2017 Melissa Manzello

Shoreham-Wading River senior Melissa Manzello
commits to Tufts University!

PLAYER NAME: Melissa Manzello


HIGH SCHOOL:  Shoreham-Wading River High School (NY)

CLUB: East End FH

POSITION: Midfield

COLLEGE CHOICE: Tufts University (Division III – NESCAC)

TUFTS IN 2016: Finished 19-3, NESCAC Tournament Champions, NCAA Championship Runner-Up (lost to Messiah 1-0 in 2OT in the final), #3 in Final Coaches Poll, #1 in Final NCAA New England West Regional Rankings

OTHER COLLEGES CONSIDERED: Middlebury College, Vassar College, Harvard University, Yale University, Haverford College, Washington & Lee University


WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TUFTS?  “My vision for my future has long been to attend a top academic undergraduate institution with a successful competitive field hockey program and an amazing coaching staff. Tufts University is a dream realized. The University is situated in a thriving cultural mecca just outside the wonderful city of Boston nestled amongst so many other incredible academic institutions. The Jumbo’s field hockey program is coming off an extraordinarily successful season with a NESCAC championship and a journey all the way to the NCAA finals. It is both an honor and privilege to have been accepted at this University and to be a part of the future of this field hockey program.”

ANYONE YOU WOULD LIKE TO THANK?  “My high school and travel team coaches for helping me to reach and realize my potential, my family for everything, and the coaching staff at Tufts University for believing in me.”