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Fitchburg State Nabs Multiple Honors

May 9, 2019

FITCHBURG -- The Fitchburg State softball team placed five members on the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) All-Conference teams.

Leading the way for the Falcons was freshman Audrey Johnson, of Fitchburg, who landed on the All-Conference first team after hitting .372 with 35 hits, seven doubles, three home runs, 16 runs scored and 28 RBI in 38 games for FSU.

Junior McKenzie Lambert, sophomore Mikayla Harnois and newcomer Olivia Pietersen were selected to the MASCAC All-Conference second team, while head coach Merry MacDonald was named the 2019 Champions Choice Softball Coach of the Year as voted on by the league’s eight coaches.

Lambert had a break out junior campaign after tying the Falcons single-season hits record with 51 base knocks, while setting a new single-season program record with 90 total bases in addition to 40 runs scored, 16 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 36 RBI.

Harnios was also solid for the Green and Gold, leading the team in win with 13, while posting an ERA of 2.67 with 46 strikeouts in 105 inning as well as hitting .397 on 31 hits, including nine doubles, 20 runs scored and 12 RBI.

Pietersen posted a .347 batting average with 41 hits, seven doubles, two triples, 22 runs scored and 25 RBI., while MacDonald guided the Falcons to fourth seed in the MASCAC tournament after the team broke the program record for most regular season wins (24), while also tying the program record for most wins in a season (26).

In addition, MacDonald recently recorded her 100th career victory this season with a double header sweep over Massachusetts Maritime Academy on March 30. The Fitchburg State softball team recently concluded its 2019 campaign with an overall record of 26-16 and an 8-6 conference mark.

Kopacz, Tracy earn women’s lacrosse honors

Juniors Nicole Kopacz and Tracy Long were named to the MASCAC women’s lacrosse All-Conference second team on Tuesday.

Kopacz collects her first All-Conference selection after leading the team in ground balls with 45 and caused turnovers with 29 as well as adding four points on three goals and one assist to go along with 35 draw controls.

Long also earns her first All-Conference accolades after posting a team-best 45 points on 34 markers and 11 helpers, while adding 18 ground balls, 12 draw controls and three caused turnovers in 16 appearances for the Falcons.

The women’s lacrosse team concluded the 2019 campaign with an overall record of 2-14 and a 1-6 clip within conference play.