Magnus Out to Reclaim Title
Last year, in their quest for a fourth, the Falcons were derailed in the semis by Rye Neck, which left the returning players on the current team with an unpleasant memory.
“It wasn’t an Albertus Magnus-type year last year,” said senior Meghan Richards, a Nanuet resident. “We were a good team, but I think we were inconsistent, in that sometimes things didn’t click for us.”
It has been clicking for Albertus Magnus this season as the Falcons sport an 11-3 record to date. The Falcons will be one of the favorites going into the Section 1 Class B tournament.
“From the first day of practice, everyone showed they wanted to be here,” Richards said. “So many players have improved and come back stronger. We felt we could be a very good team.”
Richards, who missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, headlines a senior nucleus, which consists of Melissa Place, Maddie List, Christine Zemsky and Cassie Ludwig. Junior Tara Condon is also back and is the team’s sparkplug.
Richards noted that what also makes the Falcons different this year is their pitching depth. A pair of newcomers, Tappan Zee transfer and junior Kim Yano and freshman Lauren Cappello. Cappello was a member of the 2008 New City Little League all-stars who won the District 18 majors softball title.
“They are both excellent pitchers and when they are on their game, they are tough to hit,” Richards said.
The Falcons set their season up with a 9-6 victory over Suffern. They were trailing the Mounties, 6-1 going into the seventh inning.
“We just kept fighting back and we feel that is what championship teams do,” Richards said.
Richards said the team is focused on one goal -- winning another sectional title. She said the team has been fueled this season by the loss in last year’s semifinals.