“Thanks to a tremendous coaching staff, that not only invested time into my athletic career, but also my life, I was well prepared to play at the next level.”
Megan McDonough, a member of the first Black Ice travel team, entered Rider University in 2013 as a Biology major. Megan continues to pursue a career in nursing.
McDonough played first base, outfield and pitched for Rider University. As a freshman McDonough played in 32 games batting .274 overall for the third highest average on the Broncs. To cap off her freshman season Megan was named to the Coaches All-Rookie Team by The Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). As a sophomore, McDonough started 15 games in the circle recording a team high 51 strikeouts and finishing second on the team in wins.
Crystal points out her time with the Black Ice helped her achieve success at the next level.
Playing third base and pitching for the Chargers, Julia took the NEAC by storm during her freshman season, being chosen NEAC South Division Rookie of the Year, and named for the first time to the 1st Team NEAC South Division All-Conference Team, an honor she would repeat for the next two seasons. Starting every game during her 3 year career, D'Arrigo had a breakout season in her sophomore year, leading the NEAC Conference with 48 runs scored, 17 doubles, and 94 total bases. That same year she was recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association by being named to the All-Northeast Region Division III second team.
Julia D'Arrigo currently holds many career and single season softball records at Lancaster Bible College and will be remembered as one of the best players in Chargers softball program history.
Megan McDonough on her Black Ice experience
“My experience with the BI program was very exciting. We started with 9 girls who just wanted to play together and it ended up developing into a full travel program. It was a great learning experience for all of us. We all felt we were a part of building something together. There were a lot of ups and downs all well worth it. I love coming back to help out whenever I can.”
“Being part of the Black Ice family helped me grow as a player and a person. The amazing coaching staff helped me improve my game to prepare myself for the next level of play. The Black Ice organization will always be one of my favorites and will forever be a part of my life because of all the great memories."
Sarah was voted team captain by her teammates in 2016 and named to the All-Big Ten Softball second team by the Big Ten conference coaches . Batting .331 overall, with a .408 Big Ten batting average, Calta also lead the team in triples (4) which ranked third in the Big Ten. In the first two Big Ten series against teams receiving votes in the top 25, Ohio State and Nebraska, Calta went 12-for-19 with two triples and five RBIs.
Sarah finished her career ranked 6th overall for stolen bases and 7th overall for triples in Maryland Terrapin softball history.
“Other than making life long friendships and being a part of the MBI family, the program helped me move on to the next level of playing and academics. Between the college camps held by the organization and the numerous showcase tournaments the Black Ice attended, I was given many options for the next stage of my life.”
Lancaster Bible College '17
Graduating from Lancaster Bible College in 2017, with a Business Administration degree, former Black Ice player Julia D'Arrigo is currently employed at Fulton Financial Corporation in Lancaster. Julia excelled on the field and in the classroom during her 3 years at LBC. She was recognized as a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Scholar Athlete for all 3 years and was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All District Academic Team in 2016.
Crystal Heffington on her Black Ice experience
Sarah Calta on her Black Ice experience
Megan McDonough on her Black Ice experience
Julia D'Arrigo on her Black Ice experience
Frostburg State University
A member of the original Black Ice team, Allison Short finished her senior season at Frostburg State University. Allison completed an outstanding career both on the field and in the classroom. After being named Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Rookie of the Year in 2015, Allison developed into a dominant pitcher for the Bobcats.
A regular on the Dean's List, Allison has been named to the CAC All-Academic team in each of her four seasons with the Bobcats. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has twice selected Allison Short as an All-American Scholar Athlete. In 2017, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) named Short to the NCAA DIII Academic All-District 2 Team.
Short completed her freshman season ranked third in the CAC with a 2.09 ERA and added 14 wins, and 5 shutouts, good enough for fourth in the CAC. She was selected to the All-CAC First Team in each of the last two years and was an ECAC South All-Star pitcher in 2017. As a junior, Short continued to dominate the CAC, finishing first in the league with a 1.91 ERA and third in wins with 14, strikeouts with 82 and shutouts with 4.
Allison Short will leave Frostburg State holding program records for wins (51), appearances (85), games started (79), and Innings pitched (509). She also ranks second in complete games (53) and shutouts (13) .
Crystal Heffington had a successful softball career with the CCBC Catonsville Lady Cardinals after her Black Ice playing days were over.
Crystal played many roles for the Lady Cardinals spending time catching, playing both first and second base as well as being used as a designated player. In 2014 Heffington was named to the NFCA All-Region team, the All MD JUCO Softball team and the All-American second team. In 51 games she hit for a .479 average and drove in 54 runs while scoring 49 herself. Crystal continued to dominate the following year batting .455 in 40 games and being recognized again on the All-MD JUCO team and also being chosen for the NJCAA All-Region XX team.
University of Maryland '17
Sarah Calta finished a stellar softball and academic career at the University of Maryland in May of 2017. A member of the first Black Ice travel team, Sarah graduated from the Black Ice program in 2013. She is currently attending Life College in Marietta, Ga gaining a degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine. She has 3 years remaining in her medical schooling.
At the University of MD, Sarah was a 4-time All-Conference Academic Performer and was awarded the prestigious “Maryland Academic Achievement Award” three times. Calta was named to the All-Big Ten Academic Team in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons.