NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. Siena Softball’s Madysen Cossack was named the 2017 MAAC Player of the Year at the Awards Show on Wednesday. Cossack was also a member of the All-MAAC First Team along with senior Chelsey Drew. Junior pitcher Lauren Butts was voted onto the All-MAAC Second Team and catcher Amanda Dodson picked up All-Rookie honors. Four Saints also received recognition on the All- Academic Team.
Cossack is just the second Player of the Year in Siena Softball history. Shannon Jones was Co-Player of the year in 2012. The first baseman is also the first sophomore Saint to win a MAAC Player of the Year award since Siena Baseball’s Dan Paolini in 2010.
The Agoura Hills, California native hit .387 this season and led the team in average, RBIs (45), home runs (10), hits (53), doubles (15), total bases (98), on-base percentage (.459), and slugging (.715). The sophomore led the MAAC in slugging percentage, ranked second in batting average, and is third in on-base percentage, RBIs, and home runs. Since April 2, the start of MAAC play, the first baseman boasts an incredible .456 average with nine home runs, 36 RBIs, 12 doubles, and a .949 slugging percentage in 28 games. Cossack tied the program record with her 15 doubles this season and is one RBI shy of the single season record (46) set by Sarah Rose in 2005.
Joining Cossack on the first team, senior outfielder Chelsey Drew was second on the Saints with a .353 average in 42 starts. The New Hampshire native hit six home runs and drove in 23 runs in her final season with Siena. Drew has reached base in her last 22 games, including an eight-game hitting streak. She ranks seventh in Siena Softball history with 81 career RBIs.
All-MAAC Second Team honoree Lauren Butts led the Siena pitching staff with a 3.50 ERA and ten wins. The junior posted a 2.05 ERA in MAAC play with an 8-3 record. The Pennsylvania native was 5-1 this season against MAAC Tournament teams, allowing just ten earned runs with five complete games. Butts is currently tied for third in program history with 31 career wins and ranks fifth in career strikeouts (315) and appearances (88).
All-Rookie Team selection Amanda Dodson has started 36 games at catcher for the Saints. The California native led all Siena’s freshmen with a .200 average and 13 RBIs. Eight of Dodson’s RBIs have come with two outs and she threw out eight runners behind the plate this season.
The MAAC also announced that four Saints were named to the All-Academic Team. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Junior Paige Hess and sophomores Loryn DeFalco, Claire McNamara, and Megan McNamara represented Siena on the All-Academic Team.
The second-seeded Saints open up MAAC Tournament play on Thursday, May 11 at 9 a.m. against #6 Fairfield. If they win, they will advance in the winner’s bracket to play Friday at 11 a.m.. If the Stags win, Siena will play again on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in an elimination game.