Seahawks Spring Break Sports Recap 2012

Over spring break, March 10-18, baseball, men’s tennis, and men and women’s lacrosse all played games while other students went home or on vacation for their breaks.

Baseball started spring break’s string of games on the tenth with a game against York College of Pennsylvania. Seahawks won the first game 15-3,  but lost the second game 4-3. On the eleventh, Seahawks beat York by winning their final game 4-3. The baseball team has won many games this season, and with the games won against Alburtus Magnus College, Head Coach Lew Jenkins had his 300th and 301st career victories. The team next plays a home game against Washington College on March 20.

On the March 13, women’s lacrosse lost 16-3 to Messiah College. The St. Mary’s athletic website says, “Seahawk senior goalie Colleen Simpson finished the afternoon with 13 saves, four ground balls, and one caused turnover as Simpson faced 39 shots.” The team won their two previous games against Haverford College and Washington College that happened earlier in the semester. So far the team has had three wins and four losses. Their next game is a non-conference home game against Goucher College on March 20.

The men’s tennis team has done nothing but win this spring break. While none of their games have been conference matches, the team has won every single game they have played at Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Their most recent win was against Messiah College, where the team won every match. First singles player Andrew Gear ‘14 won his match 6-0 , 6-1.  The team plays Lancaster Bible College next. It is a non-conference away game at 3:30 p.m. on March 23.

Men’s lacrosse had two wins and one loss over break. The team won against Muhlenberg College 13-11 on the tenth, lost 7-6 to Denison College on the fourteenth, and won against Frostburg State University on the seventeenth. The team has had three wins and three losses in the season overall.

League commissioner Tom Byrnes announced over break that Senior Captain Peter Windsor earned the Capital Athletic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week. Men’s lacrosse’s next game is on March 21 against Marymount University. It is a home conference game that starts at 4:00 in the afternoon.

Men's and Women's Swimming Place 2nd In CAC Championships

From Feb. 17 to 19, men’s and women’s swimming competed in the Capital Athletic Conference Championships. Both teams won second place.

Team member Claire Huckenpohler ’14 described the format of the events as follows: “It started on Friday and it went to Sunday. Each morning there was a preliminary competition to see who can come back for the finals. So the point is to score high enough to get into the final; that’s where all the points come from. There are two heats in the Finals, the top 8 and then the 9th through the 16th. Even if someone from the 2nd heat gets a better time than someone in the top 8, the people in the top 8 are still guaranteed 1st through 8th place. That’s why its important to get as many people in the top heat as possible. The second heat is still important because they still score points.”

Huckenpohler described the feeling of the team by saying, “Before and during the match the team was focused, excited, motivated, spirited, and just all around enthusiastic about the meet.” This enthusiasm seems to have pulled off because both the Men’s and Women’s teams earned new school records. Cameron Headquist ’13 and Dylan Cope ’15 both pulled records for the Men’s team, while Kelly Heyde ’13, Elaina Kohles ’15, Erin O’Conner ’14, and Brooke Raab ’15 swam a new school record in their 800 Free Relay.

Huckenpohler responded to the event as a whole by saying, “Overall we were happy, we were a little disappointed that we didn’t beat [the University of] Mary Washington at [championships] but we know that we had a good season.” Earlier in the season, the women’s team won for the first time against Mary Washington, who now has now been the CAC champions for 22 straight seasons.

Head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams is Andre Barbins, who has been with the teams through 13 seasons, and has won the CAC’s  Women’s Swimming Coach of the year for the fourth time. Huckenpohler commented saying, “We are all really excited that he won this award.”

Huckenpohler responded to being done for the season by saying, “You always feel accomplished at the end of champs, you feel like your training has been worth it.”  Headquist responded to the same question, saying, “Everyone did really well, I’m happy with the progress we made this year, and I’m excited for next year’s champs.”

Points-wise, the Women’s team had 678.5 points, coming behind Mary Washington who had 924.5 points. The Men’s team had 549 points, again behind Mary Washington who had 969 points.

 

Senior Day for Men’s Basketball: Win 95-81

On Saturday, Feb. 18, the St. Mary’s men’s basketball team played against Frostburg State in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), winning 95-81.

Starting lineup for St. Mary’s consisted of sophomore Christian MacAuley, junior Devin Spencer, junior Chris Hutchinson, Mike Fitzpatrick (the only senior in the lineup), and sophomore Brendan McFall. From the beginning of the game, sophomore Mike Schmidt said, “The air was ecstatic as people cheered for the St. Mary’s team.”

The game began with a turnover by Hutchinson, and, though the first basket was made by senior Maurice Williams of Frostburg State, possession returned to the St. Mary’s team very quickly, allowing MacAuley to make a layup with an assist from Fitzpatrick. After another basket made by MacAuley shortly thereafter, the Seahawks were ahead for the entirety of the game. The last few points gained by the Seahawks, bringing them up to 95, were due to free throws made by first-year Lee Jordan.

Up until now, the men’s basketball team has been on a general winning streak, with 18 wins (the game against Frostburg being the 19th), and seven losses before Feb. 18, though the game on Feb. 23 made for an eighth. A large number of their CAC games have been won, though it was important for them to win this game, as it allowed them to proceed to the CAC semi-finals. Jeff Haus, currently a junior, said, “At this time of the season every year, we all try to start playing for our seniors because we know it is the last time they could ever play a real, competitive basketball game.”

To Haus, it is important that the seniors get a game that they can remember. In this case, senior Mike Fitzpatrick was the only senior playing when the team went up against Frostburg. This game has marked the approaching end of Fitzpatrick’s career as a college basketball player, with the next opportunity being any alumni games that are held next year.

When asked about the current seniors on the team, Haus described senior Mike Fitzpatrick as someone that they can look up to, saying, “As a team we have continuously looked at Mikey as a teammate, leader, and friend. That’s why we want to continue to play as long as we can…so we can continue his career.”

In addition, Haus said (on being a senior next year) that the team will hopefully win a championship because “it’s the only way I’d want to go out.” He is one of three juniors currently on the roster, and he wants to ensure that they have one last great year together, describing next year as what could be “the most exciting yet.”

Capital Athletic Conference Results

St. Mary’s had many teams enter the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championships this season. While all of the teams may not have made it all the way through the championships, there were still a lot of successes.

Despite the snow, both the men’s and women’s Cross Country teams placed fifth at the CAC Championship at York College of Pennsylvania. Junior Katie Phipps, a captain on the Women’s Cross Country team, expressed her feelings about the competition. “Considering the conditions, I am very pleased with the team’s performance at conference … we all tried our hardest and put forth our best effort.”  Both of the men’s and women’s teams look forward to going to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Mideast Regional competition.

The women’s soccer team had an extraordinary season and displayed a great amount of skill in the CAC tournament. They ended the CAC games with a 2-4-2 record. The team made it to the championship with a 2-1 win against Stevenson University. Although they lost in overtime to Salisbury University, the team did extremely well. Women’s soccer coach Brianne Weaver explained how proud she was of the team. “The entire team stepped up and played as hard as they could, and several young players willingly took place in the penalty kick tiebreaker and displayed nerves of steel.” She remains quite confident in her players’ skills. “I still get goosebumps just thinking about how hard we battled … our dream run through the playoffs was the stuff of legend and our team was able to display its full potential.”

Other SMCM sports teams had great journeys through the conference games as well. The men’s soccer team was brought down by a 3-0 loss to Salisbury, but three of their players were awarded All-Capital Athletic Conference honors.

After winning 3-0 against Wesley College at the Seahawk Invitational, the women’s volleyball team lost 3-1 in the first round of the CAC tournament against Mary Washington College. The Women’s field hockey team, who had previously won against Wesley with a score of 3-1, also lost in their first round tournament game against York College 3-0.

Even though SMCM’s sports teams suffered some losses, they tried their best and showed their athletic abilities. The players have gained new insight on what it takes to participate in the CAC tournament and what it takes to become champions in the conference. St. Mary’s continues to support their teams as many of them finish up their seasons.

Men's And Women's Swimming Undefeated

Both men’s and women’s Swimming won their first meets, making them undefeated as they prepare for home meets on Friday November 4th against Randolph-Macon College at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday November 5th against Goucher College at 1 p.m.

Junior Joanna Purich explained the nature of swim meets:“First, there’s a relay with four people on each relay team. Then, I believe there are 10 different individual events, and then at the end we have another relay.”

Both teams swam against Catholic before swimming against Hood College and Marymount in a tri-meet. Sophomore Hanna Rizkallah described tri-meets simply by saying, “Usually we have dual meet, so it’s just two teams competing, but in this case there were three teams competing”

Sophomore Claire Huckenpoehler explained one thing she did not like about tri-meets, saying, “Tri wasn’t an ideal situation because not everyone got a chance to swim because there were only two lanes to swim per team instead of three.”

However, the possibility of all the girls swimming in a meet is slim considering the size of the team. Purich commented saying, “We have tons and tons of girls so not everyone gets to swim, but it also makes us more competitive and helps us to be better.” Likewise, the men’s team has a lot more men than usual, Purich said, “With all the freshman that have come in, the guy’s team is almost a full team.”

Purich, Rizkallah, and Huckenpoehler all mentioned the importance of first-years on the team, with Rizkallah specifically saying, “We have a lot of good freshman, a lot of good fresh talent, and we all came together as a team with the new freshman.” Rizkallah was happy with the team’s morale saying, “We all were really good at getting up and cheering when other people were swimming.”

The Freshman on the women’s team did place well. In Even in events where other St. Mary’s students placed first, a first year often placed second. First year Brooke Raab picked up three wins for the team in events including the 100 butterfly and the 200 Freestyle. Another First year, Kelsey Abernathy, came in second behind Raab in the 100 Butterfly. Elaina Kohles, another freshman, placed third in the 100 Freestyle.

Likewise Freshmen on the men’s team contributed to an impressive showing. First year Ben Immink came in second in the 200 freestyle after Junior Billy DeBoissiere. Jackson Holden, another first year, came in second in 500 Freestyle. Dylan Cope ’15 also placed second in the 100 backstroke and the 1000 freestyle.

However, like most athletic events, there usually is something to work on in practice. Even with their undefeated record, Huckenpoehler said, “We had a good start but there are always things we need to work on.” Rizkallah said, “Our coach said our starts and turns could get better, so we need to still work as individuals, but as a whole I think we are pretty good.”

Rizkallah explained an advantage in the upcoming meets, saying, “I think we’ll do really well, we have home field advantage. You always do better at your home pool. And we have a really nice pool with plenty of space for teams to warm up and cool down, and I think that’s really important with swimming.”

All three swimmers seemed excited about the season, with Huckenpoehler saying, “It’s really positive, we’re all really motivated, we got a good group of people together.” Purich also commented, saying, “It’s still really early in the season, and people were swimming really good times, so we’ve got a lot of good potential this year.”

Volleyball Team Still Optimistic

This season, the volleyball team has won 2 and lost 3 of its conference games. Out of the season, it has lost 14 games and won 5.

However, the team is still really optimistic. On the season as a whole, Danielle (Dani) Thorne ’13 said, “It’s been going really well actually, our record hasn’t been that great this season but we’ve been improving the whole time, and our conference record is pretty good so it feels like a good season to me”

The team does not have any freshmen players this year. “We had 15 people last year, and we graduated 2 people, so we would have had 13 girls, but then 2 girls transferred. It was kind of after recruiting season, so it shook out that we only have 11 now. We have enough personnel so it’s fine, people are in new positions but everyone is doing a great job,” said Thorne.

Thorne was particularly proud of the team’s game against York, saying , “We just played awesome…Defensively we played well, and we played well offensively too.  It wasn’t even like everything was going our way which makes it that much better because we had mistakes but we’d get it back and recover.” It’s no surprise Thorne was so happy with this game, considering she got her first career double-double and had a career best in helpers.

Other members of the team also played well in the York game too. According to the SMCM athletics website, “The St. Mary’s attack was led by senior middle blocker Gena Hlavinka, junior outside hitter Cecilia Blanc, and sophomore Michelle Klima as the trio tallied eight kills each.”

On October 26th, the team will have Dig Pink game to raise money for breast cancer. Thorne said, “Dig Pink is a thing lots of schools do, and people will pledge for how many digs you do.” According to Thorne the team averages about 68 digs per game.

In explaining the difference between this year and previous years, Thorne said, “This is my third year. In the past two years we’ve done a lot better in the season record wise,  but I think that we are doing as well in the conference so it doesn’t really matter…we are losing more games, but we are also playing really tough teams like Juniata, who were national champions like three or four times…I guess the main difference is that we are losing more games, but it is not really bad because we are winning the important ones.”

When asked about future games and competitors, Thorne replied,“Our coach always tells us to worry about our side of the court and to just play our game. We usually don’t get a lot of information about the team beforehand. I think it kind of psyches teams out sometimes when you worry too much about what the opponent is doing.”

She also wanted to promote the team, saying, “More people should come to volleyball games because everyone who comes always enjoys it because it is a fast paced game, there is a point like every 30 seconds, and it’s exciting to watch”

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.

Club Spotlight: The Crew Team

Hello St. Mary’s! For those of you that haven’t heard about it yet, there is an awesome group of people on campus known as the Crew team. I know that we may look just like you, save for a few classy pieces of clothing with our crossed oar logo, but you may be interested to know that we are in fact all superhumans.  If you need convincing on this point, consider this: on a given weekday, you can find the majority of us waking up at 5 to go physically exhaust ourselves for the next 2 hours before our 8-a.m.’s. Of course, we aren’t so cruel as to force our new recruits to wake up that early. Novices on the team can be found out and rowing on the water at the much more hospitable time of 4:30 in the afternoon. For those of you looking to enjoy our lovely river, get in shape, or just eager to meet new people, Crew is for you.

Is it tough? Yes. But is it worth it? Also yes. We only had our first general meeting on Wednesday, and so I can’t say I know the new people that showed up very well yet, but the 40 or so people I know who are currently on the team are some of the most awesome, hardworking, and generally decent people on campus.  And beyond the social aspect of the team, our hard work has paid off.  In recent years, St. Mary’s Crew boats have (at least) placed and won (more common) just about every regatta that we’ve shown up to.  We’ve raised funds that have enabled us to buy a very nice new boat, and are trying to raise the money to get another one this year.

I’m a senior now and have been on the team since I was but a wee Freshman (back when we were still called that) and I’ve enjoyed it every year. The waking up early was a bit tricky to get used to, but I managed it, and I’ve seen some of the most beautiful sunrises I may ever see because of it. I’ve made some good friends through this team and it has given me plenty of great stories.  In fact, one of the most amazing parts of being a part of this group can really be summed up in that one word: team. It is said that adversity brings people together and let me tell you, there is nothing most college kids are more adverse to than waking up at 5.  I’m not the sort to say for certain how things are going to turn out over this coming year, my last on the team, but I will make a few predictions. One: we’ll kick ass.  Two: we’ll drink a lot of coffee. And Three: we’ll walk away from that last boat maintenance with smiles on our faces and good times behind us.

Spring Sports Reflection

While it may be hard to find time in a busy school schedule for other things, the beginning of the school year promises to have lots of events for students to participate in. And while you might find yourself going to hear guest lecturers, seeing plays with friends, or hanging out at the waterfront, there will also be plenty of sports to go to (schedule provided in this issue) throughout the fall semester. However, before looking forward to the games of the coming season, here is a brief reflection of last semester’s spring sports.

The Baseball team, coached by Lew Jenkins, finished 4th in their conference with 19 wins and 16 losses. Two of their Infielders, Corey Napier and Matt Baden, earned Second Team Honors at the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) All-Conference Baseball Teams. The baseball team was knocked out of the CAC tournament after losing to Salisbury 6-5 after 12 innings. The team won it’s last conference game against Randolph-Macon with a score of 9 runs to 8.

Both Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, coached by Chris Hasbrouck and Lisa Valentine respectively, ended their seasons in 5th Place. The Men’s team had 6 wins and 9 losses, while the women’s team had 12 wins and 6 losses. In their final game, Men’s Lacrosse lost To Stevenson, who ended up being the conference champions, with a score of 16-7. Three players from the men’s team became part of all conference teams, while 4 players from the women’s team were named to all conference teams. The women’s team won their last game 16-12 against Christopher Newport University.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis, both coached by Derek Sabedra, finished in fourth place in their respective conferences as well as were named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Teams. Student Athletes Andrew Gear, Jay Guzzone, and Arvin Wong played for All Conference teams with Gear playing singles for the first team. Guzzone and Wong both played for the second team, with Guzzone playing singles and Wong playing doubles. The Men’s Tennis Team played it’s last conference game against Lancaster Bible College, winning 9-0. The Women’s Tennis team won its last match against Hood College 6-2, and senior Kathleen Ramsey became the tennis program’s leader in total singles wins.

It may feel odd when a season ends, but before you know it Spring will be back with all the same sports. And even though it sad when seniors leave, there are always new students that change the way a team works. This allows for change from season to season and makes the competition more interesting. Feel free to try out for teams for next semester if you want to play.

Men’s Soccer Struggles Through Season, Reverses To Make CAC Playoffs

After a hard fight this season against some of the top college teams in the country, the men’s soccer team managed to turn around a losing season just in time to make the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs, losing 1-0 in their first round but nonetheless playing a intense game to remember.

The Seahawks began their Fall 2010 season roughly, losing their first three matches against Neumann College on Sept. 1, Elizabethtown College on Sept. 4, and the State University of New York Genesco on Sept. 5. All three matches were shut-outs against the College, and while none were conference matches, they still set up the athletes for a tough rest-of-season.

“We aren’t really doing as well as we thought,” said Coach Herb Gainey, now in his ninth season with the men’s soccer team. “But the team has turned 180 [degrees] from last year, and I’m proud that they haven’t bailed out.”

The team stepped up its performance the following week, matching Greensboro College 1-1 after an overtime match Sept. 11 and winning 2-1 during a home game against Methodist University the following day. First-year midfielder Brian Payne made an appearance during the first half, flicking a loose ball into the Monarchs’ goal to give the Seahawks the first point of the game.

“The freshman players are good, and talented,” said Gainey. “Their energy helps in training and in games.”

While losing the Seahawk Classic on Sept. 15 to the nationally-ranked Swarthmore College 3-1 despite a point-for-point first half, the team again turned its luck around on Sept. 18 with a 3-2 overtime victory against Stevenson University, giving the Seahawks their first conference game of the season.

“This team is the closest group of guys I have ever been a part of,” said junior forward Ted Scharfenberg. “We fight every time we are on the field and never give up.”

Unfortunately, men’s soccer took another losing streak over the two weeks following the Stevenson game, losing 2-0 against the University of Mary Washington on Sept. 22, 3-0 to York College on Sept. 25, and 3-0 against Salisbury University Oct. 2 in another series of shut-outs to bring the team to a 1-3 CAC spread.

While the team came back with a 2-1 victory over Shenandoah University Oct. 6, it faced a net loss after two shut-out defeats by Oct. 11 against Richard Stockton College and Johns Hopkins University.

The Seahawks took a conference win and draw at home against Hood College and Frostburg State University, respectively, but suffered three consecutive losses at the hands of Marymount, Christopher Newport, and Catholic Universities, bringing their CAC spread to 2-4-1 by Oct. 26.

For the men’s team, this meant that the Seahawks would have to win their last match of the official season, against Wesley College, to make it to the playoffs.
“Tomorrow’s game against Wesley will determine if we’re in or out [of the playoffs],” said Gainey in an interview on Oct. 27.

In a surge of strength and teamwork, the Seahawks managed to score the first goal within the first two minutes of play, as senior midfielder George Gusack placed the ball perfectly for senior midfielder Keith Hines’ chip-in. By the end of play, the team won 2-0 over the Wolverines, earning its place as the fifth seed team for the playoffs after a Senior Day Oct. 28 victory.

While making it to the playoff game against Mary Washington on Oct. 31, the Seahawks took a heartbreaking 1-0 loss against the Eagles after a scoreless first-half against the fourth seed school.
“It was an intense game,” said junior midfielder Matt Grady after the match.

“While performance-wise we didn’t improve this season, in terms of teamwork and heart we really did.”

The Seahawks will return to the field next fall with the start of a new season. While the season could potentially be just as difficult with the loss of 11 seniors, the abilities of the incoming athletes will hopefully show the promise that the men’s team will need in 2011.