Westwood, MA --- Senior Caraline Wood (Averill Park, NY), freshman Lindsay Ambrosino (Chelmsford, MA) and head softball coach Whitney Goldstein earned major awards, as voted upon by the NEWMAC head coaches following the conclusion of the regular season. Junior Mackenzie Phillips (Gill, MA), sophomore Marissa Gonzales (Oakley, CA) and sophomore Brittany Bolster (North Kingstown, RI) were also recognized.
Wood, the program's third NEWMAC Softball Athlete of the Year in four seasons as Lindsay Gurska was selected in 2016 and Ama Biney in 2018.
Ambrosino became the program's third NEWMAC Softball Rookie of the Year in as many seasons, fourth in the Goldstein Era and sixth in program history. She joins Gonzales (2018), Phillips (2017), Nina Murphy-Cook (2015), Nicole McDonough (2011) and 2015 WPI Poly Club Hall of Fame inductee Nicole Maglione (2006).
Goldstein was selected as the NEWMAC Softball Coach of the Year for the second time after leading the squad to its third regular season title in four years. The Engineers will be making their third appearance in the NCAA Tournament this weekend in the Medford, MA Regional after winning three games Saturday in the NEWMAC Tournament to win the conference tournament for the second time. The sixth-year head coach has guided the Crimson and Gray to a 32-9 record this fall.
Wood, a three time All-NEWMAC honoree and repeat first teamer, was accompanied this year by Phillips. Gonzales became a repeat second team selection and was joined by Ambrosino. In all, the Engineers have boasted at least two first team honorees since 2014 and two second teamers since 2016. Bolster, meanwhile, was the program's NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship team selection.
Wood is batting .455 and ranks fifth in Division III with 56 RBI, seventh with 113 total bases and 13th with 12 home runs. The senior also leads the NEWMAC with 60 hits and four sacrifice flies, as well as a .856 slugging percentage, and is on a four-game hitting streak heading into the NCAA tournament. In 18 conference games, Wood led the way with a 1.056 slugging percentage, eight home runs, 29 RBI and 57 total bases.
Ambrosino guided the conference with 40 runs on the season and 24 during NEWMAC games. Six of the freshman's seven home runs came in conference play which is good for third overall and second versus NEWMAC pitchers. After homering in both games at Wheaton to conclude March, Ambrosino boasted a 13-game hitting streak from April 3 to April 19.
Phillips is 16-4 with 108 strikeouts, a 2.57 ERA and a save in 125 2/3 innings this season. The league-leader in wins overall and in NEWMAC action (9) ranks third in strikeouts. In addition to a season-high nine strikeouts versus Bridgewater State, Phillips posted eight versus Heidelberg (OH) and in the 4-3 win versus Babson, and did not issue a walk in eight starts.
Gonzales paced the NEWMAC with 29 hits in conference play. The sophomore is also third overall with 17 stolen bases and was fourth against conference competition with eight. Gonzales had a 12-game hitting streak that concluded Saturday versus Wellesley which started at Coast Guard and included six in-a-row with multiple hits in both regular season games versus Smith, Bridgewater State and Wellesley.
MIT's Ravenne Nasser was named as the NEWMAC Softball Pitcher of the Year.
Softball opens NCAA tournament action versus Eastern Connecticut Friday at 2pm at Tufts.