Written by Andrew Atkins.
On Feb. 26 the St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) women’s lacrosse team held their annual “Play Like Jamie” game against The Catholic University of America. Jamie Roberts was a student and standout three sport athlete at SMCM, graduating in 2011. She then went on to work at Catholic as an assistant coach for three seasons. In 2014, she was tragically killed while riding her bike across America in order to support the Ulman Cancer Fund. The new stadium complex at SMCM was named after her and officially opened this past fall, according to smcm.edu.
In order to support the Seahawks, the majority of fellow student athletes were in attendance at the game, all wearing orange “Play Like Jamie” shirts. Catholic however started the game off hot, as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the game. The Seahawks were able to respond with a goal by sophomore attacker Kelly Emge to even the score at one. Later in the first half, Catholic and SMCM rattled off three combined goals in just about two minutes of play. While the first one was scored by Catholic, Emge scored the second of these three for the Seahawks. Senior attacker Kate Bartholomew then gave the Seahawks their first lead of the game, making it 3-2. However, SMCM then yielded two late goals in the first half and Catholic entered halftime with a one goal lead, according to smcmathletics.com.
Catholic extended their lead to two goals, as they scored the first goal of the second half. The Seahawks then responded in a big way with back to back goals by Bartholomew and sophomore attacker Lucy Gussio. This tied the game up at five apiece. Catholic once again broke the tie with a score and ultimately would go on to win the match by a score of 8-6. Junior goalkeeper Aimee Uibel led SMCM on defense with 11 saves, according to smcmathletics.com.
Aside from the tough loss to Catholic, SMCM has been playing extraordinarily well in the early part of their season. As of March 6, the Catholic game marked their only loss on the year. They began the season with three straight wins against Meredith College, Randolph-Macon College and McDaniel College. They additionally had a huge win against the Dickinson College Red Devils on Feb. 29.
The game against Dickinson took place at the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, located in Sparks, MD. This match was so highly contested that it took two overtime periods to separate the two squads. In the end, Bartholomew netted the game winner with just over four minutes left in the overtime frame. Considering the Seahawks were down 6-4 at the half, this was a thrilling comeback win for them. Emge and Gussio eached tallied two goals in the win, while sophomore midfielder Jayne Barkman added a goal of her own in the effort. Bartholomew also led the team with three assists and Uibel collected 15 saves in net to help secure the victory, according to smcmathletics.com.