both on and off the court."
Lane, a 5-6 guard joins the Eagles after a very successful career playing for AMHS under Head Coach Larry Andrews. As a starting guard this year and varsity member since the eighth grade, Lane has helped lead her team to multiple Vermont Division IV quarterfinal appearances as well as a D IV finals appearance in 2013.
"[Riley is a] gifted athlete who is willing to leave it all on the court and [will be] a bonus for Green Mountain College both on and off the court," said Andrews.
With Lane as a senior leader, AMHS played to a 12-10 record overall in 2016-17 which resulted in the fifth seed in the Vermont girls' basketball championships this winter. She averaged 11.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists during the season, but saved her best for the last few games, scoring 17 points in the win over Whitchester to advance to the quarterfinals and then 24 points in the one-point loss to Cabot in the quarterfinal game.
As both a junior and a senior, Lane was recognized on the Marble Valley League All-League Team. She has also played on the AAU circuit for the Mack Attack program based out of Arlington.
For Lane who will be beginning her degree in Elementary Education next fall, GMC held a familiar feel to her experience in high school which drew her to the Mountain.
"GMC is a lot like my high school, and that's why I love it," said Lane. "Both communities are small and so close-knit that everyone genuinely cares for each other, and that's what is most important. I am excited to start the new chapter of my life at GMC; it really feels like home."
Lane joins an Eagles' team that graduated just one senior from its 2016-17 squad which will look to continue building a program to compete within the North Atlantic Conference.