Softball's Berghela named to Google Cloud DIII Academic All-American Third Team

Softball's Berghela named to Google Cloud DIII Academic All-American Third Team

2019 Google Cloud Academic All American Softball teams

North Adams, MA- After wrapping up a phenomenal career in a Trailblazer softball uniform, MCLA's Kaitlyn Berghela has been named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All American Third Team as announced by CoSida this afternoon.  The honor caps off a memorable run for Berghela as she also captured the department's top female athlete award and was named team MVP.

CoSIDA began the distinguished Google Cloud Academic All-America® program in 1952, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports across all divisions with these elite Academic All-America® scholar-athlete honors.  Twenty-two of the 34 members of the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III softball teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with eight student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 GPA. The 11 members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.91.

The Division III Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Division III Academic All-America® teams.

For more information regarding the Google Cloud Academic All-America® program, visit

Berghela's third team selection marks the first time an MCLA Softball player received the prestigious honor.  A Biology major, the captain sported a 4.0 grade point average at MCLA and was a member of Chi Alpha Sigma for two years.  She was a four year MASCAC All Academic team selection as well during her time in North Adams.

On the field, Berghela was just as impactful.  A two time All MASCAC performer, Berghela was a key component of the Trailblazer offense since her arrival to campus.  She ended her career with a .356 batting average, scored 83 runs, drove in 56, and stole 34 bases.  The Watervliet, NY native was a captain her final two seasons at MCLA.

Berghela was one of only four New England based players to earn the honor.  

First Team          
Position Name School Year GPA Major
P Hanna Hull Virginia Wesleyan Jr 3.57 Math
P Christine LaRochelle Stevens Institute Sr 4.00 Engineering
C Avery Alberghini University of NE Sr 3.78 Health, Wellness, & Occupational Studies
IF Taylor Arends  Washington U. Sr 3.96 Psychology & Brain Sciences
IF Shannon Lloyd Keystone Jr 3.99 Criminal Justice/Psychology
IF Jackie Schneider Neumann Sr 4.00 Criminal Justice
IF Alyson Shaw Otterbein Sr 4.00 Early Childhood Education
OF Alexis Boledovic Baldwin Wallace Sr 3.91 Physical Therapy/Exercise Science
OF Caroline Ratti Kean Sr 3.87 Physical Education, Health, Teacher Cert.
OF Megan Zinn Scranton Jr 3.96 Early Childhood & Primary Education
DP Sarah Von Ahn MIT Jr 3.92 Mathematics/Computer Science
Second Team          
Position Name School Year GPA Major
P Illissa Hamilton Case Western Reserve Jr 4.00 Biomedical Engineering
P Alyssa Olson Coe College Sr 3.74 Biochemistry
C Abby Menting UW-Oshkosh Sr 3.98 Business Supply Chain Management
IF Jackie Bilotti Arcadia  Sr 3.93 Early Childhood Education/Special Education
IF Rachel Johnson Washington & Jefferson Sr 3.88 Psychology
IF Elaine Walker Aurora Sr 3.82 Accounting
IF Caraline Wood WPI Sr 3.51 Mechanical Engineering
OF Kelly Jurden Texas Lutheran So 4.00 Business & Information Systems
OF Melissa Livermore UT-Dallas Sr 3.84 Healthcare Studies
OF Allison Meyer George Fox Jr 4.00 Elementary Education
DP Taylor Jordan Millikin Sr 3.98 Physical Education
Third Team          
Position Name School Year GPA Major
P Kiersten Anderson-Glass St. Thomas Jr 3.47 Exercise Science
P Emily Oliver Norwich Sr 3.93 Mechanical Engineering
C Harleigh Kaczegowicz Rochester Sr 3.84 Mechanical Engineering
C Paige Mokychic Keystone So 3.93 Biology
IF Kalli Farmer Millikin Jr 3.99 Sports Management
IF Aly Freeman Gustavus Adolphus Jr 4.00 Biology
IF Hannah Neild Gallaudet Sr 3.98 Education
IF Mariah Uphoff Bethel Jr 3.96 Relational Communication
OF Kaitlyn Berghela MCLA Sr 4.00 Biology
OF Dana Del Genio SUNY Oneonta Sr 3.85 Criminal Justice
OF Jennifer Groat Plattsburgh St. Sr 3.93 Childhood Education
DP Shay Pinhey Hope Sr 3.62 Engineering