Softball Sweeps Yearly Ivy Awards, Puts 10 on All-Ivy Teams

Softball Sweeps Yearly Ivy Awards, Puts 10 on All-Ivy Teams

Harvard had five first-team and five second-team All-Ivy nods (Harvard Athletic Communications).

Ivy League Release

For the first time in program history, the Harvard softball team had players earn Ivy League Player, Rookie and Pitcher of the year in the same season as the league announced the yearly awards Thursday afternoon. The Crimson also placed 10 players on the All-Ivy first and second teams, tying a program record set in 1998.

The sweep marks just the second time in league history that a team has collected all three yearly conference awards, as Princeton won the trio of accolades in 1994.

Senior captain Ellen Macadam was named Ivy League Player of the Year and received first-team accolades after putting together the best season of her four in Cambridge. Macadam led the Ivy League in hits (76) and runs scored (52), was ranked second in RBI (35), triples (5), stolen bases (12) and total bases (119), and third in batting average (.442) and slugging percentage (.692). She stands 13th nationally with five triples, 14th nationally in batting average and 23rd in runs per game (1.04). She also holds the school record for hits in a season (76) and a career (222), and runs in a season (52) and a career (139). With the award, Macadam becomes Harvard's fifth league Player of the Year and first since Tiffany Whitton '03 won the award in 2002.

Junior pitcher Rachel Brown had a record breaking season, earning Ivy League Pitcher of the Year honors and bringing in her third first-team All-Ivy nod. Brown was the league-leader in earned-run average (1.90), opposing batting average (.181), strikeouts (291) and wins (21) and recorded the final out of the 2011 Ivy League Championship Series against Cornell. She is ranked third in the nation in strikeouts per game (11.5) and her 291 total strikeouts is the 15th-highest total in Division I. Brown shattered the school and Ivy League record for strikeouts in a season and became the first Harvard pitcher in team history to amass more than 20 wins in a season. The San Diego, Calif., native is Harvard's fourth Ivy Pitcher of the Year, and first since 2007 when Shelly Madick '08 took home the honor.

Freshman third baseman Kasey Lange played with the poise of a seasoned veteran in her first year with the Crimson, taking home Rookie of the Year honors and earning a spot on the All-Ivy first team. Lange led the league in RBI (65), doubles (20), sacrifice flies (6) and total bases (123), was second in batting average (.444), slugging percentage (.804) and home runs (11), and was third in runs scored (38) and hits (68). She ranks second in the nation in doubles per game (0.4) and sacrifice flies (6), seventh in RBI per game (1.3), 12th in batting average (.444) and 22nd in slugging percentage (.804). Lange broke the school record for both RBI and doubles in a season and becomes Harvard's fifth Rookie of the Year and first since 2009 when Brown took home the honor.

Sophomore outfielder Stephanie Regan and junior shortstop Jane Alexander also earned first-team bids for the Crimson. Regan performed when it mattered most, posting a .463 batting average in Ivy contests, good for second in the league. She was also third in hits (31) in Ancient Eight games and fourth in runs scored (20) and doubles (7). Alexander posted a .260 batting average, starting 48 games at shortstop for the Ivy champs. Her .984 fielding percentage was one of the best in the league as she made just one error in 57 chances in league action.

Rookie battery-mates Laura Ricciardone and Allison Scott received second-team accolades after stellar first seasons at Harvard. Ricciardone was rock-solid as Harvard's No. 2 starter, compiling a 13-5 record on the year with a 2.06 ERA. She also led the Ivy League in runs allowed (48) and earned runs allowed (35) and ranks 19th in the nation in walks per game (1.24). Scott anchored the Crimson from behind the plate in her rookie season, posting a .421 batting average in 19 Ivy games and tying for the team lead with six long balls in league games.

Whitney Shaw picked up her second All-Ivy accolade with a second team nod, posting the third-highest RBI total in the league this season with 32. Sophomore Ashley Heritage earned a spot on the All-Ivy second team as the league leader in stolen bases (21) and attempts (25). Marika Zumbro rounded out Harvard's All-Ivy selections as a utility player, batting .280 and driving in 13 runs in league action. She also proved to be an effective relief pitcher for the Crimson, picking up a pair of wins on the season and striking out nine in 18 innings pitched.

Harvard, the first team in Division I to qualify for the 2011 NCAA Softball Tournament, will learn its destination for the regional round Sunday night at 10 p.m.

Player of the Year
Ellen Macadam, Harvard (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.)

Pitcher of the Year
Rachel Brown, Harvard (Jr., San Diego, Calif.)*

Rookie of the Year
Kasey Lange, Harvard (Fr., Ladera Ranch, Calif.)*

First Team All-Ivy
P – Rachel Brown, Harvard (Jr., San Diego, Calif.)
P - Elizabeth Dalymple, Cornell (Sr., Devon, Pa.)
C - Alisha Prystowsky, Penn (Sr., Montclair, N.J.)
1B - Kate Strobel, Brown (Jr., Denver, Colo.)
2B - Ellen Macadam, Harvard (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.)*
3B – Kasey Lange, Harvard (Fr., Ladera Ranch, Calif.)*
SS - Jane Alexander, Harvard (Jr. Palo Alto, Calif.)
OF – Marissa Amiraian, Cornell (Sr., Latham, N.Y.)*
OF – Stephanie Regan, Harvard (So., Humble, Texas)
OF - Lizzy Pierce, Princeton (So., Modesto, Calif.)
U - Maggie Johnson, Columbia (Sr., Danville, Calif.)
DP - Kelsey VandeBergh, Princeton (Jr., Beaverton, Ore.)*

Second Team
P –  Laura Ricciardone, Harvard (Fr., Slidell, La.)
P – Chelsey Dunham, Yale (Fr., Fairfax Station, Va.)
C - Allie Scott, Harvard (Fr., Alpine, Calif.)
1B - Whitney Shaw, Harvard (Jr., San Francisco, Calif.)
2B - Karen Tulig, Columbia (Sr., Katy, Texas)
2B - Hillary Hubert, Dartmouth (So., Grant Park, Ill.)
3B - Steph Thompson, Brown (So., Chino, Clalif.)
SS - Jennifer Bergeron, Columbia (So., Kingwood, Texas)
SS - Meghan Johnson, Yale (Jr., New Milford, Conn.)
OF – Ashley Heritage, Harvard (So., College Station, Texas)
OF – Nicole Ontiveros, Princeton (Jr., Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
OF - Audrey Kolodziej, Dartmouth (Sr., Morton Grove, Ill.)
U - Mari Zumbro, Harvard (Jr., Oakland, Calif.)

Honorable Mention
P - Prophet Gaspard, Columbia (Fr., Abbeville, La.)
P - Alex Peyton, Princeton (So., Fullerton, Calif.)
C – Molly Khalil, Dartmouth (Jr., Seal Beach, Calif.)
C – McKynlee Westman, Yale (Sr., Smithville, Mo.)
C – Kristen Towne, Cornell (So., Brecksville, Ohio)
1B - Mariclaire Rebman, Yale (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.)
2B - Katie Yanagisawa, Yale (Sr., Woodbridge, Conn.)
SS - Stephanie Caso, Penn (So., Brooklyn, N.Y.)
OF - Brooke Coloma, Penn (So., Martinez, Calif.)
OF - Elysse Gorney, Penn (Fr., Orlando, Fla.)
OF - Tori Balta, Yale (Fr., Valencia, Calif.)
OF - Emily Caruthers, Columbia (Fr., Rancho Murieta, Calif.)
OF - Meghan Everett, Dartmouth (Jr., Flemington, N.J.)

* - denotes unanimous selection