St. Mary's trying to find positive in losing No. 2 seed and first-round bye in conference tournament

Seahawks, who face Wesley on Wednesday, are 3-2 in midweek games this season

April 24, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Dropping a 9-8 decision to Capital Athletic Conference foe York cost St. Mary’s the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the conference tournament. But that may not be such a bad thing.

Wednesday’s first-round game against Wesley at Seahawk Stadium in St. Mary’s City gives the team an opportunity to erase the memory of that setback to the Spartans, who leapfrogged over the Seahawks for the No. 2 seed and the bye. And the team gets to play one more game in a familiar setting.

“We’re home, which is great,” coach Chris Hasbrouck said Tuesday. “At the beginning of the year, the goal was to make the CAC tournament. So we did that, and we put ourselves in a position to be the No. 2 seed, and that was a great thing. But we’re looking at it as maybe we’ll be more game-ready. Instead of having a whole week off, we get a chance to continue to get better. This is an opportunity for us to go out there and get a game under our belt and maybe be a little more ready when the first whistle blows.”

St. Mary’s (9-6), which earned the No. 3 seed, has fared decently in midweek contests this season, posting a 3-2 record in games on either Tuesday or Wednesday. When the team embarked on a program high-tying seven-game winning streak, the Seahawks won all three contests on a Wednesday. 

“When we went on a nice little stretch run in the final third of the season, we were playing two games a week,” Hasbrouck said. “We were traveling a lot, and we had some home games in there, but we seemed to play better. At the beginning of the year, we had just the Saturday games and quite honestly, we weren’t as sharp as we could have been. Right now, that’s our fate. We’re playing on Wednesday, and we’re certainly glad to be playing on Wednesday, and it will be something where maybe with having a week off and playing York again, that would have been too long. Now we get another opponent coming in here and get a chance to play a game and hopefully get a huge win.”

If St. Mary’s can get past the sixth-seeded Wolverines (6-8), the program would get a chance to redeem itself with a semifinal showdown with York (13-3). But Hasbrouck said he and the players can’t concern themselves with the notion of a revenge game.

“The moment the clock [after the loss to the Spartans last Saturday] said zero and we shook hands – and I’m not a revenge guy because I don’t think that’s a good motivator – I told them that right now, we’ve got one path and that’s to win Wednesday,” he said. “We can’t really think past Wednesday. That’s the path we’re on, and I’m looking forward to making the most of our opportunities with these guys, and I think we’ll answer the bell.”

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