Five ACC Softball Student-Athletes Named NFCA All-Americans


Florida State’s Lacey Waldrop and Maddie O’Brien earn first-team recognition

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( –Five ACC softball student-athletes were named to the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-American teams, as announced by the NFCA on Wednesday afternoon.

Two student-athletes, Florida State’s Maddie O’Brien and Lacey Waldrop, earned first-team honors, while Notre Dame placed three student-athletes on the squads, with Micaela Arizmendi and Karley Wester being named to the second team and Emilee Koerner earning a spot on the third team.

The ACC’s five selections were the third most among all conferences, while Notre Dame’s three total selections was tied for the most by any institution in the country. Furthermore, the Seminoles’ two first-team honorees were tied for the most in the country.

This year, a change was made in the NFCA’s Division I awards process as three all-region teams, instead of the traditional two, were selected in each of 10 different regions. This change provided more opportunities for student-athletes to receive honors, as well as have a chance to earn potential All-American status from the Association.

ACC on 2014 NFCA Division I First Team
Player                               Pos.                  School
Lacey Waldrop                P                        Florida State
Maddie O’Brien               At-Large/SS     Florida State

ACC on 2014 NFCA Division I Second Team
Player                               Pos.                  School
Micaela Arizmendi         1B                     Notre Dame
Karley Wester                  OF                     Notre Dame

ACC on 2014 NFCA Division I Third Team
Player                               Pos.                  School
Emilee Koerner               OF                     Notre Dame