All Bring Strong Credentials
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Head coach Jen Goodwin will welcome five newcomers to campus this fall. Nic Conway, Olivia Sardoff, Maya Seifert, Katie Tews and Emma Vasen shined both on and off the field during their high school and travel careers.
"Our goal with this class was to bring in the best athletes we could find, with the most versatility, and we accomplished that," Goodwin said. "They bring power, speed and an unmatched work ethic. The 2022's are winners who want nothing more than to compete for an Ivy League title, so they are in good company in joining our returners. I'm looking forward to seeing how this special group will leave their mark on Yale Softball, starting in 2019."
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2022:
Catalina Foothills High School
High School: Catalina Foothills all-time leader in strikeouts (924), ERA (2.23) and wins (58)… Set a single season school record with 309 strikeouts as a senior… Arizona State Player of the Year as a sophomore… First team all-region as a senior and first team all division in her junior season… As a batter, holds the school record for career hits (164)… Had a .444 career batting average and hit .505 as a senior with 46 hits and three home runs… Helped lead Catalina Foothills to state championship in her sophomore year… Also played basketball.
Travel: Played for Firecrackers AZ Wedman.
Personal: Started and runs the charity Headbandz For Hope… Makes and sells headbands for Wipe Out Kids Cancer, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research on a national basis… Has raised more than $10,000… Father Kevin Conway was the manager of the University of Arizona football team in college.
Why Yale? "Since I was a little girl, I wanted to play DI softball, but the softball wasn't the end to my goal. I wanted to be able to play softball at a high level while getting one of the top educations in the country. Yale put all of that together and more. During my visit, I fell in love with the coaching staff, the beautiful campus and most importantly the awesome group of girls that I can now call my teammates."
Goodwin On Conway: "We are looking forward to adding another lefty pitcher to the staff, especially one so different than Terra [Jerpbak]. Nic will complement the other pitchers well. She is a fierce competitor, who has played consistently against the toughest teams and will stop at nothing to help the team reach our goals."
Marlboro Township, New Jersey
Colts Neck High School
Newtown Rock Gold & NJ Cheetahs Premier
High School: Two-time first team all-conference selection at Colts Neck High School… Offensive most valuable player as a junior… All-around MVP in her senior season… Four-year varsity starter… Led team in average (.422), hits (27), home runs (4), RBI (24) and slugging (.675)… Played every position, including pitcher and catcher… Team captain as a senior.
Travel: Played for Newtown Rock Gold and New Jersey Cheetahs Premier.
Personal: Performed more than 120 hours of community service at a local store for Barn for the Poorest… Would package all the food left at the end of the day and deliver it to food shelters.
Why Yale? "For everything that it has to offer. Not only am I living out my dream of playing DI softball, but also attending a university where I will be getting the best education possible. I love knowing that everyone at Yale comes from different backgrounds which is what makes it so unique. The campus is beautiful and the pizza is pretty sick."
Goodwin on Sardoff: "Olivia is a true outfielder with a big bat. She's an intense player from a very competitive program. I'm excited to see what she brings to the outfielder group, as her athleticism and power are a welcome addition."
Valparaiso High School
New Lenox Lightning
High School: All-state selection as a senior at Valparaiso High School… Indiana All Star… Named All Area and All Conference… Indiana Top 100 selection… Led team in hits, runs scored and extra base hits… Batted .459 with a .571 on base percentage, .744 slugging percentage and 1.292 OPS… Did not commit and error… Two-time team captain.
Travel: Played for New Lenox Lightning, who finished fifth at the 2017 ASA A Nationals and were the 2017 and 2018 Chicago Metros champions.
Personal: Mother, Suzanne, played Division I basketball… Father, Donald, was an All-American in men's amateur ASA Softball.
Why Yale? "Because of its prestigious academics and Division I sports. Yale was my number one choice, and as soon as I met the coaches and players, I knew that I wanted to call it home for the next four years."
Goodwin On Seifert: "Maya is true utility who can play the outfield or the infield for us. Her instincts give her the ability to get good reads on the ball, wherever she is on the field, and her arm is one of the strongest I've seen. She has a strong plate presence and a very focused approach to the game, which will lead us to new heights."
Sun Prairie, Wisc.
Sun Prairie High School
High School: Sun Prairie's all-time leader in career batting average (.521), hits (197), doubles (39) and triples (16)… Two-time first team all-state infielder… Three-time first team all-district selection… Four-year varsity letterwinner… Single-season school record holder for batting average (.610), hits (61), doubles (15) and triples (6)… Stole 56 bases in 106 games… Had 49 RBI as a senior, second most in a season in school history, and finished career with 141 RBI… Led team in slugging percentage as both a junior and senior… Team captain as a senior… Helped lead Sun Prairie to 29-0 overall record and a state championship as a senior.
Travel: Played for GRB Academy in 2017-18… Prior to that, played for Stateline Fury, the USSSA 16U A national champions – Overland.
Personal: Played four years of varsity tennis at Sun Prairie and was a three-time singles sectional champion… Played one season of varsity basketball.
Why Yale? "After spending 10 minutes on campus, it felt like home. The opportunity to play softball at one of the best schools in the world made for a very easy decision."
Goodwin On Tews: "Katie is flat out athletic and will give us depth in many positions. Katie's bat, as well as her ability to play anywhere on the field, makes her invaluable to this year's team."
Ocean, New Jersey
Ocean Township High School
High School: Ocean Township's all-time leader with 36 career home runs… Single season school record holder in runs scored (44), batting average (.561), home runs (14), RBI (48) and hits (51)… Career record holder for highest batting average (.483)… As a junior, led the state of New Jersey in home runs… Two-time first team All-Group 3 selection… All-state selection… Named by NJ.com as one of 30 softball players to watch entering 2018 season… Team captain as a senior… Attended High Technology High School but played for Ocean Township.
Travel: Played for Jersey Intensity, who placed third out of 68 teams at the 2016 PGF Premier Nationals.
Personal: Will compete for the Yale track & field team in the shot put in the winter… Earned seven varsity letters between softball and track in high school.
Why Yale? "When I stepped on campus, I knew that I wanted to spend my college years here. I was attracted to Yale by the sense of community, world-renowned academic setting and high level of athletic competition available for me to partake in."
Goodwin On Vasen: "Emma is one of the purest power hitters I have had the pleasure of bringing to Yale. She swings a big stick and can fill in for us at the corners or behind the plate. Her quiet intensity and raw strength will not be overlooked by our opponents."
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity