With a strong 6-1 record at the start of the season, the St. Mary’s Women’s Field Hockey team has been in it to win it from the beginning. And as the season comes to a close, their drive is far from fading.
After starting the season winning 4-1 over Goucher College, the Seahawks continued to make waves in games against Johns Hopkins University (with a stunning overtime win), Virginia Wesleyan College, York College, and Stevenson University.
After a difficult game against Eastern Mennonite University resulting in a 2-0 loss, the Hawks brought themselves back to life as they went up against the University of Mary Washington. After a scoreless first period, the second period seemed like it would yield a similar outcome. But with less than two minutes remaining, sophomore Brooke Masimore scored her first goal of the season with an assist by sophomore Natalie Hackstaff, ending the game with a 1-0 win.
Though the Hawks lost in overtime against Lynchburg College, the team held their own for the entire game, proving that they were capable of victory and a spot in the playoffs.
As the Seahawks get ready for the Semi-Finals with an 11-5 record, Coach Katie Lange is ready to lead her team to victory. “Our game on Tuesday [against East Mennonite] wasn’t our best, but on Saturday and Sunday [versus Mary Washington and Lynchburg] we really started playing to our potential. They were extremely competitive games, and we improved a lot.”
First-year defense player Emily Stumme is new to the team, but has an objective outlook on their performance. “We came out way stronger in the Lynchburg and Mary Washington games than against EMU. [During the last two games] we started to play our game better and click in terms of what we needed to work on.”
Since the team has a bye in the first round of playoffs, they have a long break before their next game. “[The team] just has to keep pushing; we know what to expect and what the other teams are going to do [since we’ve already played them], so now we just have to know what we should do to end up victorious,” said Coach Lange.
“The team has risen to their expectations, and I’m very proud of them.”
Stumme has high hopes for the semi-finals. “[I’d love] to win and make it to finals,” she said. “Hopefully just playing our game will be enough to bring us to a win!”
“We’ve got a great group of girls this season,” said Assistant Coach Josh Hunter, now in his second season with the team. “It’s going to take a lot of work and a lot of pain, but that’s why we’re awesome.”