Head down and focused on the task at hand, despite the affixed eyes of an audience and cameras flashing, Katie Trombetta, as she always had throughout her varsity career, executed near flawlessly Friday.
This time, it was penmanship.
The Sachem East star signed her national letter of intent to play field hockey at the University of Michigan.
"All those years and the sacrifices, thinking, 'Someday I'll play in college and it'll all be worth it,' " said Trombetta, 17, who last fall concluded a high school career that featured two state titles and three All-American selections. "Now it's finally set in stone."
Trombetta will follow in the footsteps -- and step on the old stamping grounds -- of her mother, Patti Trombetta, who also played field hockey for the Wolverines.
Katie committed to Michigan during her junior year and the decision was reaffirmed during an official visit last fall. "And the fact that my mom went there is really cool," she said.
Michigan is renowned for its academics and the field hockey team reached the Big Ten Tournament last season. The university recently began construction of a new field hockey facility that will host the 2015 NCAA championship.
"I couldn't be more proud of Katie and I'm thrilled for her," said Patti Trombetta, who was a defender at Michigan and later coached at Harborfields. "The bonus is that when I visit, I'll be able to see some of my old classmates who are still around."
Pierson/Bridgehampton's Kasey Gilbride signed to Richmond, and fellow All-Long Islanders Jamie Ahrens (Massapequa), Amanda Gargiulo (Clarke) and Sami Nizich (Smithtown East) are headed to Adelphi.
What Michigan gets in Trombetta is a versatile midfielder, one of Long Island's most accomplished athletes and a member of Team USA's junior national squad.
Blessed with talent -- her dad, Chris, played lacrosse at Delaware -- Katie worked diligently to improve her skills. She was a four-time All-Long Island selection and was named Newsday's Long Island Player of the Year as a junior and senior.
Katie, who is also a lacrosse standout, had several suitors, including Duke, Virginia and North Carolina, though she declined lacrosse offers. Her sophomore sister, Cara, recently committed to Florida for lacrosse.
"[Michigan] showed a lot of interest in me right away," said Trombetta, who plans to major in business, "and I felt comfortable there."