Rahey, Walraven Earn First Team All-MAAC Honors

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Release: 05/12/2011
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Four members of the Manhattan College softball team were recognized by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) at the conference's annual postseason awards banquet, which took place Thursday night at the Marist College Cabaret.  Seniors Jaci Rahey (West Milford, N.J.) and Kristina Walraven (Thompson Ridge, N.Y.) were named First Team All-MAAC, while seniors Melissa Donnelly (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Monica Evangelista (Cedar Grove, N.J.) were selected to the All-MAAC Second Team.

Rahey was selected First Team All-MAAC for the second straight season. This marks the sixth straight season in which Manhattan had the First Team All-MAAC designated player.  She's currently hitting .333 with a team-high seven home runs and 23 RBIs.  Rahey also leads the Lady Jaspers with 12 doubles, 38 walks, a .632 slugging percentage, and an on-base percentage of .497.  She started all 16 MAAC games, posting a .415 batting average.  Rahey had 17 hits, three home runs, 11 RBIs and 12 runs scored in conference play during the regular season.  Against Marist in the first round of the MAAC Tournament on Thursday afternoon, she hit two home runs to move into third place on Manhattan's all-time list with 19 career homers.

Manhattan's center fielder and leadoff hitter, Walraven earned a place on the All-MAAC First Team in the outfield for the second time.  She was previously honored in 2009.  Walraven currently leads the Lady Jaspers with 26 runs scored and six stolen bases.  She also ranks second on the team in doubles (7) and is tied for third in hits (35).  Walraven is fourth all-time in both hits (185) and doubles (31) at Manhattan.

Donnelly, who was recognized for her play as an infielder, was named to an All-MAAC team for the third time in her career.  Donnelly was a member of the All-MAAC First Team in both 2009 and 2010.  She's hitting .278 this season and is tied for the team lead with 25 RBIs.  Donnelly has 35 hits and 21 runs scored.  In conference play, she recorded a .333 batting average with 15 hits.  Also a pitcher, she leads the Lady Jaspers with a 2.90 ERA.

An outfielder, Evangelista earned All-MAAC honors for the first time in her career.  Despite missing eight games with an injury, Evangelista recorded 31 hits and scored 24 runs this season.  She also tied for the team lead with two triples, and notched her first career home run against Saint Peter's on May 7.  In addition, she didn't commit an error in 52 defensive chances in left field.  Evangelista hit .333 with 10 hits and 11 runs scored in MAAC games.

Niagara's Teresa Healy was the MAAC Player of the Year, while MAAC Pitcher of the Year honors went to Fairfield's Sarah Minice.

In addition, 10 Lady Jaspers earned a place on the MAAC All-Academic Team.  Evangelista, Walraven, Amanda Babcock (Haverstraw, N.Y.), Melissa Cascio (Kings Park, N.Y.), Anna Gallacher (New Fairfield, Conn.), Nicole Michel (Massapequa, N.Y.), Kelly Murray (Leominster, Mass.), Ashley Rampino (Manalapan, N.J.), Erika Sullivan (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and Megan Weaver (Congers, N.Y.) were recognized for their work in the classroom.  To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher and have completed at least two semesters at their institution.

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