Taylor Gladd has verbally committed to play field hockey at Cornell, she and Garden City coach Diane Chapman said.

"I really wanted to go for good academics, and I love the coaches and the campus," said Gladd, who will be a junior next season. "The players all made me feel welcomed when I visited. I could really see myself there."

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Chapman said Cornell will get a smart, skilled player on both sides of the ball, one who is so dedicated to her craft that she regularly travels about 160 miles roundtrip to Monmouth University to play club field hockey for Jersey Intensity.

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Glaad, a midfielder, also played in the Junior Olympics last summer.

"Every day when she comes to practice, she always brings her best and always wants to get better," Chapman said. "She plays all year round, which shows you how committed she is as a field hockey player. It's great to have an athlete so dedicated to becoming a better player."