UMW to Host First Athletics Gala, May 22

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The University of Mary Washington will hold its first athletics gala on Thursday, May 22, to benefit UMW Athletics. The gala, hosted by NFL Hall-of-Famer and former Washington Redskins football player Darrell Green, will be held at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center beginning at 6 p.m. … [Read more...]

Board to Name Tennis Complex for Former UMW Athletic Director

Edward H. Hegmann (right) received the Washington Medallion during the 2012 Commencement ceremony.

The University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors voted to name the outdoor tennis courts the Edward H. Hegmann II Tennis Complex to honor the accomplishments and outstanding contributions of the university’s first athletic director. A dedication ceremony is planned for April 2014. … [Read more...]

Women’s Club Soccer Team Headed to National Championships

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The University of Mary Washington women’s club soccer team competed in the 2013 NIRSA National Championships in Phoenix, Arizona. UMW was the only NCAA Division III program in the entire championship bracket. … [Read more...]

Alumni Return to UMW for Homecoming

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  Hundreds of alumni returned to the University of Mary Washington the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 26 for Homecoming. For the first time in more than 15 years, students and alumni tailgated at the Battleground Athletic Complex on Saturday. On Saturday, the field hockey team beat Capital Athletic Conference rivals Frostburg State University 11 to 2 and the men’s soccer team defeated Frostburg 2 to zero. The women’s soccer team lost a tough game to the Bobcats 3 to 1. The weekend also included the five-year reunion for the Class of 2008, a concert by Grouplove in the Anderson Center, and a gathering in the alumni tent at the Battleground Athletic Complex. … [Read more...]

UMW Athletics Wins Richard C. Cook CAC All-Sports Award for First Time Since 2005

Athletic Director Ken Tyler (left) and President Richard V. Hurley showcase UMW's Richard C. Cook All-Sports Award.

The University of Mary Washington combined seven CAC championships with six second-place finishes to snap Salisbury University’s reign and capture the 2012-13 Richard C. Cook All-Sports Award.  It is UMW’s first championship since the 2004-05 year. … [Read more...]

UMW Raises Funds for Marathon Victims

Runners at UMW raised nearly $1,000 for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The run at the University of Mary Washington’s Battleground Athletic Complex Saturday morning started as the final exam for the 22 runners in Corey Hewson’s half-marathon training class. It evolved into more than 250 members of UMW and the area community joining in a Run for Boston.  So far the group has raised nearly $1,000 for The One Fund to support victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Excitement permeated onlookers, who formed a human chain as they cheered the runners at the starting line. After members of the class got a running start, the mass of participants, most of them donning Run-for-Boston T-shirts, followed sprinting behind them along the 3 1/2-mile route. “This was the first race many of the members of my class have ever participated in,” said Hewson, coach of the UMW women’s soccer team who helped organize the Run for Boston. Hewson created the training class to encourage students of any experience level to adopt a healthy lifestyle through running. “The … [Read more...]

Anderson Wins National Championship in 400 IM

UMW sophomore Alex Anderson broke the NCAA Division III record in the 400-yard individual medley.

University of Mary Washington sophomore Alex Anderson became the fourth individual NCAA national champion in UMW school history by breaking the NCAA Division III record in the 400-yard individual medley on March 21 at the National Swimming and Diving Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.  Anderson finished with a time of 3:50.55. Seeded fourth in the event entering the championships with a time of 3:57, Anderson destroyed his career best by seven seconds in the final. He led the race from start to finish. He shattered the previous NCAA Division III record of 3:51.45, broken in 2009 by Alex Beyer of Washington University. “Alex represented all of the Eagles in the best way possible tonight,” said UMW head coach Abby Brethauer. “We could not be more proud of his national championship. To do it in record setting fashion makes it even more special.” Anderson joins Shannon Hutcherson (women’s swimming, 1993), Myra Simpson (women’s track, 1996), and Paul Bristow and Dan Uyar … [Read more...]

UMW Field Hockey Team Headed to NCAA Final Four

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Junior Caitlin Baker scored the eventual game-winning goal with less than 10 minutes remaining to lead the third-ranked University of Mary Washington field hockey team to a 3-2 victory over Lynchburg College in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 11. “We are excited about this opportunity to go to the final four,” said second-year UMW head coach Lindsey Elliott. “The girls have worked hard all season and deserve this chance to play for the national championship!” UMW held a 14-12 shot advantage, and also led in penalty corners, 10-7. UMW senior goalie Claire Gianelle made five saves for the Eagles, senior Lisa Charney added two defensive saves and freshman Hunter Causey prevented another with a defensive save. The Eagles advance to the NCAA national semifinals for the second time, as UMW advanced to the national championship game in 1993. The Eagles will face second-ranked Montclair State University on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Geneva, N.Y., with a 2 p.m. … [Read more...]

UMW’s Tom Sheridan Accepts Associate Head Baseball Coach Position at George Washington

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University of Mary Washington Director of Athletics Ken Tyler announced today that head baseball coach Tom Sheridan has resigned to accept the position of associate head baseball coach at Division I George Washington University. Tyler stated, “While we are sad to see Coach Sheridan go, we are very pleased that he has earned this outstanding opportunity at George Washington. Coach Sheridan literally built the UMW baseball program from scratch, and, over the last 25 years, has turned it into a consistent winner on the conference, regional, and national level. More importantly, he has made a real difference in the lives of the countless young men he has mentored and coached. We are grateful to Coach Sheridan for his many positive contributions to Mary Washington and we wish him nothing but the best.” A national search for the next head baseball coach will begin immediately. … [Read more...]

Life Saver: Thinking on Her Feet

UMW alumna Lauren Kornacki (right) performed CPR to save her father's life

When Lauren Kornacki performed CPR in the garage of her parents’ home in Glen Allen, Va., she was focused on one thing: saving her dad’s life. She never imagined that the story would later end up making national headlines. Kornacki, a 2012 graduate of the University of Mary Washington, found her father in the garage, pinned under a car and unresponsive. She was able to lift up the car enough to free her father, and performed CPR to save his life. A nurse at VCU Medical Center, where Kornacki’s father is being treated, was so moved by the story that she contacted the local television station. “It’s my dad,” Kornacki said, noting she doesn’t think she deserves the attention. “I would do anything for him.” Instead she hopes to turn the new-found media attention from her own inspiring story to the importance of CPR. “I’m trying to get people to realize CPR is such an important thing to know,” she said. Now in her sixth year as a lifeguard, Kornacki has taken CPR training … [Read more...]