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May 19, 2014

NFCA All-Region Selections Announced

NFCA Announcement

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ivy League softball claimed six slots on two of the regional squads when the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its All-Region honorees on Monday. 

In the Mid-Atlantic Region, Penn freshman outfielder Leah Allen (Woodbine, Md.) earned second-team honors, while Columbia freshman first baseman Alyssa Rodia (Carmel, N.Y.)  earned third-team honors. In the Northeast Region, Dartmouth's duo of junior pitcher Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) and sophomore utility/pitcher Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.) earned second-team honors, while Harvard's tandem of junior pitcher Laura Ricciardone (Slidel, La.) and senior third baseman Kasey Lange (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) both earned third-team honors. 

McCalmon was the Ivy League Player of the Year. She finished the season with a .389 batting average, becoming the first Big Green player to claim the Ivy League's batting crown. She had six home runs and 27 RBIs to help Dartmouth to its first-ever Ivy League title and NCAA Championship appearance. In 20 League games this season, McCalmon hit .456, going 31-for-56 with five home runs and 25 RBIs. She hit safely in 18 of 20 Ivy League games during the regular season. She had the longest hitting streak in the League this season at 17 straight games, which ranks as the fifth-longest in League history.

In addition, McCalmon was an effective pitcher for the Big Green, going 9-1 in League play with a 1.51 ERA. She earned first-team All-Ivy honors as the designated player and second-team honors as a pitcher. 

Rumley was the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year for the second-straight year. She finished the season 18-9 with a 2.27 ERA that rose during a pair of NCAA Tournament losses over the weekend. She finished the season with a league-high 197 strikeouts. Inside the League, Rumley was 9-1 with four saves and a 1.15 ERA. In her 36 appearances this season, she recorded six or more strikeouts in 20 of them. She has 533 strikeouts in her career, already ranking seventh-best in Ivy League history. 

Allen was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, batting .383 for Penn and leading the Quakers to the Ivy League's South Division title. The first unanimous Rookie of the Year selection since Harvard's Lange in 2011, Allen had a League-best 13 home runs and 43 RBIs. The 13 homers set the Penn single-season mark. Her .759 slugging percentage was best in the League and ranks among the nation's leaders. In 20 League games, Allen batted .458 with an amazing slugging percentage of 1.051. Ten of her home runs came against Ivy competition, helping her to a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection. 

Ricciardone went 18-7 in the circle this season with a League-best 1.53 ERA for the Crimson, earning unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection along with Rumley. Ricciardone, who shutout LSU early in the season in Baton Rouge for a 12-inning victory, was 12-2 with a League-best 0.84 ERA in League play this season. 

Lange hit .353 for the Crimson with six home runs and 29 RBIs. In 160 plate appearances, she struck out just 11 times this season. She finished her four years at Harvard batting .381 in 189 career games, the seventh-best career batting average in League history. Her 220 hits rank 12th all-time in the Ancient Eight, while her 59 doubles are second and her 177 RBIs are third. That latter two are Harvard records. Further putting Lange's career RBI output in perspective, it is nearly double the total of any other active Ivy League player. 

Lange's first-team All-Ivy selection this season made her the 14th four-time honoree in League history and just the second to play for the Crimson, joining Tiffany Whitton (2000-03). 

Rodia, a second-team All-Ivy selection, hit .331 for the Lions with six home runs and 25 RBIs. In League play, her average jumped to .355. She struck out just three times over the final 16 games of the regular season, hitting .380 during that span.