Post-Season Takes Flight
In an unprecedented sweep, the Washington College softball team, men’s lacrosse team, and women’s crew team have finished the regular spring season with Division III bids in the NCAA Championships. It’s the first time two women’s teams have simultaneously made the NCAAs, and the first time three WC teams have done so in the same season.
Leading the pack is the Shorewomen’s softball team, which captured its first-ever conference championship by defeating Haverford College, 9-0, in five innings in the Centennial Conference Tournament championship game Sunday afternoon at Cedar Creek Field in Allentown, PA. With the win, the Shorewomen (26-17) claim the conference’s automatic bid and the school’s first-ever bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Shorewomen blew open the championship game with an eight-run second inning, scoring seven of those runs with two outs in the frame.
On the water, the women’s crew team is headed to the NCAA Division III Championships in Indianapolis after nailing the first-ever automatic qualifier in the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference’s history and winning its third MARC championship in five years. The women won the qualifier by finishing first overall at the MARC Championships held in Lewisberry, Pa. WC’s first varsity eight nudged out arch rival Marietta, who finished second, and Franklin & Marshall came in third. WC’s second varsity eight finished second in its final behind Marietta. The combined scores were enough to push the team to the top and land them an automatic trip to the NCAAs on the last weekend in May. It’s the first time the conference has held an automatic qualifier, and this will be Washington College’s first full-team effort at the NCAAs, meaning both eights qualified to compete.
Meantime, the 10th-ranked men’s lacrosse team earned an at-large bid in the NCAA Division III Tournament and went straight to work on Wednesday, defeating Colorado College, champion of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. During first-round action at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium, the Shoremen built an 8-2 second-quarter lead and withstood a strong second-half effort by Colorado en route to the 10-7 victory. The win means the Shoremen on Saturday night will travel to Stevenson University to play the fourth-ranked Mustangs, who last night defeated Christopher Newport University 18-6. Stevenson comes to the second round with an 18-2 record, while Washington College brings a tally of 13-4. This is the Shoremen’s 30th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and second in as many years. Last year, the Shoremen lost to Goucher, 5-4, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament; they won the NCAA Division III National Championship in 1998.
For more on all of these teams, visit the College’s Athletics page.