Athletes of Week for May 14, 2009


Lucas Salerno



Last week: Salerno, a senior goalkeeper, held a Patch offense that had been averaging 4.5 goals per game to none Saturday as the Division III Tigers edged their D-I guests 2-1 to take over third place in Division III. Patch’s score was an own goal deflected in by Hohenfels.

"It seems the bigger the game, the more pressure is on him and the better he plays," Coach Shaun Rodman said about his team captain. "He is tough physically and mentally, and our guys play better knowing he is back there.…"

Hohenfels has yielded 12 goals this season, but seven of them came in the Tigers’ two losses — four against European D-I champion Heidelberg and three against D-II power Black Forest Academy.

But, Rodman said, Salerno knows that the Tigers’ goals-against success isn’t his alone. "When I approached him about this," Rodman said, "he asked whether the entire defense could get the award."

Demi Holbrook



Last week: Holbrook, a freshman forward, scored four goals Saturday in a 10-1 romp at Sigonella that lifted the Wildcats to a 5-0 record and into a winner-take-all game Saturday against visiting Marymount.

"She is a consistent performer who improves with every game," Naples coach Joy Bork said of Holbrook, who is playing in her first varsity season.

Holbrook has 10 goals and three assists in her team’s five games. She scored five goals in a 7-2 victory against visiting Milan on March 21, and also had three in a friendly game against an Italian club.

Despite playing in her first season, Holbrook’s ability hardly came as a surprise to her coach, also in her first year as Naples head coach. Holbrook, a 3.0 student, has been in the Naples area for two years and was not unknown to members of the coaching staff.

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