Field Hockey Raises Money For Cancer

On Saturday, October 1, the field hockey team at St. Mary’s organized a community service event to benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and to kick off the Family Weekend and Hawktober Festival athletic activities.

At their game against Stevenson University, the team sold t-shirts from which all proceeds went directly to the foundation.  “This is the second year for our Alex’s Lemonade Stand game,” said Head Coach Katie Lange, ’06.  “To date, [the team] has raised almost $2,000 for the foundation.”

Inspired by childhood cancer victim Alex Scott, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started in 2005. The Foundation’s website says that the organization raises money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, research into new treatments and cures, and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

According to sophomore Claire Kortyna, senior Lauren Bennett proposed the idea that sparked the start of the program.  “I think it’s a great way for our team to bring something back to the community,” said Kortyna.

Besides the successful community service project, the team celebrated Hawktober Festival with a 2-1 win over Stevenson University.  Junior Lauriann Parker scored the game-winning goal off a penalty stroke late with just six minutes remaining in the contest against their fellow Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) opponents.

Since the Oct. 1 game, the team has picked up a 2-0 win against Frostburg University on Oct. 8 and three losses against Bridgewater College on Oct. 8, Catholic University on Oct. 10, and York College on Oct. 15, by scores of 0-1, 0-1, and 3-2, respectively.  The team is currently 5-8 overall and 3-2 in CAC conference play with only three games remaining until the playoffs begin.

Of those three games, the first two, against University of Mary Washington and Wesley College, are key conference match-ups for the team.  Though coming off a rocky stage in the season, the team remains proud of their accomplishments and hopeful as they move forward towards the playoffs.

“We’re having a pretty good season. If we work really hard, we might win the conference, but even if we don’t I’ll know we did everything we could to do so,” said Kortyna.

Coach Lange agreed with Kortyna.  “I am proud of the progress the team has made over the course of the season,” she said. “They are really coming together and we feel confident we can make a strong push at the end going into playoffs.”

The CAC conference playoffs begin on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Field Hockey Excited For New Season

While rained out of scrimmages, the Field Hockey team still played in the Connie Harmon Classic as well as had a game against Washington College. Even though they lost against Washington 2-1, the team is still excited for the season.

In the Connie Harmon Classic, SMCM lost 2-0 in the championship game against Susquehanna University. Coach Katie Lange looked at it positively saying, “We actually were rained out of our scrimmages because of the hurricane, and so our first game was our first time we played against an opponent. It was nerve-wracking because usually I’ll have a chance to see everyone play against an opponent and think about what we need to work on. But we’ve only been able to practice against each other. It was nice to play against some other teams and see how we fare against them.”

When asked about how she thought the players did at the Connie Harmon Classic, Lange replied, “I think we have some things to work on, but overall I was happy with their positive attitude, strong work ethic, and skill, those are the three things I prioritize. But we definitely have a long way to come in order to compete with some of the other teams in our conference.”

Before the game against Washington, Lange said, “It’s always such a close game, I call them 50/50 games. When you’re that closely matched with a team, it’s not luck, but really anyone could win.” The field hockey team proceeded to lose 2-1 to Washington. Junior Lauriann Parker scored the first goal of the season in the first 13 minutes. Washington scored before intermission and another goal at the 58 minute mark.

Even with the loss the team stays excited. Coach Lange explained some of the difficulties with transitioning from one season to another, saying, “It is tough at the beginning because we have ten new members of the team and we only have two weeks before our first game, and to try to have everyone learn everyone’s names, learn everyone’s playing styles, and learn everyone’s personalities, it can be difficult.” She also expressed sympathy for those completely new to college life, saying , “And the new players are not only adjusting to a new team; they are also adjusting to college life and classes.”

Coach Lange showed pride for her team, saying, “We have a great group of first years, I like them a lot, and they are all hard workers.” She also said, “I have a great group of five seniors, who were with me from my first year (One transferred in)…I think we’ve grown a lot together. They’ve been really supportive of me and they’ve also grown so much in terms of leadership.”

The team plans on having its second annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand for their Hawktoberfest game. On Saturday, Oct. 1, students can buy a t-shirt for $10 from any of the players on the team. All of the proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which is devoted to helping kids who have cancer.

Field Hockey Dominates Fall Season From Start to Finish

With a strong 6-1 record at the start of the season, the St. Mary’s Women’s Field Hockey team has been in it to win it from the beginning. And as the season comes to a close, their drive is far from fading.

After starting the season winning 4-1 over Goucher College, the Seahawks continued to make waves in games against Johns Hopkins University (with a stunning overtime win), Virginia Wesleyan College, York College, and Stevenson University.

After a difficult game against Eastern Mennonite University resulting in a 2-0 loss, the Hawks brought themselves back to life as they went up against the University of Mary Washington. After a scoreless first period, the second period seemed like it would yield a similar outcome. But with less than two minutes remaining, sophomore Brooke Masimore scored her first goal of the season with an assist by sophomore Natalie Hackstaff, ending the game with a 1-0 win.

Though the Hawks lost in overtime against Lynchburg College, the team held their own for the entire game, proving that they were capable of victory and a spot in the playoffs.

As the Seahawks get ready for the Semi-Finals with an 11-5 record, Coach Katie Lange is ready to lead her team to victory. “Our game on Tuesday [against East Mennonite] wasn’t our best, but on Saturday and Sunday [versus Mary Washington and Lynchburg] we really started playing to our potential. They were extremely competitive games, and we improved a lot.”

First-year defense player Emily Stumme is new to the team, but has an objective outlook on their performance. “We came out way stronger in the Lynchburg and Mary Washington games than against EMU. [During the last two games] we started to play our game better and click in terms of what we needed to work on.”

Since the team has a bye in the first round of playoffs, they have a long break before their next game. “[The team] just has to keep pushing; we know what to expect and what the other teams are going to do [since we’ve already played them], so now we just have to know what we should do to end up victorious,” said Coach Lange.

“The team has risen to their expectations, and I’m very proud of them.”

Stumme has high hopes for the semi-finals. “[I’d love] to win and make it to finals,” she said. “Hopefully just playing our game will be enough to bring us to a win!”
“We’ve got a great group of girls this season,” said Assistant Coach Josh Hunter, now in his second season with the team. “It’s going to take a lot of work and a lot of pain, but that’s why we’re awesome.”

Women’s Field Hockey Starts Fall Season Scoring Strongly

The St. Mary’s Women’s Field Hockey team is all about heart and pain. After a 6-1 start to the season, the team has littered the field with their heart and toughness.
Beginning the season with a 4-1 victory over Goucher College, the Seahawks traveled back to Baltimore to battle Johns Hopkins University, ranked #15 in the Capial Athletic Conference at the time. After a scoreless first half, both teams tallied two goals in the second period.

With the game tied at the end of regulation, the Seahawks headed into overtime. Johns Hopkins dominated possession during overtime, but sophomore Lauriann Parker gathered a loose ball, dribbled toward goal, and scored the game winner after over 78 minutes of play. Continuing the momentum from the previous day, the team followed their overtime upset of Johns Hopkins by defeating Virginia Wesleyan 6-0.

With a record of 3-0, the Seahawks prepared to begin conference play against York College. “The Capital Athletic Conference is tough. After Salisbury,” the 2009 Division III National Champions, “exists a lot of parity. Mary Washington, York, and Wesley are all good teams,” said Coach Katie Lange.

The Hawks struck first against York when junior Susan Smith scored four minutes and 45 seconds into the game. Thie goal was followed by Parker’s fifth goal of the season, early in the second half. Trailing 2-0, York battled back and evened the score to 2-2. After two great shots on goal by senior captain Allie Skiest and sophomore Ellen Hackstaff, Parker found the net with one minute and 32 seconds left in regulation, lifting the Seahawks past York 3-2.

Conference action continued at Stevenson University. In another close match, the Seahawks found themselves trailing 2-0 early in the second half. Hackstaff was the first to find the net for the Hawks. With less than ten minutes remaining, Parker equalized, sending the game into overtime. After remaining scoreless into the second overtime, Parker beat her defender and buried a shot into the back of the net, notching her second goal of the game and eighth of the season. “I just take the enthusiasm from my team and work hard for my team because they are working hard for me,” said Parker.

According to Coach Lange, the Field Hockey team’s 6-1 record is the culmination of many factors. While the Hawks have scored fifteen goals in four games, Lange attributes much of their success to the team’s stellar defensive efforts. The unit is lead by senior goalkeeper Lydia Garcia, who averages 1.01 goals against per game. Joining Garcia on the defensive end are two senior captains, defensive midfielder Skiest and defender Blair Lusby.

Lusby explained the keys to the Seahawks defensive success. “Always trying to talk, it starts from the back, a lot of communication. We are always talking about supporting each other, making sure they are getting back.” Said Lange about the team’s success, “the great vocal leadership provided by senior captains Allie Skiest and Blair Lusby are essential to our team’s chemistry.”

The lynchpin to the Seahawks early success, though, is the team’s willingness to demonstrate heart, experience, and pain necessary to win. Early in the August heat of preseason, Coach Lange told her team, “Winning hurts, its all about heart and pain.” Lange believes it is the team’s toughness that has helped the Seahawks to remain standing strong.

Field Hockey Weathers Rain, Hopes for Brighter Finish

First-year Lauriann Parker helped end the game on Oct. 3 against the College of Wooster by scoring the game-winning point in overtime.  (Photo by Matt Molek)
First-year Lauriann Parker helped end the game on Oct. 3 against the College of Wooster by scoring the game-winning point in overtime. (Photo by Matt Molek)

The field hockey team must wait a little longer to play after their most recent game against Christopher Newport University on Oct. 17 was rained out.

After patiently waiting for almost two weeks since beating the College of Wooster 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 3, the St. Mary’s field hockey team was disappointed to hear that their next game, originally scheduled for Oct. 15, was canceled due to poor field conditions.

Although this particular match against Washington and Lee University will not be rescheduled, the team members are all looking forward to playing the final five games of their season.

The team, with a conference record of 1-3, is determined to finish off the season with a bang by winning their two last conference games against York College and Hood College.

According to senior and co-captain Amanda Bramble, “York will be a big game, considering that we will need to beat them to take the fourth seed in the CAC playoffs.”

The other two seniors and co-captains on the team, Christy Scaljon and Julia Puzak, both agree that the main goal of their team is to improve their record and to win the upcoming games.

“It’s been frustrating,” said Puzak. “Every game we have improved, but we played a lot of teams in our conference early on and so our conference record isn’t the best.

Sophomore Samantha Locke has had a strong record this season,  recently shown in two goals playing against Catholic University. (Photo by Matt Molek)
Sophomore Samantha Locke has had a strong record this season, recently shown in two goals playing against Catholic University. (Photo by Matt Molek)

”Despite this setback, the Lady Hawks have so far tallied up an overall record of 6-4.

It seems to be a general consensus among the co-captains and their coach, Katie Lange ’06, that the highlight of their season has been their victorious 3-2 defeat over Catholic University.

“Winning games against a good team are always super rewarding,” said Scaljon. “It definitely gave us a boost of confidence and showed us that all of our hard work has paid off.”

Coach Lange believes that her team has been “working very well together this year” and that their strengths are their communication skills on the field and their work ethic.

The nine new freshmen have also been making a good impression on their other teammates.

All three captains have expressed their approval of the newcomers by mentioning their “tremendous amount of talent and potential” and that they have “come in and made their presence known.”

The field hockey team’s next game is at home on Oct. 21 against Wesley College.

As a result of having this long break between games, the Lady Hawks are ready to get back onto the field.

“Right now our team is playing really well,” said Bramble.

“I am very confident that this second half is going to be even stronger than the first.”