October 11 - Two area collegiate programs will square off when Marymount travels to Fairfax to scrimmage George Mason in a doubleheader as the two teams continue their fall seasons on Sunday at 12 p.m.
The two scrimmages are unique with a Division III program testing itself against a Division I program. The Saints went 13-23 in the program’s fifth season last spring under coach Frank Leoni, while the Patriots went 29-27 and advanced to the Atlantic-10 Conference championship game in coach Bill Brown’s 37th season at the helm.
“I’m very thankful for Coach Brown for hosting us. This is an awesome opportunity to measure ourselves against top-level competition,” Leoni said. “We look forward to competing on Sunday.”
Several players from Northern Virginia schools are rostered with both teams.
George Mason’s area players include: juniors Devon Adams (Paul VI Catholic), James Beasley (Battlefield), Jared DiCesare (Chantilly) and Logan Driscoll (Lake Braddock); sophomores Daniel Brooks (Spotsylvania), Ryan Miles (Woodgrove), Tommy Bradley (Fairfax), Scott Morgan (Woodbridge) and James Price (Patriot); and freshmen Connor Baine (Loudoun Valley), Jack FitzGerald (Freedom-South Riding), Patrick Halligan (Marshall), Jared Lyons (West Springfield), Hugh O’Hara (Robinson) and Mason Posey (Brentsville District).
Driscoll was a first-team All-A10 selection in the spring after hitting .342 with 19 extra-base hits and 37 RBI in 56 games, and the catcher is likely to be selected in the Major League Baseball Draft next June. DiCesare emerged as one of the top pitchers in the Cape Cod League over the summer and could be the latest Patriots pitcher drafted after Zach Mort and Bryce Nightengale were selected this past June. Adams and Beasley are newcomers to the program, having transferred from Old Dominion and Hofstra, respectively.
Marymount’s local players are seniors Brian Carmichael (Centreville) and Conner Hall (Edison), juniors Will DiGiulian (O’Connell) and Griffin Kime (The Heights), sophomores James DiGiulian (Bishop O’Connell) and Steven Gerade (T.C. Williams), and freshmen Alex Lemery (Robinson), Brett Kelley (Bishop Ireton), Ryan Lee (Courtland), Austin McElligott (South County), Jack Newman (Freedom-South Riding) and Clint Wheeler (Madison).
Hall earned first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference honors after hitting .353 with 23 extra-base hits and 30 RBI in 36 games last spring. Will DiGiulian transferred to the Arlington school from Patrick Henry Community College and becomes teammates with his younger brother, James. Their oldest brother, Charlie, also played for the Saints.
Entry to Sunday’s scrimmages is free and open to the public.
Photos of Marymount coach Frank Leoni, left, and George Mason coach Bill Brown, right, courtesy of their respective athletic programs