Now that the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) tournaments are all wrapped up, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) fall sports are officially done for the year. This means that both men’s and women’s soccer and cross country, field hockey, and volleyball all have officially concluded their campaigns. The rowing, sailing, and tennis teams will all start competition during the spring semester.
This fall, the men’s soccer team, women’s soccer team, and the field hockey team all made their respective CAC tournaments. The cross country team also was invited to compete at the CAC meet. While none of the SMCM teams were able to win a CAC tournament, the fall could still be summed up as a success for the College.
The men’s soccer team finished the regular season at 11-7 with a 7-2 record in conference. This was good enough to secure them the number two seed in their CAC tournament. As a result, they also received a first-round bye and automatically advanced to the semi-finals. The men’s squad then took on number three seeded Mary Washington University on Nov. 1. In an action-packed and very intense match, SMCM totaled sixteen shots and five corner kicks, while Mary Washington added eleven shots and nine corner kicks. The only difference between these two teams was a penalty kick in the thirty-fourth minute to give Mary Washington the advantage. They would hold on to defeat the Seahawks 1-0 and just three days later beat Christopher Newport University (CNU) in the CAC championship game, according to Nairem Moran on smcmathletics.com.
On the bright side for the second year in a row, the SMCM men’s soccer program had five players named to the all-conference team. Seniors Andrew Battin and Zack Haussler, junior Juwan Kearson, and sophomore Khalid Balogun all received first-team CAC honors, while senior Sunny Chhatani was named to the second team.
Not to be outdone, the SMCM women’s soccer team made it to the CAC semi-final game as well. After finishing the regular season at 6-9-4 (4-3-2 in conference), the Seahawks took on and defeated Mary Washington by a score of 3-0. First-year Emmey German, senior Kat Golladay, and first-year Haley Bullis all found the back of the net in the win for SMCM. The next stop for the Seahawks was the semi-final matchup against top-seeded CNU. In this match, CNU definitely dominated the offensive attack, taking twenty-nine total shots in the game. This was more than enough to pull away with a 3-0 victory. CNU then went on to take down Frostburg State in the CAC championship, according to smcmathletics.com.
In terms of the end of the season awards, the SMCM women’s soccer team held their own, with three players being named to the second team all CAC. Senior Lane Brooks, junior Emily Huey, and German all received such honors.
The SMCM field hockey team capped off a solid season, with a CAC tournament appearance of their own. By finishing their regular season 8-11 (2-4 in conference), the Seahawks were able to secure the last spot in the tournament.This was the best regular season SMCM has had since 2014. Unfortunately, SMCM was defeated 7-1 by Mary Washington in the first round. First-year forward Hannah Dietrich scored the lone goal for the Seahawks off of an assist from junior Sydney Cline. Senior captain Alyssa Thompson had eight saves in her final collegiate game as well.
Although the SMCM volleyball team did not make the playoffs, there are still some highlights to look back on. Despite going 3-23 on the season, the Seahawks played some extremely competitive matches towards the end of the season. Three out of the final four matches of the year actually came down to the last set for the Seahawks. The wins on the year for SMCM came against Goucher College (Sept. 9), St. Elizabeth College (Sept. 16), and Lancaster Bible College (Sept. 16).
Juniors Meghan Kelley (256), Hannah Krauss (139), and Grace Seifert (131) all notched triple digits in kills for the Seahawks. Junior Marissa Dangler finished the season with 505 digs, leading the Seahawks as well. This was head coach Kelly Martin’s second season at the helm of SMCM.