May 2, 2013

New Haven's Gelardi Selected as Northeast-10 Conference Softball Player of the Year


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May 2, 2013

Top-Seeded Southern New Hampshire Takes
Home Pitcher and Coach of the Year Accolades
 

SOUTH EASTON, Mass. – The University of New Haven's Christina Gelardi was named the 2013 Northeast-10 Conference Softball Player of the Year on Thursday, as voted upon by the league's head coaches.  The shortstop had a remarkable offensive season in helping lead the Chargers to a 34-12 regular-season record and the No. 2 seed in the Southwest Division. 

The conference also announced its other major award winners, as well as the All-Conference and All-Rookie teams on Thursday.  For the full list of honorees, please see below.

Gelardi currently leads the nation with a .636 on base percentage, and is also tops in the NE-10 in runs scored (55) and walks (34).  Gelardi's Chargers (15-6 in NE-10 play) will take on Stonehill College in a Northeast-10 Championship second-round matchup Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in Manchester, N.H.

Gelardi is also among the league leaders in a number of other offensive categories.  She is second in the NE-10 in both hitting (.484) and stolen bases (22).  She is also currently fourth in slugging percentage (.713) and is among the top-20 in RBI (31) and home runs (6).  

During the season, Gelardi was also selected as the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association National Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 7, and she was also named a First Team All-Conference selection.

Southern New Hampshire University's Ali Maloof was named the NE-10 Pitcher of the Year by the conference's head coaches.  Maloof helped lead the Penmen to the Northeast Division title, and they will host the upcoming Northeast-10 Championship weekend. 

In 24 games on the mound during the regular season, Maloof went 16-6 with a miniscule 1.64 ERA.  Her win total and ERA are both fourth-best in the NE-10.  In 157.2 innings, Maloof has also struck out 207 batters, good for second-best in the league. Maloof has allowed just 37 earned runs and 110 hits, and her 9.19 strikeouts per game is tops in the league. She too was a First Team All-Conference selection.

Maloof's coach, Deb Robitaille, was tabbed as the 2013 Northeast-10 Softball Coach of the Year.  Robitaille guided the Penmen to a 29-14 regular-season mark, including 16-5 in Northeast Divisional play, which earned them the No. 1 seed and right to host the NE-10 Championship.  So. New Hampshire, by virtue of their regular season division title, has earned a bye into the semifinals.

After starting the year 9-8, Robitaille's Penmen closed out the regular season winning 20 of their final 26 games, including a doubleheader sweep of the University of Massachusetts Lowell on the final day of the league play to clinch the division title.  It marks the third time she has been recognized as NE-10 Coach of the Year.

Le Moyne College's Kirsten Trotta was tabbed as the 2013 Rookie of the Year. Trotta helped lead the Dolphins to the postseason, as she hit .354 in her first year with the team.  The shortstop also hit eight home runs (7th-best in the league), added 51 hits (10th-best), and registered a .576 slugging percentage (11th-best).  She was also named to the Northeast-10 Conference's Third Team, and was also named to the conference's All-Rookie Team.

The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that are committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 6,000 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.

2013 Northeast-10 Softball All-Conference Teams

First Team Position School  Hometown
Katie Andrews  First Base Adelphi Dothan, Ala.
Emily Dorko Outfield Adelphi Matamoras, Pa.
Stephanie Belanger Catcher American Int'l  South Windsor, Conn.
Sarah Harrison Pitcher  Le Moyne Cobleskill, N.Y.
Abby Jamieson Designated Hitter UMass Lowell Billerica, Mass.
Krista MacKenzie Second Base UMass Lowel Ipswich, Mass.
Brianna Mahoney Utility / Player UMass Lowell Billerica, Mass.
Jessica Fuggazzotto Outfield Merrimack Newton, Mass.
Tawny Palmieri Third Base  Merrimack Peabody, Mass.
Christina Gelardi Shortstop New Haven Derby, Conn.
Stephanie Frank  Utility / Pitcher Saint Michael's  Essex, Vt.
Ali Maloof Pitcher So. New Hampshire  Norwood, Mass.
Megan Staudle Outfield  Stonehill  New Windsor, N.Y.

Second Team Position School Hometown 
Devon Kelly  Pitcher Adelphi Baldwin, N.Y.
Victoria Wink  Third Base Adelphi Seaford, N.Y.
Katie Merrill Utility / Player American Int'l Queensbury, N.Y.
Tanya Robidoux Outfield  Assumption Hooksett, N.H.
Ariana Darcy Outfield  UMass Lowell  Wallkill, N.Y.
Keaira Monet Perry First Base Merrimack Bellingham, Mass.
Lucy Francisco Second Base New Haven Lawrence, Mass.
Micah Stonesifer Pitcher New Haven Archer City, Texas
Hana Wright Catcher Pace Hillsboro, Ore.
Nicole Boucher Shortstop Saint Anselm Woonsocket, R.I.
Brittany Bucko Outfield So. Connecticut Wallington, N.J.
Nicole Eisenmann Designated Hitter Stonehill East Bridgewater, Mass.

Third Team Position School Hometown 
Elizabeth Lindner Catcher Adelphi Milford, Pa.
Laurin Watts Pitcher  Adelphi Gardendale, Ala.
Ashleigh St. Peter  Outfield  American Int'l Gill, Mass.
Shannon Connor  Outfield Bentley West Haven, Conn.
Ashley Noke Designated Hitter Franklin Pierce Cumberland, R.I.
Kirsten Trotta Shortstop Le Moyne Wilmington, Del.
Ali Ferraro Third Base UMass Lowell Kingston, N.Y.
Marielle Handley Pitcher  UMass Lowell Durham, Conn.
Jess Spivey First Base New Haven Holland, Pa.
Keri Tricinelli Designated Hitter New Haven Brick, N.J.
Monique Gauthier Outfield Saint Anselm  Canton, Conn.
Alyssa Downs Third Base So. Connecticut Seymour, Conn.
Lindsey Bolduc Utility / Player So. New Hampshire Londonderry, N.H.
Kelsea Cheney Second Base  So. New Hampshire Abington, Mass.

All-Rookie Team Position School 
Kayli Moniz Shortstop Assumption        
Kelly Ferris Pitcher Bentley              
Kirsten Trotta  Shortstop  Le Moyne
Marielle Handley Pitcher UMass Lowell    
Bri Martin Outfield   UMass Lowell              
Nicole King Pitcher New Haven
Jen Palase  Infield  New Haven
Julie LeClair Second Base Saint Anselm
Megan Ruonavaara Pitcher Stonehill
Megan Staudle Outfield Stonehill

Player of the Year:  Christina Gelardi, New Haven
Pitcher of the Year:  Ali Maloof, Southern New Hampshire
Rookie of the Year:  Kirsten Trotta, Le Moyne
Coach of the Year: Deb Robitaille, Southern New Hampshire

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