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JV Water Polo Wins MIAA Championship

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The thrill of victory for the JV Water Polo team!

The Junior Varsity Water Polo season at Mount Saint Joseph started off strong with a scrimmage tournament at McDonogh, with the team taking notching victories over both McDonogh and Landon. Two weeks later, the Gaels played their first league game against McDonogh beating them 16 to 6. After the strong start to the season the Gaels went on to not only win every game they played but also doubled the opposing teams score each time. The boys continued their streak all the way until their second meeting with the Gilman School. In the first half, the boys struggled to hold off Gilman’s superior outside shooting and let Gilman hold a dramatic lead that the Gaels could not recover from in the second half.

After their one, and only defeat by Gilman, the boys rallied themselves for the MIAA Championship. This game is where the Gaels would get the chance to exact their revenge on Gilman for their earlier defeat. At the end of the first quarter, it did not look good for Saint Joe as the Greyhounds put a 2 to 1 lead on them. By the end of the half, MSJ pulled back ahead and carried that lead all the way to the final buzzer with the final score, MSJ – 8 to Gilman – 6. Freshman Edward DeMaria was the high point for the game with three goals followed by Alexander Chairs with two. In addition, freshman Wesley Reising and sophomores Zane Miklasz and Patrick Bauer scored goals. The defensive side was led by Cole Hite in goal and Edward DeMaria defending set. After the game, captains Cole Hite and Alexander Chairs were presented with a plaque declaring Mount Saint Joseph as the 2018 MIAA Champions!

Congratulations to the 2018 JV Water Polo team for their successful season. Check out photos from the Championship Match, photos courtesy of Ms. Ellen Quinn.

 

IceGaels Get it Done, Bring the MIAA Title Back to St. Joe

We knew Cross Country was going to win. We knew basketball was going to sit atop the conference. What we did not foresee was senior captain Alec Pupshis hoisting up the championship plaque in the middle of a sea of celebrating students.

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Senior Jay Davis holding the MIAA Championship trophy. Photo Credit: MSJ Hockey

The Hockey team defied any and all expectations thrust upon them in the biggest way possible. I talked to senior Jay Davis back in December and asked him about his expectations for the upcoming season. I was unsure how competitive the IceGaels would be, and when Jay replied to me with, “We are definitely better than last year, and I expect to see us in the championship game.” Now we know Jay was spot on, as they not only appeared in the championship, but upset the #1 seed to take home the title.

Meanwhile, the game itself was as good as it gets and suspenseful up until the very end. Our notorious student section showed out in a big way, undeterred $8 dollar admission fee, and the energy matched the team’s effort on the ice the entire game. It did not take long for the Calvert Hall Cardinals to take a lead. They had a man alone with the goalie, and took advantage of it, scoring early in the first period.  This goal tested the spirits of the students, but they did not let up, and neither did the guys on the ice. Towards the end of the first period, the puck got loose near Calvert Hall’s goal, and in the effort to possess the puck, a man pile of skaters formed, providing a perfect distraction for St. Joe to score (I don’t think anybody had any idea what happened when that goal went in). All I remember from that moment was the silence of students waiting for something, anything to happen. It was not until the referee’s whistle blew, and a couple St. Joe players threw their arms into the air did the crowd erupt into cheering and a very poorly coordinated yelling version of the beginning of Chelsea Dagger.

After an action packed first period, I expected more of the same through the next. However that was not the case. The goalies and their defenders took over for both teams. Personally, I have never been to a hockey game before, but the numerous saves the goalies had on both sides left me stunned. The defense would carry through the rest of game, as the third period ended with the score still tied at one-to-one.

As the overtime period started, the crowd was electric in an unprecedented way. It took only two minutes for the Gaels to score the final goal of the game. While the crowd was loud before, when the puck crossed the goal line, it erupted even louder than I could have imagined. I was standing in the third row of the stands. It took about five seconds of people pushing and shoving for me to be pushed up against the glass in the middle of a tidal wave of people yelling.

The Tier-1 Ice Hockey team gets to take home the MIAA plaque, taking part in possibly the best season of athletics we have seen in years. We have seen Indoor Track win, Wrestling win, Ice Hockey win, and also Basketball win the MIAA Championship. It surely has been a spectacular season for St. Joe athletics!