WINTHROP, Mass. – Seniors Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.) and Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.) have each been selected to the 2017 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Softball All-Conference teams, announced on Monday by the conference office.
This is the first selection for Medici, who was voted to the Second Team at second base by the coaches in the conference, while Handzel makes her third appearance as a pitcher with a spot on the Third Team.
Medici, who moved into the leadoff spot for most of the season, led the GNAC with 29 stolen bases, setting a new Mount Ida College single-season record. She was caught just four times for an 88% success rate on steals.
The speedy infielder also scored a team-high 29 runs and had an on-base percentage of .402 while hitting .268 for the season. She scored three runs in a game four times and stole multiple bases on eight occasions. Her best showing came in a double-header sweep of GNAC foe Anna Maria. In the two games, Medici combined for four hits, six runs scored and seven stolen bases.
Graduating as the all-time strikeout leader in Mount Ida College program history, Handzel finished her career with a senior season in which she won 11 games, posted a 2.81 earned run average, and struck out 132 batters. She tossed 22 complete games, including three shutouts.
A standout student in the Interior Architecture Design major, Handzel was also named Mount Ida Scholar Athlete of the Year and last week became the first Mustang athlete to earn a College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-District selection.
Senior outfielder Michele MacDonald (N. Dighton, Mass.) was also honored as the she closes out her career. MacDonald, a 2016 GNAC All-Conference selection, was picked as Mount Ida's representative on the All-Sportsmanship Team this year.