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Young and Hungry: Women’s Softball 

Meghan Burton, Lion’s Eye Staff Writer, mcb@psu.edu

The 2016 Penn State Brandywine women’s softball team might be young but they are hungry.

The team is led by head coach Mark Caserta and assistant coaches Christine Mattis and Clarissa Harris.

Caserta’s coaching style focuses on positive energy and encouragement. Captain Julia Allman (Broomall, Pa./ Marple Newtown) explains how his style works.

“He has so much confidence in every single player, from the beginning to the end of the season,” Allman said.

This positive coaching style and a young team filled with talented players led the team to finish the 2015 season on a high note, as the team claimed the PSUAC softball title.

Some key players that played a part in that victory and are returning this spring could be called the fabulous five. These women are all sophomores looking to defeat their biggest rival Penn State Hazelton again. They include: Katie DeStefano (Kennett Square, Pa. / Kennett), Julie Foeldes (Kendall Park, N.J. / South Brunswick), Robynn Gannon (Lansdowne, Pa. / Archbishop Prendergast), Jen Patterson (Springfield, Pa. / Springfield) and 2015 All-American Katy Steffen (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown West).

“Our team as a whole is an awesome unit, because we click on the field and are all such good friends,” Foeldes said.

Following up on this upcoming season, the team is looking forward to numerous things.

“I am looking forward to seeing how well all of the new freshmen do on our team,” Allman said. “They all seem really aggressive and have love for the game.”

 

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