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By RYAN BRAUCH
Now that we are a quarter of the way into the NFL season, we can start to tell who the real studs are and who will not deliver the hype that surrounded them at the beginning of the season. There have also been some major injuries to many teams in the league, which means new players will have their turn in the spotlight. This is also a crucial time for fantasy owners as we are nearing the end of the first half of the season. If your record is not quite what you would have hoped for then now is the time to make some moves.
By AMIR KOREHI
At 5:30 a.m., they hopped in their vehicles in Fredericksburg and headed north, hoping to beat the I-95 traffic and the crazy stop and go that Washington D.C. has to offer. As they arrived to what they thought was their destination, in the pouring down rain, they were told they were on the completely opposite side of campus from where they needed to be. This is the initial story of the travels of the University of Mary Washington men’s club basketball team.
By PETE TEAGLE
The Major League Baseball playoffs are already underway as Wild Card teams look to punch their ticket to October baseball. The Blue Jays beat the Orioles in dramatic fashion, with a walk- off home run in the 11th inning propelling them to a matchup with the Texas Rangers. The Mets also face the Giants on Thursday night in a matchup of some of the National League’s best pitching. Before the playoffs get into full swing, let’s take a look at each of the contenders’ biggest strengths and weaknesses, as well as a couple compelling story lines.
By ELISE ADAMS
Head coach of the University of Mary Washington volleyball program Matt Troy came to UMW four years ago from John Hopkins University, where he was the head volleyball coach. Only four years in, he has already helped the women of the UMW volleyball team achieve great things and show their potential.
By MADISON REID
Club sports are created to offer students who are not a member of a varsity program a chance at competing against students from other universities without the commitment of being a varsity athlete. The University of Mary Washington club volleyball is one of those quite competitive organizations. With playing for a club program at a smaller school like UMW, competing with schools that can be triple the size is very much a possibility.
By DUSTIN THOMAS
Off to a great start this season, the UMW men’s rugby team is 2-0 and riding high on confidence going into this weekend’s matchup against highly ranked Mount St. Mary’s. Over the past two weeks, the UMW men’s rugby team, also known as Mother’s Rugby, defeated highly touted Towson University and Salisbury University. Junior captain Terence McPhillips gave us an inside look on how the team feels about the season so far.
By SHYAN MURPHY
Soccer season has commenced, and for the University of Mary Washington’s men’s soccer team, so have the victories. At this point in the season, the team has won six out of the eight games played, one of those victories coming against conference foe, Marymount University. This was only the start of the conference games in which the team will be playing all throughout the next month.
By MIKEY BARNES
A double-overtime goal by Salisbury University after a total of 97 minutes played in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game is what ended the season for the University of Mary Washington field hockey team in 2015. The heartbreaking finish to the team’s season kept them out of the NCAA tournament last year though they finished the season ranked 11th in the country.
By RYAN BRAUCH
Week 1 of the NFL season is officially over and there is a lot to be taken away from, as far as a fantasy standpoint. This week was incredibly competitive and captivating, with 10 out of 16 games being decided by a touchdown or less. Without a doubt some players contributed to their team’s win more than others. So if you are asking yourself which players you should pick up or who you should sit this week, you might want to read further.
By YOUSEF NASSER
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings for a first round draft pick in 2017 and a conditional fourth round draft pick in 2018.
The Vikings lost their starting quarterback, Teddy …
By JONATHON MYERS
Shortly after his birth, Dalton Herendeen needed the lower half of his left leg amputated due to a blood clot. Fortunately, a man like Herendeen only needed one leg to be successful. Dalton earned himself a place on the 2012 U.S. Paralympic swim team roster in London.
By HABIBA NOOR
Eagle Nation Day hosted by University of Mary Washington athletics was filled with fun and free activities that allowed you to be on your feet and keep your mind active. Held on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., this event was to encourage kids to go out and play with UMW athletes and get active.
By ASHTON FERNEYHOUGH
Prior to becoming the head coach, the University of Mary Washington’s women’s soccer head coach, Corey Hewson was an assistant coach for the program for seven years. He began coaching the program in 2008 and in 2010 was named CACs co-coach of the year after leading the program to a CAC title. Hewson has been the head women’s soccer coach for eight seasons and has compiled an impressive 82-52-22 career record.
By REBECA MURPHY
In October 2014, UMW Athletics announced the addition of a men’s varsity golf team beginning in the fall of 2016. Former UMW men’s basketball coach and current Director of Athletic Facilities, Rod Wood, will serve as the new program’s head coach.
By RYAN BRAUCH
Kobe Bryant. A name known very well in the sports world and that will not change anytime soon. From his first few games up until his very last, Bryant, also known as the Black Mamba, was a star on the court and has proven to be one of the more fun players to watch.
By BRITTNEE HAYNES
The University of Mary Washington women’s lacrosse team honored its three seniors – Ashlyn Dacey, Jamie Dillon and Paige Thumel – with a win on Saturday, April 16 at the Battleground AthleticComplex. With a 13-10 win over Marymount University, the Eagles close out their regular season play improving to a 13-3 overall record.
By ELIZA MAY
Over the weekend, the men and women rugby programs concluded their seasons. For the men’s team, the season started with the addition of two new coaches, Hennie van Zyl and Augustin Oulton. For the women’s team, they were cautiously optimistic after losing the conference finals in the fall.
By MATHIEU WETMORE
Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Houston Rockets (8): A week ago, most people had the best NBA team in history, record wise, beating Houston in the first round. This belief was confirmed after an impressive Warrior victory in the first game. However, this highly anticipated playoff series has become more interesting with MVP front-runner Steph Curry’s ankle injury, forcing him to miss Game 2, which the Warriors still won. We will see how much time the MVP misses.
By CJ CUMMINGS
This week the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings will be fighting to stay alive in the National Hockey League playoffs. The Flyers will have home ice on Wednesday as they try to stop the Washington Capitals from sweeping them in the best-of-seven series.
By CAITLIN WILLIAMS
For the first time, the University of Mary Washington swim teams hosted a Special Olympics swim meet in the Goolrick pool. Although community outreach is required for NCAA Division III schools, UMW swim teams took the alliance between Fredericksburg Special Olympics and the UMW athletic department a step further.
By LINDSEY AYLOR
University of Mary Washington had a convincing victory over Virginia Wesleyan College on Monday, April 11. Johnathan Truba earned the start for the Eagles giving up five hits, five runs and three walks over the course of four innings. The Eagles committed three errors during the first four innings, but recovered well offensively.
By CJ CUMMINGS
The second week of April is an exciting time for sports fans all over the world. This means that the baseball season is already in full swing. Right now the Washington Nationals are sitting in first place, though it is just a couple weeks into the season and anything can happen.
By KYRA KETCH
This year, University of Mary Washington was one of six sites chosen to host 32 collegiate programs throughout the month of April. This past weekend, four teams, including UMW’s women’s rugby team, were welcomed to the rugby grounds in Fredericksburg for the East Regional, with the winners advancing to the Spring National Championship at UC Davis April 23 to 24.
By MIKEY BARNES
There are a few moments in a lifetime where you look back and ask your friends “where were you when it happened?” In sports, these are the moments that captivate us and turn a simple game into something magical. These moments are rare and hard to come by, but when they do, lives are changed forever.
By JONATHON MYERS
The DIII Eastern Championships took place this past weekend in North Myrtle Beach and UMW Ultimate Frisbee, otherwise known as Mother of George, brought their best. Some of the top teams in the nation came together to compete and Mother of George came in seeded 15 out of 16 in the tournament and No. 220 in the nation. With a win-loss of 2-5, Mother of George ended up taking eighth place overall.
BY SARA TILLEY
The women’s lacrosse season is more than halfway through and the University of Mary Washington team is playing strong with 11 wins and just two losses. They have had some tough games, notably playing the No. 7 …
BY EMILY DALY
The University of Mary Washington men’s tennis coach, Todd Helbling was hired by UMW in 1999, and since then has led UMW men’s tennis team to the NCAA Tournament 13 times, and the National Championship Elite Eight …
By NICCO BARATTO
About five months ago, the MLB offseason began after the Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series. One month earlier, the Nationals fired manager Matt Williams along with their bench coach, pitching coach, hitting coach, third base coach, first base coach and bullpen coach.
By HANNAH PARKER
This past Saturday the University of Mary Washington’s men’s sports team won against Salisbury’s men’s sports team during the sports game.
By NOELLE PAOLICELLI
Coach Catullo has led the University of Mary Washington’s women’s tennis team to 11 Capital Athletic Conference championships and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances in his 11 seasons in the head-coaching position.