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Fall sports finish another year at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

By JAMES A. McCRAY III

Staff writer

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Seahawks cross country senior Dan Swain started his collegiate cross country career with a first-ever attached to his name.

And after the fall cross country season, he will soon end his career with more of the first-ever attachments to his name.

A member of the first-ever cross country team in 2009 as a freshman, Swain recently ended his Capital Athletic Conference career becoming the first-ever Seahawk runner to earn All-CAC recognition in men’s program history.

The senior achieved the honor after placing fourth overall of 91 runners at the CAC championships on Oct. 27 in Frostburg, clocking in with a time of 27 minutes 48 seconds.

Swain’s fourth-place finish helped the Seahawks place fourth overall as a team with 110 team points, with York (Pa.) finishing atop the conference with 32 points.

However, through the season, the senior runner also became the Seahawks first-ever men’s cross country runner to be named Athlete of the Month, that being for September, by the St. Mary’s College Department of Athletics and Recreation, which came after a month in which he helped lead the Seahawks men to the program’s first-ever, first-place team finish.

Swain and the Seahawks men will take part in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships on Saturday by Dickinson College (Pa.) with the race being held at Big Spring High School.

Swain’s Seahawks women counterparts also placed fourth as a team at the CAC meet. The women were led by a Margaret Lillie, who placed 20th overall of 86 runners in a time of 26:04.

The St. Mary’s field hockey team reached the CAC semifinal contest, but fell short of its championship aspirations after a 5-1 loss to Mary Washington (Va.) on Nov. 1. The Seahawks dropped a 1-0 overtime contest with Mary Washington in the first meeting in mid-October.

Finishing at 8-8 overall, the Seahawks were led this season by senior Lauriann Parker in goals scored (5), assists (10) and points (20).

For her efforts, the senior forward was selected to represent St. Mary’s in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Senior Game to be played Nov. 17 in New York.

Parker and the Seahawks started the year in strong fashion by winning four of its first five games, but dropped its final three of four, including the season-ending loss to Mary Washington.

The Seahawks volleyball team also reached the CAC semifinals, but a three-games-to-two loss to Marymount (Va.) ended a successful run into the postseason.

The Seahawks were winners of eight of their final nine regular-season matches, including an eight-matches winning streak. A 3-0 victory over York in the CAC quarterfinals advanced the Seahawks to the semifinal round.

Mandy Goodspeed led the Seahawks in kill percentage (.378) and total kills (259) in 25 matches played, many of her kills coming from sets by Dani Thorne, who totaled 569 assists this season. Goodspeed also led the Seahawks with 97 blocks.

Proving her skills on and off of the athletic field, Seahawks senior women’s soccer defender Lisa Sitz has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District District 2 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Team, currently maintaining a 3.78 cumulative GPA.

Sitz started 14 of 16 games for the Seahawks who finished the season 5-9-2 overall, including a loss in penalty kicks in the CAC playoff opener to Mary Washington.

Offensively, the Seahawks had three top goal scorers as Liz Mosher, Yvonne Latour and Kim LeBarge each tallied five goals this season.

The men’s soccer team won two of its first three games and dropped the final six games of the season, the last being a 1-0 loss to York in the first round of the CAC playoffs.

The team finished with a 4-13 record overall in 2012.

Matthew Braun and Ryan Plaisance led the Seahawks offensively with five goals scored each.

jmccray@somdnews.com