Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - Aug. 30-Sept. 3

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What a weekend! The six GW teams competing went a combined 8-4 with a couple of top finishes from the cross country squads. Saturday was a particularly impressive day with five wins from men's and women's soccer, men's water polo and volleyball. Here's a quick look at some highlights from the weekend that was:

Women's Soccer

-First-year head coach Sara Barnes earned her first two victories of the season as the Colonials defeated Columbia (1-0) and Cornell (3-2) at the D.C. Invitational.

-Junior Alex Neal was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week after scoring two goals, including the game-winner against the Lions.

-Freshman goalkeeper Nicole Fasano posted her first career shutout in the win over Columbia.

Men's Water Polo

-The Colonials outscored their opponents, 66-30, to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 2006. GW picked up wins over Penn State Behrend (21-6)Iona (11-10)Notre Dame (Ohio) (16-9) and Gannon (18-6).

-Junior Nate Little, sophomore Brian Mojica and freshman Bogdan Petkovic each scored 10 goals, while senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes recorded 32 saves and allowed just 23 goals. Illes moved into second place all-time at GW with 817 career saves.

-Petkovic and Illes earned CWPA Southern Division Rookie and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for their performances.

-Newcomers certainly made a splash in their inaugural weekend in the Buff and Blue. In addition to Petkovic, who scored four goals apiece against NDC and Gannon, freshman Jonah Dowd tallied six points (4g, 2a) in his collegiate debut against PSB, while grad student Milos Purkovic, a transfer from Pepperdine, scored five times against Iona.

Men's Soccer

-The Colonials bounced back from their first loss of the season to defeat District rival Howard, 2-1, at the 12th annual D.C. College Cup.

-Juniors Bailey Hinners and Tyler Ranalli were named to the All-Tournament Team.

-Hinners' first career goal proved to be the game-winner against the Bison.


-The Colonials defeated Bethune-Cookman, 3-0, at the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic for their first victory of the season.

-Sophomore Kelsey Newman paced GW in the win with 18 kills, while senior Lauren Whyte posted her first double-double of the season and 33rd of her career with 11 kills and 11 digs.

-Freshman Maddy Doyle earned All-Tournament honors after totaling 31 digs (2.21/set) and 17 assists in 14 sets.

Women's Cross Country

The Colonials opened the season with a second-place showing and registered three top-10 finishes at the Seagull Opener.

-Senior Heather Stevens finished in a career-best third place out of 146 runners, while senior Juliana Stern and freshman Caroline Wolfe took sixth and seventh, respectively.

Men's Cross Country

-The Colonialsfinished third at the Seagull Opener in their 2012 debut with four top-20 individual finishers.

-Sophomore John-Louis Pane led GW with a 14th-place showing out of 116 runners.

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