What a year on the local sports scene. The Nats never met their expectations, the Wizards invented new ways of losing and the Deadskins imploded in the ugliest fashion possible. Navy football was the nearest thing to a winner.
That is according to the big media in the DMV. Of course if one counts women as athletes, 2013 was fantastic. There were no national championships, but a couple of teams posted record bests. Even the Mystics returned to respectability—and the playoffs.
Catholic University made it to the second round of the NCAA Div. III women’s basketball tournament. The Cards were once ranked No. 8 and finished 27-2. Not to be out done, Marymount University’s also made it to the second round completing the season 24-5.
A depleted Maryland squad advanced to the NCAA Div. I sweet 16 and a No. 5 ranking. Navy won the Patriot League. Howard University also earned a trip to the Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournament.
Kesley Cofsky and Katy Dodds led the Terps as the No. 24 Maryland gymnastics team placed fourth at the NCAA Regional Championships.
Maryland’s lacrosse team won 22 straight before losing the championship 13-12 to the University of North Carolina. The Terps finished ranked No. 1.
Katie Schwarzmann repeated a the Tewaaraton Award winner as the nation’s best female collegiate lacrosse player. She, Alex Aust and Cathy Reese headlined a list of winners at WomensLax.com postseason awards.
Schwarzmann earned player or the year, Aust was named attacker of the year and Reese earned coach of the year.
Aust—a Tewaaraton finalist—led the Terrapins (22-1) to their fifth-straight ACC championship. Aust boasted a team-high 67 goals and 52 assists in 2013, and became a member of the Terrapin 100-point club. Schwarzmann scored 51 goals and added 23 assists.
Magdalena Rybarikova repeated as WTA champion at the CitiOpen at Rock Creek Park. “I would love to play [here] all the time,” Rybarikova said
July 9 the Washington Kastles won their 33rd straight match, over three seasons, to break the record for consecutive wins by a professional team. The Kastles lost two in a row before winning another 12 including the World Team Tennis championship. Martina Hingis figured in three of the team’s five victories in the championship match.
The Washington Mystics hired a real coach—WNBA Coach-of-the-Year Mike Thibault—retooled the roster, won more games in 2013 (17) than the team had won in the previous two seasons combined and returned to the playoffs.
Maryland’s Tianna Hawkins, currently playing in Hungary, was selected No. 6 overall by the Seattle Storm in the WNBA draft April 15. Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers went to Minnesota early in the second round.
Similar to the school’s lacrosse team, Maryland’s field hockey team won 22 games this year and finished atop the national rankings. The Terps also lost the title game, by a goal to an ACC rival.
Seven Terps were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s All-Mid Atlantic Region First or Second teams. Maxine Fluharty, Natalie Hunter, Ali McEvoy, Sarah Sprink and Witmer made the first team. Anna Dessoye and Katie Gerzabek made the second team.
American (14-5) had five athletes recognized on the NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Teams. Shelly Montgomery and Grace Wilson were honored on the first team while Ashley Dalisera, Alex McMackin and Rebecca Treharne were named to the second team.
Catholic (15-6) concluded the 2013 campaign with its longest NCAA Div. III run with the program’s first Elite Eight appearance, a final No. 17 NFHCA ranking. Senior Megan Comunale and juniors Maura Campbell and Kim Hermann were named First Team 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region.
Two DC schools went to the NCAA volleyball tournament this fall.
American University’s volleyball team finished its 34-3 season by advancing to the NCAA East semifinal against defending champ Texas.
Gallaudet’s team went 23-15 winning their its fourth consecutive North Eastern Athletic Conference title and an NCAA Division III championship berth.
Georgetown’s soccer team finished the 2013 season ranked No. 20 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top-25 poll.
The Hoyas closed out the 2013 season with a 16-3-2 record, tying the school single season record for wins in a season, set last year when the GU went 16-4-3. Georgetown reached the NCAA second round.