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December 1, 2012

Around the Horn with Brooks soccer star Amelia Hulshult

She plans on trying to make her college team as a walk-on, but if that doesn’t work out, Amelia Hulshult certainly went out on top.

The senior from Salem posted three straight shutouts in the New England Prep A field hockey tourney to lead Brooks to the title.

Hulshult is following in the athletic footsteps of her parents. Her mother, Judy LaPlume Hulshult, smashed the area javelin record back in 1982 at Salem High with a 148-10 throw, which is 13 feet further than anyone else ever threw the old javelin. She was a second-team All-Big 10 field hockey player at Ohio State and is now a triathlete.

Her father, Dr. Eugene Hulshult, a dentist with a practice in Concord, N.H., was a scholarship football lineman for the Buckeyes.

Amelia talked about winning the New England title, playing freshman year with a broken finger and her love of abstract painting in this week’s Around the Horn.

What was it like winning the New England Prep A title? “It was awesome. It was a perfect ending to my four years at Brooks. My whole team rushed to me. You can’t describe it. It was awesome.”

Did you enjoy the pressure of an overtime game in the championship game? “It’s good. Our team does really well in high pressure situations. That last goal with 30 seconds left was a perfect way to end. Pressure just builds up, but then a giant sigh of relief.”

You must be pretty proud of three straight shutouts in the playoffs? “Shutouts are awesome. I think I had 13 this year. I can’t take all of the credit. My defense is tremendous. Emilie Klein has been with me all four years at center back.”

Were you always a goalie? “I came in as a goalie. Last year, so many people were hurt so I had to play in the field. It was very different. I’m glad I was back in net.”

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