Two Huskies Named To Collegiate Player Of The Year Watch List

Jan. 28, 2005

SEATTLE - The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, and USA Softball announced its initial watch list for the fourth annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. Two Huskies were named on the list, including sophomore second baseman Dominique Lastrapes and senior catcher Kristen Rivera. Both players earned All-America honors last season.

The award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball and is the only national player of the year award, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

The watch list is comprised of 40 players that represent 23 colleges and 10 different Conferences. A list of 25 finalists will be announced on April 5. A player does not have to be on the watch list to be considered for the top-25. But once the Top-25 is named the remaining finalist must be pared down from that list.

Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 10th. The three finalists will be announced May 31st. The winner of the 2005 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced at the 2005 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Rivera has been a top-10 finalist for the Player of the Year award in 2003 and 2004. Last season, she earned her third All-America award and became Washington's first-ever Pac-10 Player of the Year. She ranked among the Pac-10's top three in batting average, home runs and slugging percentage and led the Huskies to their second-straight Women's College World Series. She won the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award for the second tine and was a finalist for the Honda Award.

Lastrapes hit .371 during her freshman campaign with a team-leading 75 hits and 41 runs scored. She kicked off her career with an 11-game hitting streak and set a NCAA postseason record with 10 hits in her first 10 at-bats at the NCAA Regional Tournament to earn MVP honors. She was a third team All-American at-large pick.

Washington opens the 2005 season Feb. 3-6 when it takes part in the Hawaii Paradise Classic in Honolulu. UW will face Jacksonville on Feb. 3 at 3:00 p.m.

The players, listed in alphabetical order, are:

2005 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List:

Monica Abbott - Tennessee (Salinas, CA) - SophomoreKelly Anderson - California (Woodland, CA) - JuniorCaitlin Benyi - UCLA (Scottsdale, AZ) - JuniorGina Carbonatto - Pacific (Lake Stevens, WA) - SophomoreKasi Carroll - Georgia (Norris City, IL) - SophomoreMeredith Cervenka - Long Beach State (La Crescenta, CA) - SeniorAutumn Champion - Arizona (Tustin, CA) - JuniorMegan Ciolli - Notre Dame (Terre Haute, IN) - SeniorChristina Clark - Fresno State (Santa Ana, CA) - JuniorAshley Courtney - Alabama (Vero Beach, FL) - SeniorSara Dean - Auburn (Valencia, CA) - SeniorNorrelle Dickson - Oklahoma (Orange, CA) - SophomoreAndrea Duran - UCLA (Selma, CA) - JuniorVicky Galindo - California (Union City, CA) - JuniorAmy Harre - Southern Illinois at Carbondale (Nashville, IL) SeniorCamille Harris- LSU (Hendersonville, TN) - JuniorAlicia Hollowell - Arizona (Suisun, CA) JuniorCasey Hunter - Florida State (Millstadt, IL) - SeniorVanessa Iapala - Oregon State (San Diego, CA) - JuniorKami Keiter - Oklahoma (Arvada, CO) SeniorOli Keohohou - Long Beach State (Newbury, CA) SeniorLeslie Klein - LSU (Sunrise, FL) - SophomoreLauren Lappin - Stanford (Anaheim, CA) - JuniorDominique Lastrapes - Washington (Mission Viejo, CA) - SophomoreJodie Legaspi - UCLA (Garden Grove, CA) SophomoreCaitlin Lowe - Arizona (Tustin, CA) SophomoreJessica Merchant - Michigan (Wayland, MI) - SeniorBrooke Mitchell - Louisiana Lafayette (Pasadena, TX) - SeniorNicole Motycka - Michigan (Sarasota, FL) - SeniorAni Nyhus - Oregon (White Rock, B.C., Canada) - SeniorCat Osterman - Texas (Houston, TX) JuniorJackie Rinehart - Stanford (Reno, NV) - SophomoreKristen Rivera - Washington (Perris, CA) - SeniorJessica Sallinger - Georgia Tech (Kennesaw, GA) - SeniorHeather Scaglione - Oklahoma (San Diego, CA) - SeniorJamie Southern - Fresno State (Clovis, CA) SeniorKristina Thorson - California (Lake Forest Park, WA) SophomoreStephanie Van Brakle - Alabama (Chambersburg, PA) JuniorKim Wendland - Georgia (Rock Island, IL) SeniorVeronica Wootson - Florida State (Fontana, CA)