Elite Eagles Make School History

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. The team advanced to the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Championships on Friday after defeating Virginia Wesleyan, 74-70.

UMW's Dylan Farinet, left, and Bradley Reister fight for the ball.

UMW’s Dylan Farinet, left, and Bradley Riester fight for the ball in Saturday’s NCAA game against Williams College.

“I’m so proud of these guys,” said a teary UMW head coach Rod Wood, surrounded by his seniors and junior captain Taylor Johnson, in the post-game press conference Saturday. “In defeat, I’m just as proud as I’ve been of these boys after every win. Tonight, we just hit the wall I thought we’d hit a month ago, or in some guys’ cases, two months ago, or four.”

“We played a great team, with a great scheme, a great coach and great players,” said Wood. “Our guys gave everything they had once again. What these guys will look back on in years to come will be nothing but great memories… To give every ounce of themselves and see what is truly possible.”

For more information about the game, visit http://umweagles.com/sports/mbkb/2013-14/releases/20140315pli7u7.

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