The LIU Post women’s softball team has returned and is ready to rumble this semester. The 19 team members, as well as Head Coach Jamie Apicella and Assistant Coach Carla Campagna, aim to build on the success of the 2012-2013 season; achievements which includes a first place ranking in the NCAA Regional and a 47-15 overall record, with an inclusive 25-3 record in the East Coast Conference.
Although the team consists of less than 20 members, the women embody the quotation “Quality not quantity.” Consequently, the 2013- 2014 season already looks promising for the Pioneers. According to Campagna, not only is the team currently sitting in 11th place in the NFCA national poll released on Jan. 29, but the women have also topped the preseason voting in the conference. Seniors Liz Weber and Nicole Hagenah have also received preseason awards. Weber for the “Preseason Pitcher of the Year,” and Hagenah for the “Co-Player of the Year” for the 2014 season. In addition to the team itself, the season appears hopeful for Apicella. He is only nine wins away from hitting 600 career wins in his 16-year tenure.
In order to achieve their goals for the season, the Pioneers commenced their preseason training in January. “The goals for this year are like every year; to win the Conference Championship, to enter the NCAA’s for the 15th consecutive year, and to have the opportunity to play for the National Championship title,” he said. “The 2014 team has been working extremely hard to finish what they started last year. The focus and motivation is shown on a daily basis, and we can’t wait for the season to begin. We are returning all players from last season, and have added four impact freshmen to the team.”
Hagenah, who is a senior Criminal Justice Major from Commack, N.Y., shared the same excitement. “The team is looking good. We are raring to go and can’t wait for our first game.”
The Pioneers will continue their hard work over spring break, as they plan to spend the week in Florida before playing their first game at home on March 18, at 1:30 p.m., against Southern Connecticut State University.