Nicholas Bartone signed his National Letter of Intent to play Lacrosse for Division II Mercyhurst University, in Erie PA. on Tuesday in the Corning Painted-Post High School cafeteria.

“It felt amazing to finally sign in front of all my family and friends,” Bartone said. “It was picture perfect, I wouldn’t have it another way, they are a big part of my game.”

Nick has been a midfielder for the Hawks varsity team for the past two seasons.

As a member of the 2016 team, Nick helped the Hawks capture a Section IV title and reach the NYSPHSAA semi-finals and hopes to have a strong senior season.

“It’s going to be a tough road (this season),” said Bartone. “Hopefully we’ll come back stronger this year and make it all the way.”

Bartone will be joining a Mercyhurst squad that had a 15-3 record last year and will feature three athletes from Corning including current Laker sophomore and fellow high school senior Mike Rossi next season.

“Their (Mercyhurst’s) lacrosse program is impecible, I can’t wait to play under coach Ryan who is a great coach,” said Bartone. “They have a great team right now with a great system.”

For Bartone, its always been a goal to play college lacrosse.

"It's always been a dream of mine," said Bartone. "I remember telling my parents in eighth grade that I wanted to play college lacrosse, so finally being able to do that is a large weight off my shoulders. I can finally say I made it, but it's still a long road ahead."

In addition to Lacrosse, Nick returned to the pool after four years off to help lead the Hawks swim team as a varsity captain this year, is a high honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society.

At Mercyhurst, Nick will attend the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Science. After graduation, Nick is planning to serve in the United States Marines Corps and work for the United States Government as an Intelligence Officer.

“Mercyhurst is one of the only schools in the country that has the intelligence program, which is really what I fell in love with,” Bartone said. "After college, I want to go in to the marine division as an intelligence officer in the FBI or the CIA."