Lyndonville, VT - The Lyndon State women's softball team is looking to become competitive in the North Atlantic Conference this season. First year head coach Amanda McLean takes the reigns, and is excited for the upcoming season and the future of the program. The Hornets hope to improve on a 2017 campaign which saw them go 0-22 overall and 0-12 in NAC play.
Lyndon is looking for strong leadership from returnees Hannah Choiniere (Highgate, VT), Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT), and Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, NH). DeWitt, a senior infielder and pitcher, led the Hornets with a .264 batting average a year ago. She also pitched in seven games, starting six times and recording 12 strikeouts. Choniere, a senior outfielder, batted .180 with two doubles, while Britch, a junior catcher and outfielder, appeared in 19 games.
Sophomore pitcher and infielder Amber Roberts (Berlin, NH), freshman outfielder and catcher Cassie Black (Tolland, CT), and freshman outfielder Charlotte Winslow (Pittsford, VT) are among the promising newcomers that are expected to make a big impact this season
McLean remarked "This year we will be completive in the NAC. We have a lot of talent and leadership from the returners who are doing a great job welcoming and pushing the newcomers. I am excited for the culture of accountability we are building in this program and believe that people will see that on the field this season. In the gym, we are working on driving the ball with power and being selective with our pitches at the plate. On the other side of the ball, we are working on communication as well as being mentally and physically prepared for situations."
The Hornets have been picked to finish 7th in the NAC 2018 pre-season coaches poll. 2017 regular season champion Husson University was picked to capture conference honors, with last year's NAC champion, Thoms College, picked second. The predicted order of finish was:
- Husson University
- Thomas College
- Castleton University
- New England College
- University of Maine at Farmington
- Johnson State College
- Lyndon State College
For a complete preview of the 2018 NAC women's lacrosse season click HERE.
The Hornets will open their 2018 season on March 18th, when they travel to Massachusetts Maritime Academy for a 1:00 pm doubleheader. Lyndon will open NAC play at home against Castleton University on April 14th.