Thanks for Nothing, Bryce Harper

After a long and dreadful wait for the free agency decision of Major League Baseball (MLB) phenom, Bryce Harper, his decision has come and broken the heart of many Washington Nationals fans. Harper, who was drafted by the Nationals with the first overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft, signed with Washington’s division rival, The Philadelphia Phillies on Feb. 28 where he will earn $330 million over the course of 13 years.

Harper was the face of the Washington Nationals franchise, the player who brought fans to the ballpark, the one who fans bragged about for years and most importantly, the player who had the “key” to the district. A Harper home-run typically sounded like an explosion of excitement that simply could not be contained, as a sea of over 40,000 fans chanted “Harper, Harper, Harper!” The spikey-haired 17-year-old outfielder, in 2012, who brought juice to manager Davey Johnson’s ballclub, that clinched their first playoff berth in team history, is no longer a Washington National.

Now, the player who was the face of the Nationals franchise will come into Nationals Park nine games a year, in an opposing jersey. The player who was seen as the first who The Nationals would ever honor with a statue outside of Nationals Park turned his back on the franchise that made him into the player he is today for one sole reason: monetary gain.

The Phillies have not had much success in the last few seasons. However, they have had a promising offseason. The additions of players such as Andrew McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto, David Robertson and Jean Segura will likely lead them to become a strong contender in the 2019 season and beyond.

However, it is still crazy to think that Bryce Harper will be a part of the Philadelphia playoff push and not Washington’s. Harper had unfinished business in Washington, never advancing past the first round of the playoffs in his time in D.C.

Harper is now joining a Philadelphia fan base that will never have the same respect and gratitude for him that Washington had. For example, when rumor spread that Harper was not signing with Philadelphia, the fans rioted throughout media outlets. A radio station in Philadelphia opened the lines for callers when the Phillies chances to retain Harper were reportedly “remote” with the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers rumored to be heavily involved in the pursuit of Harper. One Nationals fan stated that, “As far as Harper’s concerned, whether he signs with San Francisco or L.A., when whichever team he’s on comes here, I’m going to make damn well sure that I’m there at the stadium with the other people, hopefully it will be a sellout crowd, because we’re going to boo him so bad. If I had a chance, I would spit in his face.” They do not deserve you, Bryce Harper.

Now, the Washington Nationals get to see what life is like without Harper. They get to see that they are a better team without him: they have been weighed down by his boastfulness and cockiness, and are now a team with a whole lot less ego and a whole lot more energy. With the subtraction of Harper and the addition of number one prospect, Victor Robles, the team is in good hands. Robles’ plus speed, stellar defense and energetic vibes are going to pair up well with the rest of the younger team members, most notably phenom outfielder, Juan Soto.

In addition, the ballclub will have a lot more money freed up now that The Nationals aren’t tied to a player who had a .271 batting average in 2018 with a contract of over $330 million. The club will have the money to retain key players such as Anthony Rendon. In addition to retaining important players, they will be able to make a run at other big-name free agents in coming years such as Mike Trout.

Fans should applaud Washington owner Ted Lerner, General Manager Mike Rizzo and manager Dave Martinez for avoiding Harper and his agent, Scott Boras’ trap. Washington is a contender and will be for years to come with their young core and stellar pitching staff, which has a fiery vibe headed into the season. Last year, Harper seemingly weighed on the chemistry of the clubhouse. Washington Post reporter Thomas Boswell stated of Harper’s lack of fundamentals: “when the most famous player on the team can’t go 10 days without failing to run out a ground ball or overthrowing a cutoff man by 15 feet or throwing to the wrong base or being caught unprepared in the outfield or on the bases, it’s hard to demand total alertness from the other 24.” The team will now be motivated to prove that they can survive without the presence of their former superstar, and will not be weighed down by a self-consumed right fielder.

Thanks for nothing Bryce Harper, the fans are looking forward to seeing you on Apr. 2 in Nationals Park facing the four-time Cy Young award winning pitcher, Max Scherzer. Do not expect a welcome greeting after leaving the team that you were a major part of for a division rival. Thank you for no World Series championships, not raising a statue outside of Nationals Park and most importantly not making our owner waste money on a player who has no loyalty to the city that raised him.

Baseball and National Identity in Taiwan

On Friday, March 23, professor and the chair of the History Department at California Polytechnic State University, Dr. Andrew Morris gave a lecture about baseball and national identity in Taiwan entitled, “They Told Us We Were Not Japanese and Not Chinese Either: Baseball and National Identity in Taiwan.” The lecture was jointly sponsored by the Asian Studies Club, the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee, and the Asian Studies Program. It was also the second event in the series on Asian pop culture.

Morris began his lecture by discussing how baseball came to Taiwan. The Japanese brought the game to the country; it had been the national game in Japan since the 1860s. It had been adopted from the United States. Though it has been remembered as a Japanese game since it was brought to Taiwan, and Americans think of it as an American game, it is a common misconception, according to Morris. The game actually comes from England.

Sophomore Kerry Maguire said, “I found it interesting that in the talk, there was focus on baseball and how it continued and how it’s still a big thing, how it’s a really big deal there when in America, though it’s still a successful sport, nobody really seems to care anymore.” It is one of main things still connecting the Taiwanese to Japan, even though they have not been a part of Japan since 1945.

When Japan took Taiwan, they intended to “civilize them into Japanese culture” according to Morris, and they had the goal of proving their “colonizing was better than the West’s.” They believed, like most who attempt to colonize, that their culture was superior, and that the Taiwanese were savages that “need to be civilized.” This is one of the reasons why the Taiwanese were not originally allowed to play when the Japanese brought the sport to Taiwan.

However, after World War I, the Japanese began to permit the Taiwanese to play baseball. In the 1930s, a baseball team was started that consisted of Japanese, Han Chinese, and Austronesian Aborigine players (Austronesian Aborigines were the first people in Taiwan, arriving from Madagascar). This team was one of the best in Taiwan – they were eventually invited to play in Japan – and the team started because the different groups were manipulated and compared to the other groups.

In 1945 Taiwan was given to the Chinese, who wanted to suppress Japanese culture. However, doing that was very difficult without eliminating baseball, especially because it was such a big part of culture. The Taiwanese kept baseball as a part of their culture because the Chinese could not eradicate it. One of the most favored players in Taiwan is part Chinese, Oh Sadaharu, who was Chinese-Japanese. However, the Taiwanese mostly loved him because he was part Japanese.

Over time, baseball has become a very big part of the national identity of the Taiwanese, so much so that in the 2008 Olympics, when the Taiwanese baseball team lost to China in 12 innings, August 15 became known as the “National Day of Humiliation.” Sophomore Walter Boles said, “It is amazing that baseball has such an integral role in the identity of this country.”

During the Q&A session after the lecture, Morris was asked if there was anything else in Taiwan that would be considered similar to baseball in terms of shaping of national identity. He said, “Mountain climbing is a really important thing; there are 100 peaks in Taiwan. But none have the ideological pull that baseball does.”

Baseball Coach Reaches 300 Career Wins for Second Time in Baseball

Entering his nineteenth season with St. Mary’s Baseball and eighteenth as head coach, Lew Jenkins, #25, reached his 300th collegiate baseball win in the College’s first of two games against Albertus Magnus College on March 13, marking the second time Jenkins has achieved 300 wins (the first being at the high school level at Surrattsville High School in Clinton, MD). With a 303-313-3 record at the College, Jenkins hopes to continue coaching for St. Mary’s College for longer than this milestone, and is proud of his current baseball players.

TPN: What did this win mean for you, Coach Jenkins?

Lew: It’s a milestone, I guess. It’s a great feeling, when you do it at the high school or college level, or anywhere else. The game of baseball has changed so much over the years… Now, we use helmets.

TPN: How else has baseball changed since your time at St. Mary’s?

Lew: For one thing, the gloves are better. The bats have also changed to aluminum, which really helps. We used to play where the old scoreboard is on campus, but the field we’re on now is about 11 years old. Personally, I like the view more here and it has better fencing, though we do lose a lot of baseballs… If we only lose a dozen or so during a practice, it’s been a good day. Baseball has certainly changed, though. It’s not what it used to be in the state of Maryland, and lacrosse and soccer are much bigger now.

TPN: How long have you been involved in baseball?

Lew: Well, I had three sons that went through little league, and all three went to play for Division One schools. They kinda wore my arm out. I coached for three years at Georgetown and George Washington, both great Division One schools. Here, I’ve worked for three directors and three College presidents, and they’ve all seemed like nice people, been nice to the program.

TPN: How was coaching at a Division One school different from Division Three?

Lew: Recruiting is one of the toughest things I have to do here. We used to pull a lot of kids from out of state, but with tuition increases at the school, we’ve had to look more in-state. It’s harder for us to recruit guys here than at a Division One school. We’re not going to get pro-level, 6’2’’ guys, since we don’t offer scholarships for our guys to play. But, the players here are giving 100 percent to the game, and are really academically driven. Every one of my kids have graduated, and not many coaches can say that.

TPN: How do you think the teams have been doing this year? And anything you’d like to say to the team?

Lew: They’re doing very well, I’m proud of them this season. I get along with all of them. But, the team took a big loss when 12 of our top guys graduated last season. We’ll lose 10 more this year, and even though we’ll have about 20 coming in, it makes it tough. As a team, they always help me out with setup and things like that. I’m proud of all of them.

Baseball: Promising at Mid-Season

With the regular season about halfway over, the St. Mary’s baseball team has had a solid first half and is gearing up for an equally successful second half.

With a current record of 12 wins and six losses,  and a 5-4 conference record, the Seahawks are pleased with how their season has progressed. Captain and senior Mike Victory believes that all parts of the team are working together. “Our team has been firing on all cylinders,” he said.

Key games for the team involved the three game series against York College on March 10 and 11. The Seahawks took the first game of the series 15-3, with 17 hits and 15 RBIs. Victory pitched the whole game giving up only three runs and striking out four batters. After a 4-3 loss with only three hits, the Seahawks came back in the third game winning 4-3 with 10 hits and a three-run homer by first year Zach Nadolny. Victory was pleased with taking the series: “When you look at the past series with York, our pitching was there the whole way and when we’re scoring runs, we’re dangerous,” he said.

Overall, the team has 107 total runs, 180 hits of which they have 31 doubles, four triples, and three homeruns. With an on base percentage of .408, the team also has 10 stolen bases.

“We have been winning games and clicking as a team,” Victory said. However, he was concerned about getting overconfident or unconcerned about games. “The problem with starting to feel really good about the season is you get complacent and we’re not satisfied with where we’re at. We’ve lost some games we shouldn’t have and need to keep building.”

Whether or not complacency is the issue, the Seahawks have lost their two most recent games against Wesley, losing the three-game series despite their initial win. Overall though, the team is doing well; of their last 10 games, the Seahawks have won seven.

The team has another cause to celebrate: their double-header sweep of Albertus Magnus College earned Head Coach Lew Jenkins his 300th and 301st career wins. After taking the first game 5-3, the Seahawks came back to win the second game 3-2.

The Seahawks next game is Tuesday, March 20, a home game at 3:00 p.m. against Washington College. They also have a home double-header Thursday, March 22 against Old Westbury (a SUNY college); the first game begins at 1:30 p.m. The Seahawks’ senior game is Saturday, March 31 at 1:00 p.m. against Mary Washington. “We love having people at the games and our team is playing at a high level so it is always exciting.” Victory said. “We’d love as many of our classmates to come out [to the senior game] and watch us as possible.”

Overall, Victory seems pleased with the team’s effort. “Our team chemistry has … totally clicked. All of our guys are getting loud in the dugout and we’re always there to pick each other up.” Victory said, adding that the team expects to win the CAC Championship and advance to the regional tournament.  “I know last year we’re started to get on the right track and this year I feel like we’re ready to get to the next level.”

Baseball Team Plans For Solid Season

Despite the recent balmy weather, baseball season hasn’t officially started yet, but Seahawks Head Coach Lewis Jenkins thinks the upcoming spring will be a good one. Last year, the team had a winning record with 19 wins and 16 losses; rainouts and schedule changes prevented them from reaching 20 wins, which Jenkins hopes to reach this season.

Jenkins says the team’s batting has improved a little more than in past seasons, and he believes the fielding will be solid, despite the team’s loss of 12 members from last season. “[We’ll] miss some of them this year,” Jenkins said, especially in fielding, since some of the players were “very good defensively.”

Regardless, Jenkins is convinced that the team’s upcoming success depends on the pitcher’s mound. “How far we go depends on how our pitching holds up,” he said. Right now, the three starting pitchers for the Seahawks are captains Mike Victory and Devon Jerrard, both seniors, and junior Wick Eisenberg. Jenkins feels very positively about the pitching roster, with a strong starting lineup and solid relief pitchers. That’s due in part to Assistant Coach Hal Willard, who works with the pitchers. “He’s doing a good job … [the pitchers] respond very well to him.”

The team as a whole is strong too, Jenkins said. “I feel very good about our team this year. They seem to be more together as a group than they’ve been in the past.” Victory agrees that the team’s unity has improved. “The attitude and drive of the team really started to turn around last year… Our biggest strength is our team chemistry. We stepped up last year and became a loud, rowdy bunch.”

Jerrard agrees, noting that last year’s record proved that a winning season is entirely possible. “Although last year we were competitive,” Jerrard said, “I think this year’s team will be better. Our powerful lineup complements our very reliable pitching staff.”

Hopefully the team’s hard work will pay off in their opening double-header on Feb. 11 at Randolph Macon College. Victory noted that Randolph Macon is “a good benchmark” for the upcoming season. “I expect to come home from the weekend with a few wins and something to build on,” Victory said.

The Seahawks’ home opener is Feb. 18 against the City College of New York. At that game, President Urgo will throw the first pitch and present the lineup card to the umpires. In his 19 years at the College, Jenkins said this is the first time a president has partaken in this tradition. “I just think that’s good,” Jenkins said. “He’s willing to do it. That’s good.” Additionally, Jenkins said, other faculty and staff will be throwing the first pitch throughout the season, such as the team’s faculty advisor, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Alan Jamieson.

Overall, the team seems ready to get started. “I could not be more excited about this season,” Victory said. “This year, we have all the pieces in place.”

So Long, Seahawk Seniors: A Fond Farewell To Exemplary Athletes, Team Leaders, and Team Players

Senior athletes from various Seahawk sports teams have been looking back at their last year at St. Mary’s as the current season draws to a close.

For many, this season’s statistics have been an all-time personal best in their Seahawks College Athletics careers.

The men’s baseball team completed their season with a 19-16 overall record, considerably improving their standing from last year. Seniors are proud to have ended their last season with such an achievement.

The baseball team includes many players from this year’s graduating class, including Matt Baden, Brad Shepherd, Ian Simposon-Shelton, Mark Datitilio, Joey Kavanagh, Bobby Corton, Barrett Enix, Adam Shenk, Mikel Iraola, and Matt Bedcraft.

Leading all the way to the second round in the Capital Athletic Conference were Senior Captain first-baseman Ian Simpson-Shelton and seniors Matt Baden, Mark Datitilio, and Joey Kavanagh, who each connected on two hits to lead the Seahawk offense at the plate.

Simpson-Shelton started in all 31 games played, and had 22 hits, 11 RBI, and 8 runs scored this past year.

The men’s tennis team also a number of seniors leaving, who celebrated their “senior day” April 25.

Seniors Nick Ibello and Stoytch Nechev finished undefeated for their one-year career as the duo recorded an 8-3 victory at No. 2 doubles over sophomore Jeremy Davis and junior Dan McAllister.

Also coming off a successful year was Senior Jeff Levey, who notched a 3-10 singles record as well as a 1-3 mark in doubles action this past year.

 

The men’s and women’s Lacrosse team seniors have both had a great last season as both progressed in the Capital Athletic Conference.

Senior Dennis Rosson was named team Offensive MVP and CAC Player of the Week, and finished as the team’s leading scorer for third consecutive season.

Rosson had team-bests of 42 goals and 60 points this year, 18 assists, 23 ground balls and five caused turnovers.

He finished with a career best of seven goals and nine points vs. Wooster College and a season-high three assists vs. Hood College.

Also graduating this year are seniors Sean Reitenbach, Christ Becraft, Sean Hatley, Tim Fortner, Pat Simpson, Micheal Ott, Chris Lacey, Bobby Cooke, Colin Gload, John Windsor and Joe Meringolo.

Women’s lacrosse went 11-6 this year, with 219 total goals and 310 turnovers.

Senior Aubrey Mirkin led in many categories, including number of caused turnovers, shots, ground balls and goals.

She had several career-bests this year with 4 goals, 2 assists, 6 points vs. Marymount on April 7, a career-high 8 ground balls vs. Marymount April 17, and a personal-best 6 draw controls at Christopher Newport University.

Graduating from the team are seniors Jamie Roberts, Christina Parr, Maggie Macleay, Arianna Larrimore, Elisa Bateman, and Aubrey Mirkin.

The Seahawk sports season offically concludes with on one final women’s lacrosse game against Chris Newport University Sunday May 1.

Many of the seniors have been a part of the St. Mary’s athletic community and devoted countless hours to practices and games, creating lasting relationships with coaches and teammates alike.

As our seniors depart, we look forward to the coming seasons of Seahawk sports.

 

Men’s Baseball Shows Great Promise

Though the 2010 baseball season left something to be desired for St. Mary’s fans, the Seahawks seemed to have turned things around. This year, 22 games into the season with at least 12 left to go, St. Mary’s has a winning record with 13 wins and nine losses, and is 6-6 in conference play, a considerable upswing from last year’s final record.

In 2010, the Seahawks had a 9-24 season and lost their last eight games, five of which were at home. However, 2011 already seems like a more promising season; the Seahawks have won their last three games, all away, against York College of Pennsylvania.

Sophomore pitcher Wick Eisenberg said, “This season has been a drastic improvement from last year. We already have more wins than we did last year, have a .500 record in the conference and all around have been playing much better baseball. So far, the team has been very pleased with our progress.”

Though there have been some considerable losses, such as their 11-1 loss against Salisbury on March 5, the Seahawks have also chalked up some incredible wins. In both of their games on Feb. 19 in the Hawk’s Nest against City College of New York, which ended in seven innings each, St. Marys dominated.

In the first game, the Seahawks home opener for which President Joseph Urgo threw the first pitch, St. Mary’s scored seven runs with two outs in the first inning, and only progressed from there. Senior second baseman Matt Baden, senior first baseman Ian Simpson-Shelton, and first-year first baseman Alex Lenovitz each had four RBIs.

The final score was 25-2, with two triples and seven doubles. In their second game, the Seahawks drove in 10 runs for a 10-6 win in seven innings.

Since those two wins, St. Mary’s has had 10 more wins and seven losses, including their most recent three game domination over York.

Another important win for the Seahawks was a 5-1 victory in the first game in the Hawk’s Nest against their rival, No. 21 Salisbury University. Though they lost the next two games at Salisbury, Eisenberg described this as a huge win for the Seahawks, saying “Salisbury, a big rival of ours, was ranked in the top 25 heading into the game, and our ace [sophomore] Devon Jerrard pitched a complete game gem, leading us to a 5-1 victory.”

When thinking about the future, Eisenberg said, “Going forward, our main goal is to continue winning. If we do this, a lot falls into place for us; we can qualify for the CAC playoffs, and go deep in the tournament, possibly winning it.

We have pitchers in Jerrard, [junior] Mike Victory, and [senior] Barret Enix, who can pitch as well as anyone in the conference, and hitters like [sophomore] Corey Napier, [senior] Matt Baden, [senior] Bobby Corton who can produce for us in big games, so if those key players continue to step up for us, winning should be simple.”

On March 22, the Seahawks play Washington College at 3:00 PM in the Hawk’s Nest.

 

Seahawks Baseball Team Looks Ahead

With eleven new recruits, the Seahawks baseball team shows potential to have their first winning season in seven years, according to Head Coach Lewis Jenkins.

The Seahawks opened their season with a 1-1 record following the Randolph-Macon College double-header on Feb. 12.

The team is looking forward to their first home conference game Feb. 19, against City College of New York, where President Urgo is expected to throw the first pitch.

“I think the team has looked very good in the fall.” Jenkins said.

“In the spring, it’s been a nightmare. We’ve been out on the field three times [since Jan. 18], which is a long period considering we’ve been working out every Saturday and Sunday. The weather has been very tough on us, and the three days that we’ve been outside it’s been muddy, and windy, and cold.”

The uncooperative weather forced practices to be held in Somerset Hall in the Micheal P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center, which caused problems for the team as well.

“There’s only so much we can do inside,” Jenkins added.

“They’ve already hit the fire alarm and broken a window, so we’re kind of in the doghouse. It all happened within about a week. I’m just holding my breath that we don’t do anymore damage. It certainly wasn’t done on purpose, but the day we hit the fire alarm they were having a swimming meet. It was kind of chaotic.”

The biggest challenge this season will be the conference games, according to Jenkins. Nonetheless, the team is optimistic about improving this year, compared to previous years.

“We had a horrible season last year,” Jenkins said. “I never had a year that bad as a coach and I’ve been coaching my whole life. There was only one outstanding player last year, and that was Matt Baden. He’s a senior and he’s had a good year every year he’s been here. The rest of them weren’t able to work up to their ability.  Consequently we only won nine games.”

Despite setbacks, the team shows optimism for the upcoming games.

According to Jenkins, although recruiting has always been a challenge for sports teams, the Seahawks have added seven new first-years to their roster, many of whom are already impressing teammates.

“The guys have been working hard, playing hard, and really competing,” senior captain Ian Simpson-Shelton said.

“We’ve got a lot of new faces this year, a couple young kids, and transfers who came in ready to go. They’re not afraid to step on the field. We’ve also got a lot of older guys that are ready to be leaders and step up and take responsibility for the team too. I think we’ll be a whole lot better this year.”

Back on the Attack: St. Mary’s Seahawks Prepare for a New Year

Composed of athletes from many academic fields, physical locations, and ways of life, the St. Mary’s College Seahawks began training this summer in preparation for the new competition of the 2010-2011 season. Now consisting of an impressive 17 teams, the athletic side of Division Three St. Mary’s College continues to strengthen as positions change, new leaders come forward, and athletes naïve and experienced begin working together on the field.

Men’s basketball ended the 2009-2010 season with an incredible season, playing under Coach Chris Harney to take a 26-4 record. Beginning the season with three wins during the weekend of Nov. 20, the Seahawks continued their performance well into the Spring, bringing them to a 15-3 streak by Jan. 23. After a conference against Salisbury University on Jan. 23, the Seahawks began an uninterrupted winning streak that lasted an impressive 12 games before taking on the Capital Athletic Conference Championship. Defeating Wesley College in the first round on Feb. 27, the team moved into the NCAA Division III Tournament to take two victories before losing against Franklin & Marshall College 92-87 in the sectional semifinals. Senior Camontae Griffin and junior Alex Franz were selected for the NABC all-Middle Atlantic Region Second Team, and Coach Harney was named Region Coach of the Year. Griffin was also selected as a client for Sports Management Worldwide, for representation in upper-level basketball. The team returns to the court with a home game against Johns Hopkins University on Nov. 16, under the additional direction of now-promoted associate head coach Nick Wilson.

Women’s basketball ended 2009-2010 with 8-8 conference and 9-16 non-conference spreads in the run for the CAC Championship. Despite a rough four-streak loss in the beginning of the Fall season that began on Nov. 17 and a later five-game losing streak that left the Seahawks 5-13 by Jan. 27, the team resumed a strong performance with four wins and three losses to reach seed No. 4 before entering the CAC Championships. Unfortunately, the Seahawks were halted in the first round, losing 88-73 against the York College Spartans despite strong performances by junior guard Megan Seeman and senior guard Stephanie Saint-Aubin. Saint-Aubin was selected for the CAC All-Conference Second Team on Mar. 2. The lady Seahawks return to the court on Nov. 17 against Lebanon Valley College.

Baseball began their 2010 season on an icy note, as the opening games against Randolph-Macon College, Christopher Newport University, the City College of New York, and Wilkes University were canceled due to the Jan. snowstorm that left the Hawk’s Nest covered in snow and ice. Losing their chance for a starting home game, the Seahawks first played Salisbury University on Feb. 27, almost a month after their intended starting date of Feb. 6. While the team was able to practice inside, running shifts in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center did not prepare them for outside play. Over the course of the season, baseball was not able to recover from its initial season slump, managing only a four-win streak in mid-Mar. and five singles victories in the face of 24 losses Feb. 27-Apr. 20. Ending with a 9-24 spread, the Seahawks plan to return to the field for a fresh season on Feb. 12 against Salisbury.

Beginning their first seasons last year as varsity teams for the College, the men’s and women’s cross country teams ended 2009 in the Fall with a 4th-place finish out of six (men’s) and nine (women’s) teams at the CAC Championships at Heritage Farm Park, Maryland. The team hosted a 24-hour relay run Apr. 9-10 to raise money for equipment and Southern Maryland Vacations for Vets, ensuring that at least one runner was on the track for the entire period. Both teams will return to the starting line in the Fall semester with a meet at the Salisbury Sea Gull Opener on Sept. 14.

Also beginning last Fall, the men’s tennis team began with a three-meet winning streak followed by two losses after a close 5-4 match against Catholic University on Sept. 26. Ending the Fall portion of the season 5-2, the Seahawks smashed the competition in the Spring with a 9-0 shut-out against Lancaster Bible College on Mar. 6. The team alternated between victories and losses before reaching the CAC tournament 11-9, but took the season-ending loss against York College 9-0 on Apr. 18. The team’s final game on Apr. 22 ended with a win/loss against Goucher College. The team will begin for the Fall season with a home meet against Shenandoah University on Sept. 11.

Beginning their 2009-2010 season on Sept. 18, women’s tennis left the Fall portion 4-2 after a 9-0 shut-out against Lancaster Bible on Oct. 13. While returning to the courts with a 5-4 home-game loss against Wesley on Mar. 24, 5-4, the team managed to pull a balanced season, performing 6-7 in the Spring portion to bring the Seahawks 10-9 overall as they headed into the CAC Tournament. While taking a close first-round against York on Apr. 18, 5-4, the team lost 9-0 to Salisbury on Apr. 19, ending the season 10-10. The team will play before men’s tennis this semester, with a Sept. 10 game against Lancaster Bible.

Men’s lacrosse also ran into weather problems last season, beginning with a 22-7 loss against No. 5 Roanoke College on Feb. 21 and followed by a 7-6 loss at the Bullis School on Feb. 27. The team managed to turn around its performance with a three-win streak, followed by a loss against Denison University on Mar. 17, 10-7. Again, the team returned to optimum play with three impressive wins before taking a heavy loss to No. 1 Salisbury, 18-5. The team continued its impressive scoring to hold an 8-5 conference, 4-1 non-conference spread as the Seahawks walked into the CAC Championship first round. The team managed a 13-8 victory over Wesley before taking an away-game loss to Stevenson University, 16-3, ending in the semifinals with a 9-6 spread for last season. The team returns to the home field against Roanoke on Feb. 20.

Women’s lacrosse began their 2009-2010 season on Feb. 27 with a 14-6 loss against Washington & Lee University that developed into a six-game losing streak by Mar. 17 in Orlando, Florida. Turning the tide that same weekend, the Seahawks managed a 15-8 victory over Kean University before returning north, coming back with a 19-9 victory over Virginia-Wesleyan College in non-conference action. Despite a 20-8 loss on Mar. 28 against Salisbury, the team continued its season with a six-game winning streak that included a CAC first-round win against Marymount University, 17-10. The team ended its official season with a heartbreaking loss in the semifinals against the University of Mary Washington, 15-14, on Apr. 20, but will resume play with the 2010-2011 season opener on Feb. 12 against Randolph-Macon.

Men’s Baseball Slides Into Soggy Season After Being Benched

With nine consecutive cancelled games due to poor field conditions and indoors-only practices before an away-game season opener, the St. Mary’s men’s baseball team remains in an inconvenient setback with the start of Spring 2010.

While being scheduled to face Randolph-Macon College at home for a doubleheader on Feb. 6, the Seahawks were forced to take the bench when the snowstorm that struck the College in early Feb. covered the Hawk’s Nest infield. While a disappointing setback to the season, the team was able to reschedule a single, nine-inning home game with the Yellow Jackets for Mar. 25.

“We obviously want to play, but the time off has given our guys a chance to better condition themselves for the season,” said sophomore Luke Trout, a red-shirt freshman catcher on the team. “None of us like having to practice inside, but it’s our only option and we try to make the best of the situation.”

The conflicts did not end, however, as the following game against Christopher Newport for Feb. 10 was cancelled, followed by the cancellation of two double-headers against the City College of New York during Valentine’s Day weekend. The cancellation was followed by another dropped doubleheader scheduled for the Hawk’s Nest against Wilkes University on Feb. 20, delaying the Seahawk’s season-opener by nine games.
“We are all ready to play and eager for that opening game,” said senior Jacen Killebrew, a captain and center-fielder for the Seahawks. “We train all fall and winter to get ready for those opening games and then to just have them cancelled, it’s really a punch in the stomach.”

“I can’t wait to play out on the field,” said Coach Lew Jenkins, entering his 16th season with Seahawks Baseball.

“I can’t wait to get outside as much as they can’t.”

While not a home-game season-opener, the Seahawks played for the first time against Salisbury University on Feb. 27 in conference action. Despite strong plays by senior second-baseman Lyle Kralle and junior right-fielder Bobby Corton, St. Mary’s suffered a 4-0 shutout against the Sea Gulls, followed by 4-3 and 5-1 losses that led the Seahawks to a 0-3 spread at the start of the season.

Despite the delayed start and an unsuccessful first weekend of play, the team ended the losing streak with a 4-3 conference win against Stevenson University on Mar. 5. However, the win was followed by two conference losses to Stevenson in away-game action, 2-1 and 7-2 defeats that left the Seahawks with an overall 1-5 record.
While certainly a struggled beginning, the team still has high hopes for the remaining conference season. “Our team works hard,” said Jenkins. “I am very pleased with them, and they give 100 percent of what they are able to give in tough situations.”

“We have the talent to win the CAC championship,” said Trout. “We just need to focus, play with intensity, and play with heart.”

The Seahawks play next this weekend and Mar. 10 against Cazenovia College for non-conference, home-game action, followed by a Mar. 14 non-conference game at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.