MANSFIELD, Mass. – Eight student-athletes from the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College softball program were named to the All-Northeast-10 Conference Teams, as announced Wednesday. The group was headlined by Pitcher of the Year Morgan Perry (Bethany, Conn.), Defensive Player of the Year Kylie Fitzpatrick (Danville, N.H.), and head coach Jill Gagnon, who was named NE10 Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
The Hawks have won 10 consecutive games and own a 35-8 overall record, winning the Northeast Division Regular Season Championship for the second consecutive season. Saint Anselm is ranked No. 24 in the nation, according to the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25 national poll.
Perry joined fellow junior Shannon Colson (Rochester, N.H.) and sophomore Lauren Washburn (Carmichael, Calif.) as First Team selections. Second Team honorees included senior Jordan O'Connor (New Fairfield, Conn.) and junior Maggie Murphy (Scarborough, Maine). Fitzpatrick joined sophomores Maddison Leite (Cumberland, R.I.) and Courtney Fisher (Taunton, Mass.) on the Third Team, while also being selected to the All-Rookie Team.
Gagnon, who was named Coach of the Year following the 2018 campaign, led the Hawks to their second-straight Northeast Divisional crown following a 35-8 overall record, 23-2 in conference play, and 19-2 in the division in her sixth season. Earlier in the year, Gagnon had the Hawks ranked number one in the NFCA Division II Top 25 national poll in February, becoming the first varsity program at Saint Anselm College to ever earn a top-ranking. She picked up her 150th career victory over Merrimack on Apr. 13 and now has a 160-92-1 (.634) record to date, just a victory shy of tying long-time Head Coach Bill Vermette for the most wins in program history. Gagnon also led the program to its first-ever NCAA Division II East Region title in 2018 and the team advanced all the way to the Championship series.
Perry was the unanimous winner for Pitcher of the Year and earned her first selection to the First Team after an impressive junior season to this point. She has 20 wins, 17 complete games and 186 strikeouts in 160 innings pitched. Perry's strikeout total is 15th among all Division II pitchers and her 1.36 earned run average sits 16th nationally. Perry had 15 games with seven or more strikeouts and set a career-high with 14 strikeouts at Bentley on Apr. 25. She became just the fourth student-athlete in program history to reach the 400 career strikeout plateau and now has 420. She has also won NE10 Pitcher of the Week honors twice.
Fitzpatrick played in 31 games for the Hawks, logging 53 putouts on 94 chances alongside 41 assists. She was also a part of six double plays, posting a perfect fielding percentage and had a .309 batting average while driving in nine runs and scoring 11 times. She collected 21 hits, including a pair of doubles and a triple. She had an on-base percentage of .347 as well. Fitzpatrick had a pair of two-hit contests and her longest hitting streak was five games.
Colson led the team in hitting with a .359 batting average with 52 hits in 43 games this year. She also had three doubles, a triple and drove in 13 runs and carries an active on-base streak of seven games into the upcoming NE10 postseason. She scored 31 times and swiped 20 bases on her way to setting the program record for most stolen bases in a season and now has 68 stolen bases in her career, a team record. Colson had 15 multi-hit games, including four three-hit contests, and is tied for the team-long hitting streak, a nine-gamer earlier in the season. She stole four bases on Apr. 10 at Saint Michael's and three at Bentley on Apr. 25.
Washburn has had a breakout sophomore season so far, earning her first postseason accolade from the conference. She batted .341, had an on-base percentage of .390, and slugged .468 to this point of the year. She drove in a team-high 31 runs and had two home runs as well. She is currently second on the team with eight doubles and also scored 12 times. Washburn had nine multi-hit contests and had a season-high nine-game hitting streak from Mar. 30 through Apr. 10, which included three multi-hit games. She drove in a season-high three runs at Franklin Pierce on Apr. 3, against the Ravens on Apr. 11, and at Merrimack on Apr. 14. On the year, she has posted nine games with multiple runs driven in.
O'Connor has had a solid senior campaign. She is currently second on the team in hitting with a .352 batting average and runs batted in with 29, playing in all 43 contests. She had nine doubles, four home runs and six stolen bases and crossed the plate 24 times. Her .516 slugging percentage also led the team. O'Connor had 13 multi-hit games. She had a three hit day, all doubles, at Franklin Pierce on Apr. 3. She is currently on a six-game hitting streak, where she has 10 hits, and driven in six runs. She was named NE10 Player of the Week on Mar. 11.
Murphy earned her second-straight Second Team selection during her junior season. She batted .323, had an on-base percentage of .370, and slugged .474. She had 43 hits, including a team-high 12 doubles and scored 33 times, which also led the team. She swiped 16 bases and drove in 16 runs while hitting a pair of home runs. She had 13 multi-hit games and scored two or more runs in a game on seven occasions. Murphy had a two-hit game and drove in three runs at Saint Michael's on Apr. 10, which included a triple and a home run. She had two seven-game hitting streaks on the year as well.
Leite had a breakout year during her sophomore campaign. She batted .264 with 29 hits, four doubles, and had a team-high six home runs. She also drove in 19 runs and scored 21 times in 40 games. She had eight multi-hit contests and had four games with two or more runs batted in. Leite hit two home runs during a 5-2 win over Goldey-Beacom on Feb. 17 and knocked in three runs during an 8-0 win against Southern Connecticut State on Apr. 7. She had a five-game hitting streak from Apr. 3 through Apr. 7.
Fisher, was a Second Team and All-Rookie selection in 2018, has had an impressive sophomore campaign in the circle. She had 10 wins in 15 starts while appearing in 25 games this year while picking up a save and completing six of them in 97 innings of work. She had 49 strikeouts and issued just 11 walks with an earned-run average of 1.52. Fisher had 14 multi-strikeout games and fanned four or more batters on five separate occasions. She struck out a season-high six batters during an 8-0 win against Southern Connecticut State on Apr. 7 while fanning five batters at Saint Michael's on Apr. 10 and at Bentley on Apr. 27. Fisher also won NE10 Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 4.
The Hawks are set to host the NE10 Championship weekend from Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4. With earning the top seed in the Northeast Division, Saint Anselm gets an automatic double bye to the Semifinal round on Friday, May 3 at 12 p.m. Their opponent will be the winner between the No. 3 seed from Merrimack from the Northeast Division and the No. 2 seed from New Haven from the Southwest Division.