Spring Sports Preview
- Bosley Jarrett
The Shoremen look to return to the Centennial Conference Tournament after missing it for the first time in five seasons in 2016. Head coach Jeff Shirk returns for his seventh season with optimism for his young, but polished group.
The offense returns it’s top scorers in juniors Tanner Barbieri and Tyler Powers. Barbieri scored 30 goals and assisted on 17 while Powers tallied 25 goals and 10 assists.
Defensively, WC returns a chunk of returning starters, including junior defenseman Tim Hickey, junior goalie Ben Flood, and sophomore defenseman Kevin Wilson.
The Shoremen will face-off with Birmingham Southern on Saturday, Feb. 18 for their season opener. They will then host Washington and Lee on Saturday, Feb. 25 for their home opener which will start at 1 p.m.
Fourth-year head coach Heidi Yetman has guided the Shorewomen to winning seasons since she took over the program, and looks to continue to build the success. This season, Yetman will strive to lead the team to its eighth consecutive winning season and qualify for their seventh consecutive conference tournament.
Leading the offense is senior Katherine Vincent, who was a 2016 All-Centennial Conference first team selection. Vincent scored 48 goals along with her 25 assists. Following Vincent will be sophomore Cecily Docktor, who scored 32 goals last season, which led all freshmen in the conference.
Defensively, the Shorewomen are led by senior tri-captains Anna Inserra and Cara Pascarella, junior Autumn Spence, and sophomore Madison Schutz. Inserra was all-conference second team in 2016.
The Shorewomen will open their season on Friday, Feb. 24 with a home contest versus Christopher Newport, which will start at 4 p.m.
Third-year head coach Matt Reynolds has sent the program in the right direction. After guiding the Shoremen to their first winning record in three years and winning 26 games in 2016, he looks to take the Shoremen to the Centennial Conference Tournament, something that hasn’t been done since 2012.
An abundance of experienced pitchers return for WC, including juniors Brian Kasey, P.J. Mikulus, and Nick Popolizio. They are led by senior captain Billy Griffin, who went 4-1 last season in his six starts.
Leading the bats includes seniors Evan Hirschbaum and Charlie Meder. Hirschbaum collected 52 hits with Meder totaling 35 last season.
The team will start their season on Saturday, Feb. 25 with a home doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 25 versus Widener.
After winning 22 games last season, but falling just one short of a Centennial Conference Championship, the Shorewomen return experienced players who have the knowledge under their belt.
Head Coach Lacey Lister took over in 2009, and has led the program into a conference contender every season. Lister’s group is led by a young and talented group, especially in the batters box. Junior Elaina DiPrimio was second on the team with 47 hits while freshman Maddie Bennett was third with 40 last season.
Pitching wise, the workload will be placed on junior Taylor Harcum and sophomore Maddie Bennett. Harcum threw 123 innings while Bennet threw for 102.2 last season.
The Shorewomen start their season during the weekend of the 25th in Cary, N.C. where they will play a set of double headers on Saturday and Sunday.
Now in his second season as head coach, Jason Ringstad looks to lead both the men’s and women’s programs forward. The men’s team returns sophomore Jake Sandler who is the top returning singles player, going 13-5 last season. The team will open their dual-match schedule on Sunday, Feb. 19 with a non-conference home match against Catholic.
After going 14-4 in their dual-match record, the Shorewomen open this season ranked 39th nationally in Divison III. Junior Julia Lazer is the top returning singles playing, going 10-3 last season. The team will open their dual-match schedule with a non-conference home match versus St. Mary’s (Md.) on Mar. 4.