COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland softball head coach Julie Wright announced her squad’s four team captains for the upcoming 2018 season today. Senior Skylynne Ellazar, senior Destiney Henderson, junior Sydney Golden and sophomore Anna Kufta have been selected as this year’s captains.
"I am proud to announce these four outstanding young women as our 2018 captains,” said Wright. “They all bring something a little different that will help our young team stay on the right track through the typical grind of the season. Leadership is hard and I feel confident these 4 are ready for the challenge."
Ellazar will return to lead the Terps in her final season as a Terrapin after finishing tied for first on the team in stolen bases (4) and second in batting average (.297) and triples (3) last year. Ellazar’s career batting average of .340 ranks second all-time program history, and the Kahului, Hawaii native has started in all 100 games she has played the past two seasons. She also spent time the past year competing as a member of the Philippines National Team, winning a silver medal at Asian Championships in December.
Henderson will lead the outfield group in 2018 as she gears up for her final season as a Terp. The Fontana, Calif native has made 92 career starts, including 39 of 48 games played last season, and is a career .252 batter. She is one of the team’s speediest options on the base paths, finishing tied for first on team in stolen bases (4) and steal attempts and tied for second in sac bunts (5) last season.
Golden will captain the pitching staff this season in her first year with the Terps. Golden came to College Park after two seasons at Cal State Fullerton, where she was named the 2016 Big West Conference Freshman Pitcher of the Year. Golden saw 80.0 innings of work this past season, winning seven times while notching 48 strikeouts and a 2.98 ERA. Golden helped lead the Titans to two straight NCAA Regional appearances and two Big West Conference Championships during her time in Fullerton, and was an understudy of new Terrapin pitching coach Tori Tyson.
Kufta is back for her sophomore season at Maryland after a breakout freshman campaign in 2017. The Huntington Beach, Calif. Native started all 51 games last year and ranked first on the team in slugging percentage (.484), RBIs (26), home runs (6), triples (4), total bases (77) and second in runs scored (24). She hit in numerous positions at the top of the lineup, including the three-hole and cleanup spot, and will spend several games behind the plate this year as the team’s primary catcher.
Maryland is set to start its 2018 campaign this weekend at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament hosted by UCLA.