A heartbreaking ACL injury just two days before the 2021 season opener cruelly robbed Nicola Xenos of a breakout year. The frustrating recovery through multiple lockdowns hasn’t knocked the competitive Saint down however, with the hunger to return in 2022 only growing as the days to round one tick down. Although small in stature, the uncompromising forward packed a punch in her debut year thanks to her strong physical attributes and blend of endurance and speed. Xenos’ inside grunt, hard-hitting bumps and feistiness combined excellently with her flair, while the passages of play alongside Georgia Patrikios were weekly highlights.
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