Field Hockey

CV’s Dunn to play at D-III Hartwick

Senior midfielder commits to four more years

  • ConVal field hockey vs. Hanover
  • ConVal field hockey vs. Hanover
  • ConVal field hockey vs. Hanover
  • ConVal field hockey vs. Hanover

From the moment Maxine Dunn picked up a field hockey stick, she fell in love with the game.

It is why the ConVal senior has for the most part, played the sport year-round since seventh grade. And it is also why she could not imagine her career coming to an end following her high school career. Luckily for Dunn, there were a few college coaches out there that were also hoping she would extend her playing days for another four years.

In March, Dunn signed her national letter of intent to play for NCAA Division III Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y.

“I’m just not ready to stop,” Dunn said. “I couldn’t really see myself in classes without the athletic aspect.”

For Dunn, it was not just about athletics. The two-sport athlete — she plays right field for the ConVal softball team — had decided to pursue a nursing career, so when it came time to narrow down her list of potential schools, they would have to meet both criteria. It came down to four D-III schools, but after visiting Hartwick and taking her official visit over the winter, it was clear where Dunn saw her future.

“It just felt right,” said Dunn. “Right from the start, I loved it.”

She made the initial contact with the coaching staff at Hartwick, sending a video and all her academic information. Hartwick was on the list of potential stops for a weekend excursion to check out schools, but since the college was supposed to be closed that day, Dunn almost didn’t visit the campus. A phone call from the Hartwick coach changed the plan and Dunn is glad it did.

“I’m really glad she’s going to play and it sounds like a really good fit for her,” said ConVal field hockey coach Carrie Whittemore. “She has an incredible work ethic and she’s going to be an asset to her team.”

She got a good feel from the campus and the coaching staff and once she got a chance to go on her official visit and talk to some of the players, her decision was easy. Dunn was recruited as a midfielder, but with a big freshman class going to Hartwick this fall, Dunn will do anything that will help her get on the field.

“I’m going in as a midfielder, but I’m completely open to playing anywhere,” said Dunn. “I expect to see some time.”

In middle school, Dunn was strictly a defender. As a freshman on the varsity team, Dunn continued her work on that end of the field, but as a sophomore she was moved to forward and quickly showed an ability to produce on offense.

But for the last two years, Dunn patrolled the midfield and felt it was the most natural position for her. Since she had already played at the high school ranks as a defender and forward, the transition to midfield was seamless.

“She’s pretty versatile,” said Whittemore. “Her speed was what we wanted to utilize.”

As a senior, Dunn was named to the Division II first-team all-state squad after scoring four goals and helping ConVal make the playoffs for a third straight season.

“My senior year was completely different than the first three and it’s exciting because now I have four more years to grow and get better,” said Dunn.

The biggest adjustment will be to playing on turf. Outside of a few road games while at ConVal, Dunn has not seen a whole lot of time on the artificial surface. Her club team plays on an indoor turf field, but it is smaller and different than being outside.

This summer, Dunn will follow the advised workout plan from Hartwick in addition to her summer league team and training for the Monadnock Challenge Series Sprint Triathlon on Aug. 10 in an effort to be ready for training camp.

Dunn is looking forward to the challenge of college field hockey. It is what she has wanted for years and now her dream is about to become a reality.

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