Teamwork Pays

Women’s basketball captain Samantha “Sam” Partonen ’14 has wins on the court and in the classroom, but her real joy is being a part of the UMW Eagles women’s basketball squad. “Our team is the most positive, hard-working team I know, and that’s the only reason I am able to experience any kind of individual success,” said Partonen, an honor student. Coach Deena Applebury said the senior guard gives as much as she gets. Partonen earned first- and second-team status on the All-Capital Athletic Conference women’s basketball team, and she joined her Eagles teammates among the Elite 8 in the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III women’s basketball tournament. Partonen led the Eagles with 102 assists and averaged 12 points per game last season. She led the season in points per game with an average of 11.3, helping her team end with an 18-8 record. A native of Burke, Va., and valedictorian of her Robinson High School class, Partonen studies English and plans to … [Read more...]

UMW Honors 2014 Hall of Famers

The University of Mary Washington inducted three alumni, one former coach, and an entire team into its athletic hall of fame in February. The honors went to the 1993 field hockey team, which advanced to the national championship game; All-America high jumper Bobby Bergin ’03; All-America tennis star Conor Smith ’03; basketball standout Dan Dupras ’03; and former head baseball coach Tom Sheridan. The 1993 field hockey team finished 22-2 and advanced to the NCAA Division III national championship game. The team rattled off 51 goals in 24 games and limited opponents to just seven goals all season - still one of the best defensive seasons in Division III history. Aside from UMW’s two NCAA championship women’s tennis teams, the 1993 field hockey team was, at press time, the lone Mary Washington athletic program to advance to a team national championship game. Bergin competed in eight NCAA track and field championships in his four-year career, gaining All-America honors four … [Read more...]