Men’ and Women’s Basketball Teams Win Against Wesley

On Wednesday, Jan. 30th, the men’s and women’s basketball teams won their respective games against Wesley College, the final scores being 74-63 for men’s and 70-55 for women’s.
The men’s game was an important victory, determining how the postseason might play out. Each season the hope is to win the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) regular season title, winning the CAC Tournament Championship, making the NCAA tournament, and to win the NCAA Championship. But first-year Troy Spurrier emphasized not looking too far ahead, saying, “thenext game is always the most important game, we like to look at everything one game at a time.” The team’s win gives them the lead for first place in the CAC Regular Season standings. With this, they could host the CAC Tournament.
The game also involved honor, as Wesley beat them in a previous match at their home turf, and this time Seahawk Nation helped lead the team to victory. The team currently has one of their best standings in school history, with 18-2 ratio and currently ranked #14 in the country. According to junior Brendan McFall “everyone is playing at a very high and unselfish level…our team chemistry that has really made this team special.[…] Theirs is the first team this season to have four different players win the CAC Player of the Week award. They’ve been trying hard, and bigger things are to come.” Jerome Tolson, sophmore, said that “it was a very competitive game, the ref[eree] let the players play and not to many fouls were called.” “A lot of our key players stepped up, and hit crucial shots at crucial times,” said Spurrier.
The women’s game went well, with the score 36-33 at half time. Senior forward Taylor Petrisko pulled in 19 points for the team. She added a season best of five rebounds, while Joanna Murray and Sophie Pruden scored in the double digits for the team. The first half was close, as the Wolverines trailed behind while the Seahawks had to combat a 10-5 run by Wesley in the final four minutes. In the second half, the Seahawks earned 18 points from 16 Wesley turnovers. The defense kept Wesley with just two fields goals in six minutes near 11:04.
Spurrier noted the role of fans, saying, “fan support definitely helped a lot.” He hopes that fans will come support  their next games against Frostburg State University on Feb. 6, tip-off at 6pm for women’s and 8pm for men’s. Spurrier said, “Frostburg will definitely be a tough game. I’m only a first year, but the last time we played them they were tough down to the wire. The team will need to do its best to pull this through.” He also expressed pride in being on the team, saying, “This is one of the best seasons the team and Coach [Chris] Harney have had, and it’s been awesome to be part of that.”

Seahawks' Defense Suffocates Hood

On Wednesday, January 25th, the St. Mary’s men’s basketball team defeated Hood College in an 18-point defensive battle. With a score of 64 to 46, the Seahawks  dominated in Cole Arena with 25 defensive rebounds, 13 turnovers, 10 steals, and 8 blocks (a season high).

Sophomore forward Christian MacAuley and junior guard Chris Hutchinson led the Seahawk offensive with MacAuley scoring 16 points with 9 rebounds and Hutchinson scoring 13 points including going 2-of-2 on 3-pt. shots.

The Seahawks never trailed at any point throughout the game with the closest instance being a game-tying shot by Hood at 17:03 in the first half. Sophomore guard Brendan McFall anchored the Seahawk’s defense by leading the team in defensive stats with 5 defensive rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and 5 turnovers.

Overall this season, the Seahawks are 14-5 (.737) with a conference record of 8-2 (.800). The victory over Hood College marks the third consecutive win by the Seahawks. Junior captain and forward Jeff Haus said, “We have been fortunate enough to win a good amount of games this season and intend on winning a whole bunch more by the time it’s all over.”

As a captain, Haus understands the pressure on his team to succeed. “[I] need to be able to ‘rally the troops’ and get everyone working towards common goal,” said Haus. Over the past two seasons, the Seahawks are 2-time CAC champions and have advanced to the NCAA’s “Sweet Sixteen” and “Elite Eight” tournament rounds respectively.

“We want to be perfect, and perfection in our eyes only comes when we win a championship.  If we continue to play together, play hard, and have fun, we see no reason why we can’t make a legit run in the post-season,” said Haus.

The Seahawks’ defense has certainly been stifling this year. With an average of 70.9 points allowed per game, the 2011 – 2012 Seahawks’ defense is on pace to allow only 1773.7 points on the season (the lowest amount in the past five seasons). Furthermore, the team’s average defensive stats (defensive rebounds, steals, blocks, and turnovers) per game total is 54.6, its second highest in the past five seasons.

“Coach Harney has done a great job with this program thus far, and I believe St. Mary’s will have a competitive team for years to come,” said Haus.

Seahawks Box Out Opposition at Pride of MD Tournament

The St. Mary’s Men’s Basketball team performed strongly at the three day Pride of Maryland Tournament Nov. 15 and 18-19, besting Washington College and Frostburg State Universities and losing to Johns Hopkins University by only a single point.

Played in Chestertown and Baltimore, MD, before Thanksgiving break, the Pride of Maryland Championship Tournament put the Seahawks to the test following a 77-70 loss to St. John’s College on Nov. 1, the first game of the 2011- 2012 season. Having two weeks to prepare, the players stepped up their game by Nov. 15 to begin the tournament.

The Shoremen engaged in a tough competition with the Seahawks, maintaining a 42-41 lead by halftime. While losing by seven points at one point in the first half, Washington caught up to the Seahawks to a tie, followed by a free-throw sink that placed the Shoremen just above St. Mary’s.

A similar pattern continued in the second half. As senior guard Deon Queen continued a strong performance that gave the Seahawks an eight-point lead, high-scoring Shoreman Sal Schittino pushed Washington to 65 against the College’s 66. Nevertheless, it was St. Mary’s that held the lead by the end of the second half, ending 78-74 despite a close 75-74 standing less than a minute before the end.

In seemingly good spirits, the Seahawks continued to Baltimore on Nov. 18, to take on Johns Hopkins University. Just as the Seahawks battled against Washington, the Blue Jays opposed the Seahawks at every lead, always maintaining a close margin by a 32-28 halftime, Hopkins in the lead. Following an eight-point trail in the second half, St. Mary’s stepped up with a 9-0 run that put them in the lead for the first time since the first half.

Despite a back-and-forth exchange of the lead and several ties throughout the game, the Blue Jays took a five point lead by the final minute, maintained until junior captain David Spencer landed a long-range shot to reduce the Blue Jays’ lead to 67-66. As the Seahawks stole the ball in the last few seconds of the game, junior forward Jeff Haus took a final hail-Mary to win it against the buzzer. The shot failed to connect, maintaining the Hopkins lead for a close 67-66 finish in part two of the tournament.

St. Mary’s returned to competition in Baltimore the following day , taking on the Frostburg State Bobcats in the final round of the tournament. Despite a struggle in the first half, as St. Mary’s fought to gain a 27-25 lead over Frostburg by halftime, the Seahawks soared over the Bobcats in the second half with 43-33 lead. The lead grew throughout the second half, but dangerously closed to a three-point margin following a strong run by the Bobcats. The game closed with a strong performance by the Seahawks, who took a 62-57 win over Frostburg. The Seahawks currently hold a 5-2 lead overall and a 1-0 conference lead. Their next game is conference level on Wednesday at York College.


	

Seahawk Basketball Makes it to the NCAA Semifinals

After a Capital Athletic Conference victory on Feb. 26 and subsequent NCAA victories in its first three tournament matches, St. Mary’s ended its run in the championship with a loss to Middlebury College that, despite being unfortunate, was a landmark game for the Seahawks as its first entry in the Elite Eight of men’s basketball.

The Seahawks began the race for the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship with a conference victory on Feb. 26, defeating the Wolverines of Wesley College 97-65 with a strong victory in the CAC championship game.  Wesley, No. 2 in the conference, began the game with a 0-7 lead over St. Mary’s before sophomore guard Chris Hutchinson made the first score for the home team.

With exceptionally strong performances by senior center Sam Burum, junior guards Mikey Fitzpatrick and James Davenport, and senior guard Alex Franz, the team held a 47-20 advantage over the visitors by halftime, and held their victory with a 50-45 performance in the second half to bring the final score to 97-65, St. Mary’s.

Now automatically entered in the NCAA championship with other top-performing colleges in the country, the Seahawks faced their first-round competitors less than a week later.  St. Mary’s handed visiting Medgar Evers College a 72-55 loss on March 4, but with a game much closer in score compared to the previous week’s Wesley game.

Competing shot-for-shot with the Cougars, the Seahawks held a slim one-point advantage by the 36-35 halftime, and after a few minutes into the second half, Medgar Evers came up with a 44-42 lead.  This spurred the College into action, and after a 21-0 run by St. Mary’s in a nine-minute time frame, the Seahawks held a lead that was not challenged by the 72-55 conclusion.

In the second NCAA championship round and fight for a place in the Sweet Sixteen, St. Mary’s took on 2010 Final Four contestant Randolph-Macon College in another game on the home courts.  This time, St. Mary’s did not start slow at the starting buzzer, taking a 12-2 lead that never switched in favor of the Yellow Jackets.

Ending halftime with a 34-21 lead, the Seahawks continued a strong performance into the second half, ending the game with a 68-53 victory after a 34-32 second-half performance. Burum scored 15 points during the game, followed closely by Franz’s 13 and first-year center Christian MacAuley’s 12.

St. Mary’s made the eight-hour bus trip to the University of Rochester, NY, on May 11 to face Buffalo State College in a fight for the Elite Eight sectional finals position.

While being on the away court of the Louis Alexander Palestra, the Seahawks did not slow their stride against the Bengals, taking a 40-32 lead by halftime that culminated into a 85-74 victory after a 45-42 second-half performance.

While the 40-32 halftime score was a struggled, back-and-forth exchange of leads between both teams, a three-pointer by junior guard Deon Queen with 58 seconds on the clock spurred the Seahawks to push forward to a 8-0 scoring lead, an attitude that held in the second half as St. Mary’s sealed its first-ever entry into the NCAA Elite Eight.

Unfortunately for the Seahawks, their run for the NCAA championship was halted after a disappointing loss to the Middlebury Panthers the following night in Rochester, as a 27-25 lead in the first half sank into a 40-23 performance by the Panthers that gave Middlebury the 65-50 win it needed for Final Four entry.

While Franz scored 16 points during the game and Hutchinson 10, it was not enough to hold a second-half victory.  Middlebury lead in rebounds, assists, turnovers, and bench points despite being closely followed by the College, and moved on to a close 57-59 loss to the University of St. Thomas Tommies at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, VA, in the semifinals race.

The Seahawks impressively ended the 2011 season 25-6, with 14-2 conference and 15-0 home-game spreads and the first-ever Elite Eight achievement.

The team will return to the courts next Fall in the hopes of progressing even further in the 2012 NCAA Championship.

 

Men’s Basketball wins CAC Championship

For the third time, the top-seeded St. Mary’s Seahawks achieved the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship title.

On Saturday night, with over 600 fans in attendance, the Seahawks beat #2 Wesley College (17-10) with a decisive 97-65 win.

With this win, the Seahawks (22-5) received an automatic entrance to the 2011 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Seahawks have been to the Sweet Sixteen twice before, in 2008 and 2010, and have a 4-2 record there.

Additionally, this year makes the second consecutive CAC Championship against Wesley, and the second consecutive win.

Though the Seahawks trailed 7-0 for the first four minutes of the game, sophomore guard Chris Hutchinson ended Wesley’s run with a layup four minutes in.

Two minutes later, another layup by Hutchinson tied the game at seven.

At halftime, St. Mary’s led 47-20; during the last ten minutes of the half, the Seahawks went on a 33-6 run.

Though Wesley doubled their points earned in the second half with 45, St. Mary’s was able to maintain their lead and closed the game out with 97-65.

Senior center Sam Burum led the team with a career high of 20 points and seven rebounds and went eight for ten from the field.

Juniors Mikey Fitzpatrick and James Davenport had 13 points each; Fitzpatrick had 2 rebounds and an assist and Davenport had three rebounds and two assists.

Senior guard Alex Franz also had high stats: he ended with 12 points, four assists and four steals.

On Feb. 24, the Seahawks secured their spot in the championships with a 79-57 win against fourth-seeded University of Mary Washington (16-10).

“Every single player raised their game, from centers hitting threes, to point guards throwing down,” first-year James Tomkinson said.   “The team gave the fans just what they wanted – a championship win to celebrate.”

Though Mary Washington had a 6-0 start five minutes in, the Seahawks came back with a 13-10 lead.

First-year Christian MacAuley had his third double-double of the season with 13 rebounds – matching his career-high of 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting.

Franz also had 18 points with a game-high seven assists and yet again four steals.

His dunk in the last five minutes of the game was a definite  crowd pleaser, according to Tomkinson.

Nine minutes into the game, sophomore guard Devin Spencer hit a three point shot which began the 24-9 run to close out the first half.

At halftime, St. Mary’s was leading 47-27, and shot 55.4 percent from the field during the second half, in addition to their 64 percent in the first half.

This year’s CAC win marks the third by St. Mary’s in a CAC championship game.

In 2008, the Seahawks took home the championship against Mary Washington and lost the NCAA Tournament Sectional Semifinal 82-73 against Millsaps College.

In 2009, St. Mary’s lost 86-81 in overtime against (then fourth-seeded) Marymount University, but in 2010, St. Mary’s again won the CAC Championships.

After this time beating Marymount 95-62 in the semifinals, they took on Wesley College and won the championship 80-76.

In the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Seahawks crushed Purchase College 88-59, and beat Virginia Wesleyan College 72-69 in the second round of the tournament.

Their run ended in the NCAA Sectional Semifinals against Franklin and Marshall College 92-87.

The atmosphere in the arena was intense in this year’s championship game.

“There was so much energy in the stands – everyone was pumped up,” first-year Lauren Taylor said.

“Normally there is a lot of tension during championship games because the teams are evenly matched so the scores are usually pretty close, but our guys just dominated. I was truly proud to be a Seahawk that day.”

After the conference, the Seahawks stand 22-5. This year, the brackets were released Monday, Feb. 28.

Men’s Basketball Defeats Rival Salisbury

Opening the 2011 season on Jan. 3, the Seahawks began with a rocky start, losing to Guilford College (57-61), but gained momentum with three straight wins against Marymount University (74-65), University of Mary Washington (91-65), and Frostburg State University (88-60).

Despite a brief setback with a loss against Wesley College, the Seahawks continued their successful season with a game against Salisbury University.

Flying in the top 25 of the D3 conference with a record of 14-4, the St. Mary’s men’s basketball team defeated long-time rival Salisbury Sea Gulls with a score of 81 to 74 last Wednesday, Jan. 19 in an impressive home game.

“At this point in the season we are really trying to play some good basketball,” said Head Coach Christopher Harney. “We need to focus on correcting our mistakes and getting ready for the tournaments. We were coming off a tough loss against Wesley and we really needed a rebound off of Salisbury, who was good. Salisbury has always been a tough game for us. I was a lot happier with the results of that game.”

Coach Harney was honored at the Salisbury game for his 100th career win.

The game started with a quick twist, as Salisbury’s Chris McGrew scored a quick layup 23 seconds into the game only to have St. Mary’s pull ahead 50 seconds later with a three-point shot by junior James Davenport.

After gaining the lead, St. Mary’s pulled farther ahead, dominating the first half with another three-pointer by senior point guard Alex Franz, a shot from first-year Christian MacAuley, and another three point shot by Franz which put St. Mary’s ahead by six points.

The Sea Gulls attempted to put ahead with two missed shots, but MacAuley caught a rebound and put up a jumper giving St. Mary’s an eight point lead on Salisbury.

Five minutes in, sophomore Chris Hutchinson stole the ball and passed to Franz, who put up another three points, giving Chris his second assist of the game and bringing the score to St. Mary’s 19, Salisbury 8.

A few minutes later Franz threw up another three, and eight minutes and 30 seconds into the game junior Mikey Fitzpatrick entertained the crowd with a dunk. Later in the game MacAuley gave the crowd another entertaining performance with yet another dunk. St. Mary’s closed the first half of the game up by eight points, the score 38-30.

“We have great chemistry,” Harney said. “These guys are really patient and willing to sacrifice their stardom to find the right player that’s open. In contrast Salisbury struggles with that – there were some guys forcing shots.”

The second half of the game started with Salisbury making two foul shots and a layup to catch up. Franz managed to score another three, with two successful foul shots followed by Fitzpatrick. Eight minutes into the second half, senior Sam Burum got another two points putting St. Mary’s ahead by 15 with a score of 54-39.

The last eight minutes of the game the Sea Gulls fought hard to catch up, scoring six points bringing St. Mary’s down to an 11-point lead. Franz took a foul with three minutes left and made one foul shot to bring St. Mary’s ahead by 12, only to have the team struck back down to a 10 point lead with a layup by Salisbury’s Chris McGrew.

Pulling the team ahead once again, Franz made two foul shots with one minute and 31 seconds left on the clock, only to have Salisbury respond once again with a layup by McGrew.

The last minute and 31 seconds consisted of St. Mary’s and Salisbury trading fouls and foul shots—Salisbury trying to gain the lead, and St. Mary’s clinging to what was won. With eight seconds left on the clock McGrew threw one shot, but despite the extra two points it was not enough for the victory. St. Mary’s defeated their rival 81-74, a well-earned seven point lead.

“We pride ourselves on winning at home,” junior shooting guard Deon Queen said. “The fans always help us get over the humps.”

“I think the Salisbury game was a great game” Harney added. “Salisbury is very good and their record doesn’t really reflect their team right now. They’ve got size and great players. They’re not that far from us on paper as far as talent goes.

I think the game last Wednesday was a good reflection of the off-paper differences. Now we are just trying to focus on these conference games, and they are tough. Its like every game is a war, you really don’t know what is going to happen.”

The Seahawks continued their victory streak in the following two conference games with a victories over Stevenson University (86-55) and the University of Mary Washington (69-58).

Men’s Basketball Off to Strong Start Against High-Ranked Opponents

St. Mary’s Men’s Basketball is off to a solid start this season with a 5-1 record and two recent wins over high-ranking teams.

The #14 ranked Seahawks won their first game against Johns Hopkins University 73-66 and their second against Hood College (77-60).

Their next game proved to be more of a challenge, though, with a 56-54 loss to Frostburg State University at the buzzer in what Head Coach Chris Harney, in his sixth season as coach, calls their “worst game ever.”

“[It was] one of those games where we got up on the wrong side of the bed…We did everything wrong,” he said.

However, despite their sloppy performance, Coach Harney said that it proves that they were still a talented enough team to play poorly and still almost win. “We have a great team. We have talent,” he said. “We have players that work hard.”

The hard work paid off when Seahawks rebounded in their next two games against Top 25 ranked teams, beginning first with a 19-point win over #7 Franklin and Marshall, who beat the Seahawks last year to end their season.

Harney said this win was a key one, because it allowed the Seahawks to “avenge last year and knock off a Top 10 team,” and it was a positive response to the disappointment at Frostburg State.
In their next game, the Seahawks defeated #25 Christopher Newport 86-67 in another 19 point win.

Senior point guard Alex Franz, who leads the team in points, steals, and assists, and averages 16.2 points a game, viewed last year as an accomplished but unsatisfying season. After beating two ranked teams, though, he believes this season will be a success.

He was proven right on Saturday, Dec. 4, as the Seahawks took their first conference and away game win from Stevenson University.

In the upcoming weeks, the Seahawks have a tough set of conference games, including a game last Monday against The Citadel Military University of South Carolina, a Division I team. According to Coach Harney, “Every team in the conference has improved; every game is a battle.”

Senior forward Sam Burum leads the team in offensive rebounds and field goals. Burum said last year was one of the most successful years the Seahawks have had. “We went far, but not as far as we wanted to go,” he said.

So far, he said, the season has been going well, but “…the biggest thing for us is not to have any letdowns; to get up for every game and make sure we’re performing as best we can.”

At home, the Seahawks have a 24-0 record during the regular season, which Coach Harney attributes to all of the students who come out to support the team. “I love it here,” he said. “I think this team has the potential to do great things.”

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.

Seahawks Approach End of Strong Spring 2010 Season

This season is best described as a roller coaster of wins, losses, and emotion. With almost season-lasting winning streaks for some and heartbreaking losses for others, the Seahawks managed to play impressively despite rough beginnings due to weather for those on the fields. The season continues into finals week for some teams, while others have ended their Spring seasons to prepare for an even better performance in ’10-’11.

Men’s basketball once again played an incredible season, ending 26-4 under the direction of five-season coach Chris Harney. The team began in the Fall semester with three consecutive wins Nov. 20-22, continuing an impressive performance into the Spring with 15 wins and three losses by Jan. 23. After a conference game against Salisbury University on Jan. 23, the Seahawks began an uninterrupted winning streak that lasted an impressive 12 games. Taking the Capital Athletic Conference Championship from Wesley College 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.

Women’s basketball ended the season 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.

Baseball had a rough season this semester, 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. blizzard that left the Hawk’s Nest covered in snow and ice. Losing their chance for a starting home game, the Seahawks first played Salisbury 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, currently in an eight-game losing streak after a 6-3 loss against Chris. Newport. The team’s final game this Sunday against Washington College was cancelled, leaving the team with a 9-24 season.

Beginning their first seasons as varsity teams for the College, the men’s and women’s cross country teams ended their regular seasons in the Fall with a fourth-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.

Also beginning in the Fall semester, the men’s tennis team began with a three-meet winning streak that was 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 9-0 on Apr. 18. The team’s final game on Apr. 22 ended with a 5-4 post-season win against Goucher College.

Beginning the 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, 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’s last game against Goucher ended on Apr. 22 with a 7–2 post-season loss.

The men’s swimming team continued its season from the Fall semester, standing 4-2 before returning to the Somerset pool in January. While suffering three consecutive losses, including an incredibly close 101-104 performance against Salisbury, the Seahawks performed well at the CAC Championship hosted by the College during Valentine’s Day weekend, placing third out of seven teams. After a post-season invitational on Feb. 20, the team closed out the regular season until next Fall.

Standing 6-1 from the Fall season, women’s swimming performed well as they dived into Spring 2010. While losing two consecutive meets off the starting block, the Seahawks defeated the Salisbury Seagulls 133-72 on Jan. 23, standing 7-3 as they entered the CAC Championships hosted by the College. Placing third out of seven teams on the tournament’s first day, impressive comebacks on days two and three boosted the Seahawks into second place, topped only by the University of Mary-Washington. Women’s swimming closed out the season after hosting an invitational meet on Feb. 20.

Another team to be affected by weather this season, men’s lacrosse began the season with a 22-7 loss against No. 5 Roanoke College on Feb. 21, 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 Spring 2010.
If there was any team at the College this season that made an impressive comeback, it was the women’s lacrosse team, beginning their season on Feb. 27 with a 14-6 loss against Washington & Lee University that propagated to 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 Mary Washington, 15-14, on Apr. 20. After an alumni game on Apr. 25, the team plays next on May 1 against Chris. Newport, followed by a match against Randolph-Macon on May 5.

Men’s B-Ball Knocked Out of Sweet 16

Photo by Dave ChaseThe Sweet Sixteen Seahawks finished out their run in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championships on Friday, Mar. 12, with an incredibly close 92-87 game against Franklin & Marshall College that pushed the Diplomats into sectional final action on Mar. 13. In front of a sold-out crowd of students, faculty members, and even President-Elect Joseph Urgo, the CAC Champions played an intense game that brought the deciding shots down to the last twelve seconds of the fourth quarter, aided by a three-pointer from senior guard Camontae Griffin. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point went on to win the championship on Mar. 20.