WATERVILLE, Maine – The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) has announced its end of season awards for softball and eight Terriers have been recognized. Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt.) was named Player of the Year and All-Conference First Team for the second consecutive year, Katie Taylor (Lebanon, Maine) was named Senior Scholar Athlete and All-Conference First Team, Lexi Colpack (Franklin, Vt.), Bailey Dunphy (North Anson, Maine) and Kelsey Currier (Cumberland, Maine) were named to the All-Conference First Team, Lauren Guppy (New Sharon, Maine) was named to the All-Conference Second Team, Anna Piirainen (West Paris, Maine) was named to the Sportsmanship Team and first-year head coach Ali Kriegel was named Coach of the Year.
LeBourveau started as pitcher, third base, first base, outfield, and designated player for Thomas. Defensively, she was charged with only two errors on 48 total chances, earning a .958 fielding percentage in conference games. She pitched one complete game shutout in a conference tilt, earning a 1.17 ERA and .136 batting-against average over six innings. Offensively, LeBourveau hit 18-for-34 (.529) with four doubles, two home runs, and one stolen base in 34 at bats over 12 NAC games. Her batting average and .590 on-base-percentage are second-best in the league, and she led the NAC with 16 RBIs in conference games.
Taylor is a Political Science/Pre-Law student with a 3.99 GPA and has been on the President's list every semester at Thomas. She is President of Alpha Chi Honor Society and has won three prestigious academic awards at Thomas including the Gold Key Award, Terrier Award, and Thomas Award. Most recently, she was awarded both the Senior Scholar Athlete and Senior Outstanding Athlete awards at Thomas. She is a Peer Mentor, Peer Tutor, and Student Ambassador, and also the Vice President of the Law & Policy Club. Taylor has been on the NAC All-Academic Team for both softball and field hockey from 2016-2018. She is a three-time NFHCA Scholar of Distinction (field hockey), and three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad member (field hockey). Taylor has been chosen as the 2019 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker for Thomas and will be attending UNH Law School this fall. She is also a First Team All-Conference center fielder with a 1.000 fielding percentage who hit 17-for-34 (.436) with three doubles, eight RBI, and 13 runs scored in 12 conference games this year.
Colpack hit .378 on the season in conference play, primarily out of the leadoff spot. She scored 13 runs and drove in 7 RBI while hitting four doubles and a triple. She stole nine bases on nine attempts and drew two walks.
Currier led the conference with a 0.42 ERA in conference play. She appeared in five games in the circle, all complete games, going a perfect 5-0 with 36 strikeouts and 5 walks in 33.0 innings of work.
Dunphy ranked fourth in the conference with a .513 batting average in conference games. She belted six doubles, a triple and a home run while driving in 16 runs and scoring another 16, and had a league-high 11 stolen bases.
Guppy hit .371 on the season in 12 games. She scored 15 runs, drove in four with two doubles and seven stolen bases. She had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 15 assists at second base.
Piirainen Is being recognized as a member of the NAC Sportsmanship Team, which is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the softball culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette.
After five years as the program's assistant coach, Kriegel's Terriers (22-8 overall, 11-1 NAC) earned the top-seed in the NAC Championship in her first year at the helm. This year, Kriegel's players led the league offensively in RBIs (16) and stolen bases (11), and her pitchers led the conference in wins (5) and and ERA (0.42) in 12 conference games. Collectively, her team led the NAC in batting average against (.157), shutouts (7), and ERA (1.31), as well as batting average (.416), on base percentage (.482), stolen bases (35), hits (147), and walks (41) in 353 at bats in league play.