Ashburn, Va. — Broad Run High School senior Paris Sangiuliano has made a commitment to continue her field hockey career at Millersville University starting in the 2018-2019 school year.
“I chose Millersville University, first and foremost, for the coaching staff and the quality of their program. I truly respect their coaching style, and I am excited to be a part of it,” the 5-foot-4 Sangiuliano said. “I look forward to growing not only in my field hockey IQ, but also as a person. When I was looking at colleges, the most important factors were the variety of majors offered, the size of the school and distance from my hometown. Millersville met all of my requirements.”
Located in southeastern Pennsylvania – about three hours from Sangiuliano’s hometown of Ashburn, Virginia – Millersville University is home to the Division II Marauders.
Led by tenth-year head coach Shelly Behrens, the Millersville field hockey team finished 15-6 in 2017 including an 8-2 mark in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The Marauders knocked off Saint Anselm, 1-0, in the NCAA Division II tournament before falling to LIU Post, 3-0, in an NCAA Division II tournament semifinal.
“I have been a varsity captain the past two years at Broad Run, so I will add both leadership and dedication to working hard for the team [at Millersville],” said Sangiuliano, who will play midfield for the Marauders.
After LCPS sanctioned field hockey as a varsity sport in 2016, Sangiuliano led a Spartans field hockey team that finished 3-14 in its inaugural season. Just one year later, Broad Run flipped the script, finishing 10-10 in 2017.
“Playing for Broad Run is a dream come true,” Sangiuliano said. “I remember at the age of fourteen standing and speaking alone in front of the Loudoun County School Board pleading to let the sport I love become fully funded. As a freshman, I only dreamed of having these opportunities as a high school student, and now I’m proud to say that they’re a reality.”
Sangiuliano – who was named first team All-LoCo in 2017 – played her varsity field hockey season under head coach Meg Dudek, who is the president emeritus of Potomac Field Hockey.
“My first field hockey experience was with a league that she started in Loudoun County and having her as my high school coach was amazing,” said Sangiuliano, who currently plays club field hockey for Metro HC. “Coach Meg has fought hard for field hockey, and I’m grateful she and all my teammates have been on this journey with me.”