NH College Notebook: SNHU softball players earn All-East Region honors
Ali Maloof of the Southern New Hampshire softball team has been named the 2014 Daktronics All-East Region Pitcher of the Year. Sophomore Lindsey Bolduc, of Londonderry, also earned First-Team honors.
Maloof led the team to its first ever Northeast-10 Conference Championship, as well as a trip to the NCAA East Regional final round. She finished the season 21-8 in the circle, and helped the team to a 31-15 season, the most wins ever in softball program history. The junior totaled an impressive 241 strikeouts in 208.1 innings pitched, along with a 1.34 ERA.
She totaled four no-hitters this season, including a perfect game in April, where she recorded 11 strikeouts. Maloof also pitched a no-no in the conference title game en route to the win.
She sits at the top of the record books in career strikeouts as a junior with 601, and had a career-best 18 earlier this season against Bentley.
Bolduc earns First Team honors as a hard-hitting second baseman who finished the season with a .315 average at the plate, and a .967 fielding percentage. The sophomore totaled 45 hits on the season, including a team-best 12 doubles, along with seven homeruns. Bolduc led the team in runs batted in with 37, and had a team-best .545 slugging percentage.
An All-Conference First-Team selection, Bolduc totaled a career-best seven RBI in a 17-1 win over Lake Erie where she totaled two doubles and a homerun. She also knocked in four and five runs on different occasions to lead SNHU to wins. Bolduc recorded a hit in 30 games this season, and had multiple hits in 13 contests for the Penmen.
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Sophomore Chris Bohi, of Loudon, junior Antoine Gisore, of Concord, and freshman B.J. Smith, of Concord, all earned All-East Region honors in two events each from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, leading 10 total All-Region performances by the Franklin Pierce University men's and women's track and field teams.
Bohi earned both of his All-East Region accolades in field events, as he was honored for his work in the pole vault and javelin. He finished the season ranked 35th in the country in the javelin, with a longest throw of 59.38 meters. In the pole vault, his top height was 4.10 meters, which was good for fifth in the Northeast-10.
Both All-Region performances on the women's side came in field events as well, via freshman Miranda Gagnon, of Rollinsford, in the javelin and sophomore Nadine Hyde in the discus. Gagnon's longest throw in the javelin was 40.32 meters, which ranked 44th in the country. Hyde's longest heave in the discus checked in at 37.21 meters, good for second in the Northeast-10.
The remaining six selections on the men's side all came on the track, led by Gisore and Smith, who were honored twice each. Gisore earned All-East Region honors in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, while Smith garnered accolades in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Gisore's top time in the 1500 was 3:50.49, which ranks 28th in the country, while his best run in the 5000 was 14:50.06, good for fourth in the Northeast-10. Smith clocked a 14:41.97 in the 5,000, while also running a 31:37.99 in the 10,000, to rank third in the Northeast-10 in both events.
Sophomore Colton Ham, of Webster, and freshman Dage Minors rounded out the All-East Region awards for Franklin Pierce. Ham ran a 9:35.28 in the 3000-meter steeplechase to rank second in the Northeast-10, while Minors recorded a 1:51.24 in the 800 meters, which ranks 22nd in the nation.
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Sophomore Morgan McCalmon was named the 2014 Ivy League Softball Player of the Year, joining junior Kristen Rumley who was tabbed Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, as announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.
Both McCalmon and Rumley were also selected to the All-Ivy First-Team along with sophomore shortstop Katie McEachern. Rumley and McEachern were chosen as unanimous decisions at their respective positions. McCalmon's first-team selection was at the designated player position. She then picked up All-Ivy Second-Team recognition as a pitcher. Senior Kara Curosh was the fourth Big Green member voted to an All-Ivy team.
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The men's and women's soccer programs from the University of New Hampshire have been honored as recipients of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award. UNH is just one of 193 schools to have both programs recognized.
The NSCAA Team Academic Award is earned by programs that achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or higher throughout the 2012-13 academic year. Out of over 1,600 eligible institutions, 876 teams (274 men, 602 women) hit the 3.0 GPA mark. The men's program achieved a 3.00 GPA while the women's squad notched a 3.26. For the men, it is the seventh straight year of acknowledgement and seventh overall while for the women, it is the eighth in program history and third consecutive.
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Dartmouth senior Kristen Giovanniello and sophomore Jaclyn Leto were selected as members of the 2014 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Northeast Region Second Team.
For Giovanniello, this marks her second time as a member of the second team and the third appearance overall on the All-Northeast Region announcement. She was named a second-team player as a sophomore in 2012, while earning first-team distinction in 2011.
Leto makes her first career appearance on the all-region list after a strong sophomore season in 2014. She led the team in goals (34), while second in points (41) and third in assists (8), posting career highs nearly across the board as she was arguably the most versatile player all season for Dartmouth.
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