The NECC announced its 2018 Softball All-Conference teams and major award winners on Monday afternoon. The awards were voted on by the conference’s nine coaches following the conclusion of the regular season, with eight of the nine conference schools being represented on the all-conference teams.
In the first appearance for any Nighthawk track & field athlete in program history, Nighthawks freshmen Taymise Sanders and Desiree Snead participated in the finals of the NCAA Division III New England Track & Field Championships on Saturday afternoon, hosted by MIT.
Newbury fell in the double-elimination tournament with a pair of losses in the NECC Playoffs on Saturday
Nighthawks junior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) batted a perfect 3-for-3 including two home runs and five RBIs, helping the Newbury Nighthawks to a 12-4 victory over the Lesley Lynx in six innings on Thursday evening in the winner's bracket of the New England Collegiate Conference Playoffs, hosted at Regis College.
For the sixth consecutive season, the Newbury Nighthawks advanced to the double-elimination portion of the New England Collegiate Conference Championships and will chase their first Conference Championship in program history. Ahead of the No. 4 seed Nighthawks are the No. 1 seed Lesley University Lynx, the No. 2 seed Becker College Hawks, and the No. 3 seed Bay Path University Wildcats. The Lynx and Wildcats qualified for Championship Weekend last season, with Lesley claiming the title, while the Hawks will draw on their 2016 Championship as their recent success.
A fifth-inning sacrifice fly by Nighthawks junior Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) turned out to be the difference maker in a low scoring affair as the Newbury Nighthawks advance to the New England Collegiate Conference Semifinals by virtue of a 3-2 win over the Elms Blazers on Tuesday afternoon from Hellenic Diamond.
Wildcats senior Kaylee Herring (Worcester, Vt.) and freshman Samantha Rubacha (Feeding Hills, Mass.) each scored a hat trick, as Bay Path held off the late charge of the Newbury Nighthawks with an 11-10 win on Tuesday evening in the New England Collegiate Conference Quarterfinals from Ryan Field.
The Nighthawks softball program is making their sixth straight New England Collegiate Conference playoff appearance, continuing their best streak in program history. In what could be one of the most competitive tournaments in recent history, five of the six playoff teams all had 10-wins in the NECC. The lone exception is a capable Mitchell College team, who finished their season 9-7 in conference to clinch the No. 6 seed.
In only their second season, the Nighthawks women's lacrosse program qualified for the New England Collegiate Conference playoffs for the first time in program history. Voted seventh in the preseason, the Nighthawks used a 3-4 NECC season to finish tied-fourth in the conference standings with Bay Path and Mitchell.
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