NORTON, MA- Wheaton College softball senior Stacey Kelleher (Brockton, MA/Brockton) earned a spot on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-New England first team for the third straight season, receiving an accolade as a first baseman after drawing an honor as a designated player each of the prior two campaigns.
Kelleher's award marked the 18th straight year at least one Lyon landed an all-region honor. In her first full season playing the field, Kelleher appeared in every inning at first base while batting .413 with 11 doubles and four home runs, leading the team in all three categories. She also paced the squad by scoring 26 runs and driving in 22 more, slugging .624 and reaching base at a .484 clip while tying for the team lead with 12 bases on balls.
Also named to a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league team for the third straight season, the co-captain batted .438 with runners in scoring position and finished with 12 multi-hit games. In addition to her multiple all-region and all-conference awards, Kelleher was an All-America designated player in 2008.
Despite missing time with injuries in each of her first two years and playing what amounted to three full seasons, Kelleher completed her career 10th in program history with 12 home runs. She is tied for second in times hit by a pitch (8), seventh in slugging (.614), eighth in average (.401), tied for ninth in doubles (32) and stands 10th in on-base percentage (.466).
The Lyons finished the season 15-23, including going 6-10 in the NEWMAC.