2014 Softball All-Scholastics

Sarah Dawson, center, helped Bridgewater-Raynham to a state title.
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Sarah Dawson, center, helped Bridgewater-Raynham to a state title.

See the athletes and coaches chosen for this year's All-Scholastic team.

Players of the Year


Coaches of the Year

Athletes of the Year

Sarah Dawson

Division 1: Bridgewater-Raynham

The 6-1 University of Pittsburgh commit went 17-1 with a 0.49 ERA and 155 strikeouts in the regular season, but saved her best efforts for the tournament. In 41 postseason innings, she threw two no-hitters, allowing only one run and striking out 41.

Megan Cook

Division 2: Bellingham

The Merrimack-bound ace led her team to the Division 2 state title with a terrific tourney run that included a no-hitter in the South semifinals. She finished the season with a 0.54 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 243 strikeouts, and four no-hitters.

Amanda Schell

Division 3: Amesbury

The two-time all-league shortstop converted to catcher to fill a hole for the team. She didn’t miss a beat, compiling a .930 fielding percentage, a .453 batting average, and the CAL Baker Division MVP award. She’ll play field hockey at Ithaca next fall.


Maddy Barone

Silver Lake, sophomore


The sophomore was the only pitcher to beat the 25-1 Trojans, tossed five straight no-hitters, six overall, and had seven one-hitters. Her 0.07 regular-season ERA led the state, she struck out 190 batters, and she batted .536 with 6 home runs and 31 RBIs.

Bailey Brait

Woodward, senior

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Brait has enjoyed success, being an all-league champion since seventh grade. This season the shortstop belted three home runs and had her jersey retired at Woodward. A National Honor Society member, Brait will attend Becker College.

Alexis Brown

Malden, sophomore

A sophomore honor roll student, Brown finished the season with a .614 average, 3 home runs, and 49 RBIs, hitting safely in 19 of 20 games. In the circle, her 188 strikeouts and 1.78 ERA helped her win the Greater Boston League MVP.

Allie Colleran

Concord-Carlisle, senior

The senior shortstop batted .577 with a .609 on-base percentage and added three home runs and 24 RBIs. With her glove, the Dual County League MVP had a .960 fielding percentage. She also captains the ice hockey team and will play softball at Ithaca.

Megan Colleran

North Attleborough, senior

The UMass-bound four-year starter finished her senior season with a .435 batting average, 3 home runs, and 28 RBIs. She struck out 244 batters and had a 0.35 ERA in 161 innings. She finished with 783 career strikeouts.

Julianna Ferguson

Sandwich, senior


The senior shortstop hit .500 with 7 home runs, 30 RBIs, and a 1.669 OPS en route to winning Atlantic Coast League MVP honors. She finishes her career with 29 home runs and 103 RBIs, and will play Division 1 softball at Maine.

Samantha Girard

Dedham, junior

The Bay State Herget MVP batted .500 on the year, led Eastern Mass with 14 home runs, and added 46 RBIs. The junior, a two-time, first-team league all-star, also plays field hockey and ice hockey, is an honor roll student, and is member of student council.

Amanda Gonzalez

Nobles, senior

The Holy Cross-bound senior went 21-0 this spring with a 0.18 ERA to earn ISL MVP honors. Her career record is 48-9 including 447 strikeouts. With the bat she hit .487 with two home runs and 27 RBIs this spring and finishes with a .375 batting average.

Emily Kurkul

Bridgewater-Raynham, junior

The junior slugger is one of the most feared hitters in Massachusetts. Kurkul hit 12 home runs on the season with 55 RBIs. She led the Trojans’ Division 1 state title run and is committed to catch at Merrimack College.

Caitlin McBride

Danvers, junior

The junior catcher’s .679 batting average was the best in the state. She added two home runs and 26 RBIs as the Northeastern Conference MVP. McBride hit for the cycle against Salem, and is an all-league ice hockey player.

Shannon McLaughlin

Tewksbury, senior


Pitched the Redmen to their first North sectional title. The Div. 1 Merrimack Valley Conference MVP went 18-7, tossed five shutouts, and hit .423 with two home runs. She also plays volleyball, but will play softball at St. Anselm.

Paige Mulry

Boston Latin, senior

The senior shortstop shared the Dual County League MVP award thanks to her .521 average, 7 home runs, 21 RBIs, and .926 slugging percentage. She’s also a member of the National Honor Society and will attend Providence College.

Gabby Muniz


The senior infielder finished this season with a .589 batting average, 20 RBIs, 4 home runs, 5 triples, and 13 doubles. She was named co-MVP of the EIL and was Pingree’s team MVP. Muniz will play softball at Holy Cross.

Caroline Ognibene

Winsor, senior

The three-time league all-star and two-year captain hit .658 this season and collected 21 RBIs. She earned an 8-3 record on the mound with a 1.85 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 68 innings. Ognibene also captained the Winsor soccer team.

Jess Proia

Framingham, senior

The Bay State Conference MVP led her team to the North semifinals, striking out 171 batters in just 114 innings during the regular season, clearing 500 strikeouts for her career. The senior also plays volleyball and soccer, and will play softball for Rhode Island.

Halle Silva

Tabor, senior

The senior shortstop was named to the Big East all-tournament team for the third consecutive year and earned her second straight tournament Most Valuable Player award. Silva will attend Northeastern, where she will play ice hockey.

Elizabeth Wade

Montrose, freshman

Wade, the IGC MVP, led her team to an undefeated season and league championship with a .700 batting average and two home runs. She also dominated on the mound, giving up just six hits this season.

Courtney Zambello

Cardinal Spellman, senior

Zambello went 21-2 with a 0.47 ERA and led the state with 329 strikeouts and 163 innings. She finishes her career with 957 strikeouts, 68 wins, and a 1.15 ERA. A former varsity soccer player, she’ll play softball at Merrimack.

Coaches of the Year

Joseph Ciccarello

Division 1: Revere

A former Globe Division 3 Hockey Coach of the Year, Ciccarello’s Patriots finished 20-6, winning the Northeast Conference and the first Division 1 North title in program history. He has 162 career wins in 15 seasons.

Leo ‘‘Doc’’ DiRocco

Division 2: Tewksbury

In 25 seasons at the helm, DiRocco’s teams have won 338 games with a .630 winning percentage. The nine-time Merrimack Valley Conference coach of the year won his first North title playing with six freshman and just two seniors.

Colleen Newbury

Division 3: St. Mary’s

After losing seven seniors following a state championship appearance, her Spartans won the North title, despite a 13-7 regular-season record. She holds a 252-91 record over 14 seasons, including a 51-12 mark in the postseason with two state titles.


Atlantic Coast — Dennis-Yarmouth: Jess Benoit, Michaela Donohue, Maggie Johnson. Falmouth: Kelly Ferreira, Alexa Scribner. Marshfield: Ali Martin, Kalen McClarey, Nicole Melchionda, Katherine Meuse. Nauset: Sarah Morse. Plymouth North: Courtney Banzi, Emily Ricardo. Plymouth South: Lexi Halpin, Jessica Whyte. Sandwich: Julianna Ferguson, Kerry Kelley.

Bay State — Dedham: Brianna Dozier, Samantha Girard, Jennifer Wadman. Framingham: Jess Proia, Marisa Sanchez. Milton: Julianne Cosetta. Natick: Lexi Harvey, Melissa Kostin. Needham: Julia Ritcey. Newton North: Caitlin O’Hanley, Liv Sloane, Gabby Vachon. Norwood: Erin Garczynski, Katie O’Donnell, Taylor Reed. Walpole: Natalie Lydon, Lauren Regan. Wellesley: Sarah Goss. Weymouth: Emily Cronin, Cassidee Fall, Sarah Finnigan.

Boston City — Boston International: Rohenny Del Jesus, Olecia Dos Reis, Maria Rivera. Brighton: Cassidy Aiello, Christy Cruz, Rosbelly Martinez. Burke: Enid Bula, Martiniza Deandrade, Medgine Joseph. Dorchester: Asia Cordova, Jasmine Sudhu. East Boston: Anna Dargenio, Hannah Lunetta, Stephanie Rizzo. Fenway: Shamaine Darden, Ariana Martinez. Latin Academy: Colby Cahill, Olivia McGrath, Michaela Russell. Madison Park: Katiria Anduja, Rebecca Mondesir. New Mission: Amarielis Morales, Samantha Olivencia. O’Bryant: Sabrina Costa, Maeve Fittz, Naya Shedd. Snowden: Ana Ortiz, Noelia Rodriguez. South Boston: De’Lea Ogarro, Elaina Wright-McCarthy, Ligia Zayas. West Roxbury: Geneva Allen, Monique McPherson, Genesis Morrobel.

Cape & Islands — Cape Cod Tech: Elaine Sanchez. Nantucket: Madison Duce, Mackenzie Holdgate, Mikayla Molta, Eliza Steadman, Ashley Wilson.

Cape Ann — Amesbury: Amanda Schell. Ipswich: Carolyn Lynch. Lynnfield: Jackie Whelan. Manchester Essex: Rachel Gallagher. Masconomet: Emily Dow, Maddie Kelly. Newburyport: Carley Siemasko. North Reading: Jen Castro, Cassidy Gaeta, Tara Reiley. Pentucket: Tyler Feeney. Rockport: Jessica Collins, Hannah Lorden. Triton: Kylie Gilroy.

Catholic Central — Archbishop Williams: Cait Kearney, Kyleigh O’Donnell, Katryna Veasey. Arlington Catholic: Emily Arrendondo, Courtney Casey, Molly MacLean, Melissa Rodgers, Shannon Svenson. Austin Prep: Caitlyn Burns, Caty Flagg, Stephanie McQuaid. Bishop Fenwick: Jen Crovo, Gaby Hart, Giana Pizzano. Cardinal Spellman: Bridget Cooke, Lily Demers, Lily DePina, Bridget Walsh, Kaela Ward, Courtney Zambello. Matignon: Natalie McAllister, Kayla McKinnon. St. Mary’s: Tatiana Doucette, Alexandria Fisher, Michelle Hamill, Mia Nowicki.

Catholic Conference — Fontbonne: Erin Cawley, Jessica Olivieri, Noelle Sass. Notre Dame (Hingham): Megan Barrett, Natalie Dickinson, Amanda Dole, Amy Doll. Ursuline: Julia Goyette, Abby Murphy.

Commonwealth — Chelsea: Joanna Ventura. Greater Lawrence: Kasandra Ayala, Samantha Smerdon, Emily Viens. Greater Lowell: Kaylee Morin, Meghan Sullivan, Tea Sullivan. Lynn Tech: Yerania Castro. Minuteman: Madison Hurley, Sarah Senato. Mystic Valley: Alexis Martino, Samantha McGlynn. Essex Aggie: Christine Cafiso, Kasey Harris, Rhiannon Lane, Dianna LeBlanc, Kaera Wyse. Northeast: Amanda Carisle, Alexa Crane, Haley Hughes. Notre Dame (Tyngsborough): Clare Handy, Kendall Leggitt, Carly Scarano. Presentation of Mary: Jordan Lena, Gabby Salerno. Shawsheen: Kennedy Harper, Jamie Ray, Mariah Wentzel. Whittier: Christine Boutin, Katrina Gallagher, Kayla Riley, Andrea Terranova.

Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Maya Haigis, Eliza Poutenis. Bedford: Elliana Boebel, Megan Hoben, Nicole Kennedy, Miranda Skurla. Boston Latin: Caitlyn Berry, Paige Mulry, Lauren O’Shea. Concord-Carlisle: Casey Attinito, Allie Colleran, Angela DeBruzzi, Ali DellaVolpe, Julia Veitch. Lincoln-Sudbury: Christina Costa, Taylor Galland, Becca Gorman, Kristin Kimble, Gillian Vesely. Newton South: Taylor Brown, Monica Cipriano, Kim-An Quinn, Minh-An Quinn. Waltham: Paige Hovsepian, Dawn Rice, Taylor Scafidi. Wayland: Madison McNulty. Westford: Emily Chateauneauf, Christie Raymond, Meagan Scannell, Alexa Sullivan. Weston: Gene Miller, Maddie Piccione.

Eastern Athletic — Bishop Feehan: Julia DaCosta, Isabelle Hanewich, Brenna Legacy, Katie Manis. Bishop Stang: Courtney Carroll, Hannah Carvalho, Miranda Ferreira, Lindsey Florent, Madison Mochado. Coyle & Cassidy: Kristen Caporelli, Brooke Gubala, Korie McDonald, Brittany Perdigao. Martha’s Vineyard: Emily Turney. Somerset Berkley: Cassie Graca, Danielle Silva.

EIL — Bancroft: Gabby Peterson, Jocelyn Varieur, Hannah Zamore. Berwick: Taylor Lyman. Concord Academy: Alex Craig. Dana Hall: Julia Novakoff, Samantha Simon, Stephanie Simon. Lexington Christian: Kay Ryder. Newton Country Day: Amolee Hawkins, Alexandra Torrence, Mary Warner. Phillips Exeter: Weilin Chan, Chloe Dubocq, Helen Hultin. Pingree: Christina Chalmers, Kelsey Dion, Gabby Muniz, Haley Sabino, Jillian Witwicki. Winsor: Kathleen Hart, Ming Lewis, Caroline Ognibene, Vanessa Warshaw.

Greater Boston — Cambridge: Kourtney Corcoran, Yuleska Raimirez. Everett: Sydney Bessler, Talia Mirra, Talia Riccioli, Nicole Sylvester. Malden: Julie Bourgea, Alexis Brown, Jamie MacDonald, Robyn Santo, Kierra Sexton. Medford: Sarah Donnelly, Ashley Eisnor, Bailey Flynn, Julia Karney, Brianna Napoleone. Somerville: Brianna Dell’Isola.

Hockomock — Attleboro: Keely Viau. Foxborough: Brianna Stern. Franklin: Brie Flaherty, Sabrina LoMonaco. King Philip: Ashley Hession, Kali Magane, Brie Sebio. Mansfield: Maddie LeTendre. Milford: Allie Piergustavo, Sydney Pounds. North Attleborough: Megan Colleran, Marissa Gifford, Mykala Moody. Sharon: Rachel Usen. Stoughton: Emily Cramer. Taunton: Jessie Alexio, Aimee Kistner, Kelly Reading, Jordan Wade.

IGC — Montrose: Elizabeth Wade. Woodward: Bailey Brait.

ISL — Brooks: Cassandra Hunt. BB&N: Courtney Erickson, Sara Lopez-Wheeler, Meaghan O’Brien. Governor’s Academy: Ashlyn Bedard, Courtney Cashman, Sarah Dupere. Lawrence Academy: Adeline McCullough, Taylor Scholefield. Milton Academy: Jamie Murray. Nobles: Amanda Gonzalez, Casey Nunnelly, Alix Santos, Mallory Souliotis. Rivers: Wiley Holton. St. George’s: Hayley Doneghey. St. Mark’s: Brittany Andrea. St. Paul’s: Taryn Collins, Amanda Paine. Thayer: Chaislyn Burgio, Madeline Dickson, Kathleen Fowkes.

Mayflower — Avon: Lyndsey MacQuarrie. Bristol Aggie: Sarah DeArruda. Bristol-Plymouth: A.J. Brown, Rachel Ducharme, Talia Roos. Diman: Rebecca Flores, Hailey Levesque, Marissa Matias, Brynn Pasternak. Holbrook: Abigail Edes. Norfolk Aggie: Shannen Allen, Allicyn Cole, Ashley Gatchell, Allison Glennon. Old Colony: Alex Aspden, Briana Botelho. Sacred Heart: Gabrielle Fantasia, Julia Pomella. South Shore Voc-Tech: Ashley Newcomb. Southeastern: Kaitlyn Hart. Tri-County: Anna Hall, Kyla Johnson. Upper Cape: Krystle DiBona, Hannah Rawlings, Amelia Weare. West Bridgewater: Anna Comperchio, Cate Francouer, Priscilla Martinez, Christine Schondek. Westport: Khoryn Cote, Kylie Marcoux.

Merrimack Valley — Andover: Mimi Olney, Sameer Sangal. Billerica: Cassidy Sorenson. Central Catholic: Ally Cavanaugh, Karoline Leavitt. Chelmsford: Abby Desrosiers, Shannon Garrity. Dracut: Allison Ramirez, Shannon Ramirez. Lawrence: Brianna Rivera. Lowell: Madison Alcorn. Methuen: Kayleigh Forgetta, Kathleen LeFebre, Meghan Murphy. North Andover: Aralee Bogar. Tewksbury: Brooke Hardy, Shannon McLaughlin.

Middlesex (Freedom) — Burlington: April Adams, Jill Ghio, Samantha Gibson, Kayla Sheldon, Cassidy Smith. Melrose: Kaitlin Carson, Haley Gorman. Stoneham: Amanda Navarro. Wakefield: Nicole Gasdia, Haley Karradas, Emma Kraus, Kayla LaPierre. Wilmington: Cassie Grasso, Amanda Richards.

Middlesex (Liberty) — Arlington: Melanie DeAlmeida, Mary Pieroni, Anna Smokovich, Roxanne Vento. Belmont: Micaela McKay. Lexington: Caitlyn Burke, Maggie Oram, Maddie Orcutt. Reading: Casey Hopkinson, Michaela Reeves, Ashley Tango, Fallon Tierney. Woburn: Courtney Davis, Jenny Lee.

Northeastern — Beverly: Kate Silvestri. Danvers: Caitlin McBride, Kendal Meheen. Gloucester: Olivia Legendre. Lynn Classical: Frankie Gelazzi. Marblehead: Olivia Vener. Peabody: Shelbi Wilson. Salem: Desiree Martin. Swampscott: Chris King. Winthrop: Maura Lanza.

Old Colony — Barnstable: Jamie Corey, Ashlie Curtiss. Bridgewater-Raynham: Sarah Dawson, Jenny Heller, Stacey Korotsky, Emily Kurkul, Madi Shaw. Dartmouth: Jillian Sbardella, Sydney Silva, Elissa Tetrault.

Patriot — Hanover: Angela Katsikis, Callie MacDonald, Linnea Martin, Kayla McMahon. Hingham: Arden Laliberte. Middleborough: Megan Berryman, Mykala Dimond, Hannah Johnson, Micaela Pohl, Shannen Quigley. North Quincy: Sarah Franklin. Pembroke: Sarah Tropeano. Quincy: Angelina Avitabile, Saxon Bresnahan, Taylor Parry. Silver Lake: Abbey Alexiades, Maddy Barone, Emily Colton, Emily Critch, Jess Smith. Whitman-Hanson: Megan Downing, Caitlin Hughes, Keighla McAloney.

South Coast — Apponequet: Sarah Eugenio, Jill Miller, Alee Wright. Bourne: Renee Moore. Case: Madison Carpenter, Leslie Denis. Dighton-Rehoboth: Jordan Lizotte, Catie Noons. Fairhaven: Hannah Alves, Courtney Girouard. Greater New Bedford: Rileigh Avila, Jennifer Pires. Old Rochester: Kaleigh Goulart. Seekonk: Kayley Millard. Wareham: Breanna Muir.

South Shore — Abington: Victoria Chiocchio, Amanda Doherty, Kate Donovan, Hanna Rogers, Samantha Thompson. Carver: Amy Ellis, Sarah Hannant, Samantha Rudnik. Cohasset: Kathleen Dunn. East Bridgewater: Jhonna Eagan, Jackie Gavin, Sophia Halverson, Dayna Marchant, Jenna Talabach. Monomoy: Sarah Witzgall. Norwell: Brianna Benedict, Colleen Benedict, Alyssa Trebino. Rockland: Kylie Langhoff, Brianna Starkey.

Tri-Valley — Bellingham: Megan Cook, Rachel Kuhlman. Hopkinton: Alissa Karjel, Erica McBride. Medfield: Jaclyn Flint, Dannielle Vacavik. Medway: Casey Sheehan. Millis: Carley Wenzel. Norton: Jackie Dunne, Jess Pieterson. Westwood: Elizabeth Messineo.