2014 Softball Preview Capsule

Little East Conference Coaches' Poll

Five Things to Know About Your Beacons...

1. UMass Boston features three players who have earned Little East Conference All-Conference honors previously in their careers. The three former All-Conference players on an opening-day roster ties a program-record set by the 2007 team. Senior Erika Vecchiet (Pequannock, N.J.) and junior Kristina Bove (Medford, Mass.) each were named to the Second Team last year, while senior Natalia Bouyea (East Longmeadow, Mass.) earned Second Team honors in 2012.

2. The Beacons are set to play three teams for the first time in program history this season. UMass Boston will take on The College of New Jersey (April 15), Farmingdale State (April 15) and Washington & Jefferson College (April 19) during their season-opening trip to Florida.

3. Head coach Natalia Ardagna is just five wins away from 100 career victories at the helm of the Beacons. Ardagna earned her 100th career overall win last season in Florida and carries a 95-130 record at UMass Boston into this season.

4. UMass Boston was picked to finish sixth in the Little East Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. If the Beacons finish in the top six in the LEC, UMass Boston will earn their program-record fourth-straight trip to the LEC Tournament. Before their current streak of three in a row, the program had reached the postseason in just two campaigns.

5. The Beacons will play 14 of their 18 home games this season in April, including all six of their home conference games. Those 14 conference games includes a 10-game homestand from April 10-19.

 

Following Along: In addition to following the softball team through UMass Boston Athletics, you can also look for updates on twitter (@BeaconSB) and instagram (@beaconsoftball).

 

Get To Know Your 2014 Softball Team

#2 Jillian Shepherd
#3 Haley Dutton
#5 Michelle Zullo
#6 Natalia Bouyea
#7 Kaitlyn Morse
#9 Sarah Keene
#10 Toni Scola
#11 Samantha Hemstock
#12 Kristina Bove
#13 Kelsey Cruse
#14 Lyndsey Capra
#15 Erika Vecchiet
#16 Gia Raczkowski
#17 Abby Goulet
#19 Lauren Mitsiaris
#22 Emily Gray
#23 Kelsey Svenson