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Less than a month ago, in a tight girls’ soccer Southern Maryland Athletic Conference championship race, Huntingtown, Leonardtown and North Point all won the title in a three-way tie with 10-2 records, while Calvert was on the outside looking in with a 9-1-2 mark.
Though all four teams were tied with 20 points, the SMAC bylaws, a copy of which were provided to the Southern Maryland Newspapers, stated that the best record was defined as the team with the most wins.
However, recently after a SMAC meeting, a change was made as Calvert was added to the SMAC co-champion mix.
Calvert head coach Dawn Lister was elated after Calvert Athletic Director Brad Criss told her that the team was in a four-way tie for the SMAC championship.
“I’m glad that they changed the decision and that we got the recognition,” said Lister, whose Cavaliers fell 1-0 in the final seconds of the Class 2A state semifinals to Fallston. “For the sake of our players, they worked really hard and I thought we definitely deserved it.”
Calvert was added as a co-champ because the state recognizes a tie as a half of a win, so its two ties Northern (1-1 on Sept. 20) and Patuxent (1-1 on Oct. 11) equaled an extra win and one less loss. The decision was also determined because it defeated two of the three co-winners, Leonardtown and North Point by scores of 4-0, and 2-1, respectively, during the regular season.
Leonardtown defeated Huntingtown 1-0 during the regular season while Huntingtown defeated both Calvert (1-0) and North Point (3-0). The Hurricanes’ other loss came at the hands of La Plata in a 2-0 outcome on Oct. 11..
“I called the seniors and captains to tell them the good news, they were extremely happy,” Lister said after receiving the great news. “We had a pizza party and our athletic director gave us the SMAC trophy. We came up just short of state title, it was heartbreaking, but the season was special. I’ve coached the seniors since they were freshman. We had high expectations and have nothing to hang our heads about.”
North Point head coach Doug DeCook mentioned his reaction on their SMAC foe being named a co-champion.
“Calvert was a great team, I’m very happy for them,” said DeCook, whose team beat Leonardtown 2-1 in overtime. “It says a lot about our conference, I’ve never heard of a four-way tie for SMAC in girls soccer. There were some very competitive teams on the rise this year, such as Westlake. I’m not mad at all that Calvert is sharing the title with us they beat us and they definitely deserved it.”
In volleyball, after not being able to finish its final two regular season home matches Oct. 29 against North Point and Oct. 30 versus Westlake because of Hurricane Sandy, Calvert was eventually named SMAC champion.
The decision was determined based on Calvert having the best winning percentage in the conference with a 9-1 record. La Plata and Patuxent each finished tied for second in the SMAC with 10-2 records.
“That was one of our team goals at the beginning of the season,” said Calvert head coach Tim Smith, whose team also won the Class 2A South Region championship and played in teyh state championjship Monday night against Williamsport of Washington County, too late to be included in this edition. “It was tough to gauge because we didn’t know if we were going to win SMAC. So when I found out I send out a mass text to the team and I got a lot of excited responses. It was unfortunate that we didn’t get to win it on the court.”
Calvert senior middle hitter Kara Collins was in the car on her way home when she received the good news.
“I was so excited to win SMAC, we’ve been pushing so hard this season,” Collins said. “I was in the car jumping up and down. It’s indescribable and so amazing I was jumping up and down in the car.”
Based on head-to head matchups, Calvert’s lone loss came at the hands of La Plata, the 3A South Region champion in five sets in a regular season thriller on Oct. 18. However, La Plata was swept in three games by Patuxent and in five sets by Leonardtown.
Patuxent lost to both Calvert and Huntingtown in five sets during the regular season.
Leonardtown head coach Steve Correll finished with a record of 10-6, 9-3 in SMAC.
“It's a shame that Calvert was not able to complete their final two games but Sally had something to do about that,” Correll said. “Personally I believe that Calvert was the best team in SMAC this year so I don't have a problem with them being named conference champions.”