After the most successful season in program history, including a 34-14 record and a program-first NCAA tournament win, the women's softball team looks to keep improving this season.

The team faced several nationally and regionally ranked teams in their 16-game spring training trip, but came away with only a 5-11 record. Eight of the losses were determined only by two or fewer runs. The team looks to end its current four-game losing streak as it opens conference play at Trinity this weekend.

Despite the losses in Florida, the team felt that the trip was a great learning opportunity and is looking ahead to the rest of spring play.

"Having faced the best of the best down in Florida, I'm excited for our bats to get hot this weekend," said senior captain Molly Nestor. "We had glimpses of greatness, but we lacked timely hitting to manufacture runs. We have a lot of talent at the plate and I think Florida more than prepared us for the pitching we'll come up against in NESCAC play."

Despite the disappointing results, senior captain Kara Nilan felt it was a good indication of how well the team can perform this year.

"We did play a lot of great teams and it was [an] awesome learning experience," she said. "But it is important for our team to realize that we're also a great team and at any given day we could have beaten any of those teams."

While in Florida, Kara Nilan, 2010 NESCAC pitcher of the year, got off to a hot start, posting a 1.02 ERA and tossing seven complete games including two shutouts. She struck out 58 batters in 48 innings and allowed just six walks. At the plate, she ranked second on the team with a .357 batting average and four RBIs.

The Polar Bears also had help from junior Caroline Dewar, who lead the team with a .367 average at the plate and a team-best .469 slugging percentage. Sophomore Toni DaCampo hit .319 with three doubles, five stolen bases, and five RBI's. First year Hanna Wurgaft had a strong start to her rookie campaign, hitting .281 with two triples and a team-high six RBI's.

The team heads to Trinity this weekend for their first conference matchup. Due to field conditions, the original schedule has been modified and the Polar Bears will take the field on Saturday at 4 p.m. and on Sunday for a doubleheader beginning at 11:00 a.m.

"After our first ever NCAA appearance, we have established ourselves as a force to be reckoned within New England softball," said Nestor. "We're pumped for our league games with the goal of winning NESCACs this year."