March 13, 2014

"113 Days" Doc on 2012 Stonehill Season Debuts in March

by Mark Macyk | | Twitter

"113 Days" is set to premiere at Stonehill's Martin Auditorium on March 24 at 7 p.m. (Thompson Films)

After a long wait, Stonehill's women's lacrosse team finally played its season opener, Tuesday night at Rollins. Next week, the Skyhawks will be a part of an opening of a different kind.

This one has been even longer in the making.

Stonehill alum Katie Shannon's "113 Days," a documentary chronicling the Skyhawks' 2012 season is set to premiere on March 24 at 7 p.m., with a viewing open to the public at Stonehill's Martin Auditorium.

Shannon, who won a national championship at Stonehill alongside current coach Katie Conover and currently heads up the Thompson Films production company, had never filmed a documentary when she approached Conover with the idea of chronicling the Skyhawks' quest for a third NCAA title.

Spoiler: Stonehill finished 14-5, but did not win the national championship. That's ok, as Shannon and producing partner Betsy Greer found out, there were plenty of other stories to mine over those 113 days.

"The initial thought when we went in was about them trying to get back [to the tile game]," Shannon said. "It was so much more. You find the storylines you want to follow."

One such story was that of Conover, who put Stonehill on the map as a player, guiding the new generation as the coach. Conover was a four-time All-American and left Stonehill as Division II's all-time leading scorer. But the Division II landscape has completely changed from Conover and Shannon's playing days. The Skyhawks are as good as ever, the problem is the rest of Division II is, too.

"It's so different from when we played," Shannon said. "We were always going to win the Northeast-10 and it's just not the case anymore."

Only three teams -- Adelphi, Le Moyne, and Rollins -- beat Stonehill in 2012. The Skyhawks of a decade prior didn't really need to worry about any of them. Adelphi wasn't in the Northeast-10. Le Moyne wasn't in Division II. Rollins didn't have a team. With cameos from the Panthers, the Dolphins, the Tars, and more, the film shows just how strong Division II has become.

"I think Division II is somewhat of a lost division," said Shannon, who coached at Division III Emerson and Pomona-Pitzer. "It is very good, with really high-quality players. It's just smaller than the other two divisions."

With over three months of footage, the film has plenty to offer beyond the lacrosse field as well.

"Even if this is about women's lacrosse, the themes that come across are pretty universal," Shannon said.

Shannon and Greer are currently submitting the film to festivals, the success of ESPN's 30 for 30 and its IX for IX offshoot have made sports docs a popular choice, but the dream is to have it shown before the national title game.

Regardless of where it goes, Shannon said simply completing the film made it a success.

Said Shannon: "I just hope it portrays the community well, and kind of shows female collegiate athletes and how hard they work."


Click here to view the trailer for "113 Days." For updates on the film you can check out or follow them on Facebook at 113 days and Twitter @113Days.

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