Five Nighthawks Named to All-Conference Teams

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Five members of the Nighthawks softball program have earned All-Conference accolades as members of the All-NECC Teams as announced by the New England Collegiate Conference Office on Monday morning.

Nighthawks sophomore Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) makes her second career appearance on an all-conference team, improving on her Second-Team nomination in her freshman year to an All-Conference First Team Catcher in 2017. Sass finished the year second in conference batting average at .538 and led the NECC in home runs in conference play with eight.

Sass also recorded the most hits by a player in her first two seasons in program history and is just two career hits shy of 100.

Nighthawks freshman Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) impressed in her first season, earning an All-NECC First Team Accolade in the outfield. Gooden finished fourth in the NECC in hits with 29 in conference play and RBIs in NECC games with 22. She was seventh in batting average at .446, best among all rookies. In the Nighthawks 18, regular season, NECC games, Gooden recorded at least one hit in 15 of those contests.

Sophomore Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) found herself as a member of the All-Conference Second Team as a pitcher. Milauskas' eight regular season wins were third-most. Milauskas also recorded a pair of playoff victories that got the Nighthawks into Championship Sunday.

Her 29 career wins are just three shy of the career wins record at Newbury.

Senior Naomi Ricciotti (Pheonix, Ariz.) also secured a spot on the All-Conference Second Team; the second such election of her career. Ricciotti batted .361 in the conference this season and finished eighth in runs scored with 20.

Ricciotti finishes her career with the third-most hits in program history with 149 and she became only the third player in Nighthawks history to score 100 career runs. 

Ricciotti was also recognized as the Nighthawks representative on the 2017 All-Conference Sportsmanship Team.

Freshman Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) rounds out the Nighthawks grouping, finishing All-Conference Third Team as a pitcher. Stefan finished the regular season at 8-1 with a 2.53 ERA in conference play.

Although her offensive numbers are not considered in this accolade, it is worth mentioning that Stefan contributed to her own cause on multiple occasions, finishing the season with a .440 batting average in conference play; eighth-best in the NECC.


See below for a full list of All-Conference Honorees:

Player of the Year: Lauren Vallee, Bay Path
Pitcher of the Year: Madi McLellan, Regis 
Rookie of the Year: Arianna Gooden, Newbury 
Coach of the Year: Caitlin Benyi, Newbury

Rookie/Coach of Year Release

All-Conference First Team

1B – Jordan Raab, Lesley So., Rochester, N.H.)
2B – Courtney Goggin, Lesley (Jr., Cheshire, Conn.)
3B – Carlyn Barker, Lesley (Sr., Temecula, Calif.)
SS – Lauren Vallee, Bay Path (Jr., Bristol, Conn.)
C – Noelle Sass, Newbury (So., Randolph, Mass.)
P – Madi McLellan, Regis (Fr., Fremont, N.H.)
P – Sarah Bushman, Lesley (Fr., Fr., Aurora, Colo.)
OF – Mekenzi Golden, Lesley (Sr., Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
OF – Arianna Gooden, Newbury (Fr., Bakersfield, Calif.)
OF – Theresa Pereira, Lesley (Jr., Hopedale, Mass.)
DP – Erin O'Donnell, Elms (So., Glenmont, N.Y.)

All-Conference Second Team

1B – Ashley Ciepiela, Becker (Sr., Adams, Mass.)
2B – Samantha DelConte, Mitchell (Jr., Enfiled, Conn.)
3B – Elizabeth Olszewski, Elms (Jr., Canterbury, Conn.)
SS – Brianna Napoleone, Regis (So., Medford, Mass.)
C – Ally Murphy, Lesley (Fr., Raynam, Mass.)
C – Alexa Nejaime, Regis (Jr., Sandisfield, Mass.)
P – Samantha Lee, Becker (Jr., Prospect, Conn.)
P – Alina Milauskas, Newbury (So., Elkridge, Md.)
OF – Allie Petillo, Regis (So., West Sayville, N .Y.)
OF – Naomi Ricciotti, Newbury (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.)
OF – Catharine Wrang, Elms (So., Middletown, Conn.)
DP – Amanda Navarro, Regis (Jr., Stoneham, Mass.)


All-Conference Third Team

1B – Katelyn Sylvia, Elms (Fr., Southwick, Mass.)
2B – Rebecca Carkhuff, Becker (Jr., Amherst, Mass.)
3B – Allison Caloggero, Regis (Sr., Medford, Mass.)
SS – Suzanne Vachon, Mitchell (So., East Hartford, Conn.)
P – Tessa Cote, Elms (Sr., Granby, Mass.)
P – Mallory Stefan, Newbury (Fr., Thornton, Colo.)
OF – Vasia Murphy, Becker (So., OF, Dracut, Mass.)
OF – Shea Wilson, Southern Vermont (Jr., Mesa, Ariz.)
OF – Jailinne Ruiz, Bay Path (So., Hadley, Mass.)
DP – Katie Walsh, Wheelock (So., East Islip, N.Y.)

All-Sportsmanship Team

Marissa Sarna-McCarthy, Bay Path (So., 1B, Westhampton, Mass.)
Jennifer Boxell, Becker (Jr., OF, Malborough, Mass.)
Katie Banta, Daniel Webster (Fr., C, Oakdale, Conn.)
Katelyn Sylvia, Elms (Fr., 1B, Southwick, Mass.)
Allyson Nisbet, Lesley (Sr., INF/P, Clovis, Calif.)
Imani Mays, Mitchell (Sr., OF, Stratford, Conn.)
Naomi Ricciotti, Newbury (Sr., OF, Phoenix, Ariz.)
Brianna Napoleone, Regis (So., Medford, Mass.)
Taylor Jarosz, Southern Vermont (Fr., OF, Karaganda, Kazakhstan)
Samanth Leahon, Wheelock (So., OF, Castelton, N.Y.)