|| Nicole Muracco
Two-time participant in the National Futures Tournament...named to 2006 U.S. Junior National Team pool...participated in the 2008 USFHA National Championship as a member of the Maryland Thundersticks.
As a senior in 2009:
Most prolific scorer in school history...named a Second Team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and by womensfieldhockey.com...also named to the All-Mid Atlantic Region First Team...earned a spot on the 17-member All-ACC Team and the All-NCAA Tournament team...Maryland all-time career goals leader with 85...broke Carla Tagliente's record of 73 on Oct. 16 in a 6-3 win over #20 Old Dominion with career goals 74 and 75...became Maryland's all-time single-season scoring leader on Nov. 15 when she broke the school record of 29 set by Susie Rowe (2008) and Lisa Buente (1990)...finished the year wth 31 goals, the first Terrapin to ever break 31 goals...scored 85 career goals and was first Maryland player to break 80...third in career goals in ACC record books...finished third in the Maryland record books in career points with 179...her 66 points in the 2009 season put her in the top-five all time in single-season points at Maryland...scored six game-winning goals on the year, including two goals in a 3-1 win over #2 Virginia on Oct. 2 after the Terps trailed for the first time all season, and seven minutes into an overtime period against #5 Princeton (Oct. 7)...also scored Maryland's first goal in the national championship game against #3 North Carolina (Nov. 22)...three games with hat tricks, seven games with two goals and eight games with one score...scored in 18 of the Terps' 24 games, including nine of the last ten games...named ACC Player of the Week for the week beginning Sept. 6...led the ACC and was second in the nation in goals with 31...helped lead team to first 18-0 perfect regular season and program-best 23-1 record...won two NCAA titles and two ACC titles in her four years.
As a junior in 2008:
Put together one of the most prolific seasons in Terrapin history, finishing second on the team and second in school single-season history with 25 goals...earned a second team Longstreth/NFHCA All-Mid Atlantic Region nod at season's end...ranked fourth in the NCAA in goals per game (1.04) and 16th in points per game (2.13)... starter in every game for first time of career...posted 51 points, 11th most in school single-season annals...paced Maryland with seven game-winning goals...knocked in the Terps' only goal during regulation of the national semifinal, an eventual 2-1 win over Iowa in double overtime (Nov. 21)...scored Maryland's first goal in three of its four NCAA Tournament games, including the Terps' initial tally of the 4-2 championship game victory over Wake Forest (Nov. 23)...scored her 50th career goal in the first round NCAA victory over Albany (Nov. 15)...registered two scores in the NCAA quarterfinal victory over Duke (Nov. 16)...netted five goals during NCAA play, tying for second-most in the tournament with teammate Susie Rowe, with her 10 total points ranking fourth...named to the ACC All-Tournament team after scoring twice, including the game-winner with under three minutes to go, in the 4-3 victory in the championship game over No. 2 Wake Forest...doubled her previous single-game career high with four goals in the 5-0 victory at No. 12 Princeton on Oct. 14....scored the game-winner in the come-from-behind, 2-1 victory at Old Dominion on Oct. 17...scored the game-winner in the 7-0 victory over No. 5 North Carolina on Oct. 25....had her first multi-goal game of the season in the 10-1 victory over Northwestern on Sept. 14...also scored twice in the 7-0 victory over Richmond (Sept. 28) in the midst of a six-game goal-scoring streak...recorded six multiple-goal games...had a goal and an assist in the victory at No. 1 Wake Forest on Sept. 27.
As a sophomore in 2007:
Earned first team NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Region honors for the second-straight year...opened the season scoring at least a goal in the first five games and in seven of the first eight games...in the season opener, knocked in a pair of goals against Central Michigan (Aug. 26), en route to 14 goals on the season, which tied for second on the team...scored twice in the 3-2 win over No. 12 Michigan (Sept. 2)...tallied goals in three-consecutive games from Sept. 29-Oct. 6, which included two ACC contests...second on the team in game-winning goals with four...slammed in the game-winner in back-to-back games at Northwestern (Aug. 27) and at No. 6 Old Dominion (Aug. 31)...also responsible for the game-winning tally in the conference victory over No. 19 Virginia, 4-0 (Sept. 29) ...came up with the deciding tally against the No. 10 Lady Monarchs, once again, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (Nov. 10)...averaged 0.67 goals per game, which ranked in a tie for 21st in the nation, also helping the Maryland attack rank third with a 3.65 scoring average and a 3.67 goals per game average...scoring prowess also contributed to Maryland's second-ranked scoring margin (+2.75 goals per game).
As a freshman in 2006:
The first freshman since 2003 to garner All-America laurels, earning a spot on the third team...voted ACC Rookie of the Year...also garnered All-ACC and Mid-Atlantic first team All-Region honor ...ACC Player of the Week three times, the only player in the conference to receive the weekly award multiple time ...tabbed a third team All-American by www.womensfieldhockey.com and also a three-time National Rookie of the Week by the same publication...earned conference and national weekly honors after notching the game-winning goal at No. 2 Wake Forest (Sept. 23)...again received both weekly recognitions the following week after tallying two goals at No. 8 Virginia (Sept. 29), followed by scoring the overtime goal vs. No. 20 Michigan (Oct. 1)...two weeks later, was tabbed with the weekly nods after scoring two of Maryland's four goals at Princeton on national television, then knocking in the only score at No. 3 Old Dominion (Oct. 14)...the team leader with 15 goals and 33 assists, as the offense ranked third in the country scoring margin (+2.45), and 13th in scoring average (3.15) and goals per game (3.24)...also tied for the team lead with five game winners...played in all 25 games, making her first-career start at Stanford (Aug. 27)...was a starter in the last 21 games of the season and 23 overall.
A three-sport athlete at Washington Township High, earning three letters in field hockey...as a senior, led the Minutemaids to a 16-4-1 record and an Olympic American Conference championship title...named first team All-Group IV, first team all-conference, first team All-Gloucester County, first team All-South Jersey, first team all-area in after her final campaign...also first team all-conference, first team All-Group IV and second team All-South Jersey as a junior...scored a school-record 64 career goals...selected Sportstrak Athlete of the Week...member of the Spirit of USA Club team...also lettered in basketball once and three times in lacrosse...was only the seventh girls lacrosse player in school history to score 100-career goals...Minutemaids posted a 16-1 mark in 2006...won two conference titles in lacrosse...recognized on National Student-Athlete Day for achieving excellence in academics and athletics.
Majoring in journalism at Maryland...a peer counselor, member of student council and National Honor Society...oldest daughter of Carol and Charles Muracco...has two younger sisters, Devin (14) and Morgan (17)...Nicole Muracco was born in Voorhees, N.J., on December 7, 1987.
MURACCO'S CAREER STATISTICS
|Year|| GP || GS || G ||A ||TP ||Sh. ||GWG ||DS ||PS |
|2006 ||25 ||23 ||15 ||3 ||33 ||67 ||5 ||0 ||0-0 |
|2007 ||21 ||20 ||14 ||1 ||29 ||56 ||4 ||0 ||0-0 |
|2008 ||24 ||24 ||25 ||1 ||51 ||67 ||7 ||0 ||0-0 |
|2009 ||24 ||24 ||31 ||4 ||66 ||82 ||6 ||0 ||0-0 |
|TOTAL || 94 ||90 ||85 ||9 ||179 ||272 ||22 ||0 ||0-0 |
MURACCO'S SINGLE-GAME HIGHS
Goals: 4, at #12 Princeton (Oct. 14, 2008))
Points: 8, at #12 Princeton (Oct. 14, 2008)