After an underwhelming performance last season, Coach Christopher Harney and the 2018-19 St. Mary’s College of Maryland Men’s Basketball team are ready to start strong this November. In talking to any of the 2018-2019 Seahawks, the atmosphere and excitement about men’s basketball is strikingly obvious. At first, it may seem curious for a team that finished last season a disappointing 2-16 in conference. But these players, this team, is not the same; they aren’t defined by any other edition St. Mary’s men’s basketball.
Despite early season struggles The Seahawks ended last season with promise, losing by only three points on the road against then No. 8th ranked York College. These Seahawks additionally showed promise in mid-season conference victories against Penn State Harrisburg and rival Frostburg State. Still, any player or coach will say that this time around, Men’s Seahawk Basketball is built for more.
This team doesn’t have low expectations or goals either; every member says their primary goal is always to win a championship, conference or otherwise. Certainly, nothing is given, or even expected, but what junior Quentin Twyman describes as a “Strong group of returners” are ready earn success in 2018-2019.
Despite graduating guard Ochae Bynum and other key contributors, the roster is absolutely primed for improvement. Not only did the Seahawks add a whopping 13 freshmen, but forward Spencer Schultz is returning after missing most of the 17-18 due to Injury. Schultz led the Seahawks with 15.8 PPG before he was lost for the season in late 2017.
Staying healthy has to be a priority for the team this year as well. Losing major contributors has crippled the Seahawks numerous times. Keeping practices competitive while minimizing injury risk is crucial to maintaining this roster at full strength through what can be a grueling 26-plus game season.
This year, Twyman, a forward from Germantown, says that the team additionally has an advantage in dynamics and chemistry. Twyman says he “feels like the team genuinely likes each other; if [a team member] offers constructive criticism, no one takes it personal (sic)” This dynamic offers an enormous advantage over teams that struggle to cooperate. Twyman and the rest of the Seahawks certainly believe it can lift them to new heights.
After returning to official practice in October, Men’s basketball opens their promising season on Friday, November 9th at Randolph College before returning on the 15th for their home opener against Shenandoah. Home rivalry games against Salisbury (December 1), Frostburg (January 5), and York (February 9) highlight the Seahawks 2018-2019 schedule for St. Mary’s students. Student admission to home games is always free.