Following the conclusion the Warriors’ fall season, the Merrimack College softball program and fourth-year head coach Elaine Schwager announced that seniors Megan Cook (Bellingham, Mass.) and Alyssa Williamson (Scarborough, Maine), along with junior Nicole Nanof (Goffstown, N.H) have been named team captains for the 2018 season.
“Leadership is key to the success and the three of them are ready to step into the role,” explained Schwager. “Their work ethic has been great and they have high expectations heading into the season, not only of themselves, but of their teammates.”
The trio will be first time captains for the squad. Cook returns as the ace of the Warriors staff, while Williamson and Nanof come in as two returning offensive threats.
Cook had a career year as a junior. She set career-highs in ERA (1.82), wins (11), complete games (12), innings pitched (146.0), strikeouts (107), and appearances (27) that earned her NE10 All-Conference First Team recognition. She was also named to the D2CCA All-East Region Second Team.
Williamson also had a great year during her junior campaign. She was a CoSIDA Academic All-American and All District selection, NFCA/D2CCA All-East Region selection, and a NE10 All-Conference First team and All-Academic selection. She had a team-high 62 hits, which was fourth in the NE10, while posting the seventh-highest clip in the league at .365. She had a career-high in doubles (15), runs (15), RBI (29), triples (2), and in all three slash stats (.365/.411/.476).
Nanof emerged as the Warriors’ starting right fielder as a sophomore, after appearing in 23 of the final 27 games of the 2017 season. She collected hits in six of her final seven games, including two home runs in the NE10 Championship and NCAA Tournament. Nanof set career-highs in every offensive statistic, slashing a 2.80/.348/.439.
The Warriors begin their season with six games over three days in the middle of February (16-18) at the Snowbird Softball Freeze Out in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.