Phoenixville Native, Field Hockey All-American Aims to Lead Duke to NCAA Championship


After a junior season that ended in NCAA Tournament heartbreak, Alyssa Chillano of Phoenixville is poised to lead the Duke field hockey team as a senior. Image via Duke Athletics.

A Phoenixville native who’s at the apex of her field hockey career is poised to lead Duke in what she expects to be her best season yet.

Alyssa Chillano, a senior and reigning All-American, shoulders key leadership responsibilities for the Blue Devils, who are currently ranked second in the nation and seek to avenge last season’s quarterfinal upset in the NCAA Tournament, according to a report in The Chronicle by Riley Pfaff.

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“Alyssa has a great impact on this team, on and off the field,” said coach Pam Bustin. “She’s a great teammate, she’s an intense competitor, and she’s very good, but still has a level of humility about herself and about her play that allows her to continue to be coached.

“She just keeps getting better, and she really cares. That’s one of the best qualities about Alyssa — that she really does care about her teammates, about the program, and about what she brings every day.”

Chillano built her work ethic at Spring-Ford High School, and last year, she led Duke in scoring with 13 goals and a total of 32 points.

“We have to be able to push all the way through to make it to our ultimate goal at the end,” Chillano said. “The losses definitely bring you together, and it was good to learn together and work in the offseason in the spring and in the summer to kick butt our final year, and do it together.”

Read more about Alyssa Chillano and her senior season at Duke in The Chronicle here.

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