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Seahawk Sports Roundup

Written by Nairem Moran

Seahawks (photo by Bill Wood)

The 2009-10 academic year was the inaugural season for the men's and women's cross country teams under the direction of first-year head coach and director of the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics and Recreation Center, Tom Fisher. The Seahawks finished in the middle of the pack at the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championships.

Lauriann Parker (Photo by Bill Wood)Lauriann Parker '13 became the first Seahawk to be named the CAC Field Hockey Rookie of the Year since the award's inception in 1997. Parker also earned second team National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-South Region laurels after setting the school's single-season record for points in a season at 31, breaking the previous mark of 29 by Marianne Wood '08 in 2006. Lauriann matched the school's single-season record for goals in a season as well with her team-leading 13 goals.

Sophia Esparza '10 starred for the women's soccer team on the pitch, becoming the first Seahawk to garner first team All-CAC honors all four years of her St. Mary's career.

Seahawks Basketball (Photo by Bill Wood)Head Coach Chris Harney and the Seahawk men's basketball team put together one of the most successful seasons in school history. Ranked No. 13 in the final Top 25 poll as well as No. 1 in the NCAA regional poll, St. Mary's not only advanced to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 for the second time in three years, but the Seahawks also captured the program's third CAC championship title as well as back-to-back CAC regular-season and Pride of Maryland tournament titles. The 2009-10 squad set the school record for most wins in a season at 26 as the Seahawks finished with a 26-4 mark (14-2 CAC). Camontae Griffin '10 and Alex Franz '11 both eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark en route to National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Middle Atlantic Region Second Team and All-CAC First Team honors while Harney picked up NA BC regional and CAC coach of the year laurels.

Rachel Hotchko '10 finished as a three-time NCAA qualifier as Hotchko and Kelly Heyde '13 represented St. Mary's at the 2010 NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming Championships. Heyde, the 2010 CAC Rookie of the Year, and Hotchko, a nine-time league champion, guided the Seahawks to a second-place finish at the conference championships for the third consecutive year.