A Dual Decision: RHS Senior Jarrod Natola Commits to Curry College

Revere High School senior Jarrod Natola has committed to Curry College where he intends to continue his athletic career in lacrosse and football.

Natola has been in correspondence with the Cury coaching staffs and has notified the school of his decision. Curry, located in Milton, competes in the NCAA Division 3 Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Revere Athletic Director Frank Shea personally offered his congratulations to Natola, one of several, talented RHS athletes who have gone on to play collegiate sports in recent years.

“I congratulate Jarrod on his decision to attend Curry and continue in sports,” said Shea. “I know Jarrod really wants to get back on the field for Revere High soon and represent our program very well as he has done throughout his career.”

Shea started a tradition at Revere High of honoring college-bound athletes with stylish, letter-of-intent signing ceremonies inside the Merullo Fieldhouse. Because of COVID-19, those ceremonies have been put on hold.

A Prolific Scorer for RHS Lacrosse

Jarrod Natola began playing in the Revere youth lacrosse program in sixth grade at Della Russo Stadium. He later played youth lacrosse in Charlestown.

“My youth coach was Austin Powers and he became the head coach at Revere High when I began playing varsity as a freshman,” said Natola. “Mr. Powers was a great coach. He’s coached me since I started in the sport. I don’t think I’d be where I am without him. He’s definitely taught me a lot about lacrosse.”

As a freshman Natola became a starting attackman for RHS lacrosse and scored 32 goals. He was again very productive as a sophomore, netting 35 goals while playing alongside senior attackmen Ricky Briana and Nick Sujko. Eric Bua was the leading scorer for the Patriots who qualified for the MIAA Tournament.

His junior season this past spring was canceled due to the coronavirus. He did play lacrosse in the summer for a select regional team, 3D New England, which is based in Brookline.

He will return for his senior lacrosse season  at RHS under new head coach Zach McDannell. He hopes to be a captain of the 2021 RHS team.

 Natola, who is 5-feet-11 inches and weighs 200 pounds, was a cornerback for Coach Lou Cicatelli’s NEC champion football team. He will be returning to the team for the Fall 2 season in February and hopes to play defensive back and wide receiver.

“I think we’re going to have a very good team,” said Natola, who hopes to one of star quarterback Calvin Boudreau’s targets in the passing game.

Natola played in the youth basketball league at Immaculate Conception and for the Revere middle school team while he was a student at Rumney Marsh Academy. He currently plays basketball in the RHS program under Coach David Leary.

Planning for College

Jarrod, 18, is the son of Mark Natola and Anne Warham. His father played baseball and hockey at Revere High.

“They’re pretty much at all my games,” Jarrod said of his supportive parents.

He is looking forward to being a two-sport athlete at Curry, whose nickname is the Colonels.

“I visited the school three times and the campus and facilities are great,” said Natola. “I’m undecided on my major.”

Interestingly the Curry athletic director is Vinnie Eruzione of Winthrop.

Eruzione should appreciate Natola’s quest to play two collegiate sports. Eruzione himself played three sports at Holy Cross.

As he winds down his academic career at Revere High during these unprecedented times, Jarrod is grateful to the RHS faculty and staff who have prepared him well for college.

“I like Revere High a lot and I’ve definitely enjoyed my years there,” said Jarrod. “One teacher I definitely want to thank is my English teacher Mrs. [Elizabeth] Mirasolo, who’s been very supportive. And Mr. [Frank] Shea has built a great athletic program at Revere High.”

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