Nighthawks junior Noelle Sass has been named to the Fastpitch News All-American Second Team, her first election to the FPN All-American Team in her career. Sass was named the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and a member of the All-NECC First Team earlier this year.
Nighthawks sophomore Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) has been nominated to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-New England Third Team as voted by NFCA member coaches in the New England Region of Division III schools and announced on Wednesday afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
Nighthawks junior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) finished the week batting .588 and has been named the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week, for the Week ending on April 29 and announced by the Conference Office on Monday.
Mustangs freshman Jill Skalski (Cranford, N.J.) finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, helping the high-powered Mustangs offense to a 9-1 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Wednesday afternoon at Mount Ida Softball Field in game one of a non-conference doubleheader.
The Newbury Nighthawks, following their best season in program history at 23-17 (16-2 NECC), have been voted second in the softball preseason poll as determined by the New England Collegiate Conference coaches and announced by the NECC Office on Friday.
Nighthawks junior Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) will, once again, enter the season as a Preseason All-American, as a member of the Second-Team, as announced by the Fastpitch News on Tuesday. It's Sass' second nomination to the FPN All-American Team, she was a First-Team Preseason All-American last season.