NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.—Merrimack College softball welcomes nine new players to the team for the 2020 season, with eight players as members of the Class of 2023 as well as a transfer for team’s first season in Division I as announced by head coach Elaine Schwager.
Gabby Comeau | Plainville, Mass. | Catcher/First Base | Major: Business—Corporate Finance
Before Merrimack: Comeau played for Bishop Feehan High School and the Rhode Island Thunder Gold… She was team captain senior year and starting varsity catcher all four years… Team made State of Mass (MIAA) post season tournament all four years of her career… Had over 100 hits in four years playing for Bishop Feehan… Two-time Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star…Hit over .400 in her four year high school career.
Comeau on choosing Merrimack: “I chose Merrimack College because it felt like home to me when visiting. The campus was pretty and inviting and most of all the people were so friendly. I knew once I walked around the campus, this was the place for me. I’m proud to be a Warrior! I’m so excited to play for Coach Schwager.”
Madie Fornwalt | Bradford, VT | Pitcher | Major: Athletic Training and Exercise Science
Before Merrimack: Fornwalt played for Oxbow High School and the East Coast Firecrackers Elite… During her high school career 2016 Vermont Division III Softball Runner-Ups, 2017 Vermont Division III Softball State Champions (Undefeated 18-0), 2018 Vermont Division III Softball State Champions … As a senior VSADA 2018-2019 Scholar-Athlete Award (National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Scholar), 2018-2019 Vermont Division III basketball runner up, senior captain of the soccer and softball teams.
Fornwalt on choosing Merrimack: “Merrimack College gave me a different feeling when I stepped on campus, something unfamiliar; but it was exciting, new, and different. I came from a small town and didn’t know what to expect from college. However, I didn’t have to ask myself what I thought about Merrimack because I instantly fell in love with the people, community, and culture. I picked Merrimack because I could see myself going to college here and having the best time of my life.”
Madison Medeiros | Yarmouthport, Mass. | Utility | Major: Biology
Before Merrimack: Medieros played for Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School and the New England Phoenix… Team captain, Atlantic Coast League First team All-Star, Boston Herald DII Player to Watch… Team leader in RBIs and BA, Atlantic Coast League First Team All-Star as a sophomore.
Medeiros on choosing Merrimack: “I picked Merrimack because of the tight knit community, great sports atmosphere and dedicated staff to students’ success.”
Viviana Bocanegra | Lake View Terrace, Calif. | Infielder | Major: Health Sciences
Before Merrimack: Played for Glendale High School and Batbusters/Calabasas… Four year varsity starter, .404 Career batting average… Hit career hit 100 on April 2nd, 2019… Had the League Champions game winning hit to brake opponents 22 game win streak to claim the league title.
Bocanegra on choosing Merrimack: “I picked Merrimack because of how close it is Boston. I like the small the school feel and the tight knit community. Most of all I picked Merrimack due to its amazing Health Science and Softball Programs.”
Jordyn Montoya | Visalia, Calif. | Outfielder | Major: Rehabilitation Sciences
Before Merrimack: Played for Redwood High School and Clovis Rockets… West Yosemite League Conference Champions, Central California Valley Champions… Montoya was a varsity softball captain, hit .333, scored 19 runs… As a junior West Yosemite League Honorable Mention, hit .325, scored 21 runs, and knocked in nine runs, alongside a .438 OBP… Member of the WYL and CIF DII Valley Championship winning team and had a hit and scored a run in the game… As a sophomore, she was a West Yosemite League Honorable Mention… Hit .349, scored 16 runs, and knocked in 10 runs.
Montoya on choosing Merrimack: “I picked Merrimack because of the size of the school, the softball program, and the location. I love the ‘home-away-from-home’ feeling when I walk on campus and the friendly environment.”
Alexis LeFebre | Salem, NH | Shortstop | Major: Education
Before Merrimack: Played for Salem High School in New Hampshire… Second team All-State Division 1, freshman year state championship Division 1… Two-time Eagle Tribune honorable mention… Second team All-State Division 1, softball captain.
LeFebre on choosing Merrimack: “I picked Merrimack College because of the amazing education program offered here. My mother and my grandmother went to Merrimack College and loved it. Not only did the school and academics catch my eye, but the softball program here was always a dream for me to be a part of. The second I met the coaches, the team, and looked at the school, I knew Merrimack was the place where I wanted to be.”
Katelyn Thompson | Wilbraham, Mass. | Pitcher | Major: Undeclared
Before Merrimack: Played for Minnechaug High School and Polar Crush… Western Mass Division 1 Champions in 2017 and 2019… MassLive 2019 Softball Player of the Year for 2019, Gary Stacey MVP Award… Western Mass Finals Division 1 All-Western Mass Division 1 Softball First Team… Twice earned a postseason All League Award, 2018 Western Mass Softball Super 7 pick, Western Mass… Softball Pitcher of the Year, Western Mass Softball Postseason Super 7 pick, All League Award postseason, 2017 Gary Stacey MVP Award, Western Mass Finals Division 1, All Western Mass Division 1 Softball First Team.
Thompson on choosing Merrimack: “I picked Merrimack because it seemed like a great fit for me considering it’s not too big, close to the city, and has a calm yet exciting atmosphere. Also, the positive softball coaching staff and the team consists of people that I most definitely want to continue my softball career with.”
Courtney Lanpher | Princeton, Mass. | Middle infield/pitcher/outfield | Major: Early Childhood Education
Before Merrimack: Played for Wachusett Regional High School… Led as a captain of the Division I State Champion, with a 25-0 perfect season in 2019… Three-time Mid-Wachusett All-Star (2017, 18, 19)… Two-time Mid-Wachusett MVP (2018, 19)… Two-time Telegram and Gazette Super Team Member and Player of the Year (2018, 19)… Three-time Mid-Wachusett District Champion (2017, 18, 19)… Two-time Division I State Runner-up (2017, 18)… Two-time District Champions (207, 18)… In 2019: Hit .558 with a 1.629 OPS, 48 hits, 21 RBIs, 33 runs, 10 steals, 25 extra base hits. As a pitcher, had 77 innings, 11-0 record, 87 strikeouts, 22 walks, .639 ERA… In 2018: Hit 537, with a 1.51 OPS, 44 hits, 23 RBIs, 41 runs, and 14 steals. As a pitcher, she had 102 innings pitched, a 15-1 record, 129 strikeouts, 28 walks, and a 1.57 ERA… Telegraph and Gazette Female Athlete of the Year Finalist… William Griffin Award for Most Athletic Female in Wachusett… In basketball was a Mid-Wachusett All-Star, All-Senior Team for Massachusetts selection, 2018 District Champion and member of the 2018-19 Telegraph and Gazette Basketball Superteam.
Lanpher on choosing Merrimack: “I chose Merrimack College because it is very home like and close to home. The environment was very comfortable and positive.”
The Warriors also welcome a transfer from Assumption College to their squad for the year.
Olivia Crowley | Lowell, Mass. | Utility | Major: Elementary Education
Before Merrimack: Played for Lowell High School and the New England Diamond Gems… At Assumption she had 19 appearances, three runs, seven hits, eight RBIs, one homerun, and 37 put outs… In high school she was named to the Merrimack Valley Conference All-Conference and MVP for 2018… She was the Lowell High School 2017 MVC Softball Champion, named MVC All-Star 2017, Lowell High School and 2017 MVC Softball Champion.
Crowley on choosing Merrimack: “I picked Merrimack because it gave me the opportunity to study Education and continue my softball career. I really like the environment that the school has. My grandparents both went to Merrimack and met here and I thought it would be special to come here.”
The Warriors will announce their 2020 schedule for the program’s first Division I season shortly.