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May 17, 2012

Whittier send nine players to the college gridiron


"When I went and visited Bridgewater, everything was just really nice," Surette said. "The athletic fields really stuck out at me."

Dubiel was a rock defensively for the Wildcats. playing safety alongside Surette. He will play a combination of linebacker and safety at Bridgewater State.

"He was our Rodney Harrison of the team with the way he can hit," said Bradley, referring to the former New England Patriots great. "He also has good speed and he'll end up having a good college career."

"I talked to the coach at Bridgewater and he was very nice to me," Dubiel said. "The football field also really stood out to me."

Melling played quarterback sparsely during his career at Whittier, but moved to wide receiver and will play that position at Western New England.

"He is one of the fastest kids in the school," Bradley said. "He's an example of why you just don't learn one position. The more you know, the more opportunities you get."

"My cousin played football at Western New England and that really drew me there," Melling said. "It also had a great campus and academics."

Lawlor was a stalwart on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Wildcats. He was sorely missed by the team in a couple of tough games against Shawsheen and Greater Lawrence.

"He's been one of the best linemen we've had here," Bradley said. "A lot of teams say you have one person they can't afford to lose. We couldn't have afforded to lose Pat Lawlor, and it cost us last year."

"They were one of the only schools I looked at that had the major I wanted (marine engineering) and also provided an opportunity to play football," Lawlor said of Massachusetts Maritime.

McGrath had a stellar year at running back for the Wildcats, highlighted by a performance against Lynn Tech when he ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries. McGrath plans to go into sports management at Nichols.

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