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.

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 and Women’s Tennis Hope to Continue Winning Season

Already halfway through their season, the men’s and women’s tennis teams at St. Mary’s have been diligently working in order to fight for some wins. With the men’s team currently sitting on a 6-6 lead and the women’s with a 6-7 record, both teams hope to finish with a winning record.

Throughout the current season, the women’s team has been gradually building more steam as they push through their games with more and more wins. Though they’re currently behind one game, players are confident that with enough preparation, they can get back on top, and are currently 2-1 in conference play.

“So far I think our team is doing pretty well…considering we are a young team and we’ve had some players get sick or been out due to injury,” said junior women’s captain Kathleen Ramsey. “Recently we’ve really picked it up.”

The men’s team has been fighting throughout the season as well to keep up a winning record. The team has won two games with a 9-0 outcome against both Virginia Union University and Wesley College. In conference play, the men’s have a 1-1 record.

Women’s and men’s Head Coach Derek Sabedra believes that what both teams need to work on is adapting to the weather, continuing with the fundamentals of tennis, and supporting one another.

“Because we often play the same opponent at the same time, we take turns cheering each other on,” said Ramsey. Despite the difficulty of finding time to watch games due to practice and match times, both teams greatly support one another.

“Before the Mary Baldwin match held on March 24,” said Sabedra, “five boy players cleared the water off of the courts for three hours so the ladies would not lose valuable class time. The camaraderie is second to none.”

Even with their winning attitudes and desire to add more wins to their seasonal scoreboards, both teams have had to find ways to come together and figure out how to battle against the odds.

The women’s team, which has no seniors rostered for this year, has had to quickly learn how to work together in order to become a stronger team.

Despite the lack of senior experience, Ramsey believes that this hasn’t negatively affected the team at all.

“We have some juniors and sophomores who understand what to expect and are able to answer any of the new players’ or [first-years’] questions,” she said.

The men’s team has also had to regroup after their captain, junior Tom Hoesman, was sidelined after injuring his foot.

The team will likely face some difficulty after losing their top singles and doubles player for the rest of the season, but Hoesman believes that his team can handle it.

“This team is deep enough to still win the same amount of matches and finish the same place in the conference,” he stated. “It’s just going to be tougher and they’re going to have to work a little harder. But they can definitely still have a very strong season.”

Regardless of these setbacks, both teams have a very encouraging coach and two enthusiastic captains helping them along as they continue the last half of their 2010-2011 season.

“We have a really young team, but we’ve come together very quickly,” said Hoesman. “We should be able to turn a lot of heads with how much stronger we’ve gotten this year.”