2013's Top #RingTheBell Moment
We asked you to vote for the top #RingTheBell moment of 2013 and, while there was no consensus, there was a clear winner. Here are the results of the poll:
1st Place - 179 votes (35%)
May 5th: Softball Wins Centennial Conference Championship, NCAA Bid
The Shorewomen, who had entered the double-elimination Centennial Conference Tournament as the fourth seed, had taken control of the tournament with a 3-2 win over top seed and host Muhlenberg and a 4-2 win over Haverford the day before. Washington built some drama on the second day, falling to Haverford, 3-1, to set up a "winner take all" game. The Shorewomen left no doubt in that game, pummeling the Fords, 9-0, in five innings to win their first conference championship and first NCAA Division III Tournament bid. Washington went on to win a game at the Ithaca Regional, marking the first-ever NCAA Tournament win by a women's team in school history.
2nd Place - 65 votes (12%)
April 17th: Men's Lacrosse Rallies to Win "War" & Clark Cup, 7-6, Over Salisbury
Division III lacrosse's most fierce rivalry had been controlled by Salisbury since 2002, but the Shoremen scored all four fourth-quarter goals, capped off by Hunter Nowicki's game-winner with 1:04 remaining, to wrest the Charles B. Clark Cup away from the Sea Gulls for the first time since the prize was added to the rivalry in 2004. The victory, which came before an estimated crowd of over 2,000 spectators, was also the Shoremen's first home win in the series in 23 years.
3rd Place Tie - 58 votes (11%)
April 24th: Baseball Stuns Third-Ranked Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, 7-3
Kyle Aldrich pitched a complete game and held the Blue Jays, who came into the game with a 30-4 record and a lofty national ranking, off the scoreboard for the final six innings of the contest. Nick Marinelli went 3-for-5 at the plate in the win as the Shoremen, who eliminated the Blue Jays from the Centennial Conference Tournament on their home field in 2012, picked up their second consecutive win in the series for the first time in 29 years.
3rd Place Tie - 58 votes (11%)
December 6th & 7th: Men's Swimming Dominates Randolph-Macon Invitational
The Shoremen broke six school records and won seven gold and 17 total medals to win the Randolph-Macon Invitational going away, piling up 704 points - 105 more than the second-place hosts. The first-place finish marked the first-ever team title for the Shoremen at an invitational or conference championship meet. Freshman Brent Hochstein won three individual gold medals and a relay bronze. His school-record time in the 400 individual medley was also an NCAA Division III Championship provisional qualifying time.
5th Place - 33 votes (6%)
May 1st: Women's Lacrosse Beats McDaniel, 11-10, in Centennial Conference Tournament
The Shorewomen jumped out to an 8-4 halftime lead and held on for an 11-10 win over the Green Terror in the tournament's first round game. Emily Hubley scored her 60th goal of the season in the win to become the first Shorewoman to reach that mark in nine years. The win came in Washington's first-ever home game in the Centennial Tournament. The Shorewomen were nationally-ranked during the 2013 season for the first time in 11 years.
6th Place Tie - 30 votes (5%)
April 27th: Men's Rowing Wins Third MARC Championship in Four Years
After a heartbreaking second-place finish at the 2012 MARC Championship due to an equipment problem, the Shoremen made the 2013 championship regatta their personal playground, capturing the first-place points in all three of the scoring races. The championship was the Shoremen's third in the last four years in the conference and head coach John Leekley was voted the conference's men's coach of the year for the fourth time in five years.
6th Place Tie - 30 votes (5%)
April 27th: Women's Rowing Wins MARC Championship, NCAA Bid
2013 marked the first year the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Champion received an automatic, full-team, bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. The Shorewomen took full advantage, coming up on the winning end against rival and fellow nationally-ranked team Marietta. While the Pioneers edged out the Shorewomen in the second varsity eight, the Shorewomen beat the Pioneers in the more lucrative first varsity eight to claim the conference title. Washington went on to place sixth overall at the NCAA Division III Championships.
8th Place - 21 votes (4%)
October 26th: Men's Soccer Gets First Home Win Over Hopkins Since 1981, 2-1
It had been 32 long years since the Shoremen had beaten their long-time rivals at home, but Jack Butler's goal in the 70th minute proved to be the difference in the 2-1 victory. The victory capped off one of the longest "Senior Days" in history for the Shoremen as the game was originally scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off, but a scheduling mix-up with the officiating assignors led to a lack of officials for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off. With a women's soccer game scheduled for the field at 4:00 p.m., the start time was pushed back to 7:00 p.m.
9th Place - 18 votes (3%)
October 15th: Volleyball Rallies from Two Sets Down to Beat Catholic in Five Sets
The Shorewomen dropped the first two sets of their home match against the Cardinals by a combined 14 points. Washington then won the third set, 25-23, and the fourth, 26-24, to force a decisive fifth set. The Shorewomen won that set, 15-8, to complete the improbable comeback. The victory ran the Shorewomen's win streak in five-set matches to six. Washington finished the season 19-9, its best record in 36 years.
10th Place - 10 votes (1%)
January 12th: Men's Basketball Shocks #14 Franklin & Marshall, 62-61, for Season's First Win
The Shoremen carried an 0-14 record into their home game against nationally-ranked Franklin & Marshall, which had won all seven of their Centennial Conference games on the season to that point. Washington shot 51% from the field en route to the 62-61 victory and held the Diplomats off the scoreboard when F&M had the ball with a chance to win in the final seconds. Charlie McShane shot 8-for-10 from the field and scored 18 points in the win.