By Pat Mariboe
The Shoremen and Shorewomen were both in action this past week as they looked to start their seasons off in winning form.
After winning their doubleheader season opener against Lancaster Bible, the Shoremen faced off against Catholic University and Roger Williams University at home. First up was Catholic. The Shoremen and the Cardinals were neck-and-neck for the majority of the game but four-run ninth inning for the Cardinals elevated them to a 15-9 victory.
Senior captain Matt Tancredi thought the team stuck it out until the end, but knew the Shoremen had to improve before their doubleheader against Roger Williams.
“Catholic is a phenomenal team and we always have tight games with them,” he said. “Although we did not play our best, we still hung with a team that is considered to be one of the best in the nation. With that being said, if we are able to compete with a team like Catholic at less than 100 percent, I believe it foreshadows an extremely promising season for our team. Moving forward to this weekend, if our team continues to focus on the finer details and work with the intensity that we have been, we should definitely come away with two wins this weekend.”
The hard work and preparation paid off, as Washington College swept Roger Williams 3-2, 6-3. A gritty performance by the Shoremen provided them with some steam heading into their upcoming schedule, which includes a Spring Break trip to Florida where they will play 10 games.
For the Shorewomen, after starting their season off with a 2-1 win and a 3-0 loss in a doubleheader against Stockton University, they faced off against Clarkson University and Salisbury in the Salisbury University Softball Tournament.
Head Coach Lacey Lister was excited about the team’s first test of the season and looked forward to the weekend tournament.
“It was great to get out and play today,” she said. “We certainly have a lot to work on, going into the weekend and throughout the course of the season, but it was nice to be able to identify some of these things early.”
Sophomore Rachel Butler won her first career game in the team’s 2-1 victory against Stockton and was excited for future successes to come.
“I’m really glad that we pulled out a win on Tuesday considering we were missing a few key players,” Butler said. “I think that we also worked well under some pressure and it will help us moving forward into the tournament this weekend. I think that our team as a whole has made tremendous strides and that we are coming into this year stronger than ever. We had a really good freshman class come in and our upperclassmen continue to improve every day.”
One of those upperclassmen, senior Taylor Harcum, touched on her veteran role on the team and how she aims to compose herself each day.
“I have to set an example because the underclassmen are going to look up to me and follow my lead,” she said. “If they see a senior not working hard then that gives them the impression they don’t have to work hard, either. So by me going out on the field every practice and game giving it my 110 percent then they will want to do the same.”
Harcum said she aims to be a better leader this season, serving as a senior the team can trust and depend on in situations where a team leader needs to step up and take the initiative.
On the first day of the two-day tournament, the Shorewomen fell to Salibsury 9-0 and then bounced back against Clarkson 9-0. The team would then face off against both teams again the next day. The Shorewomen were picked to win the Centennial Conference in a preseason poll.
“Our team goal for this year is to win the Conference Championship,” Harcum said. “We have worked countless hours on and off the field to prepare ourselves for that game and we hope to obtain it this year.”