River Hawks Adds Depth With Seven New Team Members

LOWELL, Mass .– UMass Lowell Head Softball Coach Jen starek announced the addition of seven newcomers to the River Hawk team ahead of the Spring 2022 campaign.

Starek’s inaugural class for his first season as head of the River Hawk program consists of five freshmen and two sophomore transfers from New Haven University. They are teaming up with 13 returning River Hawks in hopes of putting on a quality performance as play is set to begin in early February.


Name: Morgan fisher
Hometown / High school: Glassboro, New Jersey / Paul VI
The last school: New Haven University
To classify: Second year
Position: Catcher / inside player
Height: 5-9
Major: Criminal justice

As a freshman (in New Haven): Achieved Academic Distinction (Fall 2020) and Academic Honors (Spring 2021) on the Northeast 10 Academic Honor Roll… named to New Haven Dean’s List after Fall Semester… played in 28 games, starting in 26… finished his rookie campaign with 18 hits and a 0.209 batting average… three doubles, nine runs batted in and seven runs scored… went on a seven-game hitting streak.

High school: Four-year high school honor roll … three times team captain.

Staff: Lori and Patrick’s daughter… has three siblings (Jordan, Brooke and Erin)… enjoys spending time with family and exercising… favorite TV shows are Power… a huge fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and the 76ers, as well as the Dallas Cowboys … lists Lebron James as his favorite athlete … his fondest sporting memory has been topping 100 career hits as a junior in high school.

Name: Elisabeth frederic
Hometown / High school: Sunapee, NH / Sunapee
The last school: New Haven University
To classify: Second year
Position: acrobat
Height: 5-11
Major: Marketing

As a freshman (in New Haven): Selection of the NE-10 rookie all-star team… honor roll accolades NE-10… started each of his 35 appearances… won 25 hits in 87 at-bat for a .260 batting average with six doubles and three homers… totaled 12 RBIs, stole 10 goals and scored 10 points.

High school: Athlete in three sports (softball, soccer, ski) … twice team captain of softball … three times selection of the first state team (2x softball, soccer) … twice state champion (ski – slalom) … Valley News Athlete of the year … Coaches Award (Softball, Soccer).

Staff: Jennifer and Thomas’ daughter… has two sisters (Katie and Meghan)… loves hiking and paddleboarding… favorite TV show is Gossip Girl… a huge Boston Red Sox fan… names Lindsey Vonn as her favorite athlete… most beautiful sporting memory was winning a state championship with his sisters.

Name: Brooke Ashenfelter
Hometown / High school: Stewartstown Pa./Kennard-Dale
To classify: First-year student
Position: Third baseman / Utility
Height: 5-6
Major: Chemistry

High school: Selection of the first team of all conferences… team captain and three year old varsity starter… ranked in the top 10 of the GPA class.

Staff: Daughter of Deana and Chris… has two sisters Kayli and Taryn… enjoys hiking, weight lifting, cooking and reading… favorite TV show is Criminal Minds… a big fan of the Baltimore Orioles and the Ravens… quotes Manny Machado like his favorite athlete… best sporting memory was hitting two home runs in a major tournament game in Colorado.

The coach’s point of view: “Brooke is an extremely talented person. She’ll definitely strengthen us in the turns and add power to the line-up in her approach to home plate.

Name: Ella Harris
Hometown / High school: Gilford, New Hampshire / Gilford
To classify: First-year student
Position: Pitcher / First baseman
Height: 5-9
Major: Public health

High school: Selected First Team of States … Team Captain … MVP and Hometown Hero Award Winner as a Senior … Two-time Coach’s Award and Selected Second Team of States … Rookie of the year as a rookie.

Staff: Sarah and Christopher’s daughter… has two siblings (Murphy and Finbar)… enjoys writing, hiking, camping, traveling and waterskiing… favorite TV shows are Grey’s Anatomy… a huge Patriots fan, of the Red Sox and the Bruins… lists Megan Biddle Snyder, Monica Abbott, Tom Brady and Odicci Alexander as her favorite athletes… Best Sporting Memory was chosen as WMUR’s hometown hero and was interviewed and filmed for WMUR.

The coach’s point of view: “Ella is a versatile player that we will look to to complement our pitching team, as well as to make contributions at first base as well. “

Name: Ainsley Leahy
Hometown / High school: Warwick, RI / La Salle Academy
To classify: First-year student
Position: acrobat
Height: 5-1
Major: Management

High school: Second-year State Championship… First-team All-Division and Second-team All-State as a senior… boasted a 0.556 batting average as a senior… National Honors Society.

Staff: Michelle and Derek’s daughter… has two brothers (Owen and Tiernan)… enjoys spending time with friends and family… favorite TV show is The Office… a huge Boston Bruins fan… quotes Dustin Pedroia as his athlete favorite… best sporting memory was winning the state championship.

The coach’s point of view: “Ainsley adds great speed to our offense. She’s a triple threat on the left and will cover a lot of ground in the outfield.”

Name: Jen Slanovec
Hometown / High school: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania / Liberty
To classify: First-year student
Position: Launcher
Height: 5-10
Major: Psychology

High school: 2018 State Finalist… The Lehigh Valley Live and Morning Call All-Area First Team pitcher… totaled 155 strikeouts as a senior… member of the National Honors Society.

Staff: Barbara and Stephen’s daughter… has two brothers (Tyler and Jeffrey)… loves to play with her dogs and hang out with friends… favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy… a huge Boston Red Sox fan… quotes Monica Abbott as her favorite athlete… dearest athletic memory won the East Penn Conference for the first time in school history.

The coach’s point of view: “Jen adds tremendous depth to the circle and has the ‘trick.’ Her speed and movement should have an immediate impact when she has the ball.

Name: Emily tow
Hometown / High school: North Kingstown, RI / North Kingstown
To classify: First-year student
Position: acrobat
Height: 5-6
Major: Exercise science

High school: All-State, All-Division and All-Academic Team first team selections as senior… team captain… consecutive JV State Championships 2018, 2019 (Volleyball)… academic record.

Staff: Yanna and Phillip’s daughter… has a brother (Cody)… enjoys spending time with his family, going to the beach and reading… favorite TV shows are Grey’s Anatomy and Friends… a huge Boston Red Sox fan… AJ list Andrews as his favorite athlete… the best sporting memory was hitting the RBI double and knocking out the last hitter on strikes to win the state championship.

The coach’s point of view: “Emily is a complete player who will add depth to every aspect of the game. We are delighted to have her join the program.”

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