McCarthy And Wahler Earn Second Team All-Patriot League Honors
WORCESTER, Mass. – Two members of the Holy Cross softball team earned All-Patriot League accolades, as announced by the conference on Tuesday. Junior third baseman Mandy McCarthy and sophomore shortstop Taylor Wahler received second team All-Patriot League honors for the first time in their careers.
Batting fourth in the lineup, McCarthy has been a force at the plate this season with her team-leading .365 batting average, which currently ranks second in the Patriot League. McCarthy additionally leads the Crusaders with a .405 on-base percentage which is sixth in the league, and ranks second on the team with a .496 slugging percentage, which ranks ninth in the conference. She has had 11 multi-hit games this year while totaling 42 hits, six doubles, three homers and 23 RBIs. Starting at third base in all 41 games this season, McCarthy holds a .962 fielding percentage with 36 putouts and 114 assists.
Wahler has been an instrumental part of Holy Cross lineup, while also playing a vital role in the infield at shortstop. Starting in all 41 games, she shares the team lead of 44 hits, 23 runs scored and seven doubles. Wahler is also third on the team with a .493 slugging percentage and a .328 batting average. Hitting three triples this season, she is currently tied for sixth in the league, while her slugging percentage ranks 10th among all hitters in the conference. Wahler has had 11 multi-hit games this year, notching at least one base hit in 32 of 41 games played this season. She was named Corvias Patriot League Player of the Week on April 4.
2017 Softball All-Patriot League and Major Awards
Player of the Year: Jilee Schanda, Boston University, Jr.
Pitcher of the Year: Christine Campbell, Lehigh, Sr.
Defensive Player of the Year: Brooke Wensel, Lafayette, So.
Rookie of the Year: Lacey Swafford, Army West Point
Coach of the Year: Fran Troyan, Lehigh
1B – Vicky Lattanzio, Lehigh, Sr.
2B – Alee Rashenskas, Army West Point, Sr.
3B – Holly Geranen, Colgate, Jr.
SS – Moriah Connolly, Boston University, Sr.*
C – Carolyn Wright, Lehigh, Jr.
DP – Ashley Cole, Lehigh, Sr.*
OF – Jilee Schanda, Boston University, Jr.*
OF – Katie Bushee, Colgate, Sr.
OF – Ashley Quidolit-Rabago, Lehigh, So.
P – Makinna Akers, Boston University, Sr.
P – Emily Sorem, Lehigh, So.
At-large – Gabi Martinez, Boston University, Sr.
1B – Meghan Kovac, Bucknell, Jr.
2B – Mary-Hannah Smith, Lehigh, Fr.
3B – Mandy McCarthy, Holy Cross,
Jr. SS – Taylor Wahler, Holy Cross, So.
C – Alex Heinen, Boston University, So.
DP – Alexa Ponce, Boston University, So.
OF – Lacey Swafford, Army West Point, Fr.
OF – Ashley Cole, Lehigh, Sr.
OF –Nicole Yozzo, Lehigh, Jr. P – Christine Campbell, Lehigh, Sr.
P – Raeanne Geffert, Bucknell, Fr.
At-large – Ashley Yoo, Army West Point, So.
The Holy Cross softball team will return to action on May 11-13 for their first Patriot League Tournament berth in six seasons. The fourth seed Crusaders will face No. 1 seed Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. on May 11 at 12:00 p.m.