Today, we want to salute our four 2020 Softball Seniors. Ashley Carney, Therese Losardo, Megan Meyer, and Rylie Russo will all leave a significant impression on the Softball program and the future of D'Youville Athletics.
Ashley Carney, better known as AC, came to D'Youville from Clarence, NY. She had her path set early and knew D'Youville was where she was going to set a legacy while also becoming a Nurse. AC was the real deal. Her strengths started at the plate. In 107 games, AC recorded 361 at bats in the lead off spot. She was an expert at her craft from the left side finishing with a .427 batting average and cashing in 51 runs. Almost half of her career she would find herself on base in order to position her team for a win. Carney was highly decorated. In her freshman campaign she was voted to the AMCC Third Team All-Conference while becoming a mainstay on the First team in 2018 and 2019. Lastly, she was awarded as the team's Most Valuable Player in her 2019 campaign. Her importance is described by Coach Halladay as, "AC was the backbone to our success as a program. Her innate ability at the plate was unmatched. She fought to ensure that she did everything she could to put her team in a position to win and if she felt she didn't do everything she could, she got on a tee and worked." Off the field, AC was also a dedicated student and SAAC President. AC was integral in ensuring our athletes were active in the community and also active in supporting each other. She also was a four year AMCC Academic All Conference member.
"AC's impact was two fold. She was a presence in the athletic department on a daily basis, leading us all to serve each other and our community. She became a leader for all our athletes, not just the softball team. As a player, she demanded the best of her teammates and led by example. She has helped create a tradition and culture in both the softball program and the department as a whole. We are so grateful."-Coach Halladay
Therese Losardo came to D'Youville from Lancaster, NY with the intention to make her mark. This May, she will be walking across the stage earning her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Losardo grew into a strong leader for the D'Youville squad. In her career, she appeared in 72 games, with 84 at bats, and rounded out her batting average with a respectable .286. Therese or "Reesey" as her team called her was a steadfast choice for the Spartans on the bases in her 4 years. "Reesey was the player that played an integral leadership role on our team. She understood what that role was, she bought into it, and she held her teammates accountable to their roles." explained Coach Halladay. Losardo also took on a role of developing programming to better prepare her teammates for the mental aspect of the game using her psychology background that she learned at D'Youville. Off the field, Therese was active in the Psychology Club. She was also an excellent student earning the Female Scholar Athlete Award for the athletic department in 2019. She was also a 4 year member of the AMCC Academic All Conference Team.
"I am proud of the leadership Reesey provided. I saw her grow so much as a person and player in her four years as a Spartan. She made an impact on our culture and on her teammates. She will be missed." -Coach Halladay
Megan Meyer hails from Cheektowaga, NY. Meg came to D'Youville as an early high school graduate. She was determined to start her quest to become a Chiropractor and compete on the D'Youville Softball Team. Meyer's career was one to be admired. Through her determination Meg worked her way into the starting spot at first base appearing in 88 games over her career. She tabbed an incredible .984 Fielding percentage. She had a golden glove that impacted many plays for the better. Meyer's bat really came to life later in her Spartan career logging a .310 batting average. A major highlight came in her junior year when she was responsible for knocking in 20 runs helping the Spartans reach the AMCC playoffs. "Meg was a special player and teammate. She was a great support to her teammates off the field, and on the field she did the same. Meg was clutch." says Coach Halladay. Meyer has completed her softball career at D'Youville but is continuing her academic pursuits in the Chiropractic program.
"Meg is a player that will be greatly missed. She was a devoted teammate and that devotion was essential for her teammates to trust her in all game situations. That is kudos to her and the person she is. She will be missed." -Coach Halladay
Rylie Russo came to D'Youville from Hamburg, NY and is receiving her degree in Nursing this May. Although Rylie saw her career cut short, she will be leaving a legacy. Rylie started as a freshman at D'Youville by earning a spot at second base. She was tagged the team's "Most Improved Player" for her hard work in 2017. From there, Russo paved her own path across the diamond to 3rd base where she stayed for the remainder of her career. Rylie appeared in 102 games in her career, recording 296 at bats, with a respective .270 batting average and a .900 fielding percentage. Rylie was a leader who embraced her role and was an execution type player. She spent many years hitting in the two hole and was the player the team could always rely on to sacrifice herself at the plate in order to better position her team to win a ball game. Coach Halladay describes her as, "The kind of player every coach wants. Her coachability, self-discipline, accountability, GRIT, and resiliency made her the team leader that she was." Off the field, Russo was an active member of SAAC. Rylie excelled academically as a nursing student-athlete which earned her a spot on the AMCC All Academic Team for all four years of her softball career. Lastly, Rylie was also a member of the AMCC Sportsmanship Team in both the 2019 and 2020 spring seasons.
"Rylie will be missed but we are grateful for her leadership and instilling GRIT and perseverance into our team culture."-Coach Halladay.
As a department we want to wish Ashley, Therese, Meg and Rylie the best of luck in their future endeavors and thank them for their dedication to the D'Youville Women's Softball Program and D'Youville Athletics.