Deep into the spring semester, Stevenson University’s women’s club sports teams look to finish strong. Whether it’s scoring a goal, hitting a dinger, or sinking the three-point shot for the win, these teams have remained committed and motivated.
Women’s club basketball took the court this year with a new coach, Marvin Evans, who has high school and community college coaching experience. He has helped the team to recent wins against George Mason and Rutgers. The team sits around .500 right now and will look to continue their run of good form.
As one of the most established teams, women’s club volleyball hopes to end on a high note. Recently hosting a thrilling tournament against teams from UMBC, Towson University, and Johns Hopkins University, the team will look to stay in form and see out the rest of the season.
Newer to the club sports program is women’s field hockey; the team began recruiting players in the fall. Matt Grimm, director of campus recreation, speaks about “the challenge of not knowing what to expect and playing schools that have been around for 20-30 years.” With games still to come this spring, the players and Grimm are excited to see how the team takes off.
Women’s club soccer shook things up by competing in an indoor tournament in College Park, Md. The team walked away from the tournament with a tie. Although winning feels great, playing against bigger schools with more seasoned teammates, team captain Julie Weber says she was pleased with the result: “We need to improve on our communication. That has always been a problem for us, and once we become more relaxed on the ball, I think the communication will develop.” With the main season in the fall, the team will have ample time this spring to develop new chemistry with each other.
With a season spanning both semesters, women’s club softball is put in a sticky situation this spring. With spring break over and Easter coming soon, softball has lost vital weekends of play. With a jam-packed game schedule in April, the team will attempt to finish off their season with a grand slam.
With only a couple months left, it has been a solid year for the development and production of women’s club sports. Without knowing how the seasons will end, one thing is certain: club sports are on the rise.