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Marist Preseason Choice To Win MAAC Softball
Courtesy: MAAC Sports  
Release: 02/12/2014
The Marist softball team is the presason choice to repeat as MAAC...
Courtesy: MAAC Sports

EDISON, N.J. – The Marist College softball team has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship, according to a vote of the league’s head coaches.

The Red Foxes received 110 points in the poll as the choice to successfully defend their softball championship, followed by projected runnerup Fairfield with 105 points, which narrowly edged third-place Monmouth with 104 points. Picked to finish fourth was Siena, with 80 points, followed by fifth-place Canisius with 67 points, sixth-place Iona with 64 points, seventh-place Quinnipiac with 58 points and eighth-place Niagara with 57 points. Rounding out the poll were ninth place Manhattan with 46 points, 10th place Rider with 22 points and 11th place Saint Peter’s with 13 points.

Fairfield’s senior shortstop/catcher Lauren Liseth and Marist’s Nicole Cheek were selected as preseason Co-Players of the Year. Liseth was the MAAC’s Player of the Year in 2013 when she hit a league leading .389 with seven homers and 36 RBIs. She led the MAAC with 15 doubles, was second in triples with five, and third in both total bases (95) and runs scored (40). Cheek was last year’s Rookie of the Year after leading the MAAC with 15 homers, 52 RBI and 122 total bases. Cheek, a sophomore, was also second in the MAAC with 64 hits, and second in runs scored with 43.

Liseth was named to the preseason All-MAAC team as the catcher, and Cheek was selected at both outfielder and designated player. Vanessa Cardoza of Monmouth, Robin Kennery of Canisius, Kristen Filicia of Fairfield and Paige Lloyd of Siena were selected to the Preseason Team as infielders. Cheek was joined in the outfield by Eileen McCann of Iona, Sammy Ruffolo of Fairfield, Courtney Solt of Quinnipiac and Kehli Washington of Rider. Alyssa Zahka of Marist and Elena Bowman of Manhattan were selected as utility players, while Jennifer Sansano of Niagara and Jessika-Jo Sandrini were chosen as pitchers.


 MAAC Preseason Softball Poll

Order of finish

Points

1.       Marist

110

2.       Fairfield

105

3.       Monmouth

104

4.       Siena

80

5.       Canisius

67

6.       Iona

64

7.       Quinnipiac

58

8.       Niagara

57

9.       Manhattan

46

10.   Rider

22

11.   Saint Peter’s

13

MAAC Preseason Team

 

C – Lauren Liseth

Fairfield

INF – Vanessa Cardoza

Monmouth

INF – Robin Kennery

Canisius

INF – Kristen Filicia

Fairfield

INF – Paige Lloyd

Siena

OF – Nicole Cheek

Marist

OF – Eileen McCann

Iona

OF – Sammy Ruffolo

Fairfield

OF – Courtney Solt

Quinnipiac

OF – Kehli Washington

Rider

DP – Nicole Cheek

Marist

UT – Alyssa Zahka

Marist

UT – Elena Bowman

Manhattan

P – Jennifer Sansano

Niagara

P – Jessika -Jo Sandrini

Siena

   

MAAC Preseason Poll  -- Preseason Co Players of the Year

 

Lauren Liseth

Fairfield

Nicole Cheek

Marist


MAAC Softball


Softball
Team MAAC Pct. Overall Pct.
Marist 16-4 .800 27-24 .529
Fairfield 15-5 .750 20-22 .476
Iona 14-6 .700 24-24 .500
Siena 13-7 .650 29-26 .527
Monmouth 12-8 .600 22-21 .512
Manhattan 10-10 .500 26-29 .473
Niagara 8-12 .400 18-29 .384
Canisius 8-12 .400 18-30 .375
Quinnipiac 6-14 .300 11-36 .234
Saint Peter's 4-16 .200 10-42 .192
Rider 4-16 .200 6-41 .128
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