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.

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