MILWAUKEE - The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) has announced its major award winners and all-conference team for the 2019 softball campaign, as voted upon by the league's head coaches. MSOE was not left empty handed, as they walked away with the maximum allotment of six All-NACC Team selections, including a record breaking four first team honors.
Catcher Emily Snow – First Team Selection
Emily Snow (Long Beach, Calif. / Millikan) once again dominated at the plate this season. The senior catcher's offensive numbers rival any others in the league, as she ranks in the top ten in at-bats (131), hits (54), doubles (12), RBI's (36), average (.412), and on-base percentage (.468). Snow, one of the most decorated Raider student-athletes in the department's history, will wrap up her Raider career holding numerous softball records.
Shortstop Lauren Stefanczyk – First Team Selection
Freshman Lauren Stefanczyk (Palmyra, Wis. / Palmyra-Eagle) could have easily been named freshman of the year with the statistics that she put together during her inaugural season, but was still honored by being one of only two first year players to make the top conference team. Stefanczyk was third in the NACC in runs with 39, fourth with 57 hits, and led the conference with 19 doubles, five more than the closest competitor. She also led the Raiders in home runs and slugging percentage her first year on campus.
Pitcher Lorrin Pondo – First Team Selection
Lorrin Pondo (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Bolingbrook) was part of the two-headed monster of a pitching staff that coach Kyle Knoblauch put on the bump his season, both of whom made the post-season honor role. Lorrin was tied for the league lead in wins with 14, starting 15 of the 22 games that she appeared in. Pondo became a starter/reliever late in the season, coming in to help close out or stabilize games in the back end of April. Her ERA of 2.71 was a massive improvement of where it stood earlier in the campaign and was good for eighth best in the NACC.
First Baseman Amanda Manssen – First Team Selection
There were only two batters better than junior Amanda Manssen (Bull Valley, Ill. / McHenry West) batting average wise, as her .428 was good for third in the conference and best on the team by .16 percentage points. Known for her consistency and leadership, Manssen led the conference with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage over 250 total attempts. She was also third with 59 hits, while playing all 40 games this season.
Pitcher Emily Wiederholt – Second Team Selection
The first Red & White member of the NACC Second Team is junior Emily Wiederholt (Cuba City, Wis. / Cuba City), the starter who was the first to get the ball in almost every doubleheader played this season. Wiederholt started 18 games in her first season with the Raiders and was fifth in the conference with a 2.03 ERA. She was also top five in strikeouts (93), while walking just 34 batters in 106.2 innings pitched. She was the Raider leader in innings pitched, ERA, complete games, and strikeouts per seven innings during the regular season.
Left Fielder Rachel Ziemba – Second Team Selection
Last but not least is senior Rachel Ziemba (South Elgin, Ill. / South Elgin), who fought off a late season injury to still earn the honor of being a second team member. Ziemba finished with a .389 average, good for tenth in the NACC. She also plated 18 RBIs, to go along with nine doubles, 11 stolen bases, and a .504 slugging percentage. Ziemba committed just two errors in 46 total chances, ending the regular season with a .957 fielding percentage.