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Retrievers Tabbed Fourth in America East Preseason Softball Poll
Three-time first-team all-conference selection Amanda Fefel
The Great Danes received three first-place votes and a total 32 points, just one ahead of the defending champion Terriers, who also garnered three top billings and finished with 31 points, while the Seawolves, the 2009 regular-season champion, was just one point back with 30, including the final first-place tally. The Retrievers received 19 points to finish fourth, while
The top four teams in the conference will advance to the America East Championship, held at the top seed on May 13-15.
Seeking their fifth straight America East Championship berth, the Retrievers return all but one starter from a squad that went 34-21 overall and 12-8 in conference play, batting .285 as a team in 2009. UMBC is again led by senior Amanda Fefel (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville), a three-time first-team all-conference selection who batted .381 with 10 home runs and a league-best 44 RBI.
Junior second baseman Lauren Brummell (
UMBC opens the season on Feb. 19 at the USC Upstate Campus Suites Spartan Classic. The Retrievers’ first home game is March 2 against George Washington.
Rank Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
3. Stony Brook (1) 30
4. UMBC 19