Morris caps stand­out ca­reer at Duke

Blue Devils re­turn lo­cals Chillano, Steele af­ter early exit from NCAAs

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

The Duke Univer­sity field hockey team fell short of its ex­pec­ta­tions this sea­son but two of the three Mer­cury-area play­ers that were the back­bone of the squad will be back next sea­son.

The Blue Devils were the No. 10-ranked team in the National Field Hockey Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion poll, were the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tour­na­ment and looked it af­ter a 3-0 vic­tory over Amer­i­can in the first round. But Delaware scored three late goals for a 3-2 vic­tory in the quar­ter­fi­nals and Duke ended with a 16-4 record and a wait-un­til-next-year sit­u­a­tion.

Se­nior Heather Morris (Owen J. Roberts) played her fi­nal game but coach Pam Bustin can build around two re­turnees – Alyssa Chillano and Sammi Steele. Ju­nior Chillano (Spring-Ford) fin­ished with 13 goals and six as­sists for 32 points with five game-win­ners.

“Alyssa pos­sesses ev­ery skill nec­es­sary to ex­cel at this sport at the high­est level,” the vet­eran coach said. “She has a ma­ture sense of com­pe­ti­tion which helps to make her one of our great lead­ers.”

Steele started all 20 games in goal and played 1,367 min­utes, giv­ing up 27 goals with 73 saves and five shutouts.

“Sammi’s fierce com­pet­i­tive­ness is quiet and hum­ble,” Bustin said. “You can see the fire burn in her work ethic and how she ap­proaches her role within the game.”

Still, Morris will be tough to re­place. She had 11 goals and three as­sists for 25 points.

“Heather played field hockey to score goals,” the coach said. “She loves the at­tack and ap­proached

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