Marymount once again reached the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament, eventually falling to Stevenson in a shootout in the quarterfinals of the draw. The Saints have earned a bid to the conference every year since tournament play began in 1991.
Posting an 8-8-3 record, the team put together its best season since 1999 and collected eight wins for the first time since 2007. This year’s .500 winning percentage tied for the second-best in program history.
The Saints had a breakout performance against Gallaudet, setting a school record with 10 goals against the Bison. The team had previously scored nine goals on multiple occasions, but the rare double-figure outburst had eluded them until this season.
Junior midfielder Kjell Crooke was named First Team All-CAC, Second Team VaSID All-State, and Third Team NSCAA/Performance Subaru All- South-Atlantic Region. He led the Saints with nine goals and five assists, both team highs, for 23 points, placing fourth in the league standings. The 27th All-CAC selection for the Saints in program history, Crooke was just the 10th MU player to be named First Team All-CAC since the award’s inception in 1991.
Sophomore Cherif Moktefi, with seven goals, and senior Philippe Millogo, with six, joined Crooke in the CAC top ten. In addition, freshman Onar Yousefi logged four assists, ranking ninth in the league standings. Between the pipes, senior William Brahmstedt was fifth in the CAC with 72 saves on the year.
The Marymount Saints went 5-11 overall for their best record since 2007 and also won the most CAC games in a season since 2006. Three of their five victories were shutouts, including a stellar 8-0 outing against Trinity (DC).
Newcomer Paige Pierson ’12 became Marymount’s first First Team All- CAC honoree since 2004 with her outstanding season. She scored a team-high 17 goals to go with four assists for 38 total points, secondmost in the CAC. Pierson was the 13th First Team All-CAC selection for the Saints since the award’s inception in 1991.
Joining her on the CAC charts was sophomore Katie Hamelin, ranked seventh in the league for goals, eighth in assists, and eighth in points, with 17. Freshman Shannon Bisselink finished off her debut season with six assists, good enough to rank third in the conference. In goal, sophomore Gaby Prellezo hauled in 73 saves, third-most in the CAC.
Marymount fielded one of its youngest teams in recent years en route to its second double-figure win season since claiming the CAC regular-season title in 2006. Returning all but one player for the 2011 campaign, the Saints are loaded for a future run to the top of the league standings.
Senior libero Chelsea Gates capped off her four-year tenure by matching an impressive career-high 540 digs to finish with over 1,500 while garnering All-Tournament accolades at the Franklin & Marshall Classic. Sophomore Sharda Braxton also had a breakout year, leading the Saints in kills, kills per set, and hitting while picking up All-Tournament honors at the Swarthmore Tournament.
In the CAC standings, Braxton finished fifth in kills with 2.75 per set, while sophomore setter Melissa Warren was fourth in assists with 7.97 a frame. Defensively, Gates was second in the league with 4.66 digs per set, while sophomore Michelle McCormick was eighth with 3.27 digs a stanza.
Marymount had a record-setting season on the women’s side, led by freshman Jessie Daley. She earned First Team All-CAC honors and was named CAC Rookie of the Year after finishing second at the CAC Championships by a mere eight seconds.
With her win at Hood College, Daley became the first Saint to win an event in program history. Teammates Dana Mannarino ’14, Meryem Noucair ’11, and Megan McMinn ’14 also impressed at Hood, finishing fifth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.
Daley became just the third Saints runner to garner All- CAC honors, and she is the only MU runner to collect first team accolades. She is the second honoree from Marymount to pick up Rookie of the Year recognition in program history.
On the men’s side, the Saints placed eighth at the CAC Championships. All five MU runners in the event cut at least two minutes off their best times in the 8K course.
Junior Mike Dalrymple and sophomore Mark Flores both notched top-20 performances at Roanoke College, while Dalrymple came in second at the Marymount 5K and was one of only two people to finish the 5K course in under 20 minutes. Dalrymple was also seventh overall at Hood College, while Flores was hot on his trail, finishing tenth.