New Athletics Director Is Alum, Successful Tennis Coach

Patrick Catullo ’95 is UMW’s new director of athletics. One of UMW’s most successful coaches, Catullo took on the role of interim director in summer 2018. He has proven himself as a leader and collaborator committed to the educational experience of student athletes. As Mary Washington’s head women’s tennis coach from 2004 to 2018, Catullo advanced the team to 14 conference championships and 14 NCAA Tournament appearances. He also served as UMW’s assistant director of athletics and director of compliance between 2012 and 2018. In his new role, Catullo is focused on upholding UMW’s tradition of academic and competitive excellence while strategically positioning the department for the future. He oversees 23 varsity sports, as well as the team club sports of men’s and women’s rugby. … [Read more...]

Soriano, Men’s Soccer Have Memorable Season

Men’s soccer midfielder Gabriel Soriano ’20 can add first-team All-America honors to his accomplishments with the Eagles. Team captain Soriano scored nine goals and contributed seven assists in his senior season, which saw the Eagles become Capital Athletic Conference champions for the third year in a row. The Eagles shut out Keystone College, 3-0, in the first round of the Division III NCAA Championship, but fell 3-2 to Rowan University in double overtime in the second round. Besides the All-American designation, Soriano also earned Virginia Player of the Year honors for Division III. … [Read more...]

Women Claim CAC Soccer Crown

Defender Corinne Carson ’20 denies an opportunity to her Christopher Newport opponent in front of about 3,500 enthusiastic spectators at Homecoming in October. Women’s soccer went on to claim the Capital Athletic Conference tournament crown for the 14th time, a league high. The Eagles advanced to the Division III NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. … [Read more...]

Volleyball Seniors Net Top Honors

UMW volleyball players Savannah Powers ’20 and Peyton Dunow ’20 were named honorable mention All-America selections by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Powers also was an All-American choice last year. Both Powers and Dunow were also named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors all-state volleyball team. The honors followed a winning season for UMW volleyball. The Eagles won 16 games, lost 13, and made it to the final game of the CAC championship. An outside hitter, Powers ended her college career with a school record 1,347 kills, 707 digs, 199 blocks, and 150 aces. Outside/right side hitter Dunow recorded a career 1,169 kills, 797 digs, 140 blocks, and 111 aces. … [Read more...]

Eagles Hit the Road

All spring sports team trips were completed by early March, before health precautions canceled collegiate sports and curtailed most travel. Spring break, Feb. 29-March 8, didn’t mean a lull in the action for spring sports. While other UMW students did service projects, road-tripped with friends, caught up on studies, or just hung out at home, many Eagles athletes spent the weeklong break competing in far-flung places. The tennis teams traveled south and west – men to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, and the women to Chapman University in Orange, California, and Caltech in Pasadena, California. The softball team played seven games against five opponents in Tucson, Arizona. And men’s golf started the season at the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational in Pine Mountain, Georgia. In club sports, UMW Rugby and the UMW Center for International Education teamed up for travel. While in Spain, the club played games against Barcelona and Cornellá. In France, … [Read more...]