2011 Merrimack College Softball News

National Ranking Caps Off Stellar Season for Softball
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team garnered its first national ranking in the final poll of the 2011 season after posting a 31-23 overall record. The Warriors cracked the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top 25 at No. 25 in the final rankings of the year.

Raffaella Paparo to be Inducted into Northeast-10 Hall of Fame
NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Former Merrimack All-American softball player Raffaella Paparo was inducted into the Northeast-10 Hall of Fame Tuesday night at the conference’s annual banquet in Providence.

Giovannini, Gosselin Garner NFCA All-Region Second Team Accolades
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- Monique Gosselin and Jaclyn Giovannini of the Merrimack softball team both earned spots on the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-Region second team.

Softball Ousted by C.W. Post 1-0 in NCAA East Super Regional
BROOKVILLE, N.Y.- The Merrimack softball team dropped a 1-0 decision to C.W. Post Saturday afternoon in the East Super Regional of the NCAA Tournament. The Warriors finish the season with a 31-23 overall record.

NCAA Super Regionals at C.W. Post Await Softball
After winning the East Region 1 last weekend, Merrimack will challenge C.W. Post in the NCAA Tournament East Super Regional May 20-21. The Warriors are 31-21 heading into the best-of-three series.

Softball Drops Game 1 of East Super Regionals at C.W. Post
BROOKVILLE, N.Y.- The Merrimack softball team suffered a 4-2 loss in game one of the NCAA Tournament East Super Regional series at C.W. Post Friday afternoon.

Eagle Tribune: Merrimack softball coach still leans on her high school coach
The Eagle Tribune recently featured Merrimack softball head coach Elaine Schwager. Chronicling her bond with her high school coach and mentor, Harold Sachs.

Worcester Telegram: Millett, LeMay leading Merrimack College softball team
Jamie Millett of Hudson and Kristen LeMay of Shrewsbury both won state softball championships in high school and now the Merrimack College teammates are in the spotlight again.

Softball's Tawny Palmieri Named to Daktronics All-Region Second Team
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- Sophomore Tawny Palmieri of the Merrimack softball team was tabbed to the Daktronics All-Region second team, in an announcement made Wednesday.

Merrimack Softball Climbing Record Book Ranks
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- As the Merrimack softball team continues its run through the NCAA Tournament, it has taken aim at numerous program records many of which were set during the 1994 National Championship campaign.

Softball Sweeps Northeast-10 Weekly Honors
SOUTH EASTON, Mass.- Three members of the Merrimack softball team have received weekly awards by the Northeast-10 Conference.

Softball Rebounds to Reach NCAA Super Regionals, Beats Southern Connecticut
BROOKHAVEN, N.Y.- After suffering a heartbreaking loss in game one, the Merrimack softball team bounced back to defeat Southern Connecticut 2-1 in the NCAA Tournament East Region 1 final at Dowling College.

Softball Edges Southern Connecticut 1-0 in NCAA Tournament East Regional
BROOKHAVEN, N.Y.- The Merrimack softball team needed just one run to top Southern Connecticut State Saturday afternoon at Dowling College in the NCAA Tournament East Region 1. The Warriors advance to the NCAA Tournament East Region 1 Final Sunday as they improved to 30-20 overall.

Salem News: Move to Merrimack Paid Off for Palmieri
Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, Mass.) has made a successful transition to the Merrimack softball team in her first season after transferring from UMass.

Deardorff, Palmieri Propel Softball Past Dowling in NCAA Regional, 2-1
BROOKHAVEN, N.Y.- In the first game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament East Regional, the Merrimack softball team stunned the top-seed Dowling 2-1 behind a pitching gem from sophomore Kelli Jo Deardorff.

Trip to NCAA Tournament On Tap for Softball
Merrimack is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Elaine Schwager. This marks the Warriors’ 14th trip to the tournament and first since 2002. Merrimack will take on Dowling, the No. 1 seed in the East Region, in the first round.

Softball Receives At-Large Berth to NCAA Tournament
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- For the 14th time in program history and first time since 2004, the Merrimack softball team has been selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament and will face top-seeded Dowling in the first round.

Softball Named Finalist for Highest Team GPA
NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Three men’s teams, soccer, track and hockey, and three women’s teams, softball, volleyball and tennis, have been named finalists for the highest team GPA honor for the 2010-11 academic year.

Softball Suffers Two Losses in NE-10 Tourney Final Series
WORCESTER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team dropped the final two games of the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Tournament to Southern Connecticut State Sunday afternoon. The Warriors fell 5-3 and 9-2 to drop to 28-20 on the season.

Softball Bests New Haven 8-0, Earns Berth to NE-10 Tourney Title Tilt
WORCESTER, Mass.- After numerous weather delays and three venue changes, the Merrimack softball team blanked New Haven 8-0 in the Northeast-10 Tournament behind a pair of homers from Monique Gosselin.

Four Named All-NE10 as Softball Primes for Playoffs; Deardorff Pitcher of the Year
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- Four members of the Merrimack softball team were selected to the 2011 Northeast-10 All-Conference first team, highlighted by Kelli Jo Deardorff, who reeled in Pitcher of the Year honors while also earning a spot on the first team.

Softball Earns Two Wins on Day One of NE10 Tourney
WORCESTER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team claimed a 4-1 victory over Adelphi in its opening game and held off Southern Connecticut 6-4 in its second contest of the Northeast-10 Tournament Friday afternoon on the campus of Assumption College.

Softball's Monique Gosselin Profiled in Eagle Tribune
Junior Monique Gosselin of the Merrimack softball team was recently featured in the Eagle Tribune.

Softball Splits Final Twin Bill at Pace
PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.- The Merrimack softball team picked up a 9-0 victory in game one and fell 5-4 in 10 innings in game two to Pace Sunday afternoon.

Softball Drops Two Decisions at Adelphi
GARDEN CITY, N.Y.- The Merrimack softball team dropped a pair of games at Adelphi Saturday afternoon.

Softball Settles for Split against Bentley on Senior Day
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team earned a doubleheader split with Bentley Tuesday afternoon at Warrior Diamond. The Warriors progress to 24-15 on the season with a 19-7 mark in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Softball Holds Off Saint Rose to Earn Doubleheader Sweep
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team picked up two wins against Saint Rose Monday afternoon. With wins of 8-0 and 2-1, the Warriors improved to 23-14 overall and 18-6 in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Softball Utilizes Long Ball to Sweep Le Moyne
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team blasted five home runs to take two wins against Le Moyne Friday afternoon at Warrior Field.

Final At-Bats Prove Pivotal as Softball Splits at Stonehill
EASTON, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team picked up a 7-4 extra-inning victory in game one and fell 7-5 in the nightcap at Stonehill Wednesday afternoon.

Softball Posts Two Shutouts at AIC
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team earned a pair of shutout victories over American International Sunday afternoon at Groff Field, prevailing 5-0 and 2-0.

Softball Trades Wins at Assumption
WORCESTER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team earned a 2-1 win and suffered an 8-2 loss at Assumption Saturday afternoon. The Warriors move to 16-13 overall with an 11-5 mark in the Northeast-10.

Five Homers Fuel Softball’s Sweep of Saint Michael’s
COLCHESTER, Vt.- The Merrimack softball team claimed a pair of Northeast-10 Conference victories over Saint Michael’s Thursday afternoon. The Warriors improved to 15-12 overall and 10-4 in the league with a 3-2 win and a 16-6 victory in five innings.

Late Homer Prevents Softball’s Sweep of Franklin Pierce
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team earned an 8-3 win in game one and fell 4-3 in the nightcap to Franklin Pierce Tuesday afternoon at Warrior Diamond. The Warriors move to 13-12 overall and 8-4 in the Northeast-10.

Softball Nabs Nail-Biters from New Haven
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team claimed a pair of critical victories over New Haven Sunday afternoon at Warrior Diamond. With wins of 2-1 and 9-7, the Warriors improved to 12-11 on the year and 7-3 in the Northeast-10.

Softball Rebounds to Earn Split with Southern Connecticut
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team bounced back from a stunning 8-7 loss to earn a 6-3 victory and a split against Southern Connecticut Saturday afternoon.

Softball Trades Tight Results with Southern N.H.
MANCHESTER, N.H.- The Merrimack softball team split a pair of one-run decisions against Southern N.H. Friday afternoon. The Warriors move to 9-10 overall and 4-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference with the 3-2 loss and 4-3 win.

Softball Sweeps Saint Anselm 9-0, 4-2
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team picked up a pair of Northeast-10 victories Wednesday afternoon at Warrior Diamond. The Warriors improved to 8-9 on the season and 3-1 in the league.

Softball Splits Twin Bill at Lowell to Open NE10 Play
LOWELL, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team earned a split against UMass Lowell to kick off Northeast-10 Conference play.

Weekend Softball Games at SNHU Postponed, UMass Lowell Delayed
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- Poor field conditions due to Thursday’s storm have force the Merrimack softball team to rearrange this weekend’s schedule. The Warriors were slated to take on Southern N.H. April 2 and UMass Lowell April 3 at noon to kick off Northeast-10 Conference action.

Softball Drops Home-Openers to C.W. Post
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team dropped a doubleheader to C.W. Post Thursday afternoon at Warrior Diamond.

Softball Twinbill at St. Michael’s Postponed
COLCHESTER, Vt.- The Merrimack softball team will have to wait to open up Northeast-10 Conference play. The Warriors’ doubleheader at Saint Michael’s scheduled for March 29 has been postponed due to poor field conditions.

Fourth Inning Fuels Softball Past Warner 4-0
CLERMONT, Fla.- The Merrimack softball team wrapped up its spring break trip to Florida with a 4-0 win over Warner Saturday at the National Training Center.

Softball Triumphs Twice at NTC
CLERMONT, Fla.- The Merrimack softball team defeated Mount Vernon Nazarene University 6-1 in game one of Friday’s doubleheader at the National Training Center. The Warriors claimed a 9-1 victory over Taylor (Ind.) to wrap up the day.

Softball Splits Twinbill against Taylor
CLERMONT, Fla.- The Merrimack softball team defeatedTaylor (Ind.) 5-1 in game one of Thursday’s doubleheader at the National Training Center. The Trojans claimed a 6-5 victory in extra innings to wrap up the day.

Softball Falls to #21 Dowling, Prevails Past #14 Augustana
CLERMONT, Fla.- The Merrimack softball team picked up the first win of the 2011 season with a 6-5 victory over No. 14 Augustana after falling to No. 21 Dowling 6-0.

Softball Blanked Twice by #21 Dowling
CLERMONT, Fla.- The Merrimack softball team dropped a pair of games to No. 21 Dowling Monday at the National Training Center.

Softball Drops Two at NTC on Opening Day
CLERMONT, Fla.- The Merrimack softball team kicked off the spring with a pair of losses at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla. The Warriors fell to No. 17 Rollins 2-0 and to Southern Connecticut State 6-2.

Merrimack Student Athletes Named to NE10 Fall 2010 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
SOUTH EASTON, Mass.- The Northeast-10 Conference recently released the Fall 2010 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Merrimack garnered 199 honorees, 53% of the entire student-athlete population.

Softball Projected Ninth in NE10 Preseason Poll
EASTON, Mass.- The Merrimack softball team has been tabbed to finish ninth in the Northeast-10 this season, as voted on by the league’s 16 coaches.

Merrimack Athletics Launches Online Photo Store
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack athletic department is pleased to announce the launching of an online photo store.

Melillo, LeMay, Millett and Gosselin Elected Softball Captains for 2011
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack softball recently announced the four captains that will lead the team in 2011. Kara Melillo, Kristen Lemay, Jamie Millett and Monique Gosselin have been named captains of the Warriors.

Warriors--What it Means to Us - Jill Bradford '10
NORTH ANDOVER, MA - As seen in the Beacon and delivered at the year-end Student-Athlete Awards Reception, senior captain of the softball team, Jill Bradford writes of what it means to be a Merrimack Warrior.