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Sachem East's Trombetta picks Michigan

Sachem East midfielder Kaitlin Trombetta passes the ball

Sachem East midfielder Kaitlin Trombetta passes the ball against Garden City in a non-league field hockey game. (Oct. 8, 2012) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

You know the saying, “Good things come to those who wait”? Well, Katie Trombetta gives credence to another: Good things come sooner to those who’re great.

By her sophomore year, she already was a state champion, an All-American and a two-time Newsday All-Long Island selection. So it comes as little surprise that less than two months into her junior year, the Sachem East star has made her college decision.

Trombetta gave a verbal commitment to the University of Michigan this week, accepting a scholarship to play field hockey.

“I loved all my options, but when it came down to it, it was a feeling,” she said. “Seeing everything there and how well they treated me made the decision easier. I had an awesome time.”

It certainly didn’t hurt that Katie’s mom, Patti, also played field hockey for the Wolverines.

Trombetta had several suitors including Virginia, Duke and Northwestern, but she became sold on Michigan after a visit two weeks ago.

“They showed a lot of interest in me; they started e-mailing me the first day they could,” said Trombetta, a midfielder who is widely regarded as Long Island’s most talented player. Her national profile was raised last summer after being selected to Team USA’s Under-17 squad. “I loved the school spirit, the facilities, and the coaching staff is amazing.”

Michigan field hockey is currently ranked 10th in the country. As for the academics: U-M was 29th in a U.S. News & World Report national poll. In addition, the Wolverines' 2012 recruiting class included Trombetta’s friend and fellow high school All-American Shannon Scavelli, who helped lead Lakeland to three straight New York Class B titles.

Trombetta, who is also a lacrosse standout, said she received offers from other universities to play that sport, “but I declined. After making the junior national team, I realized how much I loved field hockey and how much success I can have with it. I didn’t want to stress myself out with two different sports [in college].”

Trombetta leads Long Island with 32 points, including 20 goals, and the Flaming Arrows (16-0) concluded an undefeated regular season on Wednesday. The defending Class A state champs will begin their county title defense on Oct. 31 in the Suffolk quarterfinals.

Getting the college selection out of the way before the postseason “is certainly a big relief,” Trombetta said. “I can just focus on playing for Sachem East.”

Tags: Sachem East , Katie Trombetta , field hockey , University of Michigan

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