Assumption College student Caitlin Wallace feels lucky to have found the right school to take her hockey skills to after high school.
"It's a perfect match," the 17-year-old said of her decision to accept a scholarship to the Rochester Institute of Technology. "It's not too far from home, they have my program and I got along very well with the coach.
"It's a dream come true. I've been working on it my whole life."
Wallace will join the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers in September as the team looks to continue its establishment as an NCAA Division I school.
RIT won the Division III girls hockey championship last season before accepting a promotion to Division I this year.
Currently in second place in the College Hockey America conference, the team has handled the transition well and Wallace looks forward to joining the Tigers next season.
"They've been winning a lot of games and beating some of the higher-ranked teams," she said. "I think they are doing alright with the move."
Wallace began her time at the rink before she could skate, watching her older brothers Joshua and Jordan play hockey for the Brantford 99ers. She played in the Brantford Minor Hockey Association for a few years before moving to the Brantford Girls Hockey Association.
Her hockey skills eventually took her to Ancaster to play at a higher level. After returning to Brantford for a season in 2011, Wallace now plays for the Stoney Creek Sabres in the Provincial Women's Hockey League.
Her skills as a playmaker earned her interest from several post-secondary schools in the U.S. and Canada.
But after learning that RIT had her desired business marketing program, Wallace went on a campus tour and met with head coach Scott McDonald.
McDonald contacted Wallace on the first day of her recruitment eligibility last July and has maintained steady communication since.
The proximity of Rochester to Brantford played a part in Wallace's decision, as she wanted her brothers and parents – Jamie and Cathy – to be able to make the trip to see her play.
"They are excited because it's so close," Wallace said.
Paris District High School graduate and Drumbo native Morgan Scoyne will be playing her third season with the Tigers when Wallace arrives in the fall.