Basketball teams begin their seasons

GirlsBasketball_MarkCooleyBy Kayla Zapcic

Elm Staff Writer

Men’s Basketball

The Shoremen took on Virginia Military Institute in an exhibition game on Nov. 6, where they lost 89-56.

Freshmen Tray Wright and Rob Goyena III both led the team with 12 points. Following on Nov. 9, they took on Cairn University and won 86-76, the first season-opener win in 11 years.

Wright led the team scoring 20 points, followed by juniors Dallas Marshall and Alec Lewis with 11 points.

“I’m feeling very confident that we will perform better than we have in the past,” Lewis said. “We have a lot more experienced players this year which we have lacked in the past and the freshman are fitting in well with the system. I’m excited to see where we go with it.”

Lewis said the team had a tough time getting the ball rolling in the first half of their exhibition game, but they “were playing a Division 1 team, so it was to be expected.”

The Shoremen found their groove and pulled out the 89-56 win. The points scored during this game will not factor into player’s statistics for the season, as this was their exhibition game.

“Last night against Cairn, I thought we played very well. It showed how much potential we have as a team. We still have to clean up a few things but I was happy with the way our team performed Friday night,” Lewis said.

The team’s 10-point win over Cairn this season beats their three-point win in overtime win last season.

Head Coach Aaron Goodman is excited for the upcoming season and seeing what his team will accomplish.

“I’m optimistic that our team is ready to take a step forward. We are young, but experienced,” he said. “We have a group of guys who are hungry, confident, and ready to make a statement in our league. I have seen much growth in our returning players and leaders. Our new additions have blended right in and have made an impact.”

The men’s team will continue to prepare for Centennial Conference play in the Sudek Tournament this Friday and Saturday in Ohio.

Women’s Basketball

The Shorewomen took on Mount St. Mary’s on Nov. 6 and lost 74-50.

Senior Alexis Krahling led the team with eight points and junior Caitlin Clark led the team in assists with four.

Despite the loss, junior Bridget McLaughlin is still positive about the upcoming season.

“Heading into the season I feel really good. I feel like our team worked really hard in preseason and have been super competitive and hardworking leading into the start of the season,” she said.

According to McLaughlin, the team played well during the exhibition match.

“I think we have the potential to do really well and make it far this season,” she said. “Our team has the motivation and the skill to have a winning record and hopefully make it to the playoffs and championship game.”

Both the players and the coach are ready for the tough competition they’re going to face.

Head Coach Alisha Mosley said, “I am looking forwards to the opportunity to coach these girls day in and day out and watch their improvement and growth as a team and individually. They really enjoy being around each other and are eager to learn and get better every day. As a coach, you can’t ask for much more. Because of their passion and love of the game I think we will shock a few people.”

The Shoremen take on Elizabethtown on Nov. 13 at home at 6 p.m. The Shorewomen take on Notre Dame of Maryland on Nov. 14 at home at 7 p.m. Both games will be hosted in Cain Gymnasium.

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