O’Brien anxious for second season

By Sharon Kolankiewicz
April 7, 2005

Cecelia Francisco

Cabrini College’s softball team player, Megan O’Brien is thrilled to be playing for her second year with Cabrini. Last year she actually played a starter position on the team.

Megan has been playing softball since she was nine-years-old in Barrington, New Jersey. When she was younger, Megan’s mom had gotten Megan and her twin sister involved with softball, basketball and sports in general. O’Brien’s sister had lost interest in the sport and quit. On the other hand, Megan developed a passion for softball.

“My mom is the one who really got me involved in sports and softball,” O’Brien said.

Before college, O’Brien had experience playing every position except pitcher and catcher. O’Brien was recruited by a former Cabrini recruit before coming to the College. When O’Brien visited Cabrini she fell in love with the school and the softball program. She currently plays for first base.

O’Brien admits that she has found ways to balance softball and school. O’Brien is an education major and also must do field experience.

“I have found out that I am more focused on my studies during the season. I know that I have work to get done along with field experience,” O’Brien said. She believes that she manages her time the best during her season, due to that fact that she must focus.

When she is outside of Cabrini she helps coach softball to girls between the ages of 9-14. She has been working with her old high school coach at a camp called “Sports Central. At the camp she helps teach and improve the girls’ batting, bunting, and hitting techniques.

“It is such an amazing feeling and experience, because the girls really have a desire to achieve in baseball. The point is they want to be there,” O’Brien said.

Although O’Brien’s twin sister does not play anymore, she attends all of Megan’s games. O’Brien also has a younger sister who is very involved with softball. Whenever she is home, she practices with her younger sister. O’Brien enjoys the game of softball and she hopes to coach softball or basketball. However, she is not interested in playing professionally.

“I am not planning to play professionally. I have played with a league by the name ASA League. We meet once a week and travel to different tournaments,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien is currently enjoying playing for Cabrini and looks forward to what the future may bring to her.

Sharon Kolankiewicz

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