Boston, Mass.-- Suffolk University junior shortstop Jess Ferreira was named as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Year for the second straight season over the weekend in a vote of the league’s coaches, as she was one of two Rams to be honored on this year’s league all-conference squad.
A native of Cambridge, Mass. and a graduate of Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School, Ferreira led the league in 10 offensive categories, including batting average (.545), hits (60), RBI (51), home runs (8), total bases (115) and slugging percentage (1.073) in 37 games played. The only All-America performer in school history and the 2006 Great Northeast Rookie of the Year as a freshman, Ferreira also rapped out 18 doubles and eight triples while posting a .594 on-base percentage and leading the league with 79 assists in the field. Ferreira, who sports a .483 career batting average and will enter her senior campaign 34 hits shy of the 200 plateau, came within two hits of tying the NCAA Division III national record for consecutive hits by notching 11 straight in three victories over Daniel Webster and Lasell earlier this month, and she posted more total bases (115) than at-bats (110) on the spring. Ferreira, who compiled 34 extra base hits this season, is ranked in the top 10 in six categories nationally in Division III, including third in slugging percentage, fourth in batting average and eighth in both RBI per game and on-base percentage.
Junior Ashley Gaboriault, a native of Sutton, Mass. and a graduate of Holy Name High School, joined Ferreira in earning all-Great Northeast honors, as she was tabbed as the second-team catcher. Gaboriault, who earned Great Northeast Player of the Week accolades in March, batted .345 in 37 contests with 39 hits, including six doubles and a pair of triples, to go with 28 RBI and added seven stolen bases while throwing out 23 percent of would-be base stealers on the spring.
Suffolk posted 17 victories during the 2008 campaign under first year Head Coach Keri Lemasters, including a 16-10 slate in Great Northeast play. The Rams fell to eventual