CHESTERTOWN, Md. – "Why Not Us?"
That's the motto the team has adopted for the 2018-19 season as they believe they have what it takes to return to the upper half of the Centennial Conference under fourth-year head coach Aaron Goodman as the 16-man roster consists of 12 returning players and four newcomers.
For this to happen, the squad will need to improve on both sides of the ball in 2018-19 to get where they want to be as a perennial contender for the conference crown.
The squad finished eighth in the Centennial in points per game allowed as they allowed 75.9 points per game for the second straight season and will look to trim that number down this season. Washington did improve its overall field goal percentage defense as it went down to 46.7% last season compared to 49.5% two years ago. However the three-point field goal percentage allowed did go up from 32.5% to 34.2% and the team will seek to lower that this season. However, there were positives on the defensive side of the ball last year as they were second in the Centennial in steals per game at 7.9 and in turnovers forced per game at 16.8 per contest. The Shoremen for the second straight season improved their rebounding margin deficit from -7.5 boards per game in 2016-17 to -4.7 in 2017-18 and in two years have shaved it by nearly 50% as it was -9.2 boards per game in Goodman's first season of 2015-16.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Shoremen will seek to improve their overall field goal percentage as they finished last in the conference at 40.1%, dropping from 41.1% in 2016-17, but the three-point field goal percentage did improve from 33.6% to 34.5%. The points per game for the offense regressed slightly as they went from 68.5 points per game in 2016-17 to 68.1 points per game last winter. From the foul line, the Shoremen will seek to be a better team from the charity stripe as they shot just 65.7% last season which was last in the Centennial. The Shoremen had a +2.0 turnover per game ratio than their opponents last season as they averaged just 14.8 turnovers per game compared to 16.8 per contest for the opponent.
The lone senior on Goodman's fourth squad is guard Kevin McCormick (Springfield, Pa./Springfield). Kevin McCormick, who is serving as a tri-captain, tied his career-high as he scored 15 points at Division I Mount St. Mary's last December as he averaged 2.3 points per game last year in 22 games.
Five returnees and one newcomer comprise the junior class for this season and they consist of guard Austin Allen (Silver Spring, Md./Saint Andrew's Episcopal), forward Alec Lewis (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick), forward Dallas Marshall (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg), guard Josh Porteous (Cocoa Beach, Fla./Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy) and guard Nick Schmelzer (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) as the returnees and forward/center Benjamin Young (Grasonville, Md./Kent Island) as the newcomer as he transferred to Washington College after spending his sophomore year at conference rival McDaniel and his freshman season at Stevenson. Porteous, the team's Most Improved Player last season, led the team in scoring at 11.6 points per game and his 40.7% shooting percentage from three-point range was good for eighth in the Centennial. Serving a tri-captain this season, he played in 22 games, starting 19 times in 2017-18 and averaged 1.0 steals per tilt. Marshall improved his average from 7.9 points per game as a freshman to 9.8 as a sophomore and led the team in rebounds per game at 5.0 last winter. One of tri-captains, Marshall was one of three Shoremen to average 1.0 or more steals per game a season ago as he averaged 1.0 per contest as he played and started in all 25 games. The junior finished sixth in the CC in offensive rebounds (52). Allen, who played in all 25 contests and started in 24 of them, shot a team-high 48.8% from the floor as he averaged 8.4 points per game, up from 5.0 points per game as a freshman, and had a team-best 1.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Lewis averaged 4.7 points per contests and 3.2 boards per in 25 games, 15 starts, while Schmelzer came off the bench 17 times and averaged 4.9 points per contest. Young at McDaniel last season averaged 5.4 points per game and 5.2 boards per contest in 18 games.
Six sophomores are back in the mix this season and they are forward Daniel Brown (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch), center Logan Bunch (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive), guard Derrick Carter (Waldorf, Md./St. Charles), guard/forward Barry McCormick (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding), guard Tino Nyawata (Rockville, Md./St. Andrew's Episcopal) and guard Cole Storm (Oreland, Pa./Germantown Academy). Barry McCormick in 25 games off the bench averaged 4.3 points per game and drained 43.3% from three-point range to lead the team and shot a squad-high 76.6% from the foul line as he grabbed 2.0 rebounds per contest. Storm shot 72.7% from the free throw line in 24 games last season, two starts, as he averaged 2.7 points per game and shot 39.4% from beyond the arc. Bunch averaged 1.7 rebounds per game and 1.4 points per game in 23 contests, two starts, last winter. Carter got into 12 games last season, while Nyawata played in six contests.
The three freshmen on the 2018-19 edition of Shoremen Basketball are guard Dilyn Becker (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata), guard/forward Rob Gonyea III (Ellicott City, Md./John Carroll School) and guard Trey Wright (Baltimore, Md./Saint Paul's School for Boys).
The Shoremen have one set of players who attended the same high school as Allen and Nyawata both attended St. Andrew's Episcopal.
Serving on Goodman's staff are assistant coaches Alex Bates, Mike Durilla '13 and Cody Joyce. Bates is in his third year on the staff while Durilla and Joyce are first-year members of the coaching staff. Durilla is no stranger to the program as he served as the team's head manager during his time as an undergraduate at Washington College. Since his graduation, he served as a head freshman basketball coach and an assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Donovan Catholic High School in New Jersey. Joyce is a 2016 graduate of UMBC and was a second team All-America East pick in 2015 at UMBC after transferring there from Houston Baptist.
Total Games: 25 (12 home, 11 or 12 away, one or two neutral)
Season and Away Opener: November 9 at Cairn (6:00 p.m.)
Home Opener: November 13 vs. Elizabethtown (6:00 p.m.)
Centennial Home Opener: November 29 vs. Ursinus (7:00 p.m.)
Centennial Away Opener: November 20 at #13 Swarthmore (7:00 p.m.)
Centennial Home Opponents: Ursinus, #15 Johns Hopkins (12/1), Haverford (12/8), Gettysburg (1/10), Muhlenberg (1/19), McDaniel (1/24), #13 Swarthmore (1/30), Franklin & Marshall (2/2), Dickinson (2/16)
Centennial Away Opponents: #13 Swarthmore, Muhlenberg (12/5), Franklin & Marshall (1/8), Dickinson (1/12), Haverford (1/16), #15 Johns Hopkins (1/26), Ursinus (2/6), Gettysburg (2/9), McDaniel (2/13)
Non-Conference Home Opponent: Elizabethtown, Salisbury (11/26), Goucher (12/3)
Non-Conference Away Opponents: Cairn, Case Western Reserve * (11/17), High Point (1/2)
Non-Conference Neutral Opponents: Keystone (11/16), Franciscan * (11/17)
* - Opponent to be determined on the results of the Sudek Tournament on 11/16 at Case Western Reserve.