Henderson, Holland, and Fusco named to All-South Team
CHANDLER, Ariz. – The National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced its 2012 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-Region teams and Salisbury University had three players represented on the All-South Team. Seniors Amber Holland and Erica Henderson were each named to the first and second team, respectively, for the first time in their careers while classmate Kristina Fusco made her second appearance on the All-South team.
After transferring to Salisbury for her sophomore season, Holland's impact on the field was instantly recognized. The senior co-captain has flourished in her three years at Salisbury and had a standout final season earning three Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week awards along with being named to the All-CAC first team. The Pocomoke, Md., native's leadership in the back field was essential in SU's defensive play while the back also proved to make an impact in the circle with eight assists. Holland made six defensive saves this season to end her career with nine total.
Also making her first appearance on the All-Region team is Henderson as a second-team selection. In Henderson's three years at Salisbury the senior co-captain has scored 43 goals. The Westover, Md., native has recorded four hat-tricks throughout her career including one this season against St. Mary's (Md.) College. Henderson led the Sea Gulls with a team-high 16 goals and added three assists, five of those goals were game winners. The senior forward was named to the All-CAC first team and picked up three offensive player of the week awards including ECAC Mid-Athlantic Region Offensive Player of the Week, Synapse Sports Offensive Player of the Week and CAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Returning to the All-South Region team for the second time is Fucso. Fusco, a first-team All-CAC selection, was named to the second team after a first-team selection in 2011. The senior co-captain was a versatile member of the squad playing both forward and midfield for the Sea Gulls in her final season. The senior contributed nine goals on the season with one assist while converting three penalty strokes. Fusco was the team's second-leading scorer and ends her four-year career at Salisbury with 37 goals, 11 assists and converting 10-of-11 penalty strokes.
With three selections, Salisbury has now placed 113 members on the All-South team in the past 25 seasons.
Henderson, Holland, and Fusco end their outstanding Sea Gull field hockey careers with an overall record of 69-10, two CAC championship titles and the 2009 NCAA Division III Field Hockey National Championship title.