Men’s Lacrosse in Maryland: SMCM – A Small Gem

St. Mary’s lacrosse field through gap in dorms (Photo / Tom Flynn)

St. Mary’s City, MD – As the release of Men’s Lacrosse in Maryland, the Pride of the Old Line State approaches on January 11, I’ll show some glimpses of colleges or players featured therein. Today, I was down visiting Historic St. Mary’s City, in Southern Maryland.

Within the city is St. Mary’s College of Maryland, home to one of the nation’s stronger Division III lacrosse programs. The Seahawks got their start when the late William Thomas Rowe, now known as “The Father of Lacrosse” at St. Mary’s, helped to cobble together the college’s first team in 1971. They had a half-dozen helmets from Johns Hopkins University to start with, along with some sticks provided by the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

The team has built itself over four decades into one of the state’s strongest programs at arguably its most picturesque college. In Men’s Lacrosse in Maryland, I wrote of just how Rowe managed to pull together the team despite long odds, and also detail some of the successes of recent teams.

The Seahawks enter 2016 under head coach Jason Childs. Childs, prior to arrival at St. Mary’s, started both the Mercer University and Presbyterian College lacrosse programs. He also transitioned Georgia’s Shorter University from an NAIA program across to the NCAA’s Division II. Childs is a native of Baltimore and attended Brooklandville’s St. Paul’s School.

He recently hired Elkridge, MD native Connor Doyle as an assistant coach. Doyle was formerly a standout at North Carolina’s Belmont Abbey. He also coached the U.S. International Lacrosse Team, comprised of U.S. collegiate players, to the championship of the Berlin Cup International tournament championship this summer. – TF

Dorms semi-circle the Seahawks’ lacrosse field (Photo / T. Flynn)