Calvert County Times December 07, 2017 - Page 19

Thursday, December 7, 2017 The Calvert County Times Sports 19 Seahawk Signs Pro Soccer Contract Nicholas Tait ‘17 signs pro soccer contract By Nairem Moran St. Mary’s College of Maryland Nicholas Tait, St. Mary’s College Class of ‘17 (Silver Spring, Md./Sandy Spring Friends School) is going pro. The former Seahawk men’s soccer forward has signed a rookie professional contract with the Baltimore Blast of the Eastern Division of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL). The Blast has won the MASL Cham- pionship nine times, including claiming the professional indoor soccer titles in 2016 and 2017. The team plays their home games at SECU Arena on the campus of Towson University in Towson. Tait, an environmental studies major and double minor in history and Spanish, left his mark all over the St. Mary’s men’s soccer record book. He completed his career fourth all-time in game-winning goals (9) and fi fth in points (88), goals (33), and assists (22). Tait is also tied for fi rst in games played (74), games started (73), and leaves as the record holder in minutes played with 5,715. As a senior, the 6-2 midfi elder led the Capital Athletic Conference with six game-winning goals, ranking him 14th in Division III in the same category. He was tied for second in the conference with a team-high 11 goals as well as being third in the CAC with a team-best 26 points. Tait also led the team with four assists. He fi nished his Seahawk career as a two-time NSCAA Division III Men’s All-South Atlantic Region Second Team selection and four-time All-CAC pick, in- cluding three straight fi rst team nods. Tait was also the 2015 CAC Player of the Year as well as the St. Mary’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2016 and 2017. A two-year team captain, he excelled off the pitch as well as Tait landed on the CAC All-Academic Team his last two season. nmoran@smcm.edu Deer Hunters Enjoy Season Opener Hunters reported harvesting 13,514 deer on the opening weekend of the 2017 Maryland fi rearm season, the state’s most popular hunting season. The total in- cludes 6,242 antlered and 7,272 antlerless deer, with sika deer comprising 201 of the antlered and 188 of the antlerless totals. Overall opening weekend totals in Calvert were 201 and in St. Mary’s 306 Hunters in Region A – mainly western Maryland – reported harvesting 1,401 deer for the weekend, up signifi cantly from last year’s harvest of 1,111. In Region B, the antlered deer harvest decreased from 5,074 last year to 4,841 this year and the antlerless harvest decreased from 7,386 to 7,272. Deer hunters harvested 3,389 deer (1,369 antlered, 2,020 antlerless) Sunday. Hunting is permitted on select Sundays in 20 counties and has become increas- ingly popular with hunters across the state. Frederick County once again led the Sunday harvest with 342 deer taken. The harvest was nearly the same as last year’s offi cial total of 13,571 deer for the same period. Junior hunters also took advantage of good November hunting weather and re- ported taking 2,462 deer during the Junior Deer Hunt Days. The harvest was nearly identical to last year’s offi cial harvest of 2,444. These young hunters registered 1,500 antlered and 962 antlerless deer. The two-week deer fi rearm season runs through Dec. 9. From MD DNR. somdbmx.com For Full Schedule Go To Races on Tuesdays & Thursdays 26600 BUDDS CREEK RD MECHANICSVILLE, MD 20659