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Johnna Fusco
Player Profile:
Johnna Fusco 1746950
Position: Attack
Height: 5'4"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
High School: Lassiter
Experience: 2 Letters
  • 2014 MPSF Rookie of the Week (Feb. 17)
  • 2014 MPSF Rookie of the Week (March 24)
  • 2014 MPSF Rookie of the Week (April 28)
  • 2014 All-MPSF First Team
  • 2014 MPSF All-Tournament Team
  • 2015 All-MPSF First Team

SOPHOMORE (2015): In her second season as a Buff, Fusco continued to dominate the field. She led the team in shots with a total of 101 and shots on goal (80), turning 44 of those into goals. She earned 52 points and had a total of 21 free-position goals, making her the leader of the team in that category. Fusco started in every game in the 2015 season, scoring at least one goal in all 18 contests. By the end of the season, she earned a spot on the All-MPSF First Team. She opened the season with three goals on seven shots against No. 19 Denver on Feb. 11. She then had back-to-back four-goal games in wins over Marquette and Presbyterian, including two assists for a season-high six points against MU on Feb. 14. Fusco scored three times at No. 7 Northwestern on March 7. After scoring one goal and adding three ground balls in a 10-9 win over New Hampshire, she had another multi-goal game, scoring twice in a 14-13 double-overtime victory at Michigan. She had her third four-goal game of the season at No. 2 Boston College on March 25, with all four coming as free-position goals. Fusco then helped the Buffs to a 17-7 win at UMass Lowell with three goals, before her final four-goal game of the season in a win over UC Davis on April 3. She had another strong match in a tight 16-14 loss to No. 13 Stanford with a season-high eight draw controls, three goals and one assist on April 5. She scored twice at Southern California and scored three goals in wins over Fresno State (April 24) and San Diego State (April 30, MPSF Tournament first round). Fusco also scored game-winning goals against San Diego State (April 12) and Fresno State. Her six ground balls in a win over Oregon on April 26 were a season high. For the season, she totaled 48 draw controls to finish second on the team and had 19 ground balls. Fusco had 15 multi-point games, 12 multi-goal games and two multi-assist games.

FRESHMAN (2014): Fusco was the most dominant offensive force for the Buffs. She led the team in points (62), goals (45), shots attempted (95) and shots on goal (77), tied for the lead in free-position goals (12) and assists (17), ranked second in ground balls (33) and draw controls (50) and fourth in caused turnovers (12). She ranked in the MPSF top six in goals, free-position goals, points and shots per game and game-winning goals (three). Fusco scored in all but two of her 18 games played (15 starts), picking up five hat tricks and scoring four or more goals in four other games. She had six or more points in six games and two or more assists in five. Fusco holds the top three spots on the CU single game list for shots, taking seven or more in seven different games. Fusco was a three-time MPSF Rookie of the Week honoree (earning the title more than any other newcomer), claiming the title in both the first and last weeks of the regular season. She earned her first ROW title after the Buffs’ inaugural weekend. Against Stetson and Jacksonville, she led the Buffs with nine points off five goals and four assists. She got her second title after working as a key piece to CU’s late comeback against Brown. Through the Bears claimed the victory, Fusco scored four goals, all coming during CU’s 8-1 run in the final 12:30 of the game. Fusco won the final title of the season for recording a game-high six points off of five goals and an assist in CU’s sudden victory over Oregon. She also had a team-high five draw controls and added a ground ball and a caused turnover. Fusco set CU single game records against UC Davis, with eight points, off five goals and three assists, and 13 shots. Fusco continued to shine in the postseason, scoring five goals, adding three assists and winning three draws, helping the Buffs to the MPSF Tournament semifinal and earning a spot on the All-Tournament team.

COACH ELLIOTT ON FUSCO: “I feel so fortunate to have found Johnna late in the recruiting process. Johnna has great speed and is very competitive. Both these qualities will make her successful in our program. Johnna’s speed and athleticism will allow her to play a bunch of different positions for us on the field, and we are excited to watch her continue to develop.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Fusco was a two-time All-American and a four-year letter-winner at Lassiter. She set all-time school records with 177 goals, 163 assists, 340 points and 310 groundballs. In her first two seasons alone, she had already broken into the top 10 in Lassiter’s career record books in goals and points. She helped lead the Lady Trojans to a 78-12 record in her four seasons, including a state runner-up finish her freshman and senior seasons and a quarterfinal berth as a sophomore. Her senior year, she recorded 48 goals and 71 assists, helping her to the 2013 Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year title. She was a back-to-back first-team All-State honoree her final two seasons, also earning second-team and honorable mention honors as a sophomore and freshman, respectively. Fusco was also a four-year letter-winner for Lassiter’s cheer squad.

IN THE CLASSROOM: Fusco is currently an open option major, but is interested in integrative physiology in hopes of pursuing a career as a pharmacist.

PERSONAL: Johnna Elizabeth Fusco was born on June 26, 1994 in Atlanta, Ga. Her parents are Anthony and Maribeth Fusco. Her father works in professional claims, and her mother is a teacher. She lists the biggest moment of her prep career as beating Chattahoochee by one point in the state semi-finals to earn a spot the championship match her freshman season.

 

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