Ready to defend

By Staff Writer
February 19, 2004

Last season, the Lady Cavs softball team brought home a win in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference and this year it hopes to hold on to their title with another championship.

Three new students join the team this year, two freshmen and one transfer student. The two freshmen joining the team this year are Jen Euganeo from Folcroft, Pa. and Megan O’Brien from Barrington, N.J. Jen Prenderville, a transfer student from Ursinus College, is also a new addition to the Lady Cavs team.

In her fifth year here at Cabrini, third as the head coach of the Lady Cavs, Karen Pelkey and the team are looking at keeping their title. “It’s harder to defend the title, than to just win it,” Pelkey said. However, Pelkey is putting in the time it takes to get the team ready for its first game.

The team practices Monday through Friday, and for now, has off on the weekends. Monday and Wednesday they get an early start, practicing from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays they have a two hour practice beginning at 2 p.m., and ending at 4 p.m. On Thursday’s the team has a late night. Practice begins at 9:30 p.m., and usually doesn’t end until 11 p.m.

Pelkey feels good about the new players on the team and believes that the new players will make an “immediate impact” on the team. Everyone is working well with each other so far, it’s almost “like they’ve been here the whole time.” Sophomore outfielder Jen Taggart said, “The new players are really going to step up this year.”

The Lady Cavs season begins during spring break in Florida. The big match-ups it has this year are against Arcadia University, Misericordia College, and Wesley College. The game against Arcadia is on Saturday, March 20, Misericordia on Sunday, March 28 and Wesley on Saturday, April 17. Pelkey knows that there are important games besides these, because to her “every game is a big game.”

Posted to the web by: Cecelia Francisco

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