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FRANCESE CHOOSES THREE-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPS

RCK Field Hockey Star Gives Verbal Commitment To UConn

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Ahead of the season starting in less than two weeks, and with two full years of high school still left, Roy C. Ketcham field hockey star Violeta Francese wrapped up her recruiting process with the same diligence and intensity that she shows on the field.

Francese on Friday gave her verbal commitment to attend the University of Connecticut, a program steeped in excellence having won three of the last seven national championships.

The Huskies have won five national titles overall in 16 Final Four appearances, and last year were ranked third in the country and won their seventh consecutive Big East Conference regular-season and postseason championships.

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That’s the kind of legacy that would entice any elite field hockey player, but Francese said the biggest factor in her choice was schooling. She plans to major in kinesiology en route to becoming a doctor of physical therapy, and UConn’s program for that – like field hockey – is one of the best in the country.

“Plus, it’s only two hours away and it was the closest of the three schools that made offers,” Francese said.

American University and UMass have already made offers.

“The field hockey pedigree of a program was not as important (in the choice),” she said. “I was more sold on the kinesiology at UConn than the field hockey.”

Francese said it was important for her to commit early, especially since her club hockey coach has had success with players who have made a college decision sooner than later. Two girls on her club team committed to Virginia and Boston College, respectively, while they were in eighth grade until the NCAA recently changed the rules that a player could not commit until June of her sophomore year.

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