Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - Sept. 14-16

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GW's Atlantic 10 Champion golf team begins its fall action while their fellow Colonials continued the fall season with a weekend packed with competition.  Here's a look at how the Colonials fared:

Women's Soccer
-Freshman goalkeeper Nicole Fasano made seven saves, five of them in the second half in a narrow 1-0 loss at Liberty on Friday. 
-The Colonials will return home on Tuesday to host American to begin a five-match homestand.

Men's Soccer
-Tyler Ranalli scored his third goal of the season in GW's 2-1 loss at Bryant in the Colonials' lone match of the weekend. 
-Redshirt freshman Jean-Pierre van der Merwe recorded a career-high seven saves in Sunday afternoon's contest.

-GW's golf team begins its fall season today at the 19th annual Adams Cup of Newport/Cleveland Golf Classic at the Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I., and the Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, R.I.

Men's Water Polo
-GW finished Day 1 at the CWPA North/South Tournament at Harvard with a 15-6 win over Iona after dropping an earlier match, 18-7, against No. 19 Brown. 
-Sophomore Ridvan Pehlivan matched a career-high six goals against the Gaels on Saturday.
-Senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes recorded a season-high 18 saves in the Colonials' win over Iona and is now just 56 saves shy of GW's all-time program record.
-Junior Daniel Tyner and sophomore Ridvan Pehlivan each recorded a hat trick in GW's 15-13 loss to host Harvard on Sunday to finish the tournament in sixth place.

Men's & Women's Cross Country
-The men's and women's teams both brought home sixth-place finishes at their respective Navy and Salty Dog Invitationals in Annapolis, Md., on Saturday.
-The men's team finished ahead of regionally ranked Loyola for the second straight week and was led by senior Alex Dadds, who finished 29th and improved his 8,000-meter time by nearly a minute over his performance at the season opener.
-The women's team finished just two points behind Loyola (Md.), which is ranked No. 15 in the latest USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region poll.
-The GW women were paced by senior Julia Weir, who finished 19th out of 123 runners with a time of 23:28.  Weir was closely followed by fellow senior Heather Stevens, who took 30th place with a time of 23:53.

-GW battled strong currents to finish eighth out of 16 total teams in its second weekend of varsity action at the SUNY Maritime Fall Open in Throggs Neck, N.Y.
-The Colonials' A Division team of seniors Ian Conners, Skye Kussmann and Rebecca Engel posted a weekend-best performance of second place in Race 5 on Sunday. 
-The B Division crew of freshman Jay Spector and sophomore Meagan Murphy recorded four top 5 finishes, including a trio of third-place finishes.
-GW also finished fifth at the Edward Teach Memorial in Hampton, Va., with a pair of fourth-place efforts by the team of senior Richard Sant and junior Sarah McCormack in the A Division. 
-Freshman Benjamin Helfand and junior Erin McCormack took first in Saturday's eighth race.  The duo finished with a fourth-place showing in the B Division. 

-Sophomore Landon Garvik posted the first double-double of her career with 11 kills and 10 digs in a 3-0 loss to Princeton in GW's first match of the GW/NIKE Invitational at the Charles E. Smith Center. 
-Senior Christie Graf recorded career highs with two assists and six digs against Princeton on Friday.
-The Colonials came back strong on Day 2 of the GW/NIKE invitational with a 3-1 win over New Hampshire before dropping their final match of the tournament to No. 15 BYU in straight sets.
-Senior Lauren Whyte had a match-high 27 kills while hitting .328 with six digs, two block assists and one ace in GW's 3-1 win over UNH on Saturday. 
-Senior Candace Silva-Martin earned All-Tournament honors.

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