Back on the Attack: St. Mary’s Seahawks Prepare for a New Year

Composed of athletes from many academic fields, physical locations, and ways of life, the St. Mary’s College Seahawks began training this summer in preparation for the new competition of the 2010-2011 season. Now consisting of an impressive 17 teams, the athletic side of Division Three St. Mary’s College continues to strengthen as positions change, new leaders come forward, and athletes naïve and experienced begin working together on the field.

Men’s basketball ended the 2009-2010 season with an incredible season, playing under Coach Chris Harney to take a 26-4 record. Beginning the season with three wins during the weekend of Nov. 20, the Seahawks continued their performance well into the Spring, bringing them to a 15-3 streak by Jan. 23. After a conference against Salisbury University on Jan. 23, the Seahawks began an uninterrupted winning streak that lasted an impressive 12 games before taking on the Capital Athletic Conference Championship. Defeating Wesley College in the first round on Feb. 27, the team moved into the NCAA Division III Tournament to take two victories before losing against Franklin & Marshall College 92-87 in the sectional semifinals. Senior Camontae Griffin and junior Alex Franz were selected for the NABC all-Middle Atlantic Region Second Team, and Coach Harney was named Region Coach of the Year. Griffin was also selected as a client for Sports Management Worldwide, for representation in upper-level basketball. The team returns to the court with a home game against Johns Hopkins University on Nov. 16, under the additional direction of now-promoted associate head coach Nick Wilson.

Women’s basketball ended 2009-2010 with 8-8 conference and 9-16 non-conference spreads in the run for the CAC Championship. Despite a rough four-streak loss in the beginning of the Fall season that began on Nov. 17 and a later five-game losing streak that left the Seahawks 5-13 by Jan. 27, the team resumed a strong performance with four wins and three losses to reach seed No. 4 before entering the CAC Championships. Unfortunately, the Seahawks were halted in the first round, losing 88-73 against the York College Spartans despite strong performances by junior guard Megan Seeman and senior guard Stephanie Saint-Aubin. Saint-Aubin was selected for the CAC All-Conference Second Team on Mar. 2. The lady Seahawks return to the court on Nov. 17 against Lebanon Valley College.

Baseball began their 2010 season on an icy note, as the opening games against Randolph-Macon College, Christopher Newport University, the City College of New York, and Wilkes University were canceled due to the Jan. snowstorm that left the Hawk’s Nest covered in snow and ice. Losing their chance for a starting home game, the Seahawks first played Salisbury University on Feb. 27, almost a month after their intended starting date of Feb. 6. While the team was able to practice inside, running shifts in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center did not prepare them for outside play. Over the course of the season, baseball was not able to recover from its initial season slump, managing only a four-win streak in mid-Mar. and five singles victories in the face of 24 losses Feb. 27-Apr. 20. Ending with a 9-24 spread, the Seahawks plan to return to the field for a fresh season on Feb. 12 against Salisbury.

Beginning their first seasons last year as varsity teams for the College, the men’s and women’s cross country teams ended 2009 in the Fall with a 4th-place finish out of six (men’s) and nine (women’s) teams at the CAC Championships at Heritage Farm Park, Maryland. The team hosted a 24-hour relay run Apr. 9-10 to raise money for equipment and Southern Maryland Vacations for Vets, ensuring that at least one runner was on the track for the entire period. Both teams will return to the starting line in the Fall semester with a meet at the Salisbury Sea Gull Opener on Sept. 14.

Also beginning last Fall, the men’s tennis team began with a three-meet winning streak followed by two losses after a close 5-4 match against Catholic University on Sept. 26. Ending the Fall portion of the season 5-2, the Seahawks smashed the competition in the Spring with a 9-0 shut-out against Lancaster Bible College on Mar. 6. The team alternated between victories and losses before reaching the CAC tournament 11-9, but took the season-ending loss against York College 9-0 on Apr. 18. The team’s final game on Apr. 22 ended with a win/loss against Goucher College. The team will begin for the Fall season with a home meet against Shenandoah University on Sept. 11.

Beginning their 2009-2010 season on Sept. 18, women’s tennis left the Fall portion 4-2 after a 9-0 shut-out against Lancaster Bible on Oct. 13. While returning to the courts with a 5-4 home-game loss against Wesley on Mar. 24, 5-4, the team managed to pull a balanced season, performing 6-7 in the Spring portion to bring the Seahawks 10-9 overall as they headed into the CAC Tournament. While taking a close first-round against York on Apr. 18, 5-4, the team lost 9-0 to Salisbury on Apr. 19, ending the season 10-10. The team will play before men’s tennis this semester, with a Sept. 10 game against Lancaster Bible.

Men’s lacrosse also ran into weather problems last season, beginning with a 22-7 loss against No. 5 Roanoke College on Feb. 21 and followed by a 7-6 loss at the Bullis School on Feb. 27. The team managed to turn around its performance with a three-win streak, followed by a loss against Denison University on Mar. 17, 10-7. Again, the team returned to optimum play with three impressive wins before taking a heavy loss to No. 1 Salisbury, 18-5. The team continued its impressive scoring to hold an 8-5 conference, 4-1 non-conference spread as the Seahawks walked into the CAC Championship first round. The team managed a 13-8 victory over Wesley before taking an away-game loss to Stevenson University, 16-3, ending in the semifinals with a 9-6 spread for last season. The team returns to the home field against Roanoke on Feb. 20.

Women’s lacrosse began their 2009-2010 season on Feb. 27 with a 14-6 loss against Washington & Lee University that developed into a six-game losing streak by Mar. 17 in Orlando, Florida. Turning the tide that same weekend, the Seahawks managed a 15-8 victory over Kean University before returning north, coming back with a 19-9 victory over Virginia-Wesleyan College in non-conference action. Despite a 20-8 loss on Mar. 28 against Salisbury, the team continued its season with a six-game winning streak that included a CAC first-round win against Marymount University, 17-10. The team ended its official season with a heartbreaking loss in the semifinals against the University of Mary Washington, 15-14, on Apr. 20, but will resume play with the 2010-2011 season opener on Feb. 12 against Randolph-Macon.

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