St. Mary's Sinks the Captains on Senior Day

St. Mary's City, Md. Senior midfielder Ryan Alexander (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti), a four-time All-Capital Athletic Conference selection, finished up his stellar four-year career with three goals and an assist as the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse team posted a 16-5 non-conference victory over Christopher Newport in the season finale for both squads on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

With Saturday's win, the Seahawks (10-6) finished with their first 10-win season since 2007 when St. Mary's notched a 12-6 overall record and advanced to the Capital Athletic Conference championship game. Today's victory also gave the Seahawks an undefeated mark at Seahawk Stadium as St. Mary's notched a 7-0 record at home.

Joining Alexander with three goals and an assist as well was junior attackman Dennis Rosson (Severna Park, Md./Severn). Rosson finished his third campaign with St. Mary's with team-highs of 42 goals and 60 points. Senior midfielder Chad McCarthy (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) had a solid final game as a Seahawk with a goal and an assist.

Sophomore attackman Michael Mules (Ellicott City, Md./Boys' Latin) contributed to the Seahawk offense with a hat trick while junior midfielder Bobby Cooke (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) added a pair.

St. Mary's dominated the first period opening up the game on a 4-0 run as four different Seahawks scored. Rosson gave his team a 5-0 lead at 13:47 in the second quarter before sophomore attackman Zach Hill (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) finally broke through for Christopher Newport with an unassisted goal just nine second later. Unfazed, SMCM tacked on four more to head into intermission with a 9-1 advantage.

Hill finished with three goals and an assist to pace the Captains (7-9).

The Seahawks doubled up on CNU in the third stanza, 4-2, as Mules, Rosson, Cooke, and junior midfielder Will Bell (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) all found the back of the net. St. Mary's edged the visitors in the final period, 3-2, as Alexander scored twice, including finishing a feed from McCarthy with 12 seconds left in the game.

The Seahawks outshot CNU, 53-26, while outhustling the Captains, 52-33, on ground balls as junior defenseman Sean Hatley (Harwood, Md./Spalding) and first-year midfielder Albert Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) combined for 13 loose ball pickups. CNU edged St. Mary's in face-offs (13 of 25) as freshman midfielder Ari Elgort (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) was 7 of 10 for the Captains.

The Seahawk goalkeeping staff [juniors Stu Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) and Pat Simpson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) and first-years Nick Beardsley (Monkton, Md./Saint James) and Ben Wheeler (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick)] combined for 12 saves while CNU's first-year Andy McGregor (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) made 15 saves in the first three periods before being replaced by Bryant Strong.

During Alexander's four-year tenure and throughout the careers of senior defenseman Ryder Henry (Washington, D.C./St. John's College) and McCarthy as well as that of two-year student assistant coach Ben Craft (Towson, Md./McDonogh School), the Seahawks have posted a four-year mark of 37-27 (20-9 CAC), advancing to the CAC final in 2007 and to the semifinals the past two seasons.


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