A Win for Wesley

Senior and Men's Tennis Captain Tyler Carey. Photo Credit: Bob Martin

It was a bittersweet moment. As the Fredericksburg campus at the University of Mary Washington sweltered under the August heat, senior Tyler Carey met Wesley Berry, a 19-year-old boy with cancer, for the first time. “It was great to feel like I was helping someone out,” said Carey. “But at the same time, you know that this kid has cancer and that’s never something you want to hear.” Carey was matched with Berry through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a nonprofit organization that pairs children and families battling brain tumors with college and high school sports teams. Wesley was 12 years old when he first found out he had cancer in 2007 and has since been in and out of the hospital, undergoing radiation treatment, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. Carey, originally from Richmond, learned about the foundation through his dad, who suggested he get involved. “It didn’t even cross my mind to say no,” said Carey. “I wanted to help change someone’s life.” That … [Read more...]

Making History

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The University of Mary Washington men's basketball team saw the greatest season in school history come to a close on Saturday, March 16 at the Anderson Center, falling to Williams College, 79-46, in the NCAA Division III Tournament Quarterfinals. The eagles finish with a school record 25 wins, and close at 25-6 overall.   … [Read more...]

Family Ties

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University of Mary Washington senior captain Sam Partonen has enjoyed personal and team success as a member of the women’s basketball team. During her three years at UMW, she earned a first team title on the All-Capital Athletic Conference women's basketball team in both 2012 and 2013, and she joined her teammates among the Elite 8 in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Women's Basketball Tournament, also in 2012. In fact, her coach and teammates agree that she’s the thread that ties the team together. Coach Deena Applebury called Partonen a “key contributing factor” in all the success of their team. Aby Diop agrees that Partonen is a great influence to the team through her positivity and willingness to help her teammates, on and off the court. “Specifically on the court, Sam is a phenomenal player who works hard every second she is on the court,” said Diop, a senior forward. “As a captain and leader she is always motivating us and leading … [Read more...]

A Focus on Goals

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For University of Mary Washington senior David Heller, playing a sport seems to be in his genes. In fact, Heller jokes that he started playing soccer, “probably right about when I could start walking.” His mother starred in volleyball and his father played football, basketball and ran track. Adding to the athleticism, his brother currently plays lacrosse and his sister plays field hockey. Beginning young in his family of athletes helped secure him a frequent starting defensive position as a UMW freshman.  Last spring, as a junior, he earned the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award, a title traditionally reserved for a senior. Heller was only the second junior to receive the award since its establishment at UMW in 1990. The scholar athlete award recognizes the varsity upperclassmen that excel academically and athletically. To earn the award, student athletes must keep at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and contribute greatly to the success of their team, … [Read more...]

Record Breaker

Senior Lisa Charney led the UMW field hockey team to the NCAA

As a high school senior in Fairfax, Va., Lisa Charney fell just shy of a field hockey championship round. Four years later, Charney got her chance to compete on a national stage, this time as co-captain of the University of Mary Washington’s top-ranked field hockey team. Along the way, the senior psychology major racked up regional and national awards and set new UMW records. “Being able to go this far senior year of college was absolutely amazing,” Charney said. “To do it with such an amazing team was an experience I‘ll never forget.” UMW’s team reached the semifinal round of the NCAA Division III championships, after a season for the record books. Ranked in the top three nationwide, the Eagles finished the season with a 20-2 record and with players like Charney receiving accolades. Charney, who set a UMW season record with 25 goals, was named Player of the Year for the 2012 Field Hockey College Division All-State Team. She earned National Field Hockey Coaches … [Read more...]