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Dec. 25, 2015 — Your national scoring champion

The list below shows that, with 69 goals in all competitions, Nikki Santore is your national scoring champion for American scholastic field hockey in 2015.

Only she almost wasn’t.

On Oct. 27th when Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) celebrated Senior Night against Ocean City (N.J.), Santore was rushed to a local hospital with severe abdominal pain. The worst was feared.

“They thought I might have had appendicitis,” Santore says. “I was freaking out a bit already because we were nearing the playoffs, and they thought I wasn’t going to be able to play.”

But the pain subsided after an overnight stay for observation and she was cleared to play the Vikings’ opening playoff game against Medford Lakes Shawnee (N.J.).

Santore finished out the 2015 season playing every game like it was her last. She had four goals her first game back, and just kept on scoring: four against Clearview, five against Washington Township, three against Freehold Township, six against Shore Regional.

All told, she knocked in 24 goals after her hospital stay. And 24 goals after the realization that her season might have been at an end.

Nikki Santore is a product of the nation’s most dominant field hockey program. She was one of six players nationally to break the 60-goal mark in 2015. Consider, however, that there were only 14 60-goal performances in the previous 106 years of scholastic field hockey in America, and you realize that she and her peers are playing in an unprecedented era of attacking hockey.

Eastern has produced the nation’s top scorer six times in the last seven seasons. The list includes Santore as well as two of her influences.

One of them is Austyn Cuneo, the nation’s all-time leading career goal-scorer. A year ago, Santore benefitted from playing alongside her, netting 54 goals.

“I looked up to her,” Santore says. “She taught me a lot about skill and shot selection.”

This year, Santore benefitted from the coaching of Kelsey Mitchell, who racked up 69 goals for Eastern in 2009.

“I learned a lot from Kelsey this year,” Santore says. “She helped me a lot with my game.”

The senior has made an interesting choice for playing at the next level: she chose to stay in the state of New Jersey and attend Rutgers.

“I wanted to go to a place close to home where my family could attend games, and where I could play right away,” Santore says. “I met the coaches and players and they seemed really nice.”

Santore joins a list of national scoring champions from years past. Let us know if there are any additions or corrections that need to be made to the list below. This especially goes for 1988. It’s been driving us mad.

2015: Nikki Santore, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 69
2014: Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 95
2013: Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 96
2012: Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 68
2011: Austyn Cuneo, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 69
2010: Danielle Allan, Pompton Lakes (N.J.) 56
2009: Kelsey Mitchell, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) 69
2008: Lucas Long, Allentown William Allen (Pa.) 43
2007: Lauren Gonsalves, Harwich (Mass.) 56
2006: Kaitlyn Hiltz, Virginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) 50
2005: Kelly Fitzpatrick, Palmyra (Pa.) 66
2004: Amie Survilla, Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) 64
2003: Anne Marie Janus, Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) 44
2002: Shauna Banta, Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) and Amanda Arnold, West Long Branch Shore Regional (N.J.) 49
2001: Tiffany Marsh, Marathon (N.Y.) 57
2000: Rebecca Hooven, Plumsteadville Plumstead Christian (Pa.) 54
1999: Rebecca Hooven, Plumsteadville Plumstead Christian (Pa.) 48
1998: Kelli Hill, Manasquan (N.J.) 43
1997: Tiffany Serbanica, Madison (N.J.) Borough 43
1996: Carla Tagliente, Marathon (N.Y.) 51
1995: Kim Miller, Frank W. Cox (Va.) 63
1994: Michelle Vizzuso, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 69
1993: Melissa Pasnaci, Miller Place (N.Y.) 60
1992: Diane DeMiro, North Caldwell West Essex (N.J.) 56
1991: Denise Nasca, Centereach (N.Y.) 56
1990: Shelley Parsons, Waterfall Forbes Road (Pa.) 50
1989: Christine McGinley, Medford Lakes Shawnee (N.J.) 40
1988:
1987: Kris Fillat, San Diego Serra (Calif.) 53
1986: Dana Fuchs, Centereach (N.Y.) 57
1985: Hope Sanborn, Walpole (Mass.) and Sharon Landau, Mamaroneck Rye Neck (N.Y.) 53
1984: Michelle Vowell, Garden Grove Santiago (N.Y.) 56
1983: Tracey Fuchs, Centereach (N.Y.) 82
1982: Mare Chung, San Diego Serra (Calif.) 48

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