Sports profile: Megan O’Brien

By Shane Evans
March 9, 2006

With the season fast approaching, the girls softball team will look to its leaders for a strong start to the 2006 campaign.

One of those leaders, junior captain and first baseman Megan O’Brien, will be a key member of this year’s team and understands the importance of being one of the team’s veterans.

“It’s important for me to step it up as a leader this year because we have such a young team,” O’Brien said. “I want to be a good example for the younger players by demonstrating a good work ethic and determination.”

Entering her third year as the Lady Cavs’ starting first baseman, O’Brien still has a lot to prove on the playing field.

“We definitely want to win PACs, because Misericordia took it last year,” O’Brien said. “I also want to improve my batting average so that I’m in the top 10 or 15 players in the Conference. The biggest thing I want to work on is getting more RBIs, because they are what win games, knocking in those runs!”

After an up and down trip in California over spring break, O’Brien said that the Cavaliers learned a lot about each other as players and how they worked as a team.

“California was an interesting experience,” O’Brien said. “We had people playing out of their normal positions, not to mention an infield that was almost entirely freshman, besides me. The big thing about the trip was how the newer girls showed us a lot of what they are made of and played really well, even though they haven’t played at a college level yet.”

With a grueling, yet exciting 30-plus game season ahead, the Lady Cavs are once again favored to take the PAC championships. Misericordia took the title away from Cabrini last year, as O’Brien and her team won it her freshman year.

“Giving up PACs to Misericordia, two years in a row, would be devastating,” O’Brien said. “I want to make sure they never get that feeling again. We really want it badly this season, and we definitely have the talent to bring back the glory and the excitement that I felt my freshman year.”

Posted to the web by Brian Coary

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