YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown junior Addy Araneo, one of the best field-hockey goalies in Section 1, recently committed to play at Franklin Pierce University, which competes in NCAA’s Division II.
“I look forward to my senior season as a Yorktown Husker, and then becoming a Franklin Pierce Raven,” Araneo said.
Franklin Pierce, located in Rindge, N.H., felt like home to Araneo.
“I liked the school, the academics, and the field-hockey program,” Araneo said. “I want to go into the health sciences, and they have a great program. Also, the field-hockey program just felt right for me. Coaches, players—it just felt like, a great fit.”
As a junior, Araneo was named All-Elite, All-Section, and All-League this past fall. She also earned All-League honors as a sophomore.
“I want to work hard and hit the ground running,” Araneo said. “I want to continue to improve myself and help my new team, as much as I can. I want to continue to enjoy the game I love.”
Araneo said she learned the proper work ethic while playing for coach Bernadette Gannon, who retired after the 2019 season.
“Coach Gannon has always pushed us to do our best,” Araneo said. “I will continue to work hard at every practice and give 110 percent at every game.”
Araneo said that she has had many great memories playing for Yorktown.
“One of my favorite, and more recent, was when we played Brewster during this past fall season,” Araneo said. “It was the time we played them in the regular season, to help confirm our making it into the section playoffs. It was an awesome game. Everyone put in 100 percent, and we beat Brewster, 2-1. But you had to be there. Both teams just battling and I, and my teammates, had a great game.”
As for the upcoming fall season, Araneo said the goals for her and her team remain the same.
“I want to get out there and work hard and play hard,” Araneo said. “I want us to better ourselves and not just get into sectionals, but have a stronger showing.”
Yorktown will be looking to build off last season, which saw the Huskers qualify for the opening round of the Section 1 Class A Tournament.
“You always want to push the team forward and hope to improve as a team as a whole,” Araneo said. “We graduated 11 seniors this year, so the team is going to have many new players. I will do my best to help this team through the season. If we all communicate, and put 100 percent into the season, we should be as successful, and hopefully even better.”
Araneo is pleased to have made her commitment to Franklin Pierce before the start of the fall.
“Making my commitment now is terrific,” Araneo said. “It definitely takes a little pressure off for a bit, though only for a bit. Then I realize that because of it, I want to do even better, and have a successful senior season at Yorktown. I hope that my commitment encourages some of the new, younger players. I hope they grow to love the game as I do.”
Araneo will be going all out in her senior campaign, her last in Husker green and white.
“I’m going to miss my teammates, coaches, and the excitement and fun of playing as a Husker,” Araneo said. “I love representing Yorktown High School.”
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