Clinton standout Trunfio to continue stellar field hockey career at Vassar College

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CLINTON — Senior Gianna Trunfio ended her fourth varsity field hockey season as the Warriors’ leading goal-scorer and distributor of assists. She’ll head to Vassar College to play field hockey and study biology in order to become a physical therapist.

Trunfio scored 19 goals this season and dished out 10 assists. The team was 10-1-1, beating everyone they played except for Holland Patent, who they tied 0-0 on Oct. 24 then lost to in the Center State Conference title game to end the season.

She has played center forward virtually her entire career. “That’s hopefully what I’ll be playing in college as well,” she said. “I like distributing the ball as much as shooting the ball. It suits me well, and that’s what I’m best at.” Her style? “I always like to play fast. Definitely to me I like to keep the ball on the outside. I’m a distributor and scorer.”

Trunfio, who also plays basketball and softball, said COVID-19 made her wonder if she’d even get a senior season of field hockey. “Throughout the whole summer, I was stressing about. I looked back on all the positives I’ve had in the previous years, all the success the team’s had,” she said. “If it happened, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I do have four more years of college.”

The team, she said, used the delay to the start of the season to get prepared. “We all came in ready. That’s what set us apart.” she said. “Putting in extra time has results, which is what we were looking for.” She spent the time “training myself and my dad training me. I felt coming in I was stronger than ever before. This season I think I’ve hit basically all my goals. For me, stats are just numbers. The team has been winning, and that’s what matters.”

Though the Warriors would fall short of a league crown, Trunfio, speaking before that game, had only praise for her team and the off-season work. “This year I think it’s the strongest team I’ve ever played with on the high school level. People used quarantine to get themselves ready for the season.” It was “how close we are as a team,” she said, that made the difference. They stressed team bonding on and off the field. That was made harder because they weren’t able to see each other throughout the pandemic, but they talked a lot, she noted. “Once we played together, we didn’t want to stop. We definitely (didn’t) take the season for granted.”

The team’s goal for the season was to go undefeated, and though that didn’t happen, the Warriors did beat out their other rival besides Holland Patent, topping Camden 1-0 in their first game of the season. The other goal: “Have fun and play every game like it’s our last.”

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