Nov. 17, 1999
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Four highly regarded student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play softball at Boston College, head coach Jen Finley announced. The four players who will join the Eagles for the 2000-2001 season are Jacqui Goodchild an infielder from West Hills, Calif., Erin Mackey a utility player/pitcher from River Forest, IL., Elyse Meredith a first basemen from Basking Ridge, N.J. and Amy Swiderski a utility player from Tucson, AZ.
The Eagles, who'll lose seven players to graduation following the season, addressed their needs with the recent additions.
"I am very pleased with the players we brought in," Finley said. "They are all strong, solid players who will help us right away."
Goodchild, a 5-5 infielder who plays her high school softball at El Camino Real, is described by Finley as a left-handed "slap" hitter with speed.
Mackey, a right-handed pitcher who can also play the field, reminds Finley of current senior pitcher Lauren Fischetti. A solid all-around player, Mackey plays her high school softball at St. Ignatius Prep.
Meredith, a National Honor Society Student who played on Ridge High School's county championship soccer team this fall, is termed a "big hitter" by Finley. One of the best players available in New Jersey, Meredith will step in at first base.
Swiderski, who plays her high school softball at Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson, AZ. is described by Finley as a good hitter with a strong arm. A versatile performer, Swiderski has the ability to play every field position.
Coming off a season which saw them finish 27-20 overall and all alone in third in BIG EAST action, the Eagles continue to replenish their roster.
"We reload here at Boston College, we don't rebuild," Finley said. "We are very exctied with the players we brought in, they should help the program stay near the top of the BIG EAST and compete on the national level."
|Jacqui Goodchild||2B-3b-OF||5-5||El Camino Real||West Hills, Calif.|
|Erin Mackey||Util/P||5-7||St. Ignatius Prep||River Forest, Ill.|
|Elyse Meredith||1B||5-7||Ridge||Basking Ridge, NJ|
|Amy Swiderski||Util||5-2||Canyon del Oro||Tucson, Ariz.|