The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) men’s lacrosse team got their season going with a roaring start. In their opening match of the 2020 season, the Seahawks took down visiting Randolph College by a score of 22-1 (Feb. 8).
While it took SMCM six minutes to find the back of the net, once they did they never really looked back. The first period was the most dominant for the Seahawks, as junior Dominic Venanzi, junior Ben Claffee, and sophomore Jude Brown each scored twice in the frame. Sophomore Abe Hubbard also was able to net his own goal in the first quarter, giving the Seahawks a 7-0 advantage. Although SMCM yielded a goal to Randolph in the second quarter, they were still able to score five of their own. These came off of the sticks of Claffee, junior Jeremiah Clemmer (2), senior Erich Wuesthoff, and sophomore Jack Brocato.
SMCM finished the second half of the game with six goals in the third quarter and four goals in the fourth quarter. Two of these goals came from Claffee, who finished the day with a team best five goals on five shots. Senior Jack Conway also had a strong second half, notching three goals of his own. Brown ended up leading the team in points, gathering two goals and six assists. In total, the Seahawks finished the day by pounding the Randolph net with 49. They added on to this with 38 ground balls and 17 faceoffs won. Sophomore Kyrle Preis played the whole game in goal, stopping 10 out of the 11 shots he faced, according to smcmathletics.com.
The second game of the young season for the Seahawks took place at the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in Sparks, MD. This Feb. 15 match was against the No.19 Dickinson College Red Devils. Dickinson jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, which eventually turned into a 4-2 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Red Devils came out hot in the second quarter by quickly scoring two more goals, giving themselves a 6-2 lead. However, the Seahawks answered back with three straight goals, two of them from Venanzi, to bring the score to within one. However, SMCM failed to score at all in the third quarter and Dickinson was able to score six goals of their own. This gave the Red Devils an insurmountable lead, as they cruised to a 15-8 victory. Both Venanzi and Brocato tied for the team lead in goals on the day with two apiece. Venanzi also led the team with three assists in the game. As a team, the Seahawks combined for 23 shots, 27 ground balls, and27 turnovers, according to smcmathletics.com.
SMCM is coming off of a 2019 campaign where they went 10-8 overall and 3-3 in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). They experienced a CAC tournament first round exit after a heartbreaking 12-10 loss to Frostburg State University. This had been their best season in terms of wins since the 2013 season, so the Seahawks are certainly looking to maintain this recent success. They have 14 games remaining this season to make that happen.