Mercyhurst North East outfielder Julia Lang was honored today as she was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All American Team.
Lang, who just graduated from MNE, was named to the 2nd team and is only the fourth player in the history of the program to get NJCAA American honors. She joins Nikki Woodard (2009), Sam Eimers (2010), and Ronette Claar (2013 & 14) in an elite group.
Lang (Greensburg, PA) led the Saints with a .441 batting average this past season and also led in runs scored with 48. She was the Saints top base stealer with 13 and added 7 home runs and 36 RBIs to her totals. Her 63 hits were far ahead of the rest of the team.
"We are so proud of Julia on her selection to the All American Team", said head coach Brian Dewey. "I love it because I can look past the numbers, and see the hard work that she puts into the game. She got it done in the weight room, work so hard on becoming a great hitter, and when kids get rewarded for that kind of effort, it really feels good".
Lang not only had the numbers, but was clutch for the Saints in the post season. In the District Championship game, when the Saints trailed by one in the bottom of the 10th, it was Lang that started the game winning inning with a single to give MNE a chance.
At the National Tournament, during the Saints 4-0 win over Illinois Central, Lang homered twice and drove home all four runs to advance the Saints.
"Not only is Julia a great softball player, but she is a leader on and off the field", said Dewey. "She had a 3.6 GPA this past term and set a great example of what a student-athlete should be."