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Field Hockey Assistant Coach Michelle Vizzuso Chosen As New Jersey Player Of Century

Oct. 11, 1999

NEWARK, N.J.-- Virginia assistant field hockey coach Michelle Vizzuso (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) was named the state's best field hockey player of the 20th century by the Newark Star-Ledger.

A member of the United States National Teams since 1994, Vizzuso was the youngest member of the 1998 USA National Field Hockey Senior team that competed in the FIH World Cup in Amsterdam. In 1999, Vizzuso won a silver medal at the Pan American Games held in Winnipeg. The USA also just won the silver medal at the Hockey Test Event in Sydney, Australia, where the USA tied defending World and Olympic Champion Australia in the tournament.

Vizzuso holds the Virginia record for both assists in a career (60) and in a season (25). Her 60 assists ranks second all-time in the ACC and in the top-15 all-time nationally. She was a four-time All-American, earning first-team honors in both 1997 and 1998. She is the only person in ACC history to record 50 goals and 60 assists in a career. Her 13 career-game-winning assists is also a Virginia record, and she is the only person in school history to record double digits in both game-winning goals (12) and assists for a career. Vizzuso was the first person in school history to reach double-digit scoring in both goals and assists in a single season, which she did in 1996, 1997 and 1998. She led the team in scoring with 53 points in 1998 and finished her career ranked third all-time in scoring at the University with 160 points. Her 53 points as a senior is the highest total for a senior in Cavalier history.

Vizzuso still holds records in New Jersey for goals in a season (69), goals in a career (145) and points in a career (348). Her jersey was retired by her high school, West Essex. She led West Essex to three state championships and a state-record 65-game winning streak.

Virginia Cavaliers Jessica Coleman (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) and Meredith Elwell (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) were both named to the state's field hockey team of the century by the Newark Star-Ledger.

Elwell, the 1996 ACC Rookie of the Year, has moved into fifth place all-time in scoring and stands just 14 points away from holding third position. Her 61 goals ranks fourth all-time at UVA and also 10th all-time in the Atlantic Coast Conference. A third-team All-American in 1998, Elwell was named a team captain for 1999.

A member of national teams since 1995, Elwell led the state in scoring in 1995 and was a member of the state championship team that season. She holds the career record at Moorestown for goals with 83.

Coleman was named to the USA Senior Reserve team in 1998 and has continued her torrid scoring pace from high school this season for the Cavaliers. She leads the team with 36 points on 14 goals and 8 assists, which place her in third-position as a sophomore already.

While at Shore Regional, Coleman set the school record for scoring with 245 points and won two state titles and was named a first-team All-American twice.




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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.

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