L-R: Coach of the Year Megan Bryant, Rookie of the Year
L-R: Coach of the Year Megan Bryant, Rookie of the Year
Courtesy: America East Communications

Softball Annual Awards, All-Conference Teams Announced

Release: 05/07/2014
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Student-athletes from the top three seeds for the upcoming America East Softball Championship are the conference’s 2014 major award winners while the head coach of the league’s regular-season champion is the Coach of the Year. Binghamton’s Sydney Harbaugh, Stony Brook’s Allison Cukrov and Albany’s Elizabeth Snow were announced as the America East Player, Pitcher and Rookie of the Year, respectively, while Stony Brook head coach Megan Bryant was unveiled as the league’s Coach of the Year Wednesday evening at the league’s awards barbecue at Stony Brook University, site of this week’s conference tournament.

Harbaugh, a sophomore outfielder, is just the second Bearcat to ever earn Player of the Year honors. She ranks fourth in the league hitting .375 and was even better against conference foes, hitting .465 (20-for-43) in 14 games. Overall, Harbaugh ranks third in runs scored (39), third in hits (48), is tied for second in stolen bases (27) and is fourth in on-base percentage (.442). Ranked among leaguer leaders with 15 extra-base hits, including seven doubles, four triples and four home runs, Harbaugh also drove in 32 runs this year. She earned America East Player of the Week honors on Apri 24.

Cukrov, a junior right-hander, is just the fifth hurler to earn America East Pitcher of the Year honors a second time and the first since Boston University’s Robyn King in 2001. Also, the 2012 Pitcher of the Year, Cukrov posted a league-best 21 wins against just seven losses and has not lost a game since March 8, winning 17-straight decisions. She registered a 1.96 ERA, including a 1.34 mark in 13 league games. The league leader in innings pitched (185 1/3), Cukrov earned America East Pitcher of the Week five times this season.

Snow, a freshman who played around the diamond this season, ranks fifth in the league hitting .355. A three-time America East Rookie of the Week this season (Feb. 25, April 14, 30), Snow leads the league with 14 doubles and tied for second with 19 extra base hits. Snow, Albany’s fourth-ever Rookie of the Year, has driven in 26 runs this season, tops among America East freshman, and scored 17 runs.

Bryant is Coach of the Year for the third time, previously winning the award in 2009 and 2012. She led the Seawolves to their second America East regular-season crown and first since 2009. In her 14th year at Stony Brook, Bryant led Stony Brook to a 32-16 record in the regular season overall and a 15-2 mark in league play, good for an .882 win percentage, the Seawolves’ best ever in 13 seasons in America East. Her team is well balanced, ranking in the top three in batting average (.273), ERA (2.69) and fielding percentage (.961).

Cukrov is joined as a first-team All-America East pitcher by Albany’s Brittany MacFawn, the league leader in ERA (1.53) and strikeouts (175). UMBC’s Taylor Hall, who tops the conference in hits (61), home runs (14) and RBI (51) is the first-team catcher. A pair of Bearcats and repeat selections man the right side of the infield on the first team in Binghamton’s Lisa Cadogan (first base) and Jessica Bump (second base). Albany’s Maggie Cocks, the league leader in hitting (.415), is the first-team shortstop while Stony Brook’s Olivia Mintun is the first-team third baseman.

Harbaugh is accompanied in the first-team outfield trio by Albany’s Vicky McFarland and Maine’s Jessica Burk. The first-team designated player is UMBC’s Danielle O’Neill, the league leader with 43 runs scored, and Snow is the first-team utility player.

Binghamton’s Demi Laney and Maine’s Hannah Hill are the second-team hurlers, while Binghamton’s Taylor Chaffee is the second-team catcher. The second-team infielders are UMBC’s Chelsea Bertoglio (first base), Albany’s Kelly Costello (second base), Stony Brook’s Jessica Combs (shortstop) and Albany’s Lauren Alcorn (third base). Albany’s Charlise Castro and Stony Brook’s Bria Green and Shayla Giosia, both repeat selections, make up the second-team outfield. Albany’s Marlin Solano is the second-team DP and Maine’s EmJ Fogel is the second-team utility player.

Snow, the lone freshman on an all-league team, is joined as an All-Rookie choice by teammates Caitlin Cooper and Mackenzie Thompson, Binghamton’s Gabby Bracchi,  Crysti Eichner and Bridget Hunt, Maine’s Felicia Lennon and Samantha Ralphs, UMBC’s Jessica Holte and Kelly Lane and UMass Lowell’s Emily O’Brien.

Cocks, Costello, Cukrov and Bump are also all-academic honorees after excelling on the field and sustaining at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA in the classroom. Joining the quartet are Binghamton’s Colleen Dougherty, Hartford’s Amber Andrews, Genevieve Morneau-Vaillancourt and Zuzana Kudernatschova, Maine’s Dagmar Ralphs and Jean Stevens and UMass Lowell’s Ariana Darcy. Those selections were chosen by a committee made up of America East sports information directors, academic advisors and faculty athletic representatives.

Thiry-nine of the 46 All-Conference, All-Rookie and All-Academic sections will be in action at the 2014 America East Softball Championship, which will be held at Stony Brook’s University Field Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10.