Eastern senior All-America third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) has become the program's first ECAC New England Division III softball Player-of-the-Year in 21 years, and was joined as a first-team all-star by senior first baseman Kelly Paterson (Southington) and sophomore DP (Designated Player) Sam Rossetti (Shelton).
Cooper repeated first-team All-ECAC honors, while the ECAC honor was the first for Paterson and Rossetti. Cooper and Paterson were the only first-team selections at their positions, while Rossetti shared DP recognition with University of New England sophomore Adrienne Chase.
All three were earlier recognized as first-team selections to the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) All-New England Region team, Cooper and Rossetti recognized with first-team honors and Paterson third-team accolades. All three were also cited earlier as first-team All-Little East Conference picks, Cooper gaining the honor as LEC Player-of-the-Year. Last month, Cooper become the first third baseman in program history to earn first-team All-America honors when she repeated national honors at that position by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA).