This past spring season, more than 20 St. Mark's alumni participated in college and university athletic competition.
Nine St. Mark's grads played on women's varsity lacrosse teams around the country. Mikaela Karlsson '14 played goal for Brown University. During her time with the Bears, she has appeared in 22 games, notching 129 saves and posting an overall record of 5-7. At St. Mark's, Mikaela was a three-time All-ISL selection, team MVP, and was named to both All-America and Academic All-America teams.
A two-time All-ISL selection during her time at St. Mark's, Maddie Torgerson '15 had 13 goals and three assists for 4-12 William & Mary, making her the third highest scorer for the Tribe this spring.
Christina Walsh '15 played outstanding defense in all 24 games for 22-2 Boston College. The Eagles were undefeated at 17-0 during the regular season, then roared into the finals of the ACC tournament, where they lost a thriller 14-11. In the NCAA D1 championship tournament, they defeated #1 Maryland to get to the finals, where they were edged out 16-15 by James Madison. Walsh was an integral part of this outstanding BC campaign. While at St. Mark's, she was named to the All-ISL First Team.
Another All-ISL honoree while at St. Mark's, Sydney Howard '15 tallied 21 points (9 goals, 12 assists) for 7-8 Bates College this spring. On her career to date, Howard has appeared in 46 games for the Bobcats, with her senior season still to come.
Becca Shea '16 started all 18 games at St. Anselm played defense for the 8-10 Hawks, and was named to the Northeast 10 Conference Honor Roll as a scholar-athlete. Kara Finnerty '16 had 22 goals and 15 assists for Bowdoin in 20 games for Bowdoin in 2018. Her 37 points made her the fourth highest scorer for the 14-6 Polar Bears in 2018. The sophomore midfielder earned First Team All-Pilgrim Region honors from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. Finnerty was also named to the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team as one of the top DIII student-athletes in New England. At St. Mark's, Finnerty was named to the All-ISL First Team.
Tess D'Orsi '16 (pictured above right) collected 42 goals and 14 assists for Princeton's women's lacrosse varsity in 2018. Her total of 56 points was good enough for second highest on the Tiger squad, while her 107 career points made her just the 34th member of Princeton's Century Club, and she has two more seasons yet to play! D'Orsi's best day came against Syracuse, where she netted five goals. She helped lead the 13-6 Tigers to the Ivy League championship with four goals and an assist in a 13-10 victory over Penn in the tournament final. In the second round of the NCAA tournament, Princeton fell to Boston College (featuring St. Marker Christina Walsh '15 on defense) despite a Tess D'Orsi hat trick. Tess was named to the Ivy League All-Tournament team and to the All-Ivy second team for her stellar play this spring. D'Orsi had a storied career at St. Mark's, earning All-ISL recognition in each of her four seasons in Southborough, along with twice being named team MVP and receiving both All-America and ISL MVP honors, all while setting the all-time girls' lacrosse scoring record for the Lions. Interestingly, when St. Marker Lillian Stout '18 matriculates at Princeton for 2018-19, there will be two overall ISL girls' lacrosse MVPs and both the first and the second place all-time St. Mark's scorers on the Tiger's roster.
Victoria Putnam '17, St. Mark's Most Improved player in her Sixth Form year, appeared in 14 games as a goalie for St. Michael's College in Vermont. Still only a college freshman, she posted a 2-4 record with 88 saves in eight starts for the Purple Knights. Putnam's SM Classmate, Ellie Hedison '17, appeared in three games and scored a goal for 9-7 Colby College.
Six St. Markers were part of college or university women's rowing programs in 2018. Claire Benning '15 rowed for Brown. She was an integral part of the Bears' 2nd Varsity 8, which captured a bronze medal at the Ivy League championship regatta. Brown finished 3rd overall in the Ivy League. Benning was promoted to Brown's 1st Varsity 8 for the NCAA championship races. The Bears finished 10th in the nation.
Madison Falzon '16 rowed on Syracuse University's 2nd Varsity 8, finishing second at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship regatta. The Syracuse crew team finished second overall in the ACC.
In her second year at Harvard, Desmond Goodwin '16 stroked the Radcliffe 1st V 4 to the championship of the Eastern Sprints. She was joined this year by Samantha Sarafin '17. "When I became a member of Radcliffe Crew," declared Sarafin, "I was automatically welcomed as part of a family - one with coaches who guide me, teammates who support and inspire me, and an environment where I am able to strive to be a better rower and person. The love and dedication on this team leaves me in awe every day." Next year, with the addition of Sophie Haugen '18, there will be three St. Markers on the Radcliffe crew.
Two St. Mark's alumnae are coxswains on the collegiate rowing scene. Jasmine Williams '16 is the cox of Dartmouth's 2nd V 8, which beat Cornell to win the 2018 Parent Cup. Keely Dion '17 is a coxswain at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. The Colonials took home bronze at the 2018 Atlantic 10 championships.
Two St. Markers played men's varsity lacrosse at the collegiate level this spring. Owen Allen '16 (pictured above left) had 16 goals and 7 assists for 9-7 Babson College in 2018. In just two years, the two-time SM MVP and three-time All-ISL selection has already tallied 43 goals and 20 assists for 63 points at Babson. Allen's former teammate, Ian Gobron '17, St. Mark's Most Improved Player in 2016, appeared in 12 games for the 9-6 Kenyon College Lords. Also at Kenyon, Henry Hirschfeld '17 was a distance runner in track and field competition. The Lords finished eighth at this year's NCAA Outdoor Championship.
On the college tennis courts, Grace Conrad '16 continued to excel for Lafayette. In 2018 she went 9-6 in doubles competition and 8-7 in singles. Her key wins as both a singles and doubles player helped the 9-12 Leopards defeat rival Colgate for the first time in 20 years. At St. Mark's, Conrad was a three-time girls' tennis MVP (leading the Lions to the N.E. title in 2014) and a three-time All-ISL selection. In her first two years at Lafayette she is 24-14 as a singles player and 15-15 in doubles competition.
Also in women's tennis, former SM Most Improved player (2014) and All-ISL honoree Kahler Mabbs '17 played singles for the 9-7 Colby Mules, going 1-0 in varsity competition. For Colby men's tennis, fellow St. Marker Jonathan Hallal '16, an All-ISL selection and two-time SM MVP, went 4-5 playing singles and 1-0 in doubles for the 8-7 Mules.
Finally, in baseball, Luke Chiasson '15, an All-ISL selection during his time at St. Mark's, was on the roster for Virginia Wesleyan University baseball. During his time with the Marlins, Chiasson went 2-1 with an ERA of 4.23 and 18 strikeouts in 38 innings. A Communications major, he twice received Old Dominion Athletic Conference All-Academic recognition.
All told, almost 60 St. Markers participated in college and university-level sports during the 2017-18 academic year. With just nine graduating and at least 21 members of the SM Class of 2018 intent on entering the collegiate sports scene, there could be almost 70 Lions playing on college teams in 2018-19.
Our records are extensive but not perfect. If you know of any other St. Mark's alumni/ae who participated in college athletics in the spring of 2018, please let us know.