May 23, 2024

Mary Washington Athletics Sweeps CAC Awards

From left to right, Interim Athletic Director Patrick Catullo, UMW President Troy Paino and Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair accept Mary Washington’s Capital Athletic Conference awards this morning. Eagles teams swept the top three spots for the 2018-19 season. Photo by Clint Often.

From left to right, Interim Athletic Director Patrick Catullo, UMW President Troy Paino and Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair accept Mary Washington’s Capital Athletic Conference awards this morning. Eagles teams swept the top three spots for the 2018-19 season. Photo by Clint Often.

University of Mary Washington’s Division III athletes scored big in this season’s Capital Athletic Conference competition. Landing in a trio of top spots for the 2018-19 season, Eagles raked in the most points in both the men’s and women’s all-sports Commissioner’s Cup contests, as well as in the overall category.

Interim Athletic Director Patrick Catullo, Vice President for Student Affairs Juliette Landphair and President Troy Paino accepted the awards at a CAC meeting at UMW this morning.

“What an honor for UMW Athletics,” Catullo said. “Knowing how hard our student-athletes, coaches and staff work, along with the incredible support from across campus, I feel particular pride in these all-conference accomplishments. A big congrats to all!” Read more.

Men’s Basketball Hosts CAC Semifinals vs. St. Mary’s

Ranked #2 in the CAC, the Eagles will host St. Mary’s in the CAC Semifinals TONIGHT @ 7 pm. Help us paint the Anderson Center by wearing your favorite blue or gray UMW gear! Blue & Gray Day will kick off with a very special National Anthem performance by One Note Stand, “UMW’s freshest a cappella group”!

Please note: Per CAC rules, no passes will be accepted. All UMW students will be admitted free with valid I.D.! So get to the arena early and get a good seat, because it is the playoffs and the arena will be packed!

UMW Athletics Wins Richard C. Cook CAC All-Sports Award for First Time Since 2005

The University of Mary Washington combined seven CAC championships with six second-place finishes to snap Salisbury University’s reign and capture the 2012-13 Richard C. Cook All-Sports Award.  It is UMW’s first championship since the 2004-05 year. The Richard C. Cook All-Sports Award is named in honor of Richard “Dick” Cook, who was the first commissioner of the CAC and served the conference for 15 years before retiring in 2007. “We are extremely proud and excited to win the Capital Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy” said UMW Athletic Director Ken Tyler. ”This outstanding accomplishment is the direct result of our talented student-athletes, our dedicated coaches and support staff, and our strong commitment to a broad-based program.  It’s a great day to be an Eagle!” Mary Washington captured the CAC trophy in men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s cross country, field hockey and women’s indoor track & field on the way to scoring 156.0 overall points.  Salisbury also captured seven team championships, but ended the year with 155.5 points. UMW also gained top honors in the Women’s Commissioner’s Award chase for the second time in three years, scoring 90.0 points in 11 championship sports.  Salisbury placed second in the women’s sports standings with 85.0 points.  The Eagles tied Salisbury for the Women’s Commissioner’s Award in 2010-11. In addition to the seven championships, UMW finished second in men’s cross country, men’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field and women’s basketball on the way to the school’s conference-leading 12th time in the 22-year history of the CAC. On the men’s side, Salisbury compiled 70.5 points in 10 championship sports to win the Men’s Commissioner’s Award.  UMW totaled 66.0 points in the men’s sports while two-time defending champion York College of Pa. was third with 64.5 points. Salisbury collected the championship hardware in baseball, men’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, volleyball, women’s lacrosse and softball.  The Sea Gulls also finished second in men’s and women’s tennis, women’s indoor track & field and men’s lacrosse after finishing first in the regular-season standings. York, with team championships in men’s cross country, men’s soccer and men’s golf, took third place across the board, scoring 121 all-sport points, 56.5 women’s points and 64.5 men’s points.  The Spartans also finished second in women’s cross country, women’s lacrosse and during the regular season in men’s lacrosse. St. Mary’s outdueled Frostburg State for fourth place in all three categories.  SMC, which won championships in men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse, totaled 79.5 all-sport points while Frostburg State, boasting a title in women’s soccer, had 73.0 points. Wesley (48.5) edged Marymount (41.5) for sixth place in this year’s all-sports chase.  The Wolverines topped MU in the men’s standings, 27.5-11.5, but the Saints, who won the 2013 CAC women’s basketball crown, held a 30.0-21.0 advantage in women’s sports.

UMW’s Lady Eagles Capture CAC Championship

Senior guard Katie Wimmer scored 15 points, and classmate Jenna McRae added 14 to pace the seventh-ranked University of Mary Washington women’s basketball team to a 50-46 win over visiting York College to claim the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon at the William M. Anderson Center. The Eagles improve to 27-0 on the year, tying the school record for consecutive wins with 27, and gain an automatic bid to next weekend’s NCAA Tournament.

The Eagles, in much the same way they played Thursday night in the CAC semifinals, played from behind throughout much of the first half, trailing by as many as six on two occasions. But a late 4-0 spurt gave UMW the lead at 24-23 at halftime, punctuated by a McRae three pointer.

In the second half, the lead changed hands five times before UMW took the lead at 34-33 with 9:50 remaining on a three-point basket by Sarah Jones. The Eagles then used a jumper by McRae and a layup from Aby Diop to build the lead to five, at 38-33, with 7:43 to play. York responded with a pair of buckets to cut the deficit back to one at 40-39 with 4:20 to play.

Baskets by McRae and Wimmer built the lead back to five at 44-39 with 3:18 to go. The Spartans were able to cut the deficit to one at 47-46 with 26 seconds left, but McRae hit a free throw, and Aby Diop carmoed the second shot miss off a York player to keep possession for UMW. Wimmer sank a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to clinch the title for UMW, their fourth in the past six years.

Wimmer made four field goals and went 7-8 from the line en route to 15 points, and added five assists, three rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. McRae went 6-13 from the field, and added eight rebounds for the Eagles. Sophomore point guard Sam Partonen led UMW with 10 rebounds.

The Eagles shot 36.5% from the floor, making 2-12 three pointers, but went 10-14 from the free throw line. York shot 34%, with 3-14 three pointers, with a 9-11 effort from the stripe. UMW led in rebounds, 40-28, and forced 13 Spartan turnovers.

UMW will advance to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in the past eight years. The Eagles will take on Keuka College on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Anderson Center.