Eagles Tennis, Lacrosse Shine in Spring Season

The University of Mary Washington made an impressive showing this season in tennis and women’s lacrosse. The UMW men’s and women’s tennis teams capped the spring 2012 athletics calendar by sending three players to compete in the NCAA Division III Individual Championships in Cary, N.C., in late May. Evan Charles ’15 and Donato Rizzolo ’15 advanced all the way to the national semifinals of the men’s doubles championship. Lindsay Raulston ’14 advanced to the women’s singles championship, falling in the first round. Charles and Rizzolo, who helped the Eagles get to their 13th consecutive Capital Athletic Conference Championship and advance to the third round of the NCAA team competition, gained All-America status by defeating Kyle Gerber and John Healey of Case Western Reserve with a score of 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (1). The freshman duo then avenged a regular-season loss to Mark Bloom and Patrick Lipscomb of the University of Redlands by winning a three-set decision over them in the … [Read more...]

“Mary Massacre” Takes UMW Ultimate All the Way

Mary Massacre, the UMW women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, competed nationally in May at the USA Ultimate Division III College Championships in Appleton, Wis., for the second year in a row. Joining some of the best D3 teams in the country, the team placed 11th after playing six games. “Ultimate is a team sport unlike any that I have ever played before,” said club president Emily Goldhammer ’13, who scored at least one point in each game they played at nationals. “Every person on the field has a role at every moment.” The tournament is made up of one day of pool play and one day of bracket play. On the first day of the tournament, Mary Massacre was seeded third in its pool at nationals and kept that seed by losing to the first and second seeded teams, Pacific Lutheran University and Carleton College, and beating the fourth seed, Hendrix College. They then played a crossover game against the second seed of a different pool, Grinnell College, and lost, leading them to play in the … [Read more...]

UMW Names Three 2012 Scholar-Athletes

University of Mary Washington's Megan DeSmit ’12, Marina Frano ’12, and Chris Marino ’12 were named 2012 Scholar-Athletes of the Year. DeSmit advanced to the NCAA Division III Swimming Championships in March, gaining top-25 performances in three events, after receiving multiple all-conference honors at the CAC Championships in February. She holds four conference and school records. A biology major, DeSmit has made the President’s and Dean’s lists, and gained academic all-conference and all-America honors each year. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Chi Beta Phi, Alpha Phi Sigma, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. For the past two years, Frano has advanced to the regional and zone equestrian championships, performing as one of the program’s top riders. A member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Chi Beta Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa, she is on the President’s and Dean’s lists. Frano also has taken on multiple volunteer roles, including … [Read more...]