BRONXVILLE, N.Y. When it came time for James McNamara to make a decision about college and hockey, the Bronxville senior consulted his older brother, Brian.
After a lengthy conversation, McNamara took his brother's advice. The outstanding defenseman on the Eastchester/Tuckahoe/Bronxville hockey team, which reached the Section 1 Division I final, will attend Choate Rosemary Hall, a prep school in Wallingford, Conn. Like his brother, McNamara plans to play hockey in college after Choate.
Brian McNamara, who was also a member of the Eagles hockey team before graduating, also attended Choate. He is now a sophomore at Williams College and a defenseman on the hockey team.
"He has been so important to my hockey career, helping me so much with everything," James McNamara said of his older brother. "My brother went to Choate, and he said it was amazing. He loved everything about Choate. He said the academics were excellent. He said there were at least 15 college scouts at every hockey game.
"I'm excited, but I know it is going to take a lot of hard work. Prep school hockey is a step up, but I hope to be able to go in and contribute."
McNamara, a four-year varsity player and a top defenseman last year with Frank Sherding, put himself in position to play at Choate and in college with a challenging junior schedule.
McNamara, who finished with seven goals and 15 assists, and his teammates went 19-4 and played in their first Section 1 Division I title game. It was the finest season in program history.
"We came a long way," McNamara said of his four years on varsity. "This season, a lot of people didn't think we'd get that far, but we went as far as we could possibly go. This was the most fun playing hockey. It was a great season, and I was able to play with friends."
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