Former Lowell Catholic star defenseman accepts offer from Sacred Heart University
LOWELL — A former Lowell Catholic High School hockey star has accepted an offer to play at the Division 1 level.
Andrius Kulbis-Marino, who graduated from Lowell Catholic in May, will play for Sacred Heart University and likely start his collegiate career in 2020.
Kulbis-Marino, a Methuen native, played four years at Lowell Catholic and developed into one of the top defensemen in the state.
A 6-foot-1, 175-pound blue-liner, Kulbis-Marino is currently attending Albany Academy in New York with his twin brother, Mikus, another former Lowell Catholic star.
Lowell Catholic athletic director Jack Fletcher, the former longtime hockey coach at Chelmsford High, said Kulbis-Marino was one of the top players on the ice when he saw Albany Academy play earlier this season.
“I’ll be honest with you, when I watched him (at Lowell Catholic) I thought he was as good as any defenseman we had at Chelmsford High. And we had some pretty good kids,” Fletcher said.
Kulbis-Marino was a major reason the Crusaders won the Div. 2 state championship in 2017.
As a junior, he collected 15 goals and 13 assists and led Lowell Catholic to a 20-2-2 season.
As a senior, Kulbis-Marino netted 17 goals and 19 assists. He was a two-time league MVP and the Sun Player of the Year after his junior season.
In 10 games with Albany, he has three goals and one assist.
Former Lowell Catholic coach Tom Curran, who coached Kulbis-Marino for his entire high school career, said his star defenseman also received interest from Holy Cross, West Point, Maine and UMass Lowell.
He will become the second Lowell Catholic hockey player to join a Division 1 program. Curran’s son, Dan, a goaltender, played at West Point.
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