Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - Sept. 7-9

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Last weekend was marked with firsts with the sailing team's varsity debut and the women's tennis squad's first competition of the fall. Here's a look at the weekend's results as GW's fall sports are now in full swing:

Women's Soccer
-The Colonials split two games at the Navy Invitational, running their winning s treak to three with a 2-1 win over Towson before falling to Rider in a close 1-0 decision.
-Freshman Kristi Abbate's first career goal was the game-winner against the Tigers on Friday.
-Seniors Samie Cloutier and Adriana Moya and freshman Amanda Gaggioli earned All-Tournament honors.
-At 3-2, the Colonials matched their best five-game start since 2007.

Men's Soccer
-GW concluded the Jay Sculley Memorial Tournament, hosted by VMI, with a 2-0 victory over 2011 NCAA Tournament qualifier Liberty on Sunday.
-Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe posted his first career shutout in the win.
-Senior Seth Rudolph tallied both of GW's goals against the Flames, scoring twice in a five-minute stretch in the second half.
-Rudolph, van der Merwe and junior Tyler Ranalli earned All-Tournament honors.

-The Colonials competed at the Spring Hill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational, hosted by the University of Maryland, where they faced No. 16 Tennessee and a pair of ACC opponents in Maryland and Boston College.
-Freshman Margareth Skjelbred hit a team-best .429, while senior Lauren Whyte led the Colonials with 40 kills and senior Candace Silva-Martin paced the defense with 42 digs.
-Junior Jamie Armstrong led GW's offensive efforts against Maryland, hitting an errorless .636.
She and sophomore Kelsey Newman each totaled seven blocks at the tournament.

Men's Water Polo
-GW faced some tough competition at the Princeton Invitational, with three of four matches against nationally ranked opponents - No. 2 UCLA, No. 18 Brown and Division III No. 7 MIT.
-Junior Nate Little led the Colonials with seven goals in four contests, while freshman Bogdan Petkovic tallied six points on a goal and five assists and added 14 steals.
-With 37 saves at the tournament, senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes is up to 854 in his career. He needs less than 100 to become GW's all-time leader.

Women's Tennis
-The Colonials opened fall competition by notching victories over Howard and Saint Joseph's by identical scores of 3-2 at the rain shortened Tiger Classic hosted by Towson University.
-Freshmen Christina Carpenter and Stephanie Wei each earned their first career singles victories. Carpenter won at the No. 4 spot against Saint Joseph's, while Wei picked up her win at the No. 4 position against Delaware.

-GW's newest varsity sport completed its first regattas over the weekend at Old Dominion's Riley Cup and Navy's Laser South.
-The Colonials finished 13th out of 17 teams at the Riley Cup in Norfolk, Va.The pair of junior William Broman and senior Rebecca Engel placed 14th in the "A" Division.
-Senior Ian Conners led the new squad at the Laser South in Annapolis, Md., with a finish of 16th out of 18 sailors.


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