Seven Softball Players Earn All-Ivy League Status

Seven Softball Players Earn All-Ivy League Status

Harvard yielded three players on the All-Ivy first team (Gil Talbot).

Following another strong season, the Harvard softball team yielded seven All-Ivy League selections, the conference announced Tuesday. The Crimson saw three players earn first-team status, two players earn second-team status and another pair earn honorable mention.

For the fourth time in her career, third baseman Kasey Lange was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection. The senior slugger led the Crimson in batting average (.353), RBI (29) and home runs (6), and was also among the league leaders in those categories. Lange graduates as one of the most decorated players in Harvard softball history, as she has or shares the program lead in career slugging percentage, stolen base percentage, doubles, home runs, total bases and RBI. Lange started her career at Harvard with an Ivy Rookie of the Year award, and garnered six Player of the Week awards in her time at Harvard.

Junior pitcher Laura Ricciardone earned the third All-Ivy nod of her career, and garnered first-team accolades for the first time following a stellar season in the circle. Ricciardone led all Ivy pitchers with a 1.53 earned-run average and six shutouts, and tied for the league lead with 18 wins on the season. In league action, Ricciardone was even tougher to score against, boasting a league-best 0.84 ERA while pitching the second-most league innings of any Ivy pitcher.

Junior Katherine Lantz was the third Harvard player to earn first-team honors, as she garnered her second All-Ivy accolade and first, first-team nod. The second baseman came on strong down the stretch for the Crimson, collecting at least one hit in her final nine league games, amassing three doubles and five RBI over that span.  She finished the season ranked third on the team in batting average (.326), RBI (22) and hits (43) and led all Harvard players with 12 doubles on the year.

Juniors Emily Gusse and Andrea Del Conte garnered second-team status, with Gusse earning her second All-Ivy nod and Del Conte her first. Gusse anchored the Crimson infield, playing all 44 games at shortstop and committing just seven errors on the season for a .951 fielding percentage. She also proved to be a valuable run-producer, finishing second on the team in RBI (24) and home runs (four). Del Conte had a strong batting average at .314 on the season, and led the charge for top base-stealing team in the league, swiping a team-best 17 bases.

Senior captain Shelbi Olson received an honorable mention nod, good for the third league honor of her career. She led all Harvard players with 50 hits on the year, finished second on the team with a .329 batting average and also placed second with 15 stolen bases. Junior Adrienne Hume rounded out the Harvard selections with an honorable mention nod, as one of four Harvard players with at least 20 RBI on the season (21). She also played solid first base, committing just four errors on the season and boasting a .989 field percentage.

2014 Softball All-Ivy 

First Team
Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth *(Jr., P - Katy, Texas)
Laura Ricciardone, Harvard (Jr., P - Slidel, La.) 
Elysse Gorney, Penn (Sr., C - Orlando, Fla.)
Lauren Delgadillo, Yale (So., 1B - San Clemente, Calif.)  
Katherine Lantz, Harvard (Jr., 2B - Parkland, Fla.)
Kasey Lange, Harvard *(Sr., 3B, Ladera Ranch, Calif.) 
Katie McEachern, Dartmouth *(So., SS - San Diego)
Michiko McGivney, Cornell (So., OF - Port Jefferson, N.Y.)
Leah Allen, Penn *(Fr., OF - Woodbine, Md.) 
Kanani Datan, Penn (So., OF - Simi Valley, Calif.)  
Meg Parker, Cornell (So., Utility - Miami)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth ^(So., DP - Norman, Okla.) 

Second Team 
Alexis Borden, Penn (Jr., P - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth ^ (So., P - Norman, Okla.) 
Liz Caggiano, Columbia (Jr., C - Bellaire, Texas)
Alyssa Rodia, Columbia (Fr., 1B - Carmel, N.Y.) 
Kara Curosh, Dartmouth (Sr., 2B - Munster, Ind.) 
Alix Cook, Columbia (Jr., 3B - El Segundo, Calif.)
Janet Leung, Brown (So., SS - Mississauga, Ont., Canada)
Emily Gusse, Harvard (Jr., SS - San Diego, Calif.) 
Andrea DelConte, Harvard (Jr., OF - Rolling Hill Estates, Calif.) 
Sydney Turchin, Penn (Jr., OF - Princeton Jct., N.J.) 
Tori Balta, Yale (Sr., OF - Valencia, Calif.)
Christina Andrews, Brown (Fr., Utility - Southlake, Texas)
Alexis Sargent, Penn (DP, Fr. - Alexandria, Va.)

Honorable Mention
Alyson Onyon, Cornell (Sr., P - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
Shanna Christian, Princeton (So., P - Parker, Colo.) 
Adrienne Hume, Harvard (Jr., 1B - Jacksonville, Fla.)
Kayla Shimoda, Columbia (Jr., 2B - Aiea, Hawaii)
Haley Hineman, Princeton (Fr., 2B - Valencia, Calif.)
Kayla Dahlerbruch, Penn (Sr., 3B - West Hills, Calif.)
Emily Snodgrass, Columbia (Sr., OF - Canby, Ore.)
Shelbi Olson, Harvard (Sr., OF - Lenexa, Kan.)
Maddie Cousens, Princeton (Sr. OF - Albany, Calif.)
Kerry Cook, Columbia (Fr., Utilty - El Segundo, Calif.)
Lauren Li, Penn (So., Utilty - Los Angeles)

Player of the Year: Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth (So., P/DP - Norman, Okla.) 
Pitcher of the Year: Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Jr., P - Katy, Texas)
Rookie of the Year: Leah Allen, Penn * (Fr., OF - Woodbine, Md.)