Maggie Johnson Named to Softball's All-Ivy League First Team; Five Lions Earn All-Conference Accolades

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK -- Columbia senior Maggie Johnson was named to the All-Ivy League first team in softball for the first time in her career, while four other Lions picked up second team or honorable mention honors, the league office announced on Thursday. Senior Karen Tulig was named second team All-Ivy League at second base, sophomore Jennifer Bergeron earned second-team accolades at shortstop, and first-years Emily Caruthers and Prophet Gaspard were honorable mention selections.

Johnson picked up first-team honors as a utility player, as she helped the Lions both at the plate and in the circle. As a pitcher, the Danville, Calif. native had a team-best 2.68 ERA while holding opponents to a .245 batting average over 133.2 innings. Johnson finished her pitching career with 101 appearances, which ranks second all-time at Columbia, and ranks third in career starts, wins, innings pitched and strikeouts.

At the plate, Johnson recorded six home runs in 2011 -- four of which came in Ivy League play. The right-handed hitter boasted a .298 average against conference competition and a .638 slugging percentage. Johnson belted a school-record 18 home runs in her career, and tied former teammate Dani Pineda '10CC for the school record in runs batted in (82). She also holds the Columbia career mark for walks (53), and ranks second in doubles (37), slugging percentage (.455) and total bases (238).

Tulig finished her final season on Morningside Heights with a .275 batting average, including a .333 mark in Ivy League play. The senior reached base at a .406 clip against conference foes and led the Lions in doubles on the season with 10. The Katy, Texas product made the switch from third base to second base in her final season at Columbia and more than held her own, closing with a .973 fielding percentage.

Bergeron turned it up at the plate during Ivy League play, hitting .328 and driving in 15 runs in conference games. The shortstop finished the season with a team-best 25 RBIs and was a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen bases in Ivy League competition, which tied for the second-most steals by any individual in the conference. Also a Texas native, Bergeron was 11-for-11 in stolen base opportunities for the year, and currently ranks fourth all-time with 18 career steals.

Another menace on the basepaths, Caruthers set a single-season school record with 12 stolen bases while also leading the Lions with a .322 batting average. Her first-year teammate Gaspard teamed with Johnson to form one of the top pitching duos in the conference. Gaspard led Columbia with 12 victories in the circle, while also pacing the team with 99 strikeouts.

Player of the Year
Ellen Macadam, Harvard (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.)

Pitcher of the Year
Rachel Brown, Harvard (Jr., San Diego, Calif.)*

Rookie of the Year
Kasey Lange, Harvard (Fr., Ladera Ranch, Calif.)*

First Team All-Ivy
P – Rachel Brown, Harvard (Jr., San Diego, Calif.)
P - Elizabeth Dalymple, Cornell (Sr., Devon, Pa.)
C - Alisha Prystowsky, Penn (Sr., Montclair, N.J.)
1B - Kate Strobel, Brown (Jr., Denver, Colo.)
2B - Ellen Macadam, Harvard (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.)*
3B – Kasey Lange, Harvard (Fr., Ladera Ranch, Calif.)*
SS - Jane Alexander, Harvard (Jr. Palo Alto, Calif.)
OF – Marissa Amiraian, Cornell (Sr., Latham, N.Y.)*
OF – Stephanie Regan, Harvard (So., Humble, Texas)
OF - Lizzy Pierce, Princeton (So., Modesto, Calif.)
U - Maggie Johnson, Columbia (Sr., Danville, Calif.)
DP - Kelsey VandeBergh, Princeton (Jr., Beaverton, Ore.)*

Second Team
P –  Laura Ricciardone, Harvard (Fr., Slidell, La.)
P – Chelsey Dunham, Yale (Fr., Fairfax Station, Va.)
C - Allie Scott, Harvard (Fr., Alpine, Calif.)
1B - Whitney Shaw, Harvard (Jr., San Francisco, Calif.)
2B - Karen Tulig, Columbia (Sr., Katy, Texas)
2B - Hillary Hubert, Dartmouth (So., Grant Park, Ill.)
3B - Steph Thompson, Brown (So., Chino, Clalif.)
SS - Jennifer Bergeron, Columbia (So., Kingwood, Texas)
SS - Meghan Johnson, Yale (Jr., New Milford, Conn.)
OF – Ashley Heritage, Harvard (So., College Station, Texas)
OF – Nicole Ontiveros, Princeton (Jr., Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
OF - Audrey Kolodziej, Dartmouth (Sr., Morton Grove, Ill.)
U - Mari Zumbro, Harvard (Jr., Oakland, Calif.)

Honorable Mention
P - Prophet Gaspard, Columbia (Fr., Abbeville, La.)
P - Alex Peyton, Princeton (So., Fullerton, Calif.)
C – Molly Khalil, Dartmouth (Jr., Seal Beach, Calif.)
C – McKynlee Westman, Yale (Sr., Smithville, Mo.)
C – Kristen Towne, Cornell (So., Brecksville, Ohio)
1B - Mariclaire Rebman, Yale (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.)
2B - Katie Yanagisawa, Yale (Sr., Woodbridge, Conn.)
SS - Stephanie Caso, Penn (So., Brooklyn, N.Y.)
OF - Brooke Coloma, Penn (So., Martinez, Calif.)
OF - Elysse Gorney, Penn (Fr., Orlando, Fla.)
OF - Tori Balta, Yale (Fr., Valencia, Calif.)
OF - Emily Caruthers, Columbia (Fr., Rancho Murieta, Calif.)
OF - Meghan Everett, Dartmouth (Jr., Flemington, N.J.)
* - denotes unanimous selection

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