Tuesday, February 9, 2016

St. Peter's 2016 Softball Schedule

The Saint Peter's Peacocks will open their 51 game 2016 softball season with a long west coast trip beginning the weekend of February 26. After participating in the Amy Harrison tournament at Riverside on that date, the Peacocks will play a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount on March 1. Then it's off to San Luis Obispo to play in Cal Poly's Mustang tournament on the weekend of March 4. St. Pete's will conclude the tournament portion of their schedule at the Fordham tournament on the weekend of March 12.

St. Peter's will have their home opener on March 31 when they host Wagner for a doubleheader, then open conference play on the same field vs. defending champions Fairfield on April 2. The Peacocks will close their regular season on May 7 at MAAC foe Monmouth. St. Peter's will play seven home dates in 2016.

St. Peter's 2016 Softball Schedule

Saturday, February 6, 2016

2016 MAAC Softball Preview - Manhattan Jaspers

Senior Elena Bowman hopes to lead Jaspers to the title
2015 Record: 13-7 (26-20) 3rd Place
Head Coach: Tom Pardalis (7th Season)

Elena Bowman (C) .448 BA; 16 HR; 41 RBI; .920 Slugging %; 1.000 Field %

Emily Cutler (OF) .216 BA; 20 R; 1.000 Field %

Meredith Bryant (OF) .173 BA

Madison Bailey (OF) .250 BA

Zee Pierce (1B) .200 BA

Andi Stallard (C/OF) .145 BA

Anna Crowley (P/OF) 0-1; 3.60 ERA; .206 BA

Erin Hamm (P) 1-2; 3.39 ERA

Kelsey Brennan (IF) .000

Jenn Vazquez (1B) .336 BA; 11 HR; 41 RBI; 25 R

Stephanie Reinhardt (SS) .260 BA; 22 RBI; 23 R

Danielle Gabriel (P) 1-1; 6.08 ERA

Rachael Mumma 2B .250 BA

Briana Matazinsky (P/IF) 9-7; 3.91 ERA; .276 BA; 6 HR; 25 RBI

Victoria Ross (C/OF) .154 BA

Shannon Puthe (OF) Transfer (St. Joseph's)

Esther Gonsalez (IF)
Stephanie Kristo (P)
Lauren Pitney (IF)
Alexa Dawid (OF)
Kat Prevo (IF)
Dominique Palagruto (OF) 

The Manhattan Jaspers feel they have some unfinished business this year after a great season in 2015 that saw them fall just short in their championship quest. The player in the spotlight for the Jaspers, of course, is catcher Elena Bowman. Now a senior, Elena has been recognized as one of the top players in the nation after an epic 2015 season. She is deadly at the plate, with the ability to hit one out at any given time. She drives home runs; she scores runs; and she owns an astronomical slugging percentage. Somewhat overlooked is her defensive ability. Elena is the best catcher in the MAAC, and had a perfect fielding percentage in '15. An outstanding field leader who handles her pitchers very well.

MAAC teams rightly fear Elena Bowman, but if they choose to pitch around her (Elena was walked 34 times in 2015), they have another problem awaiting them by the name of Jenn Vazquez. Jenn's swing is just as powerful as her teammate's, and in fact she tied for the team lead in RBIs. Many a time she made teams pay for pitching around Elena Bowman. Overall, the Jaspers are a very good hitting team. Briana Matazinsky showed as a freshman that she too can hit for power. Junior Stephanie Reinhardt proved herself to be a very good all around hitter.

Manhattan lost stalwart Amy Bright to graduation, but will have a deep pitching staff this coming season. I think it is still to be played out as to who will emerge as the "go to" pitcher on the team. Erin Hamm and Anna Crowley are the seniors on the staff, and have both pitched well at times. Junior Danielle Gabriel, who pitched that fabulous MAAC tournament shutout as a freshman, was sidelined for much of 2015 with illness. Sophomore Briana Matazinsky posted a 9-7 record in 2015, and will make a strong bid for more innings. The Jaspers also have a very promising freshman, Stephanie Kristo, who as a senior at nationally renowned Archbishop Mitty high boasted an ERA of 0.95.

The Jaspers are one of the best coached teams in the MAAC, and I'm sure Tom Pardalis has set a high goal for his team this season.They are certainly one of the favorites to win it all.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Niagara 2016 Softball Schedule

The Niagara Purple Eagles will open their 45 game 2016 softball season on the weekend of February 12 indoors at the Cleveland State Dome Tournament. They will then be off until the weekend of March 11 when they head down to North Carolina to take part in Elon's tournament.

The Purple Eagles will visit Syracuse (March 23), Cleveland State again (March 25) and Binghamton (March 31) for doubleheaders before beginning conference play on April 2-3 at Marist and Quinnipiac. An interesting quirk in the Niagara schedule has the team traveling to Reno, Nevada on April 8-9 for a three game set vs. the Nevada Wolfpack. The Purple Eagles will open their home slate on April 14 with a doubleheader vs. local rival St. Bonaventure. They close their regular season on May 7 with a MAAC doubleheader at Siena. Niagara will have seven home dates in 2016.

Niagara 2016 Softball Schedule

Friday, January 22, 2016

2016 MAAC Softball Preview - Iona Gaels

Kristen "Grand Slam" Turner had another powerful season in '15
2015 Record: 12-8 (16-28) 6th Place
Head Coach: Melissa Inouye (4th Season)

Carly Argyle (P/DP) Redshirted in 2015

Sarah Schutz (3B) .250 BA; 5 HR; 16 RBI

Jordan Courage (P) 5-12; 5.81 ERA

Brianna King (C) .283 BA

Allyne Clark (C) .138 BA

Kristen Turner (1B) .360 BA: 12 HR; 32 RBI; 28 R

Katie Newton (SS) .303 BA; 14 RBI; 8 SB

Christine Costello (P/DP) 6-8; 2.71 ERA; .254 BA; 4 HR; 27 RBI

Ashlyn Morris (OF) .276 BA; 20 R

Kelsey Long (OF) .164 BA

Courtney Miller (OF) .205 BA; 2 HR

Tori Danner (C) .158 BA; 2 HR

Jessica Harkness (P) 1-4; 6.73 ERA

Kimberly Chiapparelli (IF)
Lani Evans (P)
Marisa Gergel (OF/1B)
Samantha Mello (OF)
Hailey Thompson (IF)

Are the Iona Gaels the favorites to win the MAAC in 2016? After picking them not to make the tournament in 2010 (the year they began their championship run), I no longer make predictions! But the 2016 team looks dangerous. They have a head coach, Melissa Inouye, and a number of players with championship experience. They have a very strong upper class that includes the returning redshirt senior "Gnarly" Carly Argyle. There was no doubt the Gaels missed Carly last year, who was All-MAAC and NFCA All-Region in their championship season of 2014. She's healthy, and looks to be one of the top pitchers in the conference. She's a fine hitter also.

The Gaels have a hitting lineup that is balanced and can strike at any time. Junior Kristen Turner is coming off another big season, among the MAAC leaders in batting. She can hit for power and average, and is known for clutch hitting. Senior Sarah Schutz also swings a powerful bat, as does pitcher Christine Costello. Speaking of pitching, the Gaels look to have a deeper staff this season, led by the aforementioned Carly Argyle. Junior Christine Costello picked up the slack last season, and by tournament time, I thought she was one of the top pitchers in the conference. The Gaels should have a potent one-two punch in the circle. But they also have senior Jordan Courage and sophomore Jessica Harkness who can be very capable. The unknown entity for now is freshman Lani Evans, the highly touted pitcher from SoCal.

Coach Inouye has prepared for her team a very challenging pre-MAAC season schedule. Monmouth did the same last season, and nearly won it all. Keep an eye on the Gaels this season!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Marist 2016 Softball Schedule

The Marist Red Foxes will open their 56 game 2016 season on the weekend of February 19 in Tampa, Florida at a tournament hosted by Eastern Michigan. On the weekend of March 4 the Red Foxes will be in Virginia to participate in the George Mason tournament. On the weekend of March 11, Marist will be in Baltimore for five games hosted for UMBC. Then it's back to Florida to close out the tournament portion of their season at one of the South Florida's tourneys plus a pair of doubleheaders at Bethune-Cookman and Stetson.

Marist will open their home schedule on March 30 when they host Cornell for a doubleheader, then stay home to open conference play vs. Niagara on April 2. They close out their regular season on May 7 with a home MAAC tilt vs. Canisius. The Red Foxes will have nine home dates in 2016.

Marist 2016 Softball Schedule

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Canisius 2016 Softball Schedule

The Canisius Golden Griffins will open their 57 game 2016 season on the weekend of February 12 in Fullerton, CA with a set of five games hosted by the Titans. The Griffs will stay in Cali then for a doubleheader at Riverside on February 15. On the weekend of February 26, Canisius will take part in Winthrop's tournament in Rock Hill, SC. It's off to Oxford, OH on the weekend of March 5 for the Miami Invitational, although oddly they won't be playing the host. The Golden Griffins will close out the tournament portion of their schedule by visiting George Washington (March 11-13), and George Mason (March 18-20).

Canisius will open their home schedule vs. crosstown rival Buffalo on March 23, and visit the same team on March 29. In between they'll visit Columbia to play four games vs. the host Lions and Farleigh Dickinson (March 25-26). The Griffs will open MAAC play at Quinnipiac on April 2. They will close their regular season on May 7 at conference rival Marist. The Griffs will have seven home dates in 2016.

Canisius 2016 Softball Schedule

Friday, January 8, 2016

Rider 2016 Softball Schedule

The Rider Broncs will open their 47 game 2016 softball season on the weekend of February 26 with a set of five games at Winthrop's tournament in Rock Hill, SC. They will then open their home schedule with a pair of games vs. North Carolina A&T on March 7 and 8. On March 13, the Broncs will head to Florida for a week to play eight games at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee.

After heading back north to play seven local games, including a home doubleheader vs. Army on March 20, Rider will open MAAC play at Monmouth on April 2. They will close their regular season on May 7 when they host Quinnipiac. The Broncs will have 11 home dates in 2016.

Rider 2016 Softball Schedule

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Rider Names Jaci Timko New Head Coach

Former Robert Morris great to lead Broncs
The Rider Broncs have named Jaci Timko as their new head coach today.

The former Robert Morris star outfielder becomes the Broncs' fifth head coach in history, replacing Tricia Carroll who was at the helm for over 20 years. Coach Timko spent two seasons after her playing career ended mentoring under RMU long time coach Craig Coleman as an assistant. New Jersey City University hired her as head coach in 2014 to help rebuild their softball program.

I saw Jaci play a couple times live during her playing career, and I remember her as an outstanding leadoff hitter with a noticeable competitive drive. She holds the RMU career batting record, finishing with a .359 average.

Congratulations Coach Timko!

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 MAAC Softball Preview - Canisius Golden Griffins

Junior Jessica Berzins joined an elite group at Canisius after hitting .444
2015 Record: 15-5 (26-19) 1st Place
Head Coach: Kim Griffin (2nd season)

Alexis Roman (SS) .311 BA; 27 R; 18 RBI

Meghan Cuda (2B) .291 BA; 25 R; 13 SB

Tori Nappo (OF) .125 BA

Jessica Berzins (OF) .444 BA; 41 R; 22 RBI

Samantha Sharkey (3B) .336 BA; 26 RBI; 11 SB

Lindsey Silfer (OF/C) .387 BA; 6 HR; 38 RBI

Taylor Decker (C) .111 BA 

Erika Mackie (P) 14-7; 3.39 ERA

Madi Weathers (P) 11-10; 3.34 ERA

Moriah Harris (1B) .316 BA; 19 R; 14 RBI

Allie Block (P)
Lauren Castro (P/2B)
Maddie Aston (C)
Destiny Holani (C)
Denver Keller (IF/OF)

2015 was a season of regrowth for the Canisius Golden Griffins, climbing their way not only back to the the MAAC tournament, but all the way to first place for the first time since 2010. They stumbled in the tournament, but with many key returning players, and a strong freshman class, look to continue in 2016 where they left off last spring.

Outfielder Jessica Berzins had one of the best seasons in Canisius history, and that's including a lot of great players. She's the best leadoff hitter in the conference, but the Griffs have plenty of offensive firepower in the lineup to complement her, with Lindsey Silfer, Sami Sharkey, Alexis Roman and Moriah Harris all hitting over .300 in '15. Pitching was a huge question mark heading into 2015, but the freshman duo of Erika Mackie and Madi Weathers came through with flying colors; Erika winning Rookie of the Year honors. They're both back with a season's experience under their belts, and will be supplemented by two very promising freshman pitchers.

Head coach Kim Griffin did an admirable job last season under the pressure of replacing a legend. She's settled in now, it's her team, and she should continue building the team back into a perennial contender. The Griffs will certainly be in the hunt in 2016 in a very competitive MAAC.

2016 MAAC Softball Preview - Fairfield Stags

MAAC 2015 Defensive Player Of Year Lauren Filicia
2015 Record: 15-5 (25-24) MAAC CHAMPIONS
HEAD COACH: Julie Brzezinski (19th season)

Lauren Filicia (OF) .404 BA; 45 R; 23 RBI; 17 SB

Lauren Falkanger (P) 11-12; 4.35 ERA; 99 Ks

Nicole Capra (3B) .215 BA; 3 HR; 19 R

Shelby Butwell (OF) .103 BA

Tori Reed (C) .355 BA; 6 HR; 33 RBI; .558 S%

Molly Roche (OF) .234 BA; 4 HR

Gianna Kinhofer (IF/DP) .232 BA; 12 R

Nicole Gardon (P) 3-3; 3.90 ERA

Destinee Pallotto (P) 11-9; 3.92 ERA; 90 Ks

Kate Robinson (OF/DP) .313 BA: 5 HR; 29 RBI

Angelina McGuire (OF) .228 BA; 17 R

Lauren Petersen (C) .174 BA

Rachel Sieber (IF) .125 BA

Makenna DiGuilio (OF) .308

Kristen Ball (IF) .192 BA

Alex Corrigan (IF)
Courtney Hankins (C/3B)
Karisa Hughen (P)
Alisha Marshall (IF)
Cynthia Meringer (IF)
Madison Roberts (P)

The Fairfield Stags finally got to the top of the MAAC hill in 2015 after so many close finishes over recent seasons, winning the conference championship and making their first ever NCAA tournament appearance. Now that they've gotten that monkey off their backs, how will they perform as defending champs? Head coach Julie Brzezinski is now the longest tenured coach in the MAAC, and she has a solid reputation of keeping the Stags a competitor season after season. Her new goal will be to make sure her team isn't satisfied with winning it all once.

 The Stags will be led by senior Lauren Filicia, who had a tremendous 2015 season.  The best defensive player in the conference, she is also the team's offensive spark plug. She gets on base and moves around them quickly. The Stags have shown themselves to be a team that can strike suddenly, and hit and score in clusters. They can spread the offense around; five players drove home 20 or more runs in '15. In the circle, the Stags got steady performances from three pitchers last year, all of whom will be returning in 2016.

It looks to be a very competitive MAAC this coming season, but Fairfield's experience from last year rates them one of the top favorites to gain the crown in 2016!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Iona 2016 Softball Schedule

The Iona Gaels will open their 49 game 2016 schedule on the weekend of February 26 at the Greensboro Invitational in North Carolina. They will play a set of five games at one of South Florida's tournaments on the weekend of March 11 before heading out to the west coast. On the weekend of March 18, the Gaels will play in Santa Clara's tournament, then make visits to three Cali schools, including the Gaels of St. Mary's on March 24. Before returning home, they will play in the Aggie Tournament hosted by Cal Davis.

Iona will open the home portion of their schedule on March 31 when they host Fordham. MAAC play begins for the Gaels on April 3 with a doubleheader vs. Monmouth in New Rochelle. They will close their regular season on May 7 at defending conference champion Fairfield. Iona will have eight home dates in 2016.

Iona 2016 Softball Schedule

Friday, December 18, 2015

Siena 2016 Softball Schedule

The Siena Saints will open their 54 game 2016 softball season on the weekend of February 19 when they play in Eastern Michigan's Invitational Tournament in Madeira Beach, Florida. On the weekend of Febraury 26, the Saints will be in Miami for Florida International's Felsberg tournament. The first weekend of March will find Siena back in Johnson City, Tennessee to participate in E. Tennessee's annual tournament. The Saints will play at UMBC's Spring Classic on the weekend of March 18 to close out the tournament portion of their schedule.

Siena will open the home portion of their schedule on March 24, playing a doubleheader vs. Holy Cross. They open MAAC play at home on April 2nd and 3rd vs. Manhattan and Marist. They will close their regular season schedule on May 7 when they host conference rival Niagara. The Saints will have ten home dates in 2016.

Siena Saints 2016 Schedule

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ally Stoltzmann Faces Long Recovery

Monmouth Hawk pitcher Ally Stoltzmann was jogging after softball practice on December 3 shortly after practice when she was struck by a car, and is now recovering after awakening from an induced coma:

Ally is a beautiful, sweet spirited, giving 21 year old, Jr attending Monmouth University.  She was suddenly struck by a car while jogging home from softball practice on Thursday, December 3, 2015.   Ally sustained very serious injuries and is currently in a drug induced coma at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  As a result, Ally has endured traumatic brain injuries to both frontal lobes, fractured the back of her skull, sinus cavity, cheek bones, ribs, and has some internal bleeding on her brain. 

Ally is from Gilbert, Arizona, and had transferred to Monmouth in time to play with the Hawks in the 2016 season.
But this unfortunate accident will result in months of recovery and rehabilitation. To help her family offset the cost, please visit this page:


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Monmouth 2016 Softball Schedule

The Monmouth Hawks will open their 49 game 2016 softball season on the weekend of February 27 when take part in the Lancer Lead Off hosted by Longwood University. The Hawks will play in George Washington's District Invite the weekend of March 4, and then head to the west coast. On the weekend of March 11, they will play a set of five tournament games at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. Then it's off to Florida for a series of games vs. Stetson, Jacksonville and North Florida beginning March 15.

Monmouth will open their home and MAAC schedule on April 2 when they host state rival Rider. They will close their regular season on May 8 by hosting conference rival St. Peter's. The Hawks will have six home dates in 2016.

Monmouth 2016 Softball Schedule

Friday, November 13, 2015


Rider University has issued a comment on this situation; Coach Carroll will not be returning; the search for the next Broncs head coach is on:

Rider University has dismissed longtime head coach Tricia Carroll.

The dismissal happened shortly after the conclusion of the 2015 softball season, but was held up in the courts as Carroll challenged the dismissal in hopes of reinstatement. She was told her contract would not be renewed after the 2016 season; it's still not clear if she will return for the '16 season.

Tricia Carroll became the longest tenured coach in the MAAC after the retirement of Mike Rappl of Canisius. She won over 400 games, and won a MAAC championship in 2003. She also led the Broncs to two championships when they played in the NEC in the 1990s.

In her lawsuit against the University, coach Carroll raised Title IX issues, alleging that her complaints that men's teams at Rider received better treatment than women's teams led to her dismissal. She alleged that the men's teams had better locker rooms; a greater share of scholarship money and booster funding; and bigger coaching staffs.

Rider University has offered no comment at this time.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Manhattan 2016 Softball Schedule

The Manhattan Jaspers will open their 55 game 2016 softball schedule on the weekend of February 19 in Madeira Beach, Florida when they participate in a tournament hosted by Eastern Michigan. Manhattan will then look to open their home schedule with a doubleheader vs. Hartford on March 1. With this being an El Nino winter, the weather may be nice on that date. After playing at Hampton's tournament on the weekend of March 4, the Jaspers head to the west coast for a six game tournament at St. Mary's in Moraga, California beginning March 11. Their final tournament will be at St. John's on the weekend of March 18.

Manhattan will end March with a series of home games vs. Long Island, Sacred Heart and Stony Brook before beginning MAAC play at Siena on April 2. They will close their regular season on May 7 with a conference DH at St. Peter's. The Jaspers will have 11 home dates in 2016.

Manhattan 2016 Softball Schedule

Friday, October 30, 2015

Fairfield 2016 Softball Schedule

Defending MAAC Champion Fairfield will open their 51 game 2016 softball season on the weekend of February 28 with four games at a tournament hosted by North Carolina. Beginning on March 5, the Stags will be in Florida for two weeks, participating in tournaments hosted by Stetson and South Florida, with a few non conference games scheduled in between. Fairfield will then close the tournament portion of the season up north on the weekend of March 19 when they play in Stony Brook's tournament.

The Stags will have their home opener on March 30 with a doubleheader vs. Yale. They begin conference play on the road April 2 and 3 at St. Peter's, then Manhattan. They will close their regular season at home on May 7, hosting Iona in a MAAC matchup. In 2016, Fairfield will have nine home dates.

Fairfield 2016 Softball Schedule

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Quinnipiac 2016 Softball Schedule

The Quinnipiac Bobcats will open their 55 game 2016 softball season on the weekend of February 19 indoors at the Illinois-Chicago tournament, playing six games. On the weekend of February 26, QU will travel to Hampton, Virginia to play a five game tournament. Then it's off to Florida for a couple weeks beginning March 11 where the Bobcats will play in two of South Florida's famous tournaments, including one hosted by the venerable Michele Smith.

Hoping for a warm El Nino early spring, Quinnipiac will open home play with a three game series vs. the Maine Bears on March 25 and 26. They will open MAAC play also at home, with a pair of doubleheaders vs. Canisius and Niagara on April 2 and 3. QU will close their regular season with a conference matchup at Rider on May 7. The Bobcats will have ten home dates this coming season.

QU 2016 Softball Schedule