SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced its 2019 Softball All-Conference Teams and major award winners Wednesday morning. All nine CCC schools had student-athletes garner All-CCC recognition. Endicott and Salve Regina each had seven selections to lead the conference.
Four different institutions had student-athletes earn major awards this season. The University of New England's Avery Alberghini (Moretown, Vt.) was selected as the league's Player of the Year, while Salve Regina's Andi Nelson (Candia, N.H.) was voted the Pitcher of the Year. Jamie Cookingham (Warner, N.H.) from Western New England was the conference's top first-year player and took home the Rookie of the Year award. Gordon senior Rose Shannon (Ashland, Mass.) was picked as the CCC Scholar-Athlete. UNE head coach Dan Letellier was named the CCC Coach of the Year and Wentworth won the Team Sportsmanship award.
Voting for the All-CCC teams and each of the major awards was conducted by the conference's nine softball head coaches following the conclusion of the regular season.
Alberghini and Nelson were also named All-CCC First Team performers with the UNE standout being named the First Team catcher and the Salve ace being selected as one of the two pitchers. Alberghini's teammate Sydnee Bessler (Everett, Mass.) was the other First Team pitcher. Around the bases were three student-athletes who played their home games in the North Shore. Endicott teammates Jamie Hopgood (Warwick, R.I.) and Adrianna Favreau (Tewksbury, Mass.) were selected a first base and second base, respectively, while Gordon's Megan Jenkerson (McDonough, Ga.) was the selection at third base. Rounding out the infield was Salve Regina shortstop Amanda Riley (Barrington, N.H.). In the First Team outfield were Curry's Liana Duarte (Taunton, Mass.), Endicott's Gina DeMilt (Princeton, N.J.), and UNE's Alexis Kapsambelis (Merrimack, N.H.). The remaining two All-CCC First Team members were Gordon's Laura Bieren (Groton, Mass.) at utility and UNE's Meg Harvey (Westmoreland, N.H.) as the designated player.
There were also 12 student-athletes named to the All-CCC Second Team. Pitchers Alexis Ferris (Holyoke, Mass.) from Nichols and Laura Somerville (Suffield, Conn.) from Endicott both earned spots, as did Salve Regina catcher Holly Kathios (Pelham, N.H.). The four Second Team infielders all represented different schools with Brionna Myers (Seabrook, N.H.) from Wentworth playing first, Lily Rivera (Concord, N.H.) from Gordon at second, Elizabeth Lombardo (Thomaston, Conn.) from Roger Williams patrolling third, and Lauren Misiaszek (Londonderry, N.H.) setting up at shortstop. In the Second Team outfield were the Fighting Scots' Karissa Hatchell (Eaton, Colo.), the Hawks' Sydney Provencal (Cumberland, R.I.), and the Seahawks' Lindsey Florent (New Bedford, Mass.). Western New England's Aimee Kistner (Taunton, Mass.) was the Second Team utility player and Salve's Maddie Machado (Westport, Mass.) was the DP.
Kistner was also named to the All-CCC Third Team as a pitcher. Joining her with the other spot in the circle was the Gulls' Maggie Oram (Lexington, Mass.). They would be delivering to Oram's teammate Peyton Atkins (Goshen, N.Y.) as the Third Team catcher. In the Third Team infield were the Colonels' Alexis Buckner (Foxborough, Mass.) at first, the Leopards' Katie Verreault (Scarborough, Maine) at second, the Seahawks' Nikki Vanelli (Quakertown, Pa.) at third, and the Nor'easters' Taylor Depot (Auburn, Maine) at shortstop. There were four outfielders who earned spots on the All-CCC Third Team. They were Shannon from Gordon, Samantha Kostek (Oxford, Conn.) from Nichols, Jaycee Garrigan (Uxbridge, Mass.) from Salve, and Andrea Gosper (Wyoming, R.I.) from UNE. Wentworth's Kayla DeMedeiros (South Dartmouth, Mass.) earned an All-Conference spots as the Third Team utility player and WNE's Dina DiBlasio (Norwalk, Conn.) was the DP.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Avery Alberghini, University of New England
Alberghini put together a stellar season for the Nor'easters, leading the entire conference in hits (53), batting average (.535), on-base percentage (.566), and stolen bases (36). Her regular-season statistics also registered nationally as she currently ranks fourth in stolen bases, fifth in batting average, and 18th in OBP among all NCAA Division III student-athletes. The senior catcher was also second in the CCC in slugging (.636) and third in runs scored (34). She recorded a hit in all but three games she played in this season, including opening the year with a 23-game hit streak. She had 16 multi-hit games and stole at least two bases 11 times. Alberghini also had eight doubles, a triple, and 15 RBI this season. She was named the CCC Player of the Week four times this year (weeks ending March 17, March 31, April 7, April 21).
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Andi Nelson, Salve Regina
Nelson was impressive in the circle for the Seahawks this season as she compiled a 15-7 record with two saves. Her 15 victories were tops in the conference, including league-best seven shutouts. The Salve ace led the league in strikeouts (130) and innings pitched (135.1). Nationally, Nelson ranked in the top-30 in three categories shutouts (seventh), strikeouts (26th), and victories (29th). She opened the year with a no-hitter against Finlandia and posted a pair of two-hit complete-game shutouts later in the year. She had five games with seven or more strikeouts, including two 14-K performances. She was selected as the CCC Pitcher of the Week twice, once in the week ending March 10 then again in the week ending April 7.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jamie Cookingham, Western New England
Cookingham got her collegiate career off to a strong start playing in 35 games for the Golden Bears and ranking in the league's top-10 in four key categories. She ranked fourth in home runs (3) and ninth in doubles (9) helping her to the ninth highest slugging percentage (.510) in the league. She also ranked seventh in RBI with (26). Cookingham had nine multi-hit games, including a two-home-run performance against UNE late in the year. She was named the CCC Rookie of the Week once during the regular-season in the week ending April 7.
Rose Shannon, Gordon
In addition to being an All-Conference performer on the field, Shannon also excels in the classroom. The senior, who is majoring in social work and sociology, currently sports a 3.92 GPA and has accomplished a lot in her time at Gordon. She was one of eight Gordon students selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants to work as a Presidential Fellow in the Office of the Vice President of Marking and External Relations. In this position, she met with prominent leaders on campus, worked on special projects and participated in weekly meetings for scholarly discussion. Additionally, Shannon earned Presidential honors every semester and served a social work teaching assistant for two years. She also gained internship experience as therapeutic mentor at Children's Friend and Family Services and took advantage of an opportunity to study abroad at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Dan Letellier, University of New England
Coach Letellier, in his 10th season, led the University of New England to a 12-4 CCC (23-14 overall) season and earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming CCC Championship Tournament. It is the second time Letellier has earned the honor, having previously been voted Coach of the Year in 2011. The Nor'easters made a three-spot leap to the second seed after serving as the tournament's No. 5 seed a year ago. As a team UNE led the league in shutouts (9) and stolen bases (80). They ranked fourth in the league in ERA (2.96) and fifth in batting average (.293).
2019 ALL-CCC SOFTBALL TEAMS
FIRST TEAM ALL-CCC
P - Sydnee Bessler, Sr., University of New England
P - Andi Nelson, So., Salve Regina
C - Avery Alberghini, Sr., University of New England
1B - Jamie Hopgood, Sr., Endicott
2B - Adrianna Favreau, So., Endicott
3B - Megan Jenkerson, Sr., Gordon
SS - Amanda Riley, Sr., Salve Regina
OF - Gina DeMilt, Sr., Endicott
OF - Liana Duarte, Fr., Curry
OF - Alexis Kapsambelis, Sr., University of New England
UTL - Laura Bieren, Jr., Gordon
DP - Meg Harvey, So., University of New England
SECOND TEAM ALL-CCC
P - Alexis Ferris, Jr., Nichols
P - Laura Somerville, Sr., Endicott
C - Holly Kathios, Sr., Salve Regina
1B - Brionna Myers, So., Wentworth
2B - Lily Rivera, So., Gordon
3B - Elizabeth Lombardo, Sr., Roger Williams
SS - Lauren Misiaszek, Fr., Endicott
OF - Lindsey Florent, Sr., Salve Regina
OF - Karissa Hatchell, So., Gordon
OF - Sydney Provencal, So., Roger Williams
UTL - Aimee Kistner, Jr., Western New England
DP - Maddie Machado, Jr., Salve Regina
THIRD TEAM ALL-CCC
P - Aimee Kistner, Jr., Western New England
P - Maggie Oram, Jr., Endicott
C - Peyton Atkins, Jr., Endicott
1B - Alexis Buckner, Fr., Curry
2B - Katie Verreault, Fr., Wentworth
3B - Nikki Vanelli, Fr., Salve Regina
SS - Taylor Depot, Fr., University of New England
OF - Jaycee Garrigan, So., Salve Regina
OF - Andrea Gosper, Sr., University of New England
OF - Samantha Kostek, Fr., Nichols
OF - Rose Shannon, Sr., Gordon
UTL - Kayla DeMedeiros, So., Wentworth
DP - Dina DiBlasio, Fr., Western New England
Player of the Year - Avery Alberghini, University of New England
Pitcher of the Year - Andi Nelson, Salve Regina
Rookie of the Year - Jamie Cookingham, Western New England
CCC Scholar-Athlete - Rose Shannon, Gordon
Coach of the Year - Dan Letellier, University of New England
Team Sportsmanship - Wentworth
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.