CORNING - Corning’s Erin Terwilliger became the first ever signee in Hawks history to make her college plans official for the sport of rugby when she penned her name to attend Quinnipiac University Thursday.

“I never thought this day would be here, but it is,” said Terwilliger. “It felt really good, I can’t believe that it happened. I’m just honored Mr. (Bill) Pierce fought for me and I was able to have a signing here.”

Academics as well as athletics influenced Terwilligers decision to attend Quinnipiac rather than other choices Harvard, Penn State and St. Bonaventure.

“Not only is Quinnipiac a great rugby school, but it has a nursing program that I wanted to get in to so that was a big part to it,” Terwilliger said.

Terwilliger will be joining a rugby program that has won three National Intercollegiate Rugby Championships since the program’s inception in 2011.

“I’m going to be really nervous at first, but I’ve met a couple of my teammates and they are amazing,” said Terwilliger. “I just have to keep working hard and never slack off while I’m playing. Hopefully I can compete with them as well.”

Terwilliger is currently playing rugby for her hometown team, the Corning Girls Rugby Club after winning multiple award with the Orchard Park Rugby Club. Terwilliger was also named the “U18 Overall Winner Award” at the Women’s U18 Rugby Combine.

“Erin’s desire to play at a higher level, while seeking a degree, has only eclipsed the hard work it took her to make NCAA Ruby at Quinnipiac a reality,” Quinnipiac head coach Becky Carlson said in a press release. “We are incredibly excited to witness the impact and contributions Erin has to offer as a player and a person.”