3 River Hawks, Liz Snow Highlight 2017 #AESB Honorees
VESTAL, N.Y. - After experiencing its best season at the Division I level, UMass Lowell took home three of the conference's four major awards while Albany's Liz Snow was honored as the Player of the Year as the 2017 America East softball honors were announced Tuesday evening at Binghamton University, site of the conference championship.
UMass Lowell's Lauren Ramirez took home Pitcher of the Year honors while teammate Courtney Cashman was the Rookie of the Year and head coach Danielle Henderson was named Coach of the Year.
Player of the Year
Liz Snow, Sr., Albany
- The senior catcher is Albany's first Player of the Year since 2009 and fourth in program history.
- Leads the conference in on-base percentage (.535), slugging (.971), extra base hits (31) and total bases (100).
- Second nationally in slugging.
- Four-time America East Player of the Week this season.
- First-team All-Conference catcher.
Pitcher of the Year
Lauren Ramirez, Sr., UMass Lowell
- The senior pitcher is UMass Lowell's first-ever Pitcher of the Year.
- Posted a league-best 10 wins and was a conference-best 7-2 in America East play.
- Tied for second in the conference in strikeouts (85) and third in innings pitched (117).
- Also a first-team All-Conferene hurler.
Rookie of the Year
Courtney Cashman, Fr., UMass Lowell
- The freshman shortstop is UMass Lowell's first-ever Rookie of the Year.
- League's leading hitter at .430 with 20 extra-base hits, including seven home runs.
- Won a league-best four Rookie of the Week awards this season.
- Also a first-team All-Conference shortstop and an All-Rookie selection.
Coach of the Year
Danielle Henderson, UMass Lowell
- In her third year at UMass Lowell, Henderson is the River Hawks' first Coach of the Year,
- Led her program to its best season at the Division level as the River Hawks went 22-19 overall and 12-5 in conference play, finishing in a virtual tie for first place with Binghamton, just percentage points behind the Bearcats.
- Placed second in the conference standings after being tabbed fifth in the preseason poll.
- The River Hawks won 14 of their final 20 games.
Twenty-three players earned All-Conference recognition while 10 were All-Rookie choices and 10 more garnered All-Academic recognition. View a complete list of All-Conference, All-Rookie & All-Academic selections.
The 2017 America East Softball Championship begins on Wednesday with No. 4 Albany facing No. 5 UMBC at 11 a.m. and No. 3 Stony Brook taking on No. 6 Hartford at 1:30 p.m. The two losing teams will play an elimination game at 4 p.m. The top seeds, No. 1 Binghamton and No. 2 Maine, will be in action on Thursday, along with another elimination game. Three more games will be played Friday while the championship games will be played on Saturday. The league champion will receive an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Softball Championship. Complete championship information can be found on Championship Central.