Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/15/11
From Press Releases
Rising seniors Molly O’Brien (Kennett Square, Pa./Unionville), Olivia Salata (Broomall, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and Erica Abendschoen (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell), have been chosen to serve as Monmouth’s captains for the 2011-2012 year, head coach Denise Wescott announced.
“I’m excited about our captains, I think they are a diverse group and their chemistry will be very productive for this team,” said Wescott. “They bring experience, great communication skills and the ability to unify the group to head towards our goals.
“We are going to be young next year with lots of new faces, so the captains are really going to have to work hard to help the group mature quickly to be ready for our season. I think they will help set the pace of practices, bring a high skill level, and make practice a fun place to be.”
O’Brien, who returns for her fifth year in 2012, is the team’s top returning scorer from a year ago. The midfielder scored a career-high 31 goals and 43 points while starting all 17 games for MU. The communications major showed poise on the field, tying for third in the NEC in free position goals while coming in ninth in shots per game. Her experience in the offensive end of the field should help a Monmouth team that loses two of its top four scorers from 2011.
“Molly is returning for a fifth year and brings lots of talent and experience,” said Wescott. “She has led the attack with lots of scoring and also played midfield for us. She has great skills and can help show our freshmen how things are done.”
Salata appeared in 15 games as an attacker for the Hawks, setting career marks for assists and points. Off the field she is one of the most impressive student-athletes at Monmouth, participating in a number of NCAA and University leadership programs while earning a spot on the NEC Academic Honor Roll three straight seasons.
“Olivia is entering her senior year and has a wonderful vision of where she wants the program to head, and communicates to the team very well,” said Wescott. “I think she will be very instrumental in teaching our younger players and improving communication on the field.”
Abendschoen had a breakout year for the Hawks starting 16 of 17 games for Monmouth in the midfield. The West Caldwell product had career highs in goals, assists and points, registering 21 points on 17 goals and four assists. She also had 20 ground balls, nine draw controls and eight caused turnovers, all of which her career-bests. Academically she is a two-time Northeast Conference Academic Honor Roll selection and is a business finance major.
The Hawks, who graduated seven seniors, finished last season with a 10-7 record.