Sharks battle for GNAC championship
With a 15-3 in conference record, the Simmons softball team looks for their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship. The Sharks have six regular season games left before beginning the GNAC playoffs on Friday, April 29.
They will most likely enter the playoffs as the third seed and get a first round bye to automatically advance to the double-elimination tournament. Head Coach Anne Hennigan talks about how the program has grown since she took over in 2009.
"I think we are seeing more competitive athletes who come in and are talented and are ready to make an impact as soon as they enter the program. That has added a lot. It makes the returning players work even harder and makes for an overall competitive, strong team."
The Sharks have received some noteworthy honors this season. Starting pitcher and captain Courteney Collier '11 was named an ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) and a GNAC pitcher of the week. Shortstop and captain Annie Thompson '11 was named a GNAC player of the week, and first-year student, Emily Cunningham '14 was named GNAC rookie of the week.
Coach Hennigan says the first-years have brought tremendous talent and the team can work towards building a winning tradition.
"My goal here at Simmons is to build a winning tradition. I want players coming in expecting to win. I want GNAC championships every year, so we can go to NCAA's and compete at the national level."
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