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Athlete of the Week is Garden City's Michaela Bruno

Garden City's Michaela Bruno hits the ball in

Garden City's Michaela Bruno hits the ball in the second half during the Long Island Class B championship on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at Cold Spring Harbor High School. Credit: Bob Sorensen

Michaela Bruno doesn't want field hockey to end . . . so she did something about it.

The Garden City senior midfielder and Newsday's reigning Nassau Player of the Year committed to Georgetown for lacrosse, and said Friday she will be playing field hockey for the Hoyas, too.

Bruno is having one of her most productive weeks this season with 10 points through her last four games. The first in that stretch was an 8-0 win over Oyster Bay on Monday, where Bruno had three goals in the first half for her first hat trick of the season.

"It felt really great and it was actually our coach's 400th win," said Bruno, the leading scorer for the undefeated Trojans (12-0) with 25 points. "I thought it made the game special for me and for her. I guess it's like a thank you."

But Garden City coach Diane Chapman is the thankful one. She said her captain is a versatile and dependable player with a superior work ethic.

Chapman added that Bruno, the Trojans' main striker on penalty corners, usually gets assists from deflections in front, but has been finding the back of the cage more often this past week.

"Her skill level is just a little bit higher than the others," Chapman said. "She's able to carry the ball 50-75 yards and beat other team's defenses. She just has incredible stick skills and she's always been an incredible athlete.

"It's like having another coach on the field because she can see the game so well and she's able to help her teammates get into the right spot."

Added Bruno: "I'm the shooter on the corners, but I also know when to not shoot. It's not all about getting a goal, it's about finding the best option."


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