Canisius College softball coach Mike Rappl has been named the Spalding Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and first basemanJoy Judski (Vestal, NY-Seton Catholic) and outfielder Jen Silata (Elmira, NY-Southside) have been named to the league's all-conference team. The selections were made by the league's nine head coaches.
Rappl, who wins the award for the fifth time in the last seven seasons, guided the Griffs to a 14-2 league mark and 20-16 record overall. After starting the season at 3-13, Rappl directed Canisius to wins in 17 of its next 20 games. Among the Griffs losses this season were one run decisions to #11 ranked Oklahoma State, #14 ranked Long Beach State and #25 ranked Florida. Of the Griffs 16 defeats this year, eight have come to teams ranked in the top 25.
Judski, whose season ended this past Monday with a broken leg suffered in a 1-0 win over Marist, led Canisius with a .388 batting average. The junior had four home runs and 16 RBI's with a slugging percentage of .612.
Silata, the MAAC Player of the Year in 1997, makes the all-MAAC team for the third straight season. She is hitting .300 with 11 doubles and 15 RBI's. She played right field most of the season, but will move to first base with Judski's injury.
Also, Sarah Skorupa (Kenmore-West), a right-handed reliever was named to the MAAC's All-Academic team. The sophomore has a 1-4 record with a team-high four saves. She is a Psychology major with a 3.388 grade point average
Canisius meets Fairfield at Noon this Friday in the opening round of the MAAC Tournament. The event is being held in Poughkeepsie, New York and the winner will host the Northeast Conference champion in a NCAA play-in series, May 7-8.
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