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Pizano commits to Michigan State

Wyoming Area junior Bianca Pizano

By Tom Robinson,

Wyoming Area junior Bianca Pizano announced Monday afternoon that she has verbally committed to continue her academic and athletic careers at Michigan State University on a field hockey scholarship.

Pizano, with a year of high school still ahead, had multiple scholarship offers in hand and anticipated more on the way, but decided there was no reason to wait any longer.

“I decided I want to do it right now,” Pizano said. “I didn’t think I needed to wait for any others to come in.

“This was the place I wanted to go. Why waste time?”

Pizano had visited the University at Albany, Virginia Commonwealth, Columbia, Holy Cross, Lehigh and Temple, all, like Michigan State, National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I schools. She had a scheduled visit coming up at Villanova, but canceled it after making her decision.

Michigan State made contact with Pizano late in the summer and remained in touch with her throughout a high school season in which she played center midfield for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A state semifinalists. Coaches from the school were present at two of Pizano’s Wyoming Area games.

“Everything went quick and smooth,” Pizano said.

Pizano scored once in the 3-1, first-round state victory over Bloomsburg, then had the first two goals in a 5-0 victory over Christopher Dock Mennonite in the state quarterfinals.

After being approached by the Big Ten school, Pizano went there for a visit, then a camp. The scholarship offer came earlier this month.

Pizano said she has not picked out a major yet, but it likely will be in a science field.

Michigan State finished the 2021 season 7-8 and was shut out in five of its eight Big Ten games.

The Spartans have won NCAA Division I Tournament games in seven different years, beginning in 2001, and reached the Final Four in 2001 and 2004.

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