BOSTON, MA -- Five members of the Gators softball team, including first team selections Courtney Wallace and Patty Pabon, were named to the All-GNAC Team, the conference announced Friday. Lacrosse attack Elaine Rodriguez was named Second Team All-GNAC, and midfielder Beth Deegan was chosen for GNAC All-Sportsmanship honors.
Softball freshman Kayla Ferrara was named second team, and classmates Jackie Mannino and Kayla Nielsen were honored as third team selections, with Nielsen also garnering all-sportsmanship honors.
While Wallace (right) again carried the offensive load for Pine Manor, which finished fourth in the GNAC with a 16-8 regular season conference record, Pabon set the table. Pabon’s .430 average in GNAC play trailed only Wallace’s .438 clip. Wallace led the team in overall batting average (.405), hits (46), runs (28), total bases (78), on-base percentage (.432), slugging (.656) and at-bats (113), boasting a .690 slugging percentage carried by five homers, four triples and nine doubles. The catcher tied for second on the team in RBI’s, with 27.
Pabon led the team with 13 doubles in 112 at-bats, placing second with a .423 on-base percentage. She also finished season second on the Gators in hits (42), ranking among the team leaders in runs (28), slugging (.518) and walks (10). Perhaps most importantly, the senior almost flawlessly transitioned from the backstop to shortstop while finishing the regular season with a .966 fielding percentage.
Possibly the team’s most consistent stick, Ferrara (left) came on the scene and instantly became one of the league’s most feared sluggers. The freshman outfielder led the team with eight homers and 31 RBI’s, finishing second in slugging percentage (.633), runs (30) and total bases (81) and third in hitting (.328), on-base percentage (.377) and walks (9).
The versatility that found her at catcher, shortstop and third base earned Nielsen (below, right) third team utility player honors. In addition to her flexibility afield, she also enjoyed a stellar freshman campaign at the plate, hitting .313 while also finishing fourth on the club in hits (40), runs (23) on-base percentage (.350) and slugging percentage (.445).
Perhaps the team’s streakiest hitter, Mannino exposed flashes of power to earn her third team designated player honors, a stroke that will keep her in the middle of Deusser’s line-up for years to come. Mannino’s 27 RBI’s tied Wallace for second on the club, her eight walks tied Ferrara for third, and her three home runs tied Nielsen for third on the team.
For Jess Blair's Gators, Rodriguez led the team in scoring for a second season in a row, tallying 36 goals and three assists. The junior (below) has been instrumental in the rebuilding of the Pine Manor lacrosse program, which, at 4-8, won its first games since reacquiring NCAA status three seasons ago. She finished eighth in the conference in goals per game (3.09) and ninth in points per game (3.36), also leading the Gators with 56 shots.
Freshman Beth Deegan was named to the conference's All-Sportsmanship Team. The Philadelphia native finished third on the Gators with 24 goals and 26 points, leading the team with 28 ground balls.
This marks the second year in a row Pine Manor's spring teams garnered a combined seven All-GNAC designees, with six softball and one lacrosse player being honored in 2008.
Posted on Fri, April 24, 2009
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