St. Mary's to get another shot at York in conference tournament

No. 3 Seahawks looking forward to semifinal game against No. 2 seed Spartans after York won last Saturday's meeting

April 25, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Coach Chris Hasbrouck was pleased to see St. Mary’s play with the emotion he had hoped the team would play with as it raced out to an 8-1 advantage in the first quarter en route to a 22-5 demolition of Wesley in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday.

And the No. 3 Seahawks’ reward is a return matchup with York, which edged St. Mary’s, 9-8, last Saturday to gain the No. 2 seed, a first-round bye, and a semifinal contest at home.

“We’re glad we got there to have a chance,” Hasbrouck said Thursday morning. “That was important, and it was a goal of ours to make the tournament. We’ve made the semifinals four years in a row, and we’re there for a fifth year. We need to play exceptionally well to move on.”

St. Mary’s (10-6) and the Spartans (13-3) will meet for the second time in the span of a week, which means that both sides should be very familiar with each other’s personnel and schemes. Hasbrouck said he does not foresee making major changes to the game plan the team employed last Saturday.

“I thought we had a great game plan last week, and we just didn’t execute it,” he said. “It’s a little unusual that we’re playing so close. It’s almost like it’s back to back, but we’re going to go out there, and we have to play with passion and intensity for 60 minutes, and York definitely did that on Saturday. We finally kicked it up a bit on Saturday with five minutes to go and claw back into the game.”

Hasbrouck has shot down the notion of seeking revenge. Instead, he said the biggest and best motivation should be advancing to the tournament final on May 4 and getting a shot at capturing the tournament championship and the automatic qualifier associated with that victory.

“The team that wins is one step closer to securing the AQ,” Hasbrouck said. “The stakes are huge. That’s our goal. We want to continue to practice, and the team that wins gets to practice for another week. That’s huge for the development of your team, and it says that you are very close to taking that next step to the NCAA tournament. It wouldn’t matter if it was York or Salisbury or Mary Washington or Frostburg on Saturday. We need to play our best game of the year, and at the end of the day, I want it to be our best effort so that if it’s over, we know that we gave it everything that we had.”

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