HC Softball Team Prepares for 2007 Season

Release Date:
March 6, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – The Hilbert College softball team won’t let a little March snow slow down preparation for the 2007 season. First-year head coach Kerry Levett has the Hawks anxiously preparing for the competitive Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) grind as well as an eight-game swing in Florida starting on March 12th. The goal of reaching post season play will fall on the shoulders of six returning players and six newcomers. Levett takes over a program that finished 8-23 a year ago while placing 8th in the AMCC. This year’s squad is eager and focused on improving as the season progresses and hopes to gain that post-season birth that eluded the team last spring.

“The strength of our team is our leaders and our team cohesion,” said Levett. “We have players with eager attitudes and lots of desire to improve upon last year.”

The Hawks are lead by senior pitcher Meghan Gollaher (Rochester, NY/Spencerport) who has been the team’s pitching core during her career. The hard throwing righty recorded 50 strikeouts in 06 while winning five games. Sophomore Lacey John (Versailles, NY/Gowanda) has stepped on to the mound to spell Gollaher and completes the pitching staff. John primarily played shortstop last spring and hit .279 while finishing second on the team in RBIs (13).

Sophomore Kelly Goodwin (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) will take over the catching duties and brings a solid defensive game along with a hot bat. The team’s newcomer award winner hit .360 and paced the Hawks with six stolen bases in 2006.

Junior Laura Stranc (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) hit .330 a year ago and will spend time behind the plate as well as at shortstop, challenging the notion that a lefty is limited to first base.

Rounding out the returners are senior Kim Klein (Yorkshire, NY/Pioneer), a veteran outfielder with long ball offensive capabilities, and sophomore Christine Libby (Lackawanna, NY/Lackawanna), a flexible infielder who looks to contribute to the offense by adding more consistency to Hilbert’s lineup.

Five newcomers will play key roles and will be counted on immediately. Freshman Sarah Collins (Lewistown, PA/Indian Valley), Donna Rimbeck (Alden, NY/Alden), and Rosalie Lupu (Getzville, NY/Amherst) will all see time time in the outfield. Fellow freshman Kaitlyn Rudenski (North East, PA/North East) can play a variety of spots in the infield while rookie sophomores Rachel Prout (Rosedale, NY/Campus Magnet) and Tiffany Morris (Buffalo, NY/Performing Arts) will see time in the infield and outfield respectfully.

“Despite not being able to get outside yet, our team is coming together,” added Levett. “We’re looking forward to the Florida trip.” The Hawks home opener against Mount Aloysius College is scheduled for March 24th.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.