Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 2 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Italian Garden.
Head coach Ona Halladay and assistant coaches Shannon Evans and Sarah Marino presented the awards to the D'Youville softball team.
Sophomore left fielder Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence) was one the elite players in the conference this past season and has become the driving force of the team's offense. Her importance to the team at the top of the order earned her the team's Most Valuable Player award.
Carney finished the season with 17 multi-hit games and an incredible 29-game hit streak from the third game of the season up to the second to last game. Amongst all Spartans, Ashley ranked first in batting average (.464), hits (51), doubles (6), and tied for first in triples (4). She was second in RBI (20), runs scored (26), on base percentage (.500), and slugging percentage (.591).
Amongst all conference players she was second in batting average (.464), fourth in hits (51), tied for third in triples (4), third in on base percentage (.500), eighth in slugging percentage (.591). In the field, she recorded just one error. After a 2017 AMCC Third Team All-Conference selection, Carney was named an AMCC First Team All-Conference selection this season.
The team's Spartan Award went to junior outfielder Rachele Anello (Buffalo, NY/Charter) as she is one of the leaders of the team and a huge presence in the dugout. The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team.
Rachele is the complete team player. She made the most of her playing time this season but was an outstanding teammate. Her positive attitude and resilient work ethic was infectious to the rest of her team and she was often looked at as a leader.
Throughout the season, freshman pitcher Brittaney Goodrich (Eden, NY/Eden) continued to improve each and every game. She was a big part in the team's playoff run and ended the season by being named the team's Most Improved Player.
Goodrich finished the season first on the team in innings pitched (105.1), complete games (11), and ERA (3.46) while finishing second in wins (7) and strikeouts (56). Against Alfred State in early April, Brittaney pitched a no-hitter over 5.0 innings, allowing just one walk. She then beat the then first place Penn State-Behrend Lions 3-2 by allowing two earned runs in 7.0 innings and just four hits.
At the plate, Brittaney was a very important player for the team. She was tied for fourth with 12 RBI and two home runs. Her effectiveness in both areas of her game was huge for the team down the stretch.
(Pictured from left to right: Coach Evans, Coach Marino, Goodrich, Anello, Carney, Coach Halladay)