St. Mary’s had many teams enter the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championships this season. While all of the teams may not have made it all the way through the championships, there were still a lot of successes.
Despite the snow, both the men’s and women’s Cross Country teams placed fifth at the CAC Championship at York College of Pennsylvania. Junior Katie Phipps, a captain on the Women’s Cross Country team, expressed her feelings about the competition. “Considering the conditions, I am very pleased with the team’s performance at conference … we all tried our hardest and put forth our best effort.” Both of the men’s and women’s teams look forward to going to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Mideast Regional competition.
The women’s soccer team had an extraordinary season and displayed a great amount of skill in the CAC tournament. They ended the CAC games with a 2-4-2 record. The team made it to the championship with a 2-1 win against Stevenson University. Although they lost in overtime to Salisbury University, the team did extremely well. Women’s soccer coach Brianne Weaver explained how proud she was of the team. “The entire team stepped up and played as hard as they could, and several young players willingly took place in the penalty kick tiebreaker and displayed nerves of steel.” She remains quite confident in her players’ skills. “I still get goosebumps just thinking about how hard we battled … our dream run through the playoffs was the stuff of legend and our team was able to display its full potential.”
Other SMCM sports teams had great journeys through the conference games as well. The men’s soccer team was brought down by a 3-0 loss to Salisbury, but three of their players were awarded All-Capital Athletic Conference honors.
After winning 3-0 against Wesley College at the Seahawk Invitational, the women’s volleyball team lost 3-1 in the first round of the CAC tournament against Mary Washington College. The Women’s field hockey team, who had previously won against Wesley with a score of 3-1, also lost in their first round tournament game against York College 3-0.
Even though SMCM’s sports teams suffered some losses, they tried their best and showed their athletic abilities. The players have gained new insight on what it takes to participate in the CAC tournament and what it takes to become champions in the conference. St. Mary’s continues to support their teams as many of them finish up their seasons.