May 15, 2014
NFCA All-Region Teams
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior Amanda Nguyen, sophomore Kasey McCravey, and freshmen Alee Rashenskas and Caroline Smithadded a few more awards to their resumes on Thursday as the contingent of Army softball players were tabbed for Regional honors by the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) with their selection to the All-Northeast Team.
The group is Army's largest contingent(former mark was two) selected with McCravey tabbed for first-team honors at third base, Nguyen was named to the second unit as an outfielder with Rashenskas and Smith third-team selections at second base and utility/pitcher, respectively.
It is the first time that McCravey, Rashenskas and Smith were tabbed for All-Region honors and is the second time in her career that Nguyen was honored, having been named to the NFCA second unit as an outfielder in 2012.
McCravey is just the fourth Black Knight chosen by the NFCA for first-team all-region honors, and is the second straight year an Army player was selected as she joins former teammate Alex Reynolds, who was chosen as a second baseman in 2013.
It marks the third postseason accolade for McCravey, who was selected to the All-Patriot League second team and All-Tournament team last week.
The Scottsdale, Ariz., native led the Black Knights and ranked among the Patriot League leaders in batting (.388), doubles (10), home runs (seven), RBI (44), total bases (92), slugging (.605) and on-base percentage (.427). She was second in the conference in RBI, home runs and slugging percentage, fourth in total bases and sixth in on-base percentage.
McCravey's 44 RBI ranks third on Army's single-season chart, just one shy of the leader, while her career mark of 80 lists ninth.
Nguyen picked up her second postseason accolade following her selection to the All-Patriot League first team for the fourth straight year. The four-year outfielder ended her career as Army's school record holder for runs scored (161), hits (287) and stolen bases (115). She is also the league's career and season leader for stolen bases and hits.
The native of Houston, Texas, who batted .346 her final year, led the Black Knights in hits (62), runs scored (36), triples (four) and stolen bases (29), and ranked among the league's leaders as well listing second in stolen bases, fourth in triples and fifth in hits and runs scored.
Rashenskas, who earned a league-high four Patriot League rookie of the week citations, batted .343 during her inaugural season. She ranked among the team leaders in hits (57), runs scored (29) RBI (26), and doubles (six).
Smith, earning her third postseason citation, was a second team All-Patriot League performer as a pitcher this spring after posting 13 wins and a 3.03 ERA. An all-tournament selection as well, Smith also shined offensively her inaugural year batting .328 with 31 hits, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored.
The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each respective region, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to one of three 2014 NFCA Division I All-American teams.