Harcum Repeats as Centennial Conference Player of the Year

Harcum Repeats as Centennial Conference Player of the Year

Two-Way Standout Senior is Joined on All-Centennial Team by Classmate DiPrimio

LANCASTER, Pa. — Washington College senior Taylor Harcum (Hebron, Md./Mardela) has been named the Centennial Conference Softball Player of the Year for the second year in a row in a vote conducted by the conference's nine head coaches. Harcum, who had an outstanding season both in the circle and at the plate, is joined by senior outfielder Elaina DiPrimio (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) on the all-conference team.

Harcum spent the majority of the season at pitcher or in the line-up as the Shorewomen's designated player. She was the conference's first-team All-Centennial utility player. At the plate this season, Harcum hit .373 with 11 runs scored, seven doubles, one triple, 19 RBI, three walks, and four stolen bases. In conference games, she was even more outstanding, hitting .442 - the second-best mark in the league. It was a similar story in the circle, where she went 8-14 overall in 29 appearances - 18 of them starts - with 98 strikeouts and a 3.03 ERA. In conference games, however, she was 4-4 in 12 appearances (seven starts) with a 1.82 ERA and 46 strikeouts. Her 29 total appearances this season tied the single-season school record. She also finished her career with a 2.55 career ERA, the lowest in team history. 

This is Harcum's third All-Centennial honor; she was named a first-team pitcher last season and an honorable mention pitcher two years ago. She is the fourth Centennial Conference softball player to earn Player of the Year honors in multiple seasons, joining McDaniel's Julie Backof (1997-1998), Gettysburg's Mandy Wilson (2001-2002), and Muhlenberg's Ashley Brewer (2010-2011). 

Harcum is also the eighth Washington College student-athlete in any sport to ever earn a Centennial Conference Player of the Year-level award in multiple years. She joins Robin Sander (Player of the Year, Men's Tennis, 1994-1995), Angel Prado (Most Outstanding Performer, Men's Swimming, 1996-1997), Jose Lejarraga (Player of the Year, Men's Tennis, 2000-2001-2002), Stephen Berger (Men's Lacrosse, 2003-2004), Peter Taylor (Player of the Year, Men's Tennis, 2003-2004), Arturo Solis (Men's Tennis, 2005-2006-2007), and Rachel Glasser (Most Outstanding Performer, Women's Swimming, 2009-2010-2011). Sander, Prado, Lejarraga, Berger, and Taylor have all been inducted into the Washington College Hall of Fame, while Solis will be inducted this coming fall. Glasser is not yet eligible for induction. 

DiPrimio, the Shorewomen's starting left fielder, was named to the All-Centennial Conference second team this season after landing on the first team a year ago. She hit .377 this season with 19 runs scored, 15 doubles (tied for the conference lead), three home runs, 24 RBI, and 14 walks. Her .588 slugging percentage was third-best in the conference. 

Senior pitcher Milly Kawabata (Kirkland, Wash./Juanita) was named as the Shorewomen's representative on this year's Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team. Each Centennial Conference member institution was permitted to nominate one student-athlete who exemplifies the best in sportsmanship for the All-Sportsmanship Team. This is Kawabata's second consecutive All-Sportsmanship honor.