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
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.