LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The NFCA announced its selections for the all-region teams Thursday, with freshman Maddy Kaplan earning a spot on the Northeast first team, while senior Laura Ricciardone was recognized as a third team selection. Both players were selected to the All-Ivy League first team earlier this week.
Kaplan's outstanding rookie campaign continues to be recognized with post-season accolades, including the NFCA Northeast Region first team selection as DP or Utility/non-pitcher. She played in 39 games, primarily in the outfield, but also saw time as the designated player. With a .344 batting average and 43 hits, the Santa Monica, California, native ranked second in the Harvard lineup in both categories. Kaplan, who homered in her first collegiate game, finished the season with two long balls, 16 RBI, 11 walks to only nine strikeouts and 20 runs scored. She is just the third Crimson player to be named to the all-region first team as a freshman, joining Lauren Murphy in 2007 and Kasey Lange in 2011.
Ricciardone is making her second-straight appearance on the all-region third team as a pitcher. The four-time All-Ivy League selection from Slidell, Louisiana won 12 games in 2015, tied for the second-most in the Ivy League and her 2.24 ERA was the third-lowest. In conference games, her ERA lowered to 2.15 and she accounted for eight of Harvard's 13 wins against the Ancient Eight. Her stellar career includes a 1.96 ERA, 57 wins, 105 appearances, 507.1 innings and 320 strikeouts, which all rank in the top-six of Harvard's pitching records.