The University of Maine Presque Isle softball team leaves for it's spring trip today.
The Owls are scheduled to play ten games in Pennsylvania and Virginia next week. The team has made it to the
USCAA National Playoffs the last two years and that is the goal again this season.
(Sara Shaw):" This crew is really excited and really focused on getting to the Nationals. That has been their goal the entire year and they have put in time outside of practice and it all they talk about. We are looking forward to hopefully having an opportunity again this year."
(Sara Packard):" This year's team has a lot of talent a lot of young talent. We should be pretty good. We have high expectations for ourselves making it to Nationals and even winning Nationals is our team goal."
The Owls have several returners from last years team including two time All American Sara Packard. Shaw says they have also added some very talented freshman who will also make major contributions.
Shaw:" We have a great group of freshmen and have a great group of core starters back. The freshmen will help out in places that we need to improve."
(Alissa Edwards):" We are a young team we have just two seniors, but we communicate a lot and have a lot of fun joking around and stuff like that."
(Nicole Marucci):" I am very excited for my Senior year. We have a lot of girls this year and that is really exciting. We are looking to go really far so that is exciting."
Marucci is very excited about the upcoming season. She says they have players from 10 different states on the squad.
Marucci:" That is really exciting that we get to bring our stuff together and play as a unit."
The team has not been outside yet and that is always a challenge when they finally get onto a real field.
Edwards:" It's challenging, but it is all about adaptations and figuring it out. "
it is unknown how many games the Owls will actually play next week because of the bad weather throughout the Northeast, but even if they are not able to play and just practice outside This will be a great bonding experience for the team.
Shaw:" This trip is really important as a team. To get on the road and get away from all the distractions. They do everything from playing card games in the hotel rooms to hanging out at the pool . Just the fact they have to travel for up to 8 hours in one day and be stuck next to someone and this group if really special and they will make that fun."