Oct. 14, 2011
The Georgetown University softball team welcomes five new players for the 2011-12 season in Samantha Findling (Norcross, Ga./Norcross/Michigan State), Cristina Fletcher (White Plains, N.Y./The Ursuline School), Sophia Gargicevich Almeida (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King), Megan Hyson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), and Lauren O'Leary (La Canada, Calif./La Canada).
The incoming group consists of four freshmen and one sophomore transfer from a variety of regions around the country. The class features two infielders, two pitchers, and one first baseman.
Head Coach Pat Conlan enters her seventh season with Georgetown, and her fourth season of BIG EAST play. The Hoyas have played two exhibition games against George Mason and Towson so far this season, and will begin regular season play at the Elon Tournament in Elon, N.C., in February.
"I am thrilled with the addition of this class," said Conlan. "We have been able to fill holes in our lineup and add much-needed depth. I believe we not only have brought in skilled athletes to complement other members of the team but most important we have brought in quality people to our program."Samantha Findling 5 | So.| IF | Norcross, Ga./Norcoss/Michigan State Conlan on Findling: "Sam is a smooth athlete and very versatile player. She has great game sense and will play a prominent role in our infield this season." Findling joins the team after a year of play at Michigan State. Findling was a four-time varsity letterwinner at Norcross High School and senior captain in 2009. She was a two-time First Team All-County selection and three-time Defensive Player of the Year on the Norcross team. Cristina Fletcher 2 | Fr. | IF | White Plains. N.Y./The Ursuline School Conlan on Fletcher: "She is a talented infielder who is adjusting to our level of play. Cristina figures prominently in our plans for this season and the future. She has a great attitude and work ethic." Fletcher was a three-year letterwinner at Ursuline. Fletcher played club softball for Frozen Ropes Prestige, where she was team captain at the U-18 level. She was a New York State Scholar-Athlete, a four-year member of the National Honor Society, a Model UN member and a peer ministry member in her church youth group. Sophia Gargicevich Almeida 19 | Fr.| 1B | Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King High School Conlan on Gargicevich-Almeida: "Sophia shows a lot of potential for a bright future at Georgetown. She has been diligent in her work ethic and rehab from summer knee surgery. I look forward to seeing her play once she has recovered." Gargicevich-Almeida was a four-year letterwinner at King High School. She was named to the All-Academic team in 2010 and First Team All-League in 2010. Gargicevich-Almeida was team MVP in 2011. Megan Hyson 8 | Fr. | P/UT | Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake Conlan on Hyson: "Megan is a local girl who is a multi-talented athlete with a strong arm and potent bat. We expect Megan to be an immediate contributor to our success this year." Hyson was named to the Washington Post All-Met team, Baltimore Sun All-Met selection and Player of the Year, Baltimore Gazette Player of the Year, ESPN All-American Second Team and named Player of the Year by the Varsity Sports Network. Lauren O'Leary 33 | Fr.| P | La Canada, Calif/La Canada Conlan on O'Leary: "Lauren is a welcome addition to the team and pitching staff. Lauren's enthusiasm and competitiveness will help us immediately on the mound." O'Leary was a four-time varsity starter at La Canada High School, and a two-time captain in junior and senior seasons. O'Leary was a four-year First Team All-Rio Hondo League selection, where she was voted Most Valuable Pitcher three times, three-time All-CIF selection, two-time "Top 10 Athletes of La Canada" selection. O'Leary was also a four-time All-Region selection, Pasadena Star News Player of the Year, All-CIF Player of the Year, First Team All-State in California in Medium Schools Division, and a Second Team MaxPreps All-American for the Medium Schools Division.