St. Mary's keeping emotions 'in check'

Seahawks feeling good after four-game winning streak, but know more obstacles lie ahead

March 27, 2012|By Edward Lee

St. Mary’s coach Chris Hasbrouck wouldn’t be surprised if his players were feeling really good after extending their win streak to four with Saturday’s 12-7 victory over Capital Athletic Conference rival Hood. But Hasbrouck said the players and coaches are tempering their excitement.

“We’re keeping it in check,” he said Monday. “We’ve got some tough competition left in the conference, and that’s one reason why it was our goal to play [tough non-league] teams in preparation for the conference. So I think we’re uniquely prepared right now. We’ve been in the fire. We’ve been in tough one-goal games. We’ve been down a couple goals and have been fortunate to come back. We have a great schedule. So I think we’re ready. Now it’s just a matter of us going out and executing in the next few weeks.”

The Seahawks are 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the conference and haven’t lost since March 14 when they dropped a 7-6 decision to Denison. But Hasbrouck is well aware that with upcoming league contests against No. 7 Stevenson April 4 and No. 1 and reigning national champion Salisbury April 18, the team is not in the clear.

“Honestly, we’re fortunate, and we’re working our butts off right now,” he said. “We’ve got five tough games coming up. Every game is huge from here. The conference is extremely competitive, and everybody’s good. We’re looking at this as if it’s not the middle of the season. For us, it’s what happens down the road. We want to get better with every game. We can’t afford to not bring our best effort to every game.”

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