Friday, December 23, 2011
The Stags will then open the home portion of their schedule when they host Stony Brook for a doubleheader on March 21. They will begin MAAC play on March 31 with a home date against Iona. Along the way, they will play all the D1 teams in the state of Connecticut, including UConn, Central Connecticut, Yale, Hartford, Quinnipiac, and crosstown rival Sacred Heart. They will also make a visit to Atlantic 10 power UMass, and host Boston U. They close their regular season on May 6 when they host MAAC rival Siena. The Stags will have 10 home dates in 2012 during this very challenging schedule.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Lauren Filicia has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Fairfield University beginning in the 2013 season. Lauren will be joining sister Kristen, who had a great freshman season in '11. But as is the case with the other MAAC sisters, Lauren Filicia is a fine player in her own right.
A Palomar League First Teamer at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, Lauren is a middle infielder coming off a great 2011 season with the Falcons, hitting .324, with 20 RBIs and 17 runs. She hit .365 her sophomore season, and has stolen 12 bases out of 13 attempts the last two years. Lauren plays travel ball with the San Diego Power Surge; she has also played with the San Diego Renegades.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Siena will come back north for doubleheaders at Binghamton, crosstown rival Albany and Seton Hall before opening at home against Sacred Heart on April 3. They will open conference play at Canisius on April 7; their regular season will end on May 5 when they host MAAC rival Marist. The Saints will have 8 home dates in 2012, including an April 11 doubleheader against Atlantic 10 power Fordham.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The Iona Gaels will begin their 54 game 2012 schedule on February 11 in DeLand. FL at the Stetson Lead Off Classic. Their tournament schedule will also include appearances at the Longwood Tournament in Virginia, UMBC Retriever Classic in Baltimore and the South Florida Under Armour Classic in Tampa.
After coming back north for doubleheaders at Temple and St. John's, and a single game at Hofstra, the Gaels will open their home slate with a doubleheader against Stony Brook on March 28. Iona will open conference play with a doubleheader at Fairfield on March 31, a matchup of last season's MAAC Championship. The Gaels will have 10 home dates, and conclude the regular season on May 5 when they host MAAC rival Marist.
Assistant: Jen Lapicki
Alyssa Maiese (Redshirt), Pitcher/DP
12-9; 2.28 ERA
7-11; 4.13 ERA
2009 (Indiana): .000
0-5; 4.30 ERA
2008 (Indiana): .273
0-6; 8.08 ERA
Sarah Jackson, Pitcher
2011: 17-9; 2.05 ERA
2010: 18-8; 1.96 ERA
2009: 10-11; 1.62 ERA
Chelsea Sheehan, Third Base
Allyssa James, First Base
Deanne Algeo, Pitcher/UT
2-4; 3.97 ERA
3-3; 4.84 ERA
3-12; 5.27 ERA
Melanie Hay, Outfield
Jodi Petersen, Outfield
Eileen McCann, Outfield
Beth Kann, Outfield
Cari Anderson, Catcher
Katie Jansson, Catcher/UT
Carly Argyle, Pitcher
Allison Hand, Outfield
Angie Nieves, Shortstop
Megan Sakowski, Second Base
Brianna Schauer, Shortstop
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Montana Berg of Danville, CA has signed a National Letter Of Intent to play softball at Rider University beginning in the 2013 season.
Montana is a pitcher and first baseman at Monte Vista High School in Danville. A two time All-East Bay Athletic League selection, Montana is versatile; equally effective in the circle, and at the plate. She currently plays travel ball with the San Jose Strikkers Gold; and has also played with the South Bay Stars and Nor Cal Outlaws.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Assistants: Heather Bientima; Courtney Lawrence
Rachael Matreale, Pitcher
2011: 5-21; 3.14 ERA
2010: 11-18; 3.25 ERA
2009: 7-16; 4.08 ERA
Lucy Higgins, First Base
Kelsey Krisch, Pitcher
2011: 0-5; 7.00 ERA
2010: 4-6; 8.88 ERA
2009: 4-9; 3.43 ERA
Samantha Mayer, Outfield
Heather Muscara, Outfield
Alyssa Paul, Third Base
Sam Pugh, Catcher
Lisa Blanton, Second Base/Outfield
Ally Coryell, First Base
Laura Gallagher, Shortstop
Krysti Maronski, Pitcher
2011: 4-8; 5.12 ERA
Kehli Washington Second Base/Outfield
Allysen Breeden, Catcher
Lauren Davies, Outfield
Deborah DeWitt, Outfield
Amanda Irving, Utility
Gina McCool, Shortstop
Krista Morrone, Pitcher
Madison Rittley, Catcher/Outfield
Dani Todaro, Pitcher
Monday, November 21, 2011
Jordan Sandrini of Adna, WA has verbally committed to play softball at Siena College beginning with the 2013 season.
If the name sounds familiar, it should. Jordan is of course the sister of Saints' star pitcher/outfielder/designated player Jessika-Jo Sandrini. But don't get the idea that she was recruited by Siena because of that fact --- Jordan is a great player in her own right. The two time All-Washington State First Teamer is an outstanding shortstop, who can also play third base. She hit .370 with 24 RBIs in '11, and like her sister, led Adna High School to a state championship. Also like her sister, she is very athletic; an all-star volleyball player and basketball player as well. Jordan plays travel ball with the Northwest (formerly Washington) Sidewinders.
I think it goes without saying that Siena coach Bill Lajeunesse is thrilled with this signing. Certainly Jordan was interested in reuniting with her sister on the field, but again, Siena did not sign her for J-J's sake. But it sure was a great fringe benefit of the previous Sandrini signing!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Brenda Santana of Los Angeles, CA has signed a National Letter Of Intent to play softball at Canisius College beginning with the 2013 season.
A first baseman at Banning High School in Los Angeles, Brenda swings a powerful bat, boasting a .909 slugging percentage in 2011 to go along with a .455 average as the Pilots' cleanup hitter. An outstanding fielding first baseman who commits few errors, she can also play at third. An All-City Section honoree, Brenda also plays travel ball with the Mizuno Pride Gold.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Sydney Dimon of Elmira, NY will sign a National Letter Of Intent today, becoming a member of the Iona Gaels beginning with the 2013 season. Sydney is a catcher and third baseman for the New York State champions. She had a fabulous 2011 season, hitting .568 with a lofty slugging percentage of .966. She drove home 38 runs in 26 games, with an impressive 18 doubles to her credit. She was named an All-New York State player for her efforts. Sydney is an outstanding defensive player as well, at both positions. She has a very strong arm, and works well with her pitchers. At third base, she uses her good speed to snag bunts. In 2011 she was perfect in the field, committing no errors. Sydney plays travel ball with the Conklin Raiders Gold, the only New York State team to make it to the ASA Nationals last season.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Taylor August of Howell, NJ has verbally committed to play softball at Fairfield University beginning with the 2013 season.
The Stags have landed a gem from perhaps the top high school softball program in the state of New Jersey. Taylor August is a third baseman for the top ranked St. John Vianney High Lancers, a team that finished 29-1 in 2011 while winning division, county, conference, section and state (second consecutive) championships. And Taylor was a big part of their successes.
The Non-Public School First Teamer is a powerful hitter who can go deep often, and hit for average. However, she also is held in high regard as a pitcher for her travel team, the Morris County Belles Gold, so Fairfield may have a double threat coming in.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Nicole Cheek of Simi Valley, CA has verbally committed to play softball at Marist College beginning with the 2013 season.
Nicole is a speedy outfielder for the two time Marmonte League Champion Simi Valley High Pioneers. An All-League performer, she is an all round threat, at the plate and on the bases. Thrown out stealing only once in her high school career, Nicole led the team and league in triples in 2011. A lefty batter, she can slap or hit for power. She is also an outstanding outfielder, committing no errors in '11, and only one in the past two seasons. Nicole is also a member of the powerful OC Batbusters Gold travel club.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Jordan Courage of Loomis, CA has verbally committed to play softball at Iona College beginning with the 2013 season.
Here's the profile of Courage (sorry for the pun, but she does have a great name!): Jordan is a pitcher at Del Oro High School coming off a great junior season that saw her post a 17-7 record with a stingy 1.02 ERA. She's a control pitcher, walking only about two a game on average. She doesn't give up many extra base hits; and only surrendered about five safeties per game last season. Jordan also swings a pretty good bat, hitting for a .360 average in '11, with 4 homers and 20 RBIs in 84 at bats. Coach Rivera has recruited her as a pitcher though, and is reportedly ecstatic about her most recent recruit. Jordan plays travel ball with the California Breeze Gold.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Becca Saggiomo of Athens, PA has verbally committed to play softball at Niagara University beginning with the 2013 season.
Becca is a first baseman for Notre Dame High School (Elmira, NY). The Crusaders are the New York State Class C Champions, finishing with a perfect 26-0 record, ranked 34th in the nation, and Becca played a large role in their championship season. She hit .350 in 2011, with an impressive .506 on base percentage. In the field, she committed only one error all season. Becca has played travel ball with the NY Bad Apples, and is currently a member of the TC Tremors.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Megan Lamoureux was among the MAAC leaders in all offensive categories when she suffered a season ending injury on April 20. The Red Foxes went on to play in the tournament, but one wonders if they would have gone all the way had she not broken her collarbone.
Megan was having a Player Of The Year type season in 2011, hitting .367 (good for 5th in the conference) with 6 homers and 34 RBIs in her shortened season. Her slugging percentage (.608), and on base percentage (.478) also were among the MAAC's best. Megan in 2011 was one of the most difficult batters in the nation to strike out, fanning only six times. Despite her injury, she was still named to the All-MAAC Second Team.
Bad news MAAC pitchers: Megan is healed and ready to go for one more season!
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Katie Bowen led Manhattan in hitting last season with a .336 average (good for 11th in the conference), and tied for the team lead in RBIs (25) as the lone freshman on a senior heavy team. Katie was at her best in conference play, hitting .429 which was second best in the MAAC. But she has become most renowned for her late inning, clutch hits. She had the game winning RBIs in both games of Manhattan's doubleheader sweep of Marist, driving home four runs. Against Iona, she won the first game with a two RBI single in extra innings, then helped to complete the sweep of the champions with two more RBIs in the second game (3-0 win). She also provided the late winner twice against Lafayette, and did the same against Columbia. I guess she has ice water in her veins! Katie twice earned MAAC Rookie Of The Week recognition in 2011.
Katie was primarily an infielder in 2011, but she also pitches, and looks to spend a lot more time in the circle this season with Manhattan's top three pitchers all having graduated. She finished with a 3-1 record in 2011, and at one point had a 16 inning scoreless streak to her credit.
Katie Bowen is the new face of the Lady Jaspers!
Friday, October 7, 2011
Fairfield's Becca Trott spent most of her freshman season in the shadow of Sarah Minice; understandable considering Sarah was having a fabulous senior season en route to a second MAAC Pitcher Of The Year award. So Becca didn't see much action during the 2011 regular season, but pitched well with an ERA under 3.00 in her time in the circle.
Then she was called upon in the most pressure filled situation possible.
The Stags had made it through the winner's bracket in the MAAC Tournament, and were facing off against defending champion Iona when the unthinkable occurred---Sarah Minice faltered and was removed after surrendering four runs in the first inning of game one. Enter Becca, who one hit the Gaels the rest of the way. But with those four runs holding up, a one game showdown for the MAAC title resulted.
Fairfield Head Coach Julie Brzezinski then made a stunning decision---she started the freshman in game two. And Becca pitched heroically, completely shutting down the champs for five innings, this time allowing only two hits. Ten innings, no runs allowed in a situation that would have had most freshmen quaking in their cleats. Coach Brzezinski probably to this day wishes she had kept Becca in the game with a 2-0 lead that was lost in the 7th inning. But the silver lining was that she found her ace for the next three seasons.
Sarah is gone, but Becca takes the reins!
One of the top defensive shortstops in the MAAC, Katie Lancellotti enters her senior season five home runs short of setting the all-time Canisius record for long balls in a career. Not surprising considering her father, former baseball player Rick Lancellotti, holds the record for most homers in a minor league career. Katie also has a shot at the all-time Canisius RBI record; 52 would get it for her.
Although Katie hits the ball very hard, she's primarily known for her outstanding play in the field. The anchor of the Golden Griffin defense committed only one error in 2011, playing every inning and fielding 152 chances. She was tops in the conference of those fielding more than 100 chances with a .993 fielding percentage. She has outstanding range and a very strong arm; if the ball is anywhere near her, she'll get it.
Katie will be robbing hitters of base hits one more season!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Becky had a fabulous sophomore season, at the top of the MAAC leaders with 12 homers and 35 RBIs. This in only 40 games. She also hit for a .344 average. Her .672 slugging percentage was one of the best in the conference---when the tall, athletic catcher gets a piece of the ball, it often travels quite far. She was tops in home runs in conference games (7), and was one of only two players to drive home 20 runs in MAAC play. She drove home 12 runs in Niagara's sweep of St. Peter's. Becky is outstanding behind the plate also, with a .979 fielding percentage in '11.
Becky will drive outfielders back to the fence for two more seasons!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Fairfield's Lauren Liseth began her college career on a team that had lost most of it's lineup to graduation. In that pressure situation, she led the Stags to the MAAC Championship game, and was named the conference's Rookie Of The Year.
Lauren began her freshman season by striking out her first two at bats---but then she went on a season long tear. A versatile player who catches and plays shortstop, Lauren can hit for average (.304), and for power (7 homers; 35 RBIs). She led the Stags in many offensive categories, including home runs, RBIs, triples, doubles, slugging percentage and total bases. Lauren is outstanding in the field also, with a .985 fielding percentage in 2011. Behind the plate, she gunned down 15 runners attempting to steal.
Lauren is one of the bright young stars of the MAAC who will keep Fairfield in contention for the next three years!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
After an astounding freshman season, Siena's Jessika-Jo Sandrini was inexplicably left off the All-MAAC team. She was on this blog's All-MAAC team though, and although I told you a year in advance that she would be a dynamic player in the MAAC, I have to admit that she exceeded my own projections.
Jessika-Jo was at or above .400 all season in 2011, finishing third in the MAAC with a .387 average; more importantly, she was number one in on base percentage (.532) with only the great Teresa Healy being anywhere near her. Amongst the leaders in runs, doubles, slugging percentage, walks, HBPs and fewest strikeouts, J-J was part of a formidable one-two punch with teammate Shannon Jones.
As great as Jessika-Jo is in the batter's box, it's her pitching that the rest of the MAAC is really going to have to worry about the next three seasons. Her 12-9 record with a 2.99 ERA is just the tip of the iceberg with her, and don't be surprised if she becomes dominant very soon. As a freshman, she led the Saints to the third best ERA in MAAC play.
Jessika-Jo will beat teams with her bat and her arm for the next three years!
The Peahens will get an early start this coming spring when they open on February 24 at the Longwood Classic, bolstering their schedule this season with a couple more tournaments, including the Spring Rebel Games and a trip to UMBC in March.
St. Peter's will open at home against Columbia on March 24, and will open MAAC play at Rider on April 7. They will have 7 home dates.
Head Coach Ranae Bart will enter her second season with a very different looking team, bringing in 9 freshmen, all of whom presumably will have a chance to play immediately. Coach Bart has expanded her recruiting scope, more on that later in the year, in an effort to change the culture at St. Peter's, a once very competitive team that had fallen on hard times. Let's hope she succeeds, because the MAAC needs a strong softball program in Jersey City.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Andrea Stallard of Katy, TX has verbally committed to play softball at Manhattan College beginning in the 2013 season.
Andi is in her senior year at Katy Taylor High School coming off a great junior season that saw her hit for a .399 average. She is an RBI producer and can hit for extra bases, but her main strength is her play behind the plate. Considered one of the top catching prospects in the state of Texas, Andi has twice been named to the All-Greater Houston team, and has been honored by ESPN as a Southwest Region Player Of The Week. Andi plays her travel ball with the Texas Storm Gold.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Mikaela Searight of Camas, WA has verbally committed to play softball at Siena College beginning with the 2013 season.
Mikaela is a catcher and third baseman for Camas High School. She had a fabulous junior season, hitting for a .453 average to go with a .750 slugging percentage---good enough to earn her Offensive Player Of The Year. Mikaela currently plays travel ball for the Washington Illusion Gold.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Bethany DeMarco of Victor, NY has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning with the 2013 season. Bethany is in her senior year at Victor High School, and is a member of one of the top softball programs in the Rochester area. She was named to the All-Greater Rochester softball team following the 2011 season, a year in which she hit for a whopping .520 average, along with 30 RBIs. Bethany is primarily a catcher, but can also play third base; she is also a clutch hitter, frequently coming up with big late inning hits. She currently plays travel ball with the TC Tremors Elite, and is a teammate of future Griff Meghan Cuda.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Good news for the Iona Gaels...
Bad news for the rest of the MAAC.
Alyssa Maiese will be returning for a 5th season as a redshirt senior with defending Champion Iona. Obviously Alyssa has been healthy for her two seasons with the Gaels; however, she played in only six games during her sophomore season at Indiana (she transferred to Iona thereafter). Not knowing her situation, and not being able to discover anything through research (typical college softball reporting!), I'm assuming she suffered some sort of injury back in 2009.
She was listed as a senior last season, so I'm also assuming she applied for a medical hardship sometime this year.
At any rate, this is a big boost for Iona. Alyssa was the MAAC's home run champion in 2011; she was clearly the Gaels' primary threat in the batter's box, and was a first team All-MAAC selection. She also will provide the Gaels with a solid number two pitcher behind the great Sarah Jackson. It's still very early in this new season, but one would think that the road to the 2012 MAAC Championship runs through New Rochelle.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
St. John's Tournament
@St. John's 10am
vs. Quinnipiac 2:15 pm
Fairfield Stag Classic
Molloy College 10:30am
Fairfield Stag Classic II
Stony Brook 2:30am
Dowling College 10:30am
Burlington CC 2:30am
Friday, August 26, 2011
Dana is a hard hitting shortstop for Allentown High School where last season she hit .455 including 13 doubles, 7 home runs, and 44 RBIs---all in only 30 games. An All-Trenton selection, and a Colonial Valley Conference First Teamer, she has torn the cover off the ball during her high school career.
Dana plays travel ball with the Jersey Nightmare Gold, and has also played for the West Windsor Wildcats Gold.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Kyrsten Van Natta of Maplewood, NJ has verbally committed to play softball at Marist College beginning in the 2013 season.
Kyrsten is a shortstop at Columbia High School where she was named All-Essex County after having a fabulous junior season. She hit .488 in 2011, including 7 doubles, 4 triples, and 4 homers in only 82 at bats. She finished with a lofty .817 slugging percentage, and used her speed to steal 22 bases. As impressive as her offensive numbers are, she may be an even better defensive player. Her high school coach calls her the most agile player he has ever seen; a smooth fielding shortstop who covers a tremendous amount of ground and has a lightning quick release. He believes she's the top shortstop in New Jersey. She plays travel ball with the North Jersey Rangers.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Nan Harvey Classic
Buffalo, St. Bonaventure, Niagara
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Maureen Duddy of San Mateo, CA has verbally committed to play softball at Marist College beginning in the 2013 season.
Maureen is a third baseman and outfielder for Aragon High School, where she was team MVP, and All-San Mateo County plus All-Bay Conference. Maureen is a speed demon in the Lauren Hope mold; she stole 21 bases in high school play this past season. She's also a great hitter, batting .449 in 2011, while using her speed for many extra base hits. Maureen also plays for the San Jose Sting, and competed in the recent Premier Tournament.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The MAAC has announced that Niagara's Teresa Healy is its 2011 female Student-Athlete Of The Year.
Teresa, who is currently playing professionally in Germany, ended her Niagara career with many awards; now she is recognized as the best among all sports in the conference. Teresa certainly will be remembered as one of the greatest MAAC softball players ever.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Krystine Rice of Marlton, NJ has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at St. Peter's College beginning with the 2012 season.
Krystine is a second baseman at Cherokee High School where she was named All-Burlington County this past season. Tall and athletic, she also played basketball with the Chiefs. Krystine plays travel ball for the West Jersey Witches.
Amherst senior catcher/shortstop Amanda Arendt recently signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Niagara.
"I watched them play a doubleheader when I went on my visit and liked their style of play and how the coach [Al Dirschberger] handled his players," said Arendt. "That's an offensive-minded team and the coach is straight-forward with the players. He expects a lot from them but is not condescending."
Arendt, who is hitting .476 with 14 RBI, has been told Niagara will need a third baseman.
"I'll have to earn a starting spot at third base but the coaches gave me the impression I'll have a chance to contribute immediately," said Arendt. "And I've already played third base, so that won't be a problem."
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Meghan Cuda of Lewiston, NY has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning with the 2013 season.
Meghan is a second baseman and outfielder at Lewiston-Porter High School. The 2010 All-New York State selection has a powerful bat and a lot of speed. Meghan is currently a member of the TC Tremors; she has also played with the Team New Era Diamond Girls.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Softball — and not the Cretan ruin of Knossos or grandeur of ancient Rome — is why Sito is in Europe to begin with. During her recently completed senior season at Niagara, veteran coach Al Dirschberger told her about opportunities to play abroad.
“I just kept asking him, ‘Do you have the contacts? Is there somebody I can talk to to get this moving? I would really love to do that,’” Sito said via the miracle of Skype. “He ended up giving me the name of a guy from a Swedish team, and that guy gave me the name of a guy who has a website where players can post their profiles.”
So Sito and her Niagara roommate, second baseman Teresa Healy, posted their information online. They were contacted by several teams and Sito was picked up by the Wil Devils.
“I ended up in Switzerland and she ended up in Germany,” Sito said...
Saturday, July 23, 2011
The 2012 commitments are rolling in and this time it's the Rider Broncs who add a fine player to their program. Samantha Judd of Thousand Oaks, CA has verbally committed to play softball at Rider University beginning with the 2013 season. Sammy is an outfielder with Westlake High School. Her main weapon is speed; she's a prolific base stealer, and a great runner. Sammy also plays for Victory USA Gold, and has played for Firecrackers North and the Pumas.
Colleen McWilliams, of LaSalle High School in Pasadena, CA, has verbally committed to play softball at Marist College beginning with the 2013 season.
Colleen is a first baseman, who has also seen extensive action in center field. She has been a .400 hitter with the Lancers, and also plays for the SGV Velocity out of San Gabriel, CA.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Nicole DiVirgilio was a huge reason why the Marist Red Foxes tied a school record for wins in 2011. The three time All-MAAC Team honoree (First Team in 2011), and 2009 MAAC Co-Rookie Of The Year had a fabulous junior season. Nicole hit .333, with 5 home runs and 40 RBIs. She led the MAAC with 15 doubles, was second in RBIs and hits, and was one of the most difficult batters to strike out in the entire nation. In fact, she ranked as the 6th most difficult to fan in all of Division 1, going down on strikes only 5 times in 174 at bats. But more than these outstanding numbers, Nicole was a catalyst for the upstart Red Foxes, frequently coming through in the clutch.
Nicole enters her senior season hoping to lead Marist to the promised land!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Tori Nappo of Clarence, NY has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2013 season.
Tori just finished her junior season at Clarence High School where her team lost in the sectional final after making it to the New York State Class AA Final in 2010. She is an outstanding center fielder with a strong arm who can hit for power and average. Tori plays travel ball with the New Jersey Intensity, and was named Second Team All-American and First Team All-Eastern Region by the NFCA. When she arrives at Canisius, she will be reunited on the field with her sister Valorie, who just completed her freshman season with the Golden Griffins.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
This video is quite good, showing most of the game in highlight form. You'll recognize a lot of the just graduated Lady Jaspers playing in their freshman season.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Ausanio and the Red Foxes last month tied a school record (with the 1995 and 2006 teams) for wins in a season, with 33. That's a 23-win improvement from 2010.
"I'm really pleased with how the program is evolving," Ausanio said. "The beautiful thing about coaching women is they're so absorbent. When you ask them to do something, and they see it works, it's amazing to see the transformation on their face."
The Kingston, N.Y., native was named the Anaconda Sports Coach of the Year for guiding the turnaround, during which Marist won 22 of its final 30 games, with a 13-game winning streak. The team led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in RBIs (253), extra-base hits (122) and on-base percentage (.384) and set a program record with nine run-ruled victories...
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Deanne Algeo's 7th inning line out this past Saturday afternoon was the last play of an interesting and unusual 2011 MAAC Softball season. It was a season that saw Marist rise from the bottom of the conference to title contention; it also was a season that saw perennial power Canisius fail to qualify for the tournament for only the second time ever. We saw the Iona Gaels defend their championship by making history---they were only the second school ever to come out of the losers bracket and win it all. And yet, they were two pitches away from not winning.
I'd have to say that the biggest story of the year was an unexpected one. No, not the rise of Marist, but the collapse of Canisius. To put it in perspective, not only had the Golden Griffins qualified for the tournament every season except once since they joined the MAAC, but they had played in the Championship game 16 times in those 20 years, winning the title 12 times. Canisius had lost only one player due to graduation, albeit a very good one (Michelle Fridey), and they seemed poised to replicate their 13-3 record from 2010. Unfortunately for them, 2010 All-MAAC pitcher Caroline Main did not fully recover from the injury she suffered during the 2010 Championship game until the last week of this season. Their other 2010 All-MAAC pitcher, Amanda Baun, had a down year. The team led the MAAC in hitting, but their pitching constantly failed them in key games. Canisius finished with a losing record for only the fourth time in their 31 year history and ended the season four games out of fourth place.
The fall of Canisius in 2011 opened up the race. One team that took advantage was the Marist Red Foxes. Winners of only 10 games the previous season, Marist would treble that tally, and with a challenging and grueling schedule at that. While Canisius' pitching failed, the Marist pitching staff rose to the occasion. Starters Emily Osterhaus and Paige Lewis progressed dramatically during the course of the season. Megan Lamoureux, Nicole DiVirgilio, Haley Birnbaum and others provided heavy bats; Marist easily led the MAAC in runs and RBIs. They were the team most prepared for the conference season, and qualified for the tournament for the first time since 2008.
Fairfield was going great until the last day of their season. Led by senior pitcher Sarah Minice, and bolstered by a large group of energetic freshmen, including Rookie Of The Year Lauren Liseth, the Stags seemed poised to win the conference easily. Sarah had a fabulous season, but failed on Championship day, pitching only four innings while surrendering eight earned runs and losing twice. That's one I will never be able to figure out. The Stags did discover, however, that freshman Rebecca Trott was their up and coming ace.
Iona started the MAAC season slowly, but then won 10 conference games in a row to put themselves in position to defend their title. Sarah Jackson repeated her great sophomore season, highlighted by shutting out powerful Hawai'i in a dramatic 1-0 extra innings win. The Gaels' offense slumped from the previous year, but senior Alyssa Maiese picked up the slack by having an All-MAAC season and leading the conference in home runs. The Gaels twice staved off elimination in late innings in the tournament to eventually win the crown.
Manhattan had their most successful MAAC season ever, winning 12 games. Although their 8 seniors for the most part began the year slowly, they all peaked at just the right time to lead the LJs into the tournament for the third consecutive season.
Siena showed themselves to be an up and coming team as sophomore Shannon Jones had a fabulous season, hitting over .400. She also improved dramatically at shortstop. Freshman Jessika-Jo Sandrini revitalized the Siena program, at the plate and in the circle. These two players became a deadly one-two punch in the Saints' lineup.
Niagara had what can only be termed as a disappointing season. In contention with a 6-3 record, they would lose their last 7 MAAC games and finish in 7th place. Senior Teresa Healy had another fabulous season, again being honored as the conference's best player. But the Purple Eagles seemed to lose confidence down the stretch.
Rider simply could not produce the offense needed to support pitcher Rachael Matreale, who had an ERA amongst the MAAC's leaders, but lost 21 games. And St. Peter's, although they won a conference game for the first time since 2009, has a long way to go in rebuilding their program.
I thought the MAAC was looking fairly strong during the tournament portion of the season, then headed into conference play. Indeed, this season 11 wins would be required to qualify for the tournament. The overall pitching was not as strong this season as it had been in the past though. Did the best team win the tournament? Probably not...but I warned that Iona's experience could play a big factor, and this turned out to be the case. All in all, I found 2011 to be a very enjoyable season.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Abby Carpenter of Bristow, VA has signed a National Letter Of Intent to play softball at Siena College beginning with the 2012 season.
Abby is an infielder and outfielder at Brentsville District High School. She plays travel ball with the Vienna Stars Gold.
“Siena is just a good fit for her,” said Abby’s mother Pam. “We walked around the campus and she had a good feeling about it.”
Siena Saints head coach Bill Lajeunesse first noticed Carpenter while she was playing in New Jersey with her travel team, the Vienna Stars 18U Gold team. Cathy Rollins, college coordinator for the team, said that Siena’s interest in Carpenter increased late last year, but it was still early for her to make any kind of decisions.
“They started watching her in the summer, but they really started to pay attention to her in the fall. They were hot on her, but it took her a while to get hot on them,” she said...