Sometimes after a setback, one loses sight of what they accomplished. That could be the case after the Lady Falcons fell to Mercyhurst North East in the District K playoffs, it shouldn't. This year's team was one of the most successful in Lackawanna's softball history. It claimed the school's first Region XIX Division II Softball Championship in 15 years. Not only did they claim the title, the Falcons did so in memorable manner. A fourth place seed in the Region Tournament, Lackawanna beat the number one seed, CC of Morris, twice by 4-3 scores and then shut out the third place seed Mercer County Community College, 2-0.
The most amazing aspect of the 3-0 sweep of the tourney championship was the fact that the Lady Falcons were the away team in each of their games, yet despite that disadvantage were able to claim come from behind victories in two of the three games
As a result of their efforts in the Region, three Lady Falcons were recognized as All Region XIX softball players. Moriah Lynn and Sierra Mulgrew were each selected to the First Team, Lynn as an infielder and Mulgrew as an outfielder. Barbara Verrastro received Second Team recognition as a pitcher.
The Falcons also won the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Championship for the second consecutive season. This season they did so by winning eight conference games without suffering a defeat.
In addition to their EPAC team success, the Falcons also received individual recognition. Pitcher Barbara Verrastro was named the EPAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Coaches Jeff Pittsman and Jennifer Shellhammer-Getz from Lehigh Carbon Community College also repeated as Co-Coaches of the Year. In addition, four Lady Falcons were named to the All EPAC softball team. Besides Verrastro, Moriah Lynn, Marina Pegula and Sierra Mulgrew were bestowed with that honor.
During the regular season, Mulgrew was recognized as the NJCAA Division II Player of the Week for her performance during week seven of the 2017 NJCAA Season.
The team was also proud to announce that three of its sophomores are continuing their careers as student/athlete at NCAA four year institutions. Verrastro will be attending Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, New Jersey; Lynn has verbally committed to Clarion University of Pennsylvania in Clarion, Pennsylvania; and Lauren Leppo will be enrolling at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
With seven returners, the Falcons are looking forward to continue the success they experienced during the 2017 campaign.