St. Mary’s Col­lege of Md. fall sports teams shine

Men’s soc­cer, women’s soc­cer have 10-win sea­sons, vol­ley­ball fin­ishes with 20-win cam­paign

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By PAUL WAT­SON pwat­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @PWSoMdS­ports

Bas­ket­balls are now bounc­ing and swim­mers are splash­ing in the pool at St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land with the turn to its win­ter cam­paigns. But the Sea­hawks will not soon for­get its fall teams put­ting to­gether great sea­sons in their own right.

The men’s soc­cer team, un­der head coach Alun Oliver, fin­ished the 2016 sea­son with a record of 12-4-2, a third-place 6-21 in the Cap­i­tal Ath­letic Con­fer­ence. The 12 wins are the third-most in pro­gram his­tory and the sec- ond time ever it has post- ed that many vic­to­ries.

The Sea­hawks had just one loss in Septem­ber, a 3-2 de­feat at Swarth­more (Pa.) on a goal with 23 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion which ended the team’s seven-game un­beaten streak.

St. Mary’s fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with backto-back wins after a dou­ble over­time loss to Mary Wash­ing­ton (Va.) on Oct. 19.

The third-seeded Sea- hawks hosted York (Pa.), the sixth seed, on Oct. 29 in the open­ing round of the CAC tour­na­ment, the same squad they de­feated three days ear­lier in their reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale. The sea­son would end in a 1-0 loss to York on a goal with 2 min­utes 38 sec­onds to go in reg­u­la­tion.

Five St. Mary’s play­ers were named to the Al­lCAC team, in­clud­ing firstyear Khalid Ba­lo­gun who re­ceived the con­fer­ence’s rookie of the year award.

Ba­lo­gun fin­ished fifth in the CAC with eight goals and tied for fifth in points with 20.

Join­ing Ba­lo­gun on the first team were se­nior cap­tain Nick Tait and sopho­more Juwan Kear­son. Tait, last year’s CAC play- er of the year, tied for the con­fer­ence lead in goals with 11 and led the league in game-win­ning goals with six. Kear­son, along with Ba­lo­gun and Tait, tied for sev­enth in the CAC in as­sists with four.

Ju­niors An­drew Bat­tin and Zack Haus­sler were named to the se­cond team. Haus­sler led all goal­keep­ers in the CAC with an .840 save per­cent­age, was se­cond in goals against av­er­age (0.95) and tied for fourth with four shutouts. Bat­tin, a de­fender, helped the Sea­hawks to an op­po­nents .087 shot per­cent­age with seven shutouts and a team goals against av­er­age of 1.01 for the sea­son.

The Sea­hawks, un­der head coach Peter Krech, posted its se­cond-straight 10-win sea­son and fourth in pro­gram his­tory with a 10-6-2 mark this fall, ty­ing for third over­all with Mary Wash­ing­ton at 6-2-1 CAC.

St. Mary’s lost three of its last four games to fin­ish Septem­ber, one of those a dou­ble over­time loss to Bridgewater (Va.) on Sept. 17, then turned it on in Oc­to­ber with a 5-2-1 record to fin­ish the reg­u­lar sea­son, which ended with a 3-2 dou­ble over­time loss at York on Oct. 26.

The third-seeded Sea- hawks got past sixth-seeded Sal­is­bury 2-1 on Oct. 29 in the open­ing round of the CAC tour­na­ment, ad­vanc­ing to the semifi- nals for the se­cond year in a row.

St. Mary’s bat­tled with se­cond-seeded Frostburg State through reg­u­la­tion and a pair of over­times that ended in a 1-1 dead­lock. Frostburg moved on to the fi­nal with a 4-2 win in penalty kicks.

Six Sea­hawks were named to the All-CAC team, led by red-shirt se­nior cap­tain Gil­lian Sawyer who was named the con­fer­ence’s player of the year for the se­cond straight sea­son, the fifth player in league his­tor y to achieve mul­ti­ple player of the year hon­ors.

Sawyer led the CAC in goals (18) and points (36). She leaves the pro­gram as the all-time leader in points (109), goals (48), game-win­ning goals (13) and min­utes played (5,543), while ty­ing the pro­gram lead in games played (72) with 2010 grad­u­ate Sophia Es­parza.

Join­ing Sawyer on the All-CAC first team is sopho­more Emily Huey, a York trans­fer who fin- ished se­cond on the team with six goals and four as- sists for 16 points.

Se­niors Carolyn Bar­ranco and Claire Kostel­nik along with ju­niors Lane Brooks and Syd­ney Lar- kin notched se­cond-team hon­ors.

Bar­ranco had her first ca­reer points this sea­son and helped to be a part of a de­fen­sive core that had eight shutouts, a team goals against av­er­age of 1.07 and held op­po­nents to an .086 shot per­cent- age. Brooks, a trans­fer from Bar­ton (N.C.), was also part of that unit and had a goal and an as­sist this sea­son.

Kostel­nik had three goals and five as­sists for 11 points. The five as­sists were tops on the team.

In goal this fall, Larkin had the third-best goals against av­er­age (0.98) and save per­cent­age (0.831) in the CAC. She had a per­sonal-best six shutouts which ranked se­cond among CAC goal­keep­ers.

De­spite a 5-12 sea­son (fifth-place 2-4 CAC) un­der first-year head coach Jes­sica Seay, a Calvert High School grad­u­ate from Port Repub­lic, the Sea­hawks were able to make the CAC tour­na­ment for the 23rd straight sea­son.

St. Mary’s won just two games in Septem­ber, end­ing its sched­ule for the month on Sept. 25 with a 2-1 over­time win at Se­wa­nee (Tenn.) on ju­nior Me­gan Moore’s goal 6:12 into the ex­tra pe­riod. The win snapped a five-game los­ing streak.

The reg­u­lar sea­son end- ed with a 1-0 win over Vir- ginia Wes­leyan on Oct. 27 on sopho­more Court­ney Mel­lon’s se­cond-half tally. The sea­son closed with a 3-0 loss at fourth-seeded York in the open­ing round of the CAC tourna- ment on Oct. 30.

Se­niors Carly Todd and Brady Wolf re­ceived Al­lCAC se­cond-team hon­ors.

Todd led St. Mar y’s with seven goals, two as­sists and 16 points to go along with two game-win­ning goals. Wolf, a three-time all-con­fer­ence se­lec­tion, had three goals and two as­sists for eight points this fall.

Un­der first-year head coach Kelly Martin, the Sea­hawks fin­ished 21-12 over­all for their first 20win sea­son since 2012. They were a fifth-place 5-4 in the CAC.

St. Mary’s had two five­match win­ning streaks dur­ing Septem­ber and fin­ished the month 127. Oc­to­ber be­gan with six straight wins, but the sea­son ended with three straight losses. The last de- feat came at fourth-seeded Mary­mount (Va.) in five sets in the open­ing round of the CAC tour­na­ment on Nov. 1.

The se­nior sis­ter duo of Alli and Mimi Graf re­peat- ed on the All-CAC team with Alli get­ting on the first team and Mimi pick- ing up her se­cond straight se­cond-team honor.

Alli led the league in to­tal points (560.0), to­tal digs (537), to­tal kills (483) and points per set (4.8). She also was named to Amer­i­can Vol­ley­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion Divi­sion III All-North Re­gion team.

Mimi ranked third in the CAC in as­sists (825) and fourth in as­sists per set (8.42).

The Sea­hawks, un­der head coach Tom Fisher, wrapped up the 2016 sea- son Nov. 12 at the NCAA Divi­sion III Mideast Re­gional cham­pi­onships in Cen­ter Val­ley, Pa.

The men placed 40th as a team. Se­nior Eric Or­tiz was the first St. Mary’s runner to cross the fin­ish line, tak­ing 219th over­all in a time of 28 min­utes 34 sec­onds.

Sopho­more Adam Scriv- ener, a Hunt­ing­town High School grad­u­ate from Prince Fred­er­ick, was 235th over­all in 28:52.

On Oct. 29, the men were sev­enth at the CAC cham­pi­onships.

Ju­nior T.J. McPhaul was the first St. Mary’s fin­isher, plac­ing 79th in 29:35. Scrivener closed out the top-five fin­ish­ers for the Sea­hawks, tak­ing 92nd in 30:21.4.

The women placed 42nd in the Nov. 12 re­gional race. Sopho­more Hal­cyon Ruskin was the first St. Mary’s runner to fin­ish, plac­ing 190th in 25:35.

Marisa McCormick, a Calvert High School grad­u­ate from Prince Fred­er­ick, was 255th in 26:37.

Ruskin was also the first runner to cross for the Sea­hawks at the CAC cham­pi­onships, fin­ish­ing 45th over­all in 26:38.6.

McCormick took 57th in 27:18.5. The women placed sev­enth as a team.

The Sea­hawks, un­der head coach Daniel Hagel­berg, went to Philadel­phia to take part in the Head of the Schuylkill Re­gatta on Oct. 29.

The men’s cham­pi­onship eights fin­ished 21st in 15:59.187, while the cham­pi­onship fours were 38th in 23:03.497.

The women’s frosh/ novice eights placed 16th in 18:44.970. The cham­pi­onship eights were 15th in 18:47.518, the cham­pi­onship fours took 56th in 23:33.181 and the club cham­pi­onship eights were 55th in 20:57.213.

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