DURHAM, N.C. – Duke field hockey head coach Pam Bustin and the Blue Devil staff welcomed the addition of seven incoming players to the program for the 2014 campaign. Midfielder Alyssa Chillano comes to Duke from Phoenixville, Pa.
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Prior to Duke: Chillano was a member of the U.S. U21 junior national team that qualified for the 2013 Junior World Cup with a strong showing in Mexico during the fall of 2012. The Phoenixville, Penn., native has also been a member of the U19 and U17 junior squads and has competed in the U.S. Futures Elite program. An NFHCA first team All-American as a junior and a two-time all-state honoree, Chillano will join the Duke midfield from Spring-Ford High School in Royersford, Penn.
Bustin’s Take: "Alyssa comes to Duke with an impressive hockey résumé. Her US team and international experiences should assist Alyssa with her high school to top NCAA Division I competition transition. She has playing experiences with many of her new Duke teammates and understands the routine of elite preparation. Her natural leadership qualities matched with her own disciplined work ethic will complement our program's already dedicated structure."
What is your favorite field hockey memory?
AC: My best field hockey memory is when we (U21 National Team) qualified in Mexico for the Junior World Cup. Everyone was so happy and it was such a feeling of accomplishment.
When did you start playing field hockey?
AC: My grandmother encouraged me to start playing field hockey when I was five years old. I had no interest in the sport, but once I stepped out on to the field I fell in love. I was always a go-getter in my early days and never wanted to let the other team score.
Why did you choose Duke?
AC: I chose Duke because I felt right at home on campus and with the team. Duke is a great school for me, academically and sports-wise, and I know I will prosper in the positive, knowledgeable programs at Duke.
What are your goals for your collegiate career?
AC: Freshman player of the year, All American, Help DUFH win multiple national championships
Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
AC: My parents have made the biggest impact on my life. They have done everything in their power to help me be successful and accomplish all of my goals personally, academically and physically. No matter what, they are always by my side supporting me and cheering me on.
Favorite athlete: Ray Lewis is by far my favorite athlete. He is a great leader and always working to improve his game.
Hobbies: I like to hang out with friends and family, shopping and playing hockey in my free time … Oh, and I love watching new Netflix series.
Favorite movie: My favorite movie of all time is definitely Bridesmaids. I could quote the whole thing and watch it at any time.
Pre-game ritual/superstition: My hair has to be perfect for game time. I also use the same three or four hair ties until they break, I think its good luck. I love listening and dancing to music before a game. Anything with a good beat gets me pumped up and ready to go.
What do you plan to major in? My major is undecided, but I am interested in statistics and finance.
If you were to play another sport, what would it be? I would probably play volleyball, but I am too short and it is in the same season as field hockey. I think it’s a great team sport and really fun!
Hidden talent: I can make my eyeballs shake … a lot of people get freaked out by it, but I think it’s awesome!
Best advice you’ve received: “You have to fall in love with the process of becoming great.”
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In 10 years I see myself thriving in my career and settling down with a family.
To be a part of the Duke field hockey program is … an honor. The coaches and former players have molded the Duke Field Hockey program into one of the best in in the country, and for me to have the opportunity to be a part of that is incredible. I have worked hard to get to this point and will continue to strive to help the Duke Field Hockey team grow and succeed.