Canisius senior Jen Consaul and freshmen Jessica Berzins and Lindsay Silfer were honored with second-team All-MAAC accolades on Wednesday night at the conference’s annual postseason banquet.
Consaul, one of two pitchers on this year’s All-MAAC Second Team, led the Golden Griffins with 17 wins and a 2.56 ERA in 35 starts this season. Consaul set the school’s single-season record for complete games thrown (33) and innings pitched in a season (246), and she also recorded five shutout victories as well. The Chili, N.Y., native appeared in 40 games in her senior season and fanned 124 batters, which ranked among the top-five in the MAAC. Consaul ended her four-year career as a Griff ranked first in career appearances (126), career complete games (86), first in career innings pitched (637.2), second in career starts (88) and seventh in career strikeouts (364).
Berzins was one of five outfielders named to the All-MAAC Second Team this year. A freshman from Placentia, Calif., Berzins played in and started 46 games in centerfield for the Blue and Gold where she hit .326 with 43 hits, 25 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple and eight RBI. She also stole three bases during the season and led the Griffs by drawing 32 walks. She closed out the 2014 season by reaching base safely in her last 14 contests and her .326 batting average ranked second on this year’s team. Defensively, Berzins led all of Canisius’ regular outfielders with six assists.
Silfer was honored was named the All-MAAC Second Team designated player after she led the team with her .336 batting average. She ranked second on the team with 48 hits, nine of which were doubles. The Cicero, N.Y., native was the team’s leader with 13 multi-hit games and she also drove in 17 runs during her rookie campaign. She played in and started all 48 games for Canisius and she led the team by batting .365 with five doubles, a homer and eight RBIs during MAAC play.
Additionally, nine Griffs were named to the 2014 MAAC All-Academic Team on Wednesday night. Consaul and fellow senior Valorie Nappo earned recognition for their work in the classroom for the third-straight year, while juniors Michelle DelPrince, Robin Kennery and Marissa Miller also received academic recognition as well. Sophomores Meghan Cuda, Bethany DeMarco, Tori Nappo and Alexis Roman were all named to the league’s top academic unit for the first time in their careers. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete at least two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Canisius’ nine names on the MAAC All-Academic Team were tied for the most in the conference along with long-time rival Niagara.The Canisius softball team posted an 18-30 overall record and an 8-12 mark in MAAC play in 2014. The team will return 13 position players and two pitchers to the roster next season.