17 BIG EAST Softball Student-Athletes Named to NFCA-All Region Teams

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region teams today as 17 BIG EAST student-athletes representing six schools were honored. A total of 258 players from 126 different institutions comprise this season's regional teams, including first and second teams for each region. 

Notre Dame led the way with six selections to the first and second teams in the Great Lakes Region, four of whom earned first-team honors. Just four of the 126 teams had each of their six nominees selected to an all-region team this season. In addition to the Irish, the other three teams were Florida, Alabama and Texas. BIG EAST Player of the Year Heather Johnson was a second team selection for Notre Dame.
USF was just behind the Irish with five named to the first and second teams in the Mideast Region, including four first teamers. Bulls ace Sara Nevins took first team honors, after the freshman led the nation in saves this year with eight. 
DePaul and Syracuse each had two honorees in the Great Lakes Region. BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Kirsten Verdun was a first team pick for the Blue Demons, while BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year Jenna Caira was a first team choice for the Orange, the back-to-back BIG EAST Champions.
Connecticut and Rutgers put a player each on the All-Mideast Region First Team as Julie Towers and Brittany Lindley represented the Huskies and the Scarlet Knights, respectively. Lindley led the BIG EAST in overall batting this season with a .440 mark.
The All-Region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first, second or third teams. In addition, conference pitchers and players of the year not selected to the regional teams were added for All-America consideration. To view the entire 2010 NFCA Division I All-Region teams click here.

The NFCA Division I All-American teams will be announced at 4 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, June 1. 
Louisville Slugger/NFCA All Region Selections (BIG EAST Players)
Great Lakes Region
First Team
Jenna Caira, Syracuse, P
Alexia Clay, Notre Dame, C
Alexa Maldonado, Notre Dame, OF
Sadie Pitzenberger, Notre Dame, OF
Kirsten Verdun, DePaul, UT/P
Dani Miller, Notre Dame, UT/Non-P
Second Team
Laura Winter, Notre Dame, P
Heather Johnson, Notre Dame, 3B
Alex Morocco, DePaul, OF
Lisaira Daniels, Syracuse, OF
Mideast Region
First Team
Sara Nevins, USF, P
Stephanie Medina, USF, 1B
Brittany Lindley, Rutgers, 3B
Julie Towers, Connecticut, SS
Gina Kafalas, USF, OF
Janine Richardson, USF, UT/Non-P
Second Team
Ashli Goff, USF, OF