Boston U.ís Mask Named Softball Player of Year as Annual Award Winners Announced
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- After leading the conference in hitting with a .399 average, Boston University’s Jayme Mask earned 2013 America East Player of the Year honors Wednesday as the league’s major award winners and all-conference teams were announced. Additionally, Albany’s Brittany MacFawn garnered Pitcher of the Year accolades, Binghamton’s Lisa Cadogan picked up Rookie of the Year honors and the Bearcats’ head coach, Michelle Burrell, received Coach of the Year accolades. The major award winners and all-conference teams were voted on by the conference’s head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.
Mask, a junior outfielder, paced the America East by hitting .399, the seventh-highest total in Boston University history, on way to receiving Player of the Year honors. The Terriers’ 10th Player of the Year in program history, Mask leads the league in hits (59), on-base percentage (.464), ranks second in stolen bases (37) and is tied for third in runs scored (30). A two-time America East Player of the Week this season, Mask batted a league-best .480 in league play and reached base 51.9 percent of the time. She is also a first-team all-league outfielder.
MacFawn had one of the most dominant years in the circle of any pitcher in league history as she earned Pitcher of the Year accolades. The junior right-hander is on pace to win the league’s pitching triple crown as she leads the league in wins (25), earned run average (1.59) and strikeouts (266). MacFawn, also a first-team all-league hurler, allowed just 149 hits in a league-high 229 innings of work, holding foes to a .182 batting average. A four-time America East Pitcher of the Week, MacFawn was even better in league play, going 12-1 with a 0.75 ERA and 123 punchouts.
Cadogan, the Bearcats’ second Rookie of the Year in four years, ranks sixth among league leaders hitting .343 and ranks second with 36 RBI. The freshman first baseman, who also earned first-team all-league honors, ranks second with 21 extra-base hits and is tied for third with a .601 on-base percentage. Cadogan was a two-time America East Rookie of the Week this year.
Burrell is the America East Coach of the Year for the first time after leading Binghamton to their best season in program history. The Bearcats set a program record with 29 wins during the regular season and went 14-4 in America East play to earn the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament, the school’s best-ever seed. Burrell’s squad leads the league by hitting .296 as a team and averaging 5.6 runs per game. Binghamton also holds their own on the mound, sporting a 2.70 team ERA.
Joining Mask, MacFawn and Cadogan as first-team all-conference members are pitcher Demi Laney, who has 15 wins on the year, from Binghamton, catcher Taylor Hall from UMBC, second baseman Jessica Bump from Binghamton, shortstop Brittany Clendenny from Boston U., third baseman Jean Stevens, the league leader in home runs (13) from Maine, outfielders Vicky McFarland from Albany and Sydney Harbaugh from Binghamton, designated player Tiffany McIntosh from Binghamton and utility player Alexandra Pisciotta from Stony Brook.
The second-team consists of three pitchers due to a tie in voting, Binghamton’s Rhoda Marsteller, Hartford’s Zuzana Kudernatchova and Stony Brook’s Christine Lucido, catcher EmJ Fogel from Maine, first baseman Charlise Castro from Albany, second baseman Alexa Toole from Albany, shortstop Kate Wacyk from Hartford, third baseman Megan Volpano from Boston U., outfielders Annie Johnson from Albany and Shayla Giosia and Bria Green from Stony Brook, designated player Chelsey Mooney from Hartford and utility player Danielle O’Neill from UMBC.
Five freshmen that made an all-conference team were also all-rookie selections. Cadogan, Harbaugh, Johnson, McIntosh and Pisciotta were joined by Albany’s Maggie Cocks and Kelly Costello, Binghamton’s Taylor Chaffee, Boston U.’s Lauren Hynes and Stony Brook’s Jane Sallen.
Mask, Bump, Marsteller, Wacyk and Stevens are also all-academic honorees after excelling on the field and sustaining at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA in the classroom. Joining the five student-athletes are Binghamton’s Mikala King and Jessica Phillips, Boston U.’s Emily Roesch, Hartford’s Amber Andrews and Erica Phelps and Stony Brook’s Allison Cukrov. Those selections were chosen by a committee made up of America East sports information directors, academic advisors and faculty athletic representatives.
Thirty-five All-Conference, All-Rookie and All-Academic honorees will compete for the 2013 America East Softball Championship, a double-elimination tournament, beginning on Thursday, May 9 at Binghamton University. Top-seeded Albany and fourth-seeded Stony Brook will meet at 1 p.m. while No. 2 Binghamton and No. 3 Hartford will play at 3:30 p.m. The conference champion will be crowned on Saturday, May 11, and will receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Softball Championship. Check out Championship Central for all the details.