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Field hockey: Fisher sets sights on big senior season

Andrew Anastasio – Sports Writer

Leading the team in goals a season ago, Owls senior mid-fielder Erica Fisher is ready to lead the field hockey team this season.

Fisher led the team with nine goals in 2011.

Since her first year at Southern in 2010, Fisher has scored an overall total of 18 goals, and seven assists. Head coach Kelley Frassinelli said despite Fisher’s early season struggles, she admires her work ethic.

“She’s a very disciplined individual,” said Frassinelli. “She works very hard, not with just athletics but academics as well. She takes everything very seriously, and is very competitive. Right now she’s having a little difficulty on the field, so she’s trying to fix her game because she’s so competitive with it, and so concerned on how she’s going to do for herself and her team. She’s a very disciplined individual, and I think that’s something that every team needs and she brings that.”

Growing up in Putnam Valley, N.Y., Fisher played her high school career at Putnam Valley High School. There she was an All-American and All-Selection pick. She helped lead her team to a sectional championship as a captain. In her freshmen year of college, Fisher played at Framingham State University. There she led her team that season with seven goals, including three game winners. She said she decided to transfer to Southern not just because of athletics but for academics as well.

“I heard that they had a good field hockey program, and I wanted to study exercise science,” said Fisher. “That basically made my decision. I liked the coaches, and I had the opportunity to meet with the team before I made my decision, and that was something I enjoyed.”

So far this season, Fisher is scoreless through the first four games. Senior defenseman Randi Schock said having a teammate like Fisher is an honor.

“She is very enthusiastic,” said Schock. “She’s very upbeat, and is all about the team becoming one. She’s willing to bring everyone together despite their differences and their levels of play. It’s a tradition on our team to huddle up a few times in warm ups, and she’s always ready for a quick one-liner just to get us going. It can sometimes be a little quiet during warm-ups and she’s one to keep everyone motivated and focused on our task at hand.”

Last season, the Owls finished tenth in the Northeast-10 Conference with an overall record of 5-13. Currently, they are 1-3 this season. Fisher said in order for her team to succeed, they must perform together.

“We want to work better as a team,” said Fisher. “We want to advance further into the season and make the playoffs. Being that we have a bigger freshmen class, I think that it’s important that we mesh well together and work off of one another’s skills.”

Last season, Fisher not only led the team in goals, she also led the team in total points at 27, and was tied for first in assists with three. Frassinelli said she’s confident that Fisher can lead the team into postseason contention.

“She’s definitely a leader on the field,” said Frassinelli. “She’s in a point where she’s taken a step back in her game to kind of step forward. Once we make that step forward, she’s going to strive even more than she has. She’s become much more skilled in her game, and much smarter in how she does things on the field. Were just looking for her to continue with that through the year.”

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