Thomas junior Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt.) has been selected as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Softball Player of the Year, while Husson sophomore Jen Jones (Acton, Maine) was tabbed Pitcher of the Year and UMaine-Farmington freshman Kayleigh Oberg (Winthrop, Maine) earned Rookie of the Year honors. Johnson's Kaitlynn Woodward (White River, Vt.) was chosen as the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Husson head coach Terren Allen was voted Coach of the Year and seven softball student-athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2018 All-Conference announcement.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
LeBourveau had an incredible season for the Terriers on the mound and at the plate. In the circle, she finished 6-7 overall in 77 total innings of work with six complete games and a 3.09 ERA. In six conference appearances, the junior went 3-2 while surrendering just ten earned runs in 29.1 innings. Overall at the plate, she went 51-for-118 (.432) in 36 games with 11 doubles, one triple, three homeruns, 25 RBI, 26 scored runs, and a .619 slugging percentage. In conference action, LeBourveau batted .550 (22-for-40) with a .581 on-base percentage and .950 slugging percentage to rank first in the league. She also tallied 15 RBI, 14 scored runs, five doubles against NAC opponents. She posted a .943 fielding percentage on the year and turned three double plays.
Jones has been a reliable force in the circle this season for the Eagles. In league play, she made six appearances and four starts, registering a 5-1 conference record. The sophomore logged a 2.15 ERA and a league-best 46 strikeouts, while scattering 25 hits in 39 innings on the mound in NAC action. Overall, she has thrown 160.1 innings, recording a 16-7 mark and a 2.44 ERA. She has an impressive 160 strikeouts on the year, averaging 6.99 per seven innings. Jones allowed no more than three hits in 10 games this season and recorded five or more strikeouts in 16 games including five games with 10 or more strikeouts. In the most recent Division III statistical rankings, the sophomore is 29th in the nation in shutouts (5) and 47th in strikeouts (123).
Woodward is being recognized for excelling academically and athletically throughout her undergraduate experience, while serving as a role model in both the classroom and on the field. She is studying Health Science Exercise Physiology and will be earning her degree after just three years. She was named to the NAC All-Academic Team and the Dean's or President's List each semester at Johnson. On the field, she played in 28 games this season, recording a .370 batting average as she tallied 27 hits with a league-best five triples to go along with eight doubles and two homeruns. Her five triples currently rank her 30th in all of Division III and her 0.21 triples per game have her sitting at No. 10 in the nation. The senior recorded a .699 slugging percentage, scored 21 runs, posted eight RBI, and drew eight walks.
Allen, in her fourth year at the helm of the Eagles, is being recognized by her peers as the Coach of the Year for the second-consecutive season after leading her squad to a 6-2 mark in conference play. With a 21-13 overall record, Husson has posted its 14th 20-win season in program history and third under Allen's reign. The Eagles topped the league at the plate with 16 homeruns, a .316 batting average, and a .448 slugging percentage. Her team has scored 166 runs, belted 57 doubles and eight triples, tallied 150 RBI and stole 24 bases. Allen's squad also has dominated in the circle, recording a league-best 198 strikeouts averaging 6.27 strikeouts per seven innings to go along with a 3.33 ERA. In the field, the Eagles have posted a .938 fielding percentage.
Joining Jones (P), LeBourveau (P/DP), Oberg (C), and Woodward (1B/P) on the first team were Castleton senior outfielder Timi Carone (Castleton, Vt.) and sophomore shortstop Calli Van Gorden (Stillwater, N.J.), Husson junior outfielder Olivia Smith (Calais, Maine), New England College freshman pitcher Taylor Barbour (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and junior outfielder Shawnie Clark (Holden, Mass.) and Thomas junior shortstop Lexi Colpack (Franklin, N.H.).
Second team selections include Castleton sophomore third base Sara Baker (Schuylerville, N.Y.), senior pitcher Taylor Paquette (Addison, Vt.) and junior first base Tori Swaine (Oakdale, N.Y.), Husson sophomore first base Tamara Aunchman (Panton, Vt.), sophomore second base Bri Brochu (Pittston, Maine) and freshman outfielder Madelyn Fowler (East Barre, Vt.), New England College junior designated player Joslyn Gallagher (Fitchburg, Mass.) and freshman first/third base Destiny Helmedach (Middlefield, Conn.) and Thomas freshman first base/pitcher Katlyn Coulter (Jefferson, N.H.).
The NAC Softball Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the softball culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette. The following seven individuals have been selected to the 2018 Sportsmanship Team, Castleton's Swaine, UMaine-Farmington senior Kiana Thompson (Industry, Maine), Husson senior Casey Heath (Bridgeton, Maine) Johnson senior Kasie Craig (Windham, Maine), Lyndon senior Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, N.H.), New England College junior Christine McNeil (Pawcatuck, Conn.), and Thomas junior Katie Taylor (Lebanon, Maine).
2018 NAC Softball All-Conference Teams
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P - Taylor Barbour, Freshman, New England College
OF - Timi Carone, Senior, Castleton
OF - Shawnie Clark, Junior, New England College
SS - Lexi Colpack, Junior, Thomas
P - Jen Jones, Sophomore, Husson
P/DP - Sydney LeBourveau, Junior, Thomas
C - Kayleigh Oberg, Freshman, UMaine-Farmington
OF - Olivia Smith, Junior, Husson
SS - Calli Van Gorden, Sophomore, Castleton
1B/P - Kaitlynn Woodward, Senior, Johnson
1B - Tamara Aunchman, Sophomore, Husson
3B - Sara Baker, Sophomore, Castleton
2B - Bri Brochu, Sophomore, Husson
1B/P - Katlyn Coulter, Freshman, Thomas
OF - Madelyn Fowler, Freshman, Husson
DP - Joslyn Gallagher, Junior, New England College
1B/3B - Destiny Helmedach, Freshman, New England College
P - Taylor Paquette, Senior, Castleton
1B - Tori Swaine, Junior, Castleton
Player of the Year
Sydney LeBourveau, Junior, Thomas
Pitcher of the Year
Jen Jones, Sophomore, Husson
Rookie of the Year
Kayleigh Oberg, Freshman, UMaine-Farmington
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Kaitlynn Woodward, Senior, Johnson
Coach of the Year
Terren Allen, Fourth Season, Husson
Kasie Craig, Senior, Johnson
Kiya DeWitt, Senior, Lyndon
Casey Heath, Senior, Husson
Christine McNeil, Junior, New England College
Tori Swaine, Junior, Castleton
Katie Taylor, Junior, Thomas
Kiana Thompson, Senior, UMaine-Farmington