TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) - Maine-Endwell junior Dani Palmer has committed to play field hockey at Colgate University.
"It was just a huge relief for me, I love Colgate," said Palmer. "I feel so comfortable with the coaching staff and I love the academics and the size of the school."
Despite having to look at schools amid a pandemic, Palmer said this was the right time for her to make the decision.
"Every school was handling it differently but I was fortunate enough to watch my sister go through it and go on some of her visits so I got to really know what I want in a school," said Palmer.
Dani's sister Sam is a freshman field hockey player at Ohio State and has been an inspiration for Dani during her field hockey career.
"Seeing my sister go through it helped me want to do it and become better," she said. "She has really pushed me to become the player I am today."
With in person college signing ceremonies on hold during the pandemic, Palmer said she is hopeful it will happen at some point her senior year.
"Senior year is the signing so hopefully everything is okay by then and I can have the normal signing at the school, she said.
Colgate is also home to a few former Maine-Endwell Spartans. Palmer is excited to join a long list of accomplished athletes taking their careers to the next level.
"One of my really close friends, Mia Hartung, is the grade above me and she is committed there to play lacrosse so it's really cool to have her and we are already planning our trips home and carpools so it's really exciting," said Palmer.
With two years to go, Palmer can focus on her remaining time as a Spartan and helping the field hockey team claim another state title.
"It's now just the focus of training and getting back to playing and focusing on my high school team," said Palmer. "So it'll be really nice to play with no worries."
The high school field hockey season is expected to begin in March with the rest of fall sports.