WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College softball team was picked to finish second in the 2018 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) preseason coaches' poll.
The top-three teams in the 2018 poll were only separated by six points, as the Husson totaled 44 points with three first-place votes, Thomas, the 2017 Champion, took second with two first-place votes for 41 points and Castleton, the 2017 runner-up, placed third with 38 points and the two remaining first-place votes. New England College was voted fourth with 31 points, UMaine-Farmington placed fifth with 21 points, Johnson took sixth with 14 points, and Lyndon rounded out the poll in seventh with seven points.
Thomas looks to defend its 2017 NAC Title under the guidance of tenth-year head coach Terry Parlin. The team returns three All-Conference Second Team members in juniors Katie Taylor (Lebanon, Maine), Lexi Colpack (Franklin, N.H.), and 2017 NAC Tournament MVP Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt.). LeBourveau went 4-3 on the mound in conference play during the regular season with a 2.07 ERA and followed up with a 3-0 record in three complete games in the NAC Tournament. In addition to returning six starters, the Terriers have added three rookie pitchers to their staff with Katlyn Coulter (Jefferson, N.H.), Breanna Whitmarsh (Puyallup, Wash.), and Camille Coyne (Valley Falls, N.Y.).
Thomas will open the season on Saturday, March 10, with a doubleheader against UMaine-Presque Isle at the University of Maine Dome.