The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) field hockey team took down Southern Virginia University (SVU) in the quarterfinal round of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament. In the midst of their best season in program history, the Seahawks were victorious in very convincing fashion, defeating SVU by a score of 8-0. This game was a complete domination by the Seahawks, as they did not even allow SVU to get a single shot off. In fact, the Seahawks outshot SVU by a staggering 29-0.
First year forward Celina Kaufman was the first to get SMCM on board, scoring just under two minutes into the game. While SMCM was held scoreless for the remainder of the first period, they were nowhere near done their scoring on the day. In the second quarter, sophomore forward Rachel Lansbury and junior midfielder Meghan Ronan tallied on goals of their own to increase the score to 3-0 for the Seahawks. The third quarter really saw the SMCM offense come alive, as they were able to bury five goals to put the game out of reach. These goals were scored by Kaufman, sophomore forward Emma Chandler, junior forward Hannah Dietrtich, sophomore defender Sophie Carlson, and sophomore midfielder Kathleen Stevens, according to smcmathletics.com.
In this scoring barrage, Kaufman and Ronan were both able to record four points each. These points helped to move Kaufman into fourth in the CAC in goals (with 10) and Ronan into third in the CAC in points (with 29). Senior goalkeeper Kelbey Egerland notched her thirteenth victory on the year without having to record a save, according to smcmathletics.com.
The Seahawks will now travel to Christopher Newport University (CNU) on Nov. 6 for the semi-final matchup in the CAC tournament. The winner will play on Nov. 9 for the 2019 CAC Championship, according to cacsports.com.
SMCM previously hosted CNU this year on Oct. 30 at Jamie L. Roberts Stadium. This game was very close, as CNU narrowly won by a score of 1-0. This lone goal was scored in the ninth minute of play. The Seahawks did not help their cause by only registering three total shots in the first half. In the second half SMCM found more scoring chances, and even outshot CNU, but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities. SMCM had eight penalty corners and totaled seven shots on the day, according to smcmathletics.com. The semifinal matchup between the Seahawks and CNU should be just as competitive and a great game to watch. Hopefully the offensive surge displayed in the SVU game can carry over for SMCM.
Through seventeen games this season, SMCM has combined for fifty three goals on an average of 15.5 shots per game. They have also done a tremendous job defensively, posting a 0.71 goals against average. Ronan and Kaufman are currently tied for the team lead in goals, with ten a piece. Additionally Ronan and sophomore midfielder Gabrielle Corder are tied at nine for the team lead in assists. In goal, Egerland has started all seventeen matches, while only allowing eleven goals. In that time she has collected forty-one saves and six shutouts, according to smcmathletics.com.