Saturday, September 10, 2011
Alyssa Maiese Will Wear The Red Shirt
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.