Washington College Women’s Soccer Season Preview

Washington College Athletics
August 26, 2016

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — After setting a team record for fewest goals allowed for the second year in a row last fall, the Washington College women’s soccer team will look to step things up on the offensive end of the field and continue their improvement on defense as the Shorewomen aim to move up the Centennial Conference standings in head coach Kerry Smith’s third season.

“I’m excited with the depth that we have in the squad by having players who can play more than one position,” remarks Smith. “That will allow us to play a more fluid attacking game. It’s a building process and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish when we hit top gear as a program.”

The Shorewomen allowed just 26 goals in 16 games last fall, shutting out five opponents and allowing just one goal against five other opponents. Washington made some strides on the offensive end last season as well, scoring five more goals in 2015 than in 2014.

The Shorewomen return 13 players from a year ago, including their three seniors – captains Paige Cahoon (Port Murray, N.J./Warren Hills) and Laura Tocci(New Hope, Pa./New Hope-Solebury) as well as Erin Smedley (Highland, Md./River Hill). Cahoon, a forward, made 10 starts in 14 games a year ago. Tocci and Smedley are both midfielders. Tocci is the team’s reigning Most Valuable Player and picked up one assist in 11 games, 10 of them starts, in 2015. Smedley started eight of 16 games, scoring one goal.

Another team captain, defender Steph Scott (Tustin, Calif./Beckham), is among the Shorewomen’s five juniors. Scott made 15 starts in 16 games last season, her first with the Shorewomen after transferring from Sweet Briar. Forward Lexi Young (Hardwick, N.J./North Warren Regional) scored one goal and assisted on two others while making eight starts in 14 games as a sophomore. Midfielder Maribeth Harrington (Silver Spring, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) added two assists in her 13 starts in 16 games, while forward Hayley Hartman (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) made six starts in eight games. Defender Lis Parks (Ft. Washington, Md./St. John’s College H.S. [D.C.]), who will also serve as the team’s back-up goalkeeper, played at Howard Community College the past two seasons, where she was named to the All-Region first team.

Six sophomores return to the Shorewomen’s roster this fall after playing significant roles as freshmen last season. Captain and midfielder Arianna Sabatino(Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills West) and her twin sister, forward Olivia Sabatino (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills West), were two of the three Shorewomen to start every game a year ago. Arianna tallied a pair of assists, while Olivia tied for the team lead with four goals, added one assists, and led the team in both total shots (31) and shots on goal (14).

Midfielder Lindsay Russell (Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy) also started every game in her first collegiate season, while forward Lauren Neary(Middletown, Md./Middletown) scored one goal in 13 games, including one start and forward Picabo French (Tustin, Calif./Orange Lutheran) made 11 starts in 14 games. Courtney Colbert (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./Egg Harbor Township) is the Shorewomen’s starting goalkeeper this season. Last fall, she made five starts in goal, posting a .815 save percentage and a 0.94 goals-against average while recording three shutouts.

Nine freshmen join the Shorewomen’s roster this fall – forwards Kylie Heath (Souderton, Pa./Souderton Area) and Abigail Olah (Bel Air, Md./Edgewood), midfielders Tatiana Baughman (Worton, Md./Gunston School) and Cayla Marcinko (Baltimore, Md./Mercy), and defenders Maia Duval (Las Cruces, N.M./American School of Madrid [Spain]), Kirstyn Horsley (Baltimore, Md./Sparrows Point), Parker Morris (Severna Park, Md./Severn School), Maddie Noonan (Burlington, Vt./Burlington), and Bryanna Rupprecht (Linthicum, Md./North County).

Smith has been encouraged by the team’s progress thus far in preseason practices. “Our returners have all stepped it up and have been impressive so far,” she explains. “Some of the incoming class look ready to contribute right away. Overall, they are all working hard and we have great team chemistry; if they can maintain both over the entire season we have the opportunity for a great season.”

Smith welcomes Julia Kantor to the Shorewomen’s coaching staff this season. Kantor was an All-Region goalkeeper at Division II Florida Tech.

The Shorewomen will open their 2016 season with a 7:00 p.m. home game against Rosemont on September 1st. The non-conference schedule also includes Gwynedd Mercy and Goucher at home and road games at St. Mary’s (Md.), Widener, Immaculata, and Delaware Valley. Centennial Conference play will begin for the Shorewomen on September 17th at home against Johns Hopkins. The Shorewomen will also play conference home games against Swarthmore, Muhlenberg, Franklin & Marshall, and Haverford, and will play conference road games at Gettysburg, Dickinson, Ursinus, and McDaniel.

“Our main goal for this season is to keep getting better everyday and to improve our performance as a team game by game,” Smith adds. “If we do both, the results will follow.”

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Compass Regional Hospice hosts fall volunteer training sessions

Compass Regional Hospice
August 25, 2016

Compass Regional Hospice will offer two training options for individuals interested in becoming a volunteer. The first session will be broken up into three weeks on every Tuesday and Thursday. Starting Tuesday, September 13 through Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Hope and Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. The second session will be held on October 18, 19 and 20, 2016 at the Caroline Hospice Home, 613 S 5th Ave in Denton from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Attending each day of one of these sessions is required for volunteers who wish to work directly with hospice patients and their family members in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties.

“Volunteering for hospice is like being a good neighbor,” says Courtney Williams, manager of volunteer and professional services for Compass Regional Hospice. “It is all about helping others and being there when they need you. Direct patient care volunteers provide companionship and support to our patients and their loved ones.”

Compass Regional Hospice relies on more than 300 men and women who volunteer their time providing patient care and administrative support and helping with community events and fundraising. This group also includes the more than 100 volunteers who operate Estate Treasures, an upscale resale shop in Chester that raises significant funds for Compass Regional Hospice every year.

Topics for the fall 2016 volunteer training sessions include an overview of hospice; the process of dying; spiritual care and its place in hospice care; the stages of grief; effective communications techniques; family dynamics; stress management; and self-care for caregivers.

For more information about becoming a volunteer for Compass Regional Hospice, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/volunteers or contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112, cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org.

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Washington College’s Field Hockey Season Preview

Washington College Athletics
August 25, 2016
CHESTERTOWN, Md.

The Washington College Field Hockey team in 2015 posted its second straight winning season by going 9-8, registered four consecutive shutouts, something that had not happened in 15 years, and were one of two teams to shut out Haverford last fall.

This fall, the Shorewomen seek their fifth trip to the Centennial Conference Tournament since 2008 and their third straight winning campaign under head coach Rachel Boyle as she is in her 15th season guiding the Washington College field hockey team.

The Shorewomen field hockey team has five seniors this fall are attack Alli Dudley (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key), midfielder Elizabeth Davis (Earleville, Md./Bohemia Manor), midfielder Kerri Estep (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor), midfielder Allison Remenapp(Woodbine, Md./Century) and Defender Jen Tordella (New Castle, Del./William Penn). Davis, a two-time All-Centennial Conference and All-South Region first team pick, led the team with 12 goals and 30 points and was second on the club in assists with six in 2015. In the conference she ranked eighth in goals and points and 10th in assists and game-winners. Remenapp led the team in assists with nine last season, which tied for third in the Centennial, while adding five goals for 19 points as she was second on the Shorewomen in points and fourth in scores. Dudley had 12 points on four goals and four assists and was fifth on the team in points and goals. Estep helped WC tally six shutouts in 2015 and played in a career-high 17 games in 2015, while Tordella who served as an intern for NBC Universal during the recently completed 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, last year slid back from the attack to the defensive unit and played in all 17 games for WC last fall. All five seniors played in every game as juniors.

The junior class consists of five members of the Shorewomen in 2016. Junior attack Michaela Conners (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) had nine points on four goals and one helper in 17 contests last fall. Defender Katie Arnold (Hockessin, Del./Wilmington Christian) will be transitioning back from the attack where she had three goals for six points in 15 games. Defender Courtney Rainey (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) participated in eight games last fall. The class also consists of attackers Sami Bialozynski (Eldersburg, Md./Century) and Liza Slavin (Baltimore, Md./Dulaney). Last autumn, Bialozynski got into one game, while Slavin missed the entire season for medical reasons.

Boyle’s sophomore class is a big one, consisting of 11 returnees and two newcomers for a total of 13. The baker’s dozen are defender Olivia Auer (Forest Hill, Md./Bel Air), attacker Kasey Buck (Dalton, Pa./Lackawanna Trail), goalkeeper Kerrigan Buck (Dalton, Pa./Lackawanna Trail), midfielder Maggie Cancelmo(Berwyn, Pa./Bishop Shanahan), defender Sawyer Chilton (Wilmington, Del./Tower Hill), goalkeeper Morgan Domanico (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air), attack Clare Ingersoll (Chestertown, Md./Gunston School), midfielder Sabrina Jenkins (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis), defender Alison Pantazes (Middletown, Del./Middletown), attacker Emily Pantazes (Middletown, Del./Middletown), defender Lexi Rullo (New Fairfield, Conn./Canterbury School), attack Nicole Schroyer (Queenstown, Md./Kent Island), midfielder Natalie Theriault (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford).

Cancelmo had one assist for one point and played in each of the team’s 17 games last season, Rullo played in 10 games en route to being named the team’s Most Improved Player, Schroyer appeared in 11 contests in 2015, Emily Pantazes had a goal and assist last season for three points in 16 games,Kasey Buck tallied two goals and added an assist for five points in eight games, Alison Pantazes had two points on a goal in seven contests and Jenkins participated in six games in 2015. Auer and Chilton are both back after missing the 2015 campaign due to injury.

Kerrigan Buck and Domanico are competing for the starting goalkeeper position. Domanico played in four games last season for a total of 114:08 in cage as she made six saves and had a 1.23 goals against average and Kerrigan Buck appeared in a pair of contests and stopped one shot in 52:01 of action for a 1.35 goals against average.

Ingersoll comes to WC from Dickinson and Theriault transfers to Washington from Saint Joseph’s (Pa.).

Six freshmen join the team this season. They are midfielder Sophie Grabiec (Newport, Pa./Newport), attack Molly Johnston (Norwell, Mass./Norwell), midfielder Abigail McGowan (Wilmington, Del./Padua Academy), attack Lauren Resh (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area), attack Kylie Weiss (Warminster, Pa./William Tennet) and defender Jessie Willey (Salisbury, Md./Parkside). Johnston’s brother Pat served as an assistant coach for both Washington College lacrosse teams last year.

Washington returns 32 of its 44 goals from 2015 and 23 of its 29 assists from a season ago.

Boyle will be joined on the sidelines by 2014 Washington College graduate Steph Harryman and volunteer assistant Amanda Bramble.

The Shorewomen open their 2016 season on Thursday, September 1 at 4:00 p.m. at Kibler Field at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium against Division III power Salisbury and will play their first road game three days later on September 4 at 11:00 a.m. at Roanoke.

Washington, who looks to improve upon its 4-6 mark in CC play in 2015, will play its Centennial Conference opener on September 16 when they travel to Johns Hopkins for a 7:00 p.m. game.

In conference, Washington will host Bryn Mawr (September 27), Muhlenberg (October 8), Dickinson (October 15), defending conference champion Ursinus (October 19) and McDaniel (October 29), while traveling to Gettysburg (September 24), Swarthmore (October 5), Franklin & Marshall (October 22) and Haverford (October 26) in addition to going to Johns Hopkins. Out of conference, in addition to Salisbury, the Shorewomen will host Stevenson (September 10), Wesley (September 22), Lynchburg (October 1) and Gwynedd Mercy (October 12).

The Shorewomen’s only other non-conference road game in addition to Roanoke is a September 18 game at Washington and Lee.

WC has three games versus 2015 NCAA Tournament teams, F&M, Salisbury and Ursinus.

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Washington College Welcomes 451 New Students From Across the Country and the World

Washington College
August 24, 2016

Sees Solid Boost in Minority Students

CHESTERTOWN, MD—Washington College welcomes 417 freshmen to campus this week to begin classes on Monday, August 29, 2016 as well as 34 transfer students. Hailing from 31 states and nine countries, the students making up the freshmen of the Class of 2020 reflect one of the most diverse and academically strong classes ever enrolled at Washington College.

“The secret about Washington College is getting out,” says Cindy Childs, interim vice president of Enrollment Management. “We are no longer a best-kept secret, rather, a top choice among college applicants nationwide.”

The number of enrolling students this fall is up 47 from last year’s incoming students, and among the freshmen, nearly 23.6 percent represent minorities. This brings minority enrollment campus-wide to 15.5 percent, up from 12.8 percent last year.

Among the freshmen that comprise the Class of 2020, the average GPA is 3.6, and 38 percent are National Honor Society members. Thirty-eight percent of the freshmen are from Maryland, while the College’s enrollment team continued to work to broaden the class beyond the mid-Atlantic. Eleven students are from California, one from Alaska, 10 from Florida, two from Texas, and 4.6 percent of the incoming class are international students.

The class also includes the inaugural group of 16 George’s Brigade students, part of President Sheila Bair’s initiative, announced at her inauguration last September, to provide full tuition, fees, room, and board to high-achieving, high-need, first-generation students. In less than a year, President Bair has raised $4 million from donors for this effort, $2.85 million of which is endowed.

The top areas of academic interest for the new class are business management, biology, pre-med, psychology, political science, environmental science and studies, English, economics, and international studies.

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Washington College’s Men’s Soccer Season Preview

Washington College Athletics
August 24, 2016

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — One of the strongest and most experienced senior classes in recent years will look to lead the Washington College men’s soccer team to its first Centennial Conference Tournament appearance this fall, a goal that has been well within reach each of the past two seasons.

Last year, the Shoremen opened the season with four straight shutout wins for the first time in program history. That streak was followed by five consecutive losses, three of them by one goal and three of them coming in their first three Centennial Conference games. The Shoremen bounced back with five straight wins to up their overall record to 9-5 and even their conference record at 3-3. They then ended the season with three hard-fought one-goal losses to the three teams who finished immediately ahead of them in the Centennial Conference standings. All told, six of the Shoremen’s eight losses on the season came by a single goal; they were 5-2 in games decided by more than one goal.

This fall, then, marks the final shot at the postseason for a group of eight seniors who have logged a combined 347 games played and 235 starts over the previous three years. All eight of those seniors have made two or more starts in each of the past three years. Half of that senior class will be serving as the team’s four captains this season – midfielder Dimitri Kaliakin (Landenberg, Pa./Salesianum School), defender Derek Stiles (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough), midfielder/defender Cole Strong (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park), and forward Brian Wilkinson (Sykesville, Md./Mount St. Joseph).

Kaliakin’s team-leading nine assists last season upped his career total to 20, making him just the fifth Shoreman in history to record 20 or more career assists and putting him seven assists shy of the career school record. He also scored one goal while starting all 17 games last fall.

Strong is the team’s reigning Most Valuable Player after a season which saw him score his first collegiate points on two goals and three assists while starting every one of his 15 games. Stiles, meanwhile, had 12 starts in as many games, while Wilkinson’s five goals and three assists gave him 13 total points, second-most on the team, in 17 starts.

Completing the senior class are midfielder Christian Cooke (Bowie, Md./DeMatha), forward Chris Lewandowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon), midfielder/forward Drew Thompson (Montclair, Va./Woodbridge), and goalkeeper Jonathan Wendeborn (Lambertville, N.J./South Hunterdon).

Lewandowski led the team in total points last fall with 16, tying for the team lead in goals with six and finishing second to Kaliakin in assists with four while starting all 17 games. Thompson made 16 starts in 17 games and contributed two goals and two assists, while Cooke had a pair of assists in 16 games, 14 of them starts. Wendeborn made five starts in goal for the Shoremen, finishing with a 1.65 goals-against average.

Defenders Michael Holowesko (Nassau, Bahamas/Asheville School [N.C.]) and Chris Gingrich (Westfield, N.J./Union Catholic) and midfielders Skyler Clark(Clinton, Conn./The Gunnery) and Debashish Goenka (Mumbai, India/Hiranandani Foundation School – Powai) comprise the Shoremen’s junior class. In addition to being a stout defender and starting all 17 games, Holowesko’s height (6’5″) proved an asset on set pieces and corner kicks a year ago as he tied for the team lead with six goals on just 14 shots, all but one of them on headers. Gingrich played in all 17 games as well, making 12 starts, while Clark made one start and scored one goal in his 17 games played. Goenka scored his first collegiate goal last season, playing in six games.

Sophomore goalkeeper Josh Samuels (Allentown, N.J./Allentown) had an impressive freshman season last fall, making 11 starts in 13 games, posting a save percentage of .762, and recording a goals-against average of 0.83.

Four other current sophomores appeared in 11 or more games as rookies last fall – midfielders Aaron Barclay (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) andDavid McSwain (Durham, N.C./Riverside), forward/midfielder Brian Graham (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), and midfielder/defender Kevin Sawyer (Washington, D.C./St. John’s College H.S.). Graham played all 17 games, notching one goal and two assists, McSwain had one goal and one assist in 13 games, Barclay made one start in 11 games and scored one goal, and Sawyer tallied one assist and played in 12 games.

Other returning sophomores include midfielder/defender Christian Keller (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Collegiate School), defender Pat O’Neal (Birmingham, Ala./Altamont School), and defender/midfielder Kyle Kirwan (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair). Keller played in seven games, while O’Neal appeared in two. Kirwan did not see game action as a freshman.

Three other sophomores have joined the Shoremen’s roster since last fall. Midfielder Matt Rannie (Abingdon, Md./Bel Air) was a mid-year transfer from Randolph-Macon where he scored one goal and had one assist while making seven starts in 15 games last fall. Forward/midfielder Kyle Gaeffke (Haverford, Pa./Harriton) played at Merchant Marine last fall, appearing in three games. Forward Kidane Bell (Silver Spring, Md./James H. Blake) is a walk-on playing in his first season of collegiate soccer.

Eight freshmen complete the Shoremen’s roster – forward Liam Mansfield (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset), midfielders Griffin Bull (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley), Dylan Gray (West Chester, Pa./Westtown School), and Blake Hardesty (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air), defenders Sean Garin (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson),Alexander Nagy (Rockville, Md./Rockville), and Evan Savoth (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven), and goalkeeper Jonathan Luciani (West Chester, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy).

Roy Dunshee returns for his fifth season as head coach of the Shoremen. He has increased the Shoremen’s overall and/or conference win total in each of his first four seasons. Chris Koch, a 2016 Washington College graduate who played four years for the Shoremen, takes over as the team’s lead assistant coach.

The Shoremen will kick off their 2016 season September 1st with a non-conference game at Neumann. They will play their home opener five days later against St. Mary’s College of Maryland. On September 10th and 11th, the Shoremen will co-host the inaugural Delmarva Cup with Wesley College. Washington will play Hampden-Sydney on the 10th and Randolph-Macon on the 11th, with Wesley playing the opposite school each day. The Shoremen’s non-conference schedule will be completed with road games at Salisbury and Catholic and home games against Wesley and Goucher.

Washington’s quest for a conference tournament berth begins September 17th when the Shoremen host Dickinson in their Centennial opener. The Shoremen will also play conference home games against Muhlenberg, Ursinus, and Swarthmore and will take on Franklin & Marshall, Haverford, McDaniel, Gettysburg, and Johns Hopkins on the road.

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Benchworks Named to Inc. Magazine’s 35th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Benchworks

For the second time, Benchworks appears on the Inc. 5000 list

Chestertown, MD, August 23, 2016

Inc. magazine recently ranked Benchworks, a comprehensive marketing services agency, No. 1005 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the U.S. economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

Photo: Thad Bench

Thad Bench – Contributed Photo

The 2016 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com, is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great—usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

This year marks the second time Benchworks has been included on the Inc. 5000, appearing alongside such companies as Pandora, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Yelp and Timberland. Benchworks’ ranking is based on its three-year sales growth of 395% and revenue of $31.1 million.

Thad L. Bench, Sr., CEO of Benchworks, commented on the achievement, saying, “At Benchworks, our goal is to provide measurable results for our clients through a relentless focus on marketing strategy, quality and service, all with a spirit of graciousness. I am very proud that our team has been successful in accomplishing that task through their tireless dedication while the Benchworks leadership team has skillfully managed sustainable growth.”

Companies on the list will be honored at the annual Inc. 5000 conference in October in San Antonio. The event recognizes these companies for their remarkable achievements and contributions to the economy. The event will feature inspirational speakers and networking opportunities.

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