2009
Softball snags No. 2 spot in NAC preseason poll

Softball snags No. 2 spot in NAC preseason poll
March 1, 2009

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

Benedictine University's softball team has been picked to finish second in the 2009 Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) race according to the coaches' preseason poll. Benedictine (26-14, 19-5) received three first place votes and 150 poll points. The Eagles finished second last season and also return three All-NAC first teamers in Blair Erickson (Sr., OF); Aimee Mahoney (Jr., OF) and NAC Rookie of the Year Cassie Cappetto (So., 1B). Additionally, the Eagles return All-NAC second team pick Brittney Carnell (SO., P) and All-Rookie Team member Sam Corban (SO., P/OF). Aurora University was selected to win the 2009 NAC Title. The Spartans (37-8, 23-1 NAC) received eight of a possible 13 first place votes and 164 total poll points. Aurora has won the last two softball titles with a 44-2 NAC record over the two seasons, and gone a perfect 6-0 in the NAC Tournament capturing both of those titles. AU returns a trio of first team All-NAC selections (Shannon Starr, So., OF; Nikki Veen, Sr., OF) including reigning NAC Pitcher of the Year Anna Snyder (Jr., RHP). Marian University (28-15, 18-6) was selected third with 140 poll points and a first place vote. The Sabres finished third last season and garnered a runner-up finish in the NAC Tournament. Lakeland College (17-20, 15-9) was picked fourth with 123 poll points, Edgewood College (21-16, 15-9) fifth with 119, and Concordia University Wisconsin (19-19, 14-10) -- who received the remaining first place vote -- sixth with 112. Wisconsin Lutheran College (19-17, 16-8) was chosen seventh, while Concordia University Chicago (10-18, 10-14) and Dominican University (14-23, 8-16) tied for eighth. Rockford College (13-23, 9-15) was selected 10th, Alverno College (11-25, 6-18) 11th, Maranatha Baptist Bible College (3-27, 3-21) 12th and MSOE (4-29, 0-24) 13th. The Northern Athletics Conference tournament champion will automatically qualify for the 2009 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament 1. Aurora University (8), 164 2. Benedictine University (3), 150 3. Marian University (1), 140 4. Lakeland College, 123 5. Edgewood College, 119 6. Concordia University Wisconsin (1), 112 7. Wisconsin Lutheran College, 83 8. Concordia University Chicago, 68 Dominican University, 68 10. Rockford College, 63 11. Alverno College, 51 12. Maranatha Baptist Bible College, 25 13. MSOE, 17 First place votes in parentheses. (information courtesy of NAC sports information office)

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.