The 2017 team returned from their spring trip down in Florida with a record of 9 wins and 5 losses. This is the best record any softball team in previous years at Husson has ever done. The eagles played two games everyday for seven days. Pitching has been a key component for the eagles success. Senior, Alannah Healy is a strong component in the circle. Arika Brochu, a sophomore, controls the mound as well. Then there is freshmen, Jen Jones who also was very successful. All three saw valuable time on the mound.
Head coach, Terren Allen, has been with the eagles for three years now. With one North Atlantic Conference win under her belt, the eagles are looking to capture another win this season. In the 2016 season the eagles lost during the tournament, unable to capture the title. Allen thinks this year could be very successful for the eagles. “All 21 girls are able to start and play. We have so much depth on the team it will allow us to be very successful.”
The freshmen on the team dominate a majority of the team. With only five upperclassmen, the underclassmen find themselves being key components in every game. Freshman shortstop, Sarah Bragg, finds herself having to step and fill a major spot. Lyndsey Merrill dominated the shortstop position for numerous past seasons. Chloe Gorey, a freshman transfer from Curry College in Milton, MA, has been a key player for the eagles at the third base position. With a gun for an arm and a strong bat, she has stepped up majorly. First base has also been taken by underclassmen. Sophomore, Olivia Maynard, a utility player, has seen time at the bag. Freshmen Tamara Auchman and Morgan Coleman rotate at first base. Also two huge bats in the lineup. Second base is played by senior, Nicole Andrade who is a strong leader in the middle infield position. Senior, Casey Lopes holds up behind the plate. With her fourth year starting as the eagles cather, she is a strong voice in the infield. The outfield is dominated by one upperclassmen and two underclassmen who also play key roles in the lineup.
The eagles play their first games in Maine on March 31 down to Colby College. They hope to keep their success rolling, even in the cold weather. Allen says, “As long as we stay confident with ourselves and each other we should have a winning season.”