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Lake Erie softball makes debut at #5 in Regional polls

The Lake Erie College softball team made its debut on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Regional polls this week, making its mark at #5 in the Central Region. This is the first appearance in the polls for the team, whose regional record is 19-4-1. Also ranked in the Central Region is former National Champions and last year’s National Runners-up, Muskingum College at #1. DePauw University is #2, Transylvania University is #3 and Hope College is #4 to round out the top five.    

The Storm’s overall record of 23-12-1 is the best record in the seven-year history of Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play. LEC finished AMCC regular-season play at third in conference standings. The team begins conference tournament play, Saturday, April 29, hosting Medaille College. The entry into the tournament is also a first the women’s team. Under fourth-year head coach Gary Van Cauwenberge, the team has exceeded expectations from the AMCC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which picked the Storm to finish eighth.

Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education offering 22 undergraduate majors and master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs, international internships and study trips abroad. Additional information is available at


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