CORRECTION: St. Mary's rounding into health -- and maybe form
St. Mary’s three-game winning streak is not necessarily a coincidence, according to coach Chris Hasbrouck.
Saints Seahawks are getting healthy and just in time for Wednesday’s Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinal at newly anointed No. 1 Stevenson.
“Without a doubt, we’re playing our best lacrosse of the year now,” Hasbrouck said. “We had a few injuries earlier in the year that we’ve overcome, and we’re excited to be here right now. There’s only four Capital Athletic Conference teams playing, and we’re one of them. So that’s a good thing.”
Freshman midfielder Gordy Long missed six games while nursing a high ankle sprain, and starting short-stick defensive midfielders Colin Gload and Tim Fortner have missed a few games in the middle of the season with unspecified injuries.
St. Mary’s, however, will not have the services of senior defenseman Sean Hatley, who tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the team’s 12-4 loss to Salisbury on April 2, according to Hasbrouck. Hatley, who has been replaced by senior John Windsor, will sit out the remainder of the season.
“For him, it’s a tough break with him being a senior and it happening late in the year,” Hasbrouck said. “We’ve tried to see if we could do some aggressive rehab, but I don’t foresee that he’s going to make it back. It becomes a quality-of-life thing. You’ve got to put future health and graduation above potentially playing in one or two more lacrosse games. It was a tough break, but he’s the one guy we don’t foresee making it back.”
Having reached the CAC tournament for the third consecutive year, the
Saints Seahawks get the unenviable task of trying to knock off the Mustangs, the top seed in the tournament who throttled St. Mary’s, 17-4, on April 9.
Hasbrouck said the team is unfazed at the task ahead.
“It’s a long season, and we knew early that there was a lot of lacrosse left, and we wanted to get healthy and get back to full strength, and that’s what has happened,” he said. “We’ve got an opportunity to play the top team in the country in the conference semifinals. For us, this is the one spot we definitely had anticipated being in at the beginning of the year.”
CORRECTION: I erred in calling St. Mary's mascot, the Saints. The school's mascot is the Seahawks. Kudos to reader "MDcomments" for noticing the mistake.