NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Michaela Breeze, Cazenovia College

NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Michaela Breeze, Cazenovia College

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Each week throughout the fall semester, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight student-athletes from one of the conference's member institutions through a brief Q & A. Female student-athletes will be featured each Thursday followed by a male student-athlete spotlight each Friday. Today, we get to know Michaela Breeze from Cazenovia College.

Name: Michaela Breeze
Sport(s):
 Women's Soccer & Women's Lacrosse
Hometown: Auburn, N.Y.

What is your current class year and major?

I am a senior psychology major.

Why did you choose to attend Cazenovia College?

I chose to attend Cazenovia College because I knew after visiting the school, the people I met and got to know were the people I wanted to be surrounded by for the rest of my college career. I felt comfortable at Cazenovia and couldn't see myself going anywhere else. I can honestly say now that I am about to be facing my last semester here, I wouldn't change coming to Cazenovia for anything. The relationships and memories I have made here, even only over a two-year time span, are ones that will last me a lifetime.

What does it mean to you to be a member of Cazenovia College women's soccer?

It means a lot to me to be able to represent this institution along with the teammates that I have. Playing this sport has given me so much to be thankful for both on and off the field. The game is a major part of who I am, as are each of the people who put on Cazenovia uniforms and stepped onto the field with me every practice and game this fall.

If you could pick one favorite moment at Cazenovia College, what would it be?

Most athletes probably do have one distinguishable moment that stands out in their career at their institution. For me, EVERY time I have stepped out onto the field representing myself, my family and Cazenovia, I have walked away having experienced a moment that I will always consider memorable. One play, one moment, one opportunity does not ever define an athlete or a person. It is a combination of the hard work, sweat, laughs and tears that all come together for an experience that will never be forgotten.

What are your career aspirations or future goals?

When I graduate from Cazenovia College, I plan on looking into graduate programs for counseling. I have always wanted to work with kids and through counseling I will have the option to do that. Also, I want to find a way to keep the game in my life through coaching. Soccer has always played such a significant role in my life and the thought of that being considered a part of who I was, versus who I am, is something I don't want to have happen.

Are you involved in additional activities, clubs, etc. on campus outside of athletics?

Being a two-sport student-athlete, soccer in the fall and lacrosse in the spring, most of my time outside of classes and work is devoted to making sure myself and my teammates are preparing to the best of our abilities.

Give us three words that best describe being a Division III student-athlete. 

Dedication, Persistence, Fortunate

What is your pregame routine? Any superstitions? 

I spend game days listening to music and getting ready to get a W.

Share with us some of your favorites:

Food: French Fries

Professional Team or Player: New York Yankees

Movie: A Star is Born

Class at Cazenovia: Social Psychology

Finally, what makes you #NEACStrong? 

I am #NEACStrong because I am positive.

To learn more about Cazenovia College and Wildcats athletics, visit cazenoviawildcats.com.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.