Lehigh's Julie Fernandez was named to the first-team All-Patriot League squad for the fourth time on Tuesday.
May 8, 2012
Each team took home a pair of major awards. Lehigh senior shortstop Jennifer Colquhoun was named Patriot League Player of the Year, while Fran Troyan was honored as Patriot League Coach of the Year for guiding the Mountain Hawks to an 18-2 League mark. Army freshman Morgan Lashley became the first student-athlete in League history to be named both the Pitcher and Rookie of the Year in the same season.
Lehigh, which won the Patriot League regular-season title by four games, also cleaned up with nine All-Patriot League selections. The Mountain Hawks' haul included a whopping seven of the 13 first-team picks. Army followed with six overall selections, including four on the first team. Colgate and Bucknell also placed a student-athlete on the first team, while the Raiders had four selections overall, Lafayette garnered three and the Bison and Holy Cross each finished with a pair. The All-Patriot League Team and major awards are voted on by the softball head coaches, who could not vote for their own student-athletes or themselves.
Three student-athletes were selected to their fourth All-Patriot League squad, with Colquhoun claiming the distinction along with classmate Julie Fernandez and Colgate's Stephanie Hartquist. Fernandez becomes only the ninth student-athlete in League history to earn first-team honors in each of her four seasons.
Colquhoun put together an all-around senior season that has her at or near the top of the Patriot League leaderboard in numerous categories. She leads the way in home runs (13), RBIs (47), runs scored (48), triples (6) and total bases (129), and is tied for first in hits (69) while placing a close second to Fernandez in batting average (.442). Colquhoun also led all players with a .533 batting average, five home runs and a staggering 1.044 slugging percentage during Patriot League action to help the Mountain Hawks to the 18-2 record, the best regular-season mark for any team since 2007. Colquhoun tied a Patriot League record by being named Player of the Week three times during the 2012 season.
Colquhoun is Lehigh's sixth Patriot League Player of the Year award winner, and fourth in the past six seasons. Fernandez had won the school's most recent honor in 2010. Colquhoun was also honored for her success off the field on Tuesday, as the senior earned her third consecutive Patriot League Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award as well as a place on the Academic All-Patriot League squad.
Troyan has directed the Mountain Hawks to unparalleled success in his tenure, and wins the Patriot League Coach of the Year award for a record fourth time overall and first since 2007. Lehigh won every Patriot League series it played, including sweeps over Lafayette, Bucknell and Colgate and three of four at Holy Cross and Army. The Mountain Hawks were a perfect 8-0 at home in League action, and enter the Patriot League Tournament with 12 straight home victories and a 16-2 mark at Kaufman Field this season. Lehigh led all schools in team batting and pitching both overall and in Patriot League games. The Mountain Hawks won at least a share of the regular-season title for the 17th time in 20 seasons, and first since 2009. Lehigh will play for its 12th Patriot League Tournament title, and fourth in the last five seasons, on its home field beginning on Thursday.
Lashley has shattered Patriot League single-season records in her freshman campaign, establishing marks for appearances (52), starts (47), innings (300.0) and wins (31), where she is just one off the Division I lead. Lashley has pitched nearly the entire way for an Army team that holds a 35-19 overall record and went 14-6 in the Patriot League. She put together a 31-14 record with a 2.26 ERA and a Patriot League-best 223 strikeouts. Lashley also leads all Patriot League pitchers with 33 complete games and 10 shutouts. During League action, she was outstanding with a 14-5 record and 1.85 ERA. That included a weekend with four consecutive shutouts against Lafayette in one of three sweeps for the Black Knights. Lashley earned three Patriot League Pitcher of the Week honors and a Rookie of the Week award in 2012.
Lashley is the first student-athlete to win both the Rookie of the Year award and another major individual honor in her freshman season. She is Army's first Pitcher of the Year since Shauna Evans in 2002 and the third in school history, and also becomes the first Black Knight to win the Rookie of the Year award since Lindsey Gerheim claimed the school's lone honor in 2004. Lashley is the second consecutive freshman to claim the Pitcher of the Year award after Colgate's Rachel Lecoq won it last season.
Colquhoun and Lashley headline a first-team All-Patriot League squad that is made up nearly entirely of their teammates from Lehigh and Army, respectively. Lehigh junior Rebecca Bliss joins Lashley in the rotation after going 17-6 with a 1.84 ERA in a sparkling season on the mound. At first base, Fernandez is back on the first team for a fourth time after leading the Patriot League with a .445 batting average, 69 hits and a single-season record 21 doubles. She holds the Patriot League career record for doubles and is tied for the all-time League mark with 257 hits. She has company at the position, as Army senior Alexis AuBuchon batted .392 with four home runs and 37 RBIs to share the first-team first base spot. Lehigh junior Liz Lucas is the team's catcher after batting .353 with five home runs and 36 RBIs, while Army junior Alex Reynolds is at second base following a year with four home runs, 28 RBIs and a .273 batting average. Colquhoun is the first-team All-Patriot League shortstop, and Hartquist completes the infield at third base after hitting .258 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.
The first-team All-Patriot League outfield features two Mountain Hawks, as senior Audra Wood (.294, 45 runs, 11 RBIs, 10 SB) and junior Rosie Roessel (.356 BA, 33 runs, 20 SB) each made the squad. They were joined in the outfield by Army sophomore Amanda Nguyen (.356 BA, 35 runs, 19 SB). The first-team All-Patriot League lineup also consists of Lehigh freshman Cassie Waggy (.348 BA, 23 RBIs) as the designated player and Bucknell junior Mary Horton (.313 BA, 14 runs) at the utility spot.
The second-team All-Patriot League squad includes the League leader in ERA, as Lehigh freshman Emily Bausher went 16-10 with a 1.67 ERA in her first season on the hill for the Mountain Hawks. She has company in the rotation from Colgate junior Courtney O'Connell (10-12, 2.57 ERA) and Lafayette sophomore Melissa Robinson (12-22, 2.61 ERA). The second-team infield includes a pair of senior catchers with Bucknell's Meredith Dickson (.288 BA, 10 RBIs) and Lafayette's Stacey Dorn (.269 BA, 2 HR, 19 RBIs) and is completed with Lehigh freshman Emma Capetz (.297 BA, 1 HR, 12 RBIs) at second base, Colgate senior Jennifer Ortega (.285 BA, 4 HR, 21 RBIs) at shortstop and Holy Cross sophomore Alex Gustafson (.294 BA, 2 HR, 12 RBIs) at third base. The second-team outfield consists of Army senior Reanna Johnson (.241 BA, 1 HR, 19 RBIs), Lafayette senior Gwen Turner (.367 BA, 1 HR, 29 runs) and Colgate sophomore Tera Vaughn (.291 BA, 17 RBIs), with Holy Cross junior Samantha Fregenti (.307 BA, 4 HR, 18 RBIs) as the designated player and Army freshman Rae Ann Payleitner (.388 BA, 4 HR, 18 RBIs) as the utility player.
Bliss, Wood and Fregenti each make their third All-Patriot League squad, while eight additional players are on the team for a second time.
The 2012 Patriot League Softball Tournament begins on Thursday and will be played at Lehigh's Kaufman Field. The host and top seed Mountain Hawks open up against No. 4 seed Lafayette at 12 p.m., followed by No. 2 seed Army against No. 3 Colgate at 2:30 p.m. Three games will be played on Friday, with the championship decided on Saturday afternoon in the double-elimination tourney.
2012 All-Patriot League Softball Team
Player of the Year: Jennifer Colquhoun, Lehigh, Sr., SS
Pitcher of the Year: Morgan Lashley, Army, Fr., P
Rookie of the Year: Morgan Lashley, Army, Fr., P
Coach of the Year: Fran Troyan, Lehigh
First-Team All-Patriot League*
P Rebecca Bliss, Lehigh%, (Jr.)
P Morgan Lashley, Army (Fr.)
C Liz Lucas, Lehigh% (Jr.)
1B Alexis AuBuchon, Army (Sr.)
1B Julie Fernandez, Lehigh# (Sr.)
2B Alex Reynolds, Army% (Jr.)
SS Jennifer Colquhoun, Lehigh# (Sr.)
3B Stephanie Hartquist, Colgate%# (Sr.)
OF Amanda Nguyen, Army (So.)
OF Rosie Roessel, Lehigh% (Jr.)
OF Audra Wood, Lehigh% (Sr.)
DP Cassie Waggy, Lehigh (Fr.)
UT Mary Horton, Bucknell (Jr.)
Second-Team All-Patriot League$
P Emily Bausher, Lehigh (Fr.)
P Courtney O'Connell, Colgate (Jr.)
P Melissa Robinson, Lafayette (So.)
C Meredith Dickson, Bucknell (Sr.)
C Stacey Dorn, Lafayette (Sr.)
2B Emma Capetz, Lehigh (Fr.)
SS Jennifer Ortega, Colgate (Sr.)
3B Alex Gustafson, Holy Cross (So.)
OF Reanna Johnson, Army (Sr.)
OF Gwen Turner, Lafayette (Sr.)
OF Tera Vaughn, Colgate (So.)
DP Samantha Fregenti, Holy Cross (Jr.)
UT Rae Ann Payleitner, Army (Fr.)
* - 13 players due to ties in the voting
$ - 13 players due to ties in the voting
% - unanimous first-team All-Patriot League
# - four-time All-Patriot League