WEST POINT - Rising senior Amanda Nguyen (Houston, Texas) added another award to her list of accomplishments this season as the Army outfielder was honored as an Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Softball All-Star with her selection to the second unit.
Nguyen is the fourth Black Knight tabbed for ECAC All-Star honors, and the first player since 2005. She is the second outfielder since Army Hall of Famer Nicki Robbins earned back-to-back honors (2001-02). It also marked the third postseason award for the Army left fielder, who earned her third straight Patriot League first-team citation and was an all-tourney pick after helping the Black Knights capture the tournament title and automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2002.
Nguyen enjoyed an outstanding junior year, setting Army and Patriot League single-season marks for hits (85) and stolen bases (40), along with a school record for runs scored (48). She ranked 16th nationally in stolen bases, while sporting a team-high .381 batting average. Nguyen is Army’s all-time leader in runs scored (125) and stolen bases (86) as well as the conference’s leader in the latter.
"Amanda has been an absolute stalwart for this program over the past three year," commented head coach Michelle DePolo, who reached the 100-win plateau this season. "This year she was a significant contributor to every success we’ve had offensively, defensively, and as a whole.
"This a deserving honor for Amanda and it’s wonderful to see her talents recognized on a regional level by all the opposing coaches," continued DePolo. "She’s in very good company with the other honorees and previous Army players. We are looking forward to see her continue to lead from the front in her upcoming senior year."
Army closed out the year at 35-26 following its second-straight 30-win season and third in the last four years. The Black Knights earned their fourth straight berth to the Patriot League Tournament and went on to win their fifth title and third NCAA berth, while Army’s 35 wins is the second highest in school history trailing last year’s mark of 37.