CSM fall sports strug­gle

Each Hawks team had a los­ing record

The Enterprise - - Sports - TED BLACK

Per­haps it might seem as an un­der­state­ment to de­note that Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land fall sports en­dured a dif­fi­cult cam­paign since none of them came close to .500 and com­bined for a 9-31 record.

In pre­vi­ous years, the CSM vol­ley­ball team had stood out as the best fall sports pro­gram. This fall, that squad as­cended to the head of the class among Hawks teams de­spite a 5-14 mark, in­clud­ing a 3-9 record in the Mary­land Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence. Nev­er­the­less, their fi­nal win­loss record does not ex­actly tell the whole story.

CSM stum­bled badly out of the gates and dropped its first 11 matches, but the Hawks went 5-3 down the stretch, in­clud­ing a 4-2 mark in Oc­to­ber and the squad won their last two matches.

CSM’s first win came on Sept. 30 ver­sus Howard in four sets in the Rap­tor In­vi­ta­tional at Mont­gomery Col­lege. The Hawks were 1-2 in the one-day tour­na­ment.

CSM swept Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege on Oct. 4 to start the month then beat Howard again in four sets on Oct. 9. Af­ter los­ing their next two matches, the Hawks ended the slate by edg­ing Anne Arun­del in five sets on Oct. 16 then swept Al­le­gany on Oct. 19.

The Hawks will lose three sopho­mores in out­side hit­ter Rea­gan Tuia­sosopo (a North Point High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf, right-side hit­ter Sa­van­nah Car­roll (a Patuxent High School grad­u­ate from Lusby) and set­ter Saman­tha Rerig (a Calvert High School grad­u­ate from St. Leonard).

The CSM women’s soc­cer team (3-7, 1-6 MDJUCO) won its first two games, but was un­able to make good on their early prom­ise.

Af­ter end­ing Septem­ber with a 6-1 win over CCBC-Ca­tonsville, the Hawks lost their four games in Oc­to­ber by a com­bined 44-0 mar­gin, in­clud­ing an 18-0 drub­bing at the hands of Mont­gomery on Oct. 18 in which all the goals came be­fore the in­ter­mis­sion.

In the win over Ca­tonsville on Sept. 27, Kar­leigh Co­hen (a Grace Chris­tian Academy grad­u­ate from White Plains) scored three goals and Semiya Lowe (a La Plata High School grad­u­ate from Hugh­esville) added an­other. CSM also ben­e­fited from two Ca­tonsville own goals.

The Hawks won their first two games to start the sched­ule, 6-0 at Pa­trick Henry (Va.) on Aug. 30 and 3-1 at Ce­cil on Sept. 11, but they were outscored 61-7 over the fi­nal eight con­tests and won only one of them. The team had just one sopho­more, mid­fielder/ de­fender Leslie Gomez (a La Plata High School grad­u­ate from La Plata)

Like­wise, the CSM men’s soc­cer team (1-10, 1-9) recorded its lone tri­umph on Sept. 11 with a 1-0 vic­tory over Ce­cil Col­lege on a goal by Ni­cholas Krisko (a Hunt­ing­town High School grad­u­ate from Hunt­ing­town). But the Hawks promptly dropped their last eight games and scored only three goals along the way.

In CSM’s 7-1 loss to Hager­stown on Sept. 18, Nathaniel Mor­ri­son (a Leonard­town res­i­dent) pro­duced the lone tally, then in a 6-1 de­feat to Howard on Sept. 26 it was Miles Pay­ton (a La Plata High School grad­u­ate from La Plata) who pre­vented the shutout. In a 6-1 set­back against Har­ford on Oct. 9, Rho­jay Le­mard (a Brandy­wine res­i­dent) scored the lone goal for the Hawks. But in each of their other five losses the team failed to dent the score­board.

The team had just two sopho­mores in mid­fielder Caris­tan Tokam (a Wal­dorf res­i­dent) and goal­keeper Hunter Van­zandt (a Brandy­wine res­i­dent).

While the CSM cross coun­try team did not have enough run­ners to score at its trio of meets, it did boast a pair of run­ners who per­formed well at them.

Fresh­man Sierra Walker (a North Point High School grad­u­ate from White Plains) fin­ished 46th of 105 fe­male run­ners at the Hood Col­lege In­vi­ta­tional on Oct. 13 with a sea­sonal-best clock­ing of 27 min­utes, 15.9 sec­onds for the 6K dis­tance.

At that same meet, Jeremy McGraw (a Hunt­ing­town High School grad­u­ate from Hunt­ing­town) com­pleted the 8K dis­tance in 33:21.1 to fin­ish 88th of 113 male run­ners at the meet.

At the Goucher Col­lege Cross Coun­try Clas­sic a week ear­lier, Walker placed fourth and McGraw took 28th.

At the Hor­net Har­rier In­vi­ta­tional at Shenan­doah Univer­sity (Va.) on Sept. 22, Walker com­pleted the 5K dis­tance in 23:13.0 to fin­ish 48th of 111 fe­male run­ners and McGraw com­pleted 6K in 24:21.9 to place 89th of the 120 male run­ners at the meet.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF COL­LEGE OF SOUTH­ERN MARY­LAND ATH­LET­ICS

Fresh­man right-side hit­ter Zaiera Duck­ett, a Calvert High School grad­u­ate from Port Repub­lic, and the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land vol­ley­ball team fin­ished with a 5-14 record this fall.

Fresh­man for­ward Nathaniel Mor­ri­son, a Leonard­town res­i­dent, and the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land men’s soc­cer team fin­ished with a 1-10 record this fall.

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