Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - Sept. 28-30

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Six varsity programs had official competitions this past weekend, 

Women's Soccer
-Junior midfielder Alex Neal led GW with three shots in the Colonials' 2-0 loss to Richmond on Friday.
-GW freshman goalkeeper Shannon Murphy recorded a career-best five saves in a 2-0 loss to A-10 newcomer VCU on Sunday afternoon.
-Freshman Kristi Abbate posted a match-high four shots for the Colonials on Sunday.

Men's Soccer
-Senior Seth Rudolph converted a penalty kick for his team-leading fourth goal of the season in GW's 3-1 loss to Longwood in its non-conference finale on Saturday.
-The defending Atlantic 10 regular-season co-champions begin conference play this coming weekend with a pair of matches in the Virginia state capital - at Richmond on Friday and at VCU on Sunday.

-Freshman Maddy Doyle recorded a career-high 20 kills in GW's 3-0 loss to Butler on Friday.  
-Jamie Armstrong posted a .381 attack percentage with 10 kills and just two errors while redshirt junior Jessica Lubic racked up 35 assists and seven digs against the Bulldogs.
-GW rebounded with a thrilling five-set victory at Saint Louis that saw the Colonials rally from a 2-0 deficit against the Billikens on Saturday.
-Senior Lauren Whyte led the Colonials with 18 kills and 10 digs at SLU.
-Sophomore Kelsey Newman recorded career-highs of 18 digs and six blocks alongside 14 winners for a match-high 19.5 points.
-Redshirt freshman Jessica Lubic contributed to the Colonials' comeback with 39 assists and 15 digs.

Cross Country
-Freshmen Ryan Tucker and Kyle Ames recorded career-best times to lead the GW men's team to a fifth-place finish in a field of seven on Saturday at the George Mason Invitational.  
-The GW women took home a third-place finish with senior Heather Stevens leading the charge with a 12th-place performance in a field of 80 runners.
-Senior Julia Weir crossed the line in 14th place with freshman Caroline Wolfe one spot behind in 15th. 
-The men's and women's squads race once more before the A-10 Championships - Oct. 13 at the Princeton Invitational.

-At the MAISA Women's Fall Dinghy Championship, freshman skipper Maria Sinagra and sophomore crew Meagan Murphy won the event's eighth race on Saturday to highlight GW's ninth-place finish out of 14 competing teams.
-Five Colonials' sailors also competed at the South #1 with seniors Ian Conners and Rebecca Engel posting GW's top performance with a fifth-place showing in Race #9. The Colonials placed seventh out of 14 teams overall.
-GW will have another opportunity to earn a spot at the War Memorial MAISA Coed Championship this weekend in the South #2 regatta, which will set sail on the Potomac River and the Washington Sailing Marina.

Men's Tennis
-Senior Alexander van Gils and freshman Danil Zelenkov both reached the second round of the pre-qualifying portion of the ITA/D'Novo All-American Men's Tennis Championships at the University of Tulsa.  
-Van Gils triumphed over his first opponent from Bradley in straight sets by scores of 6-1, 6-3.  He then dropped a tight second-round match to an opponent from Tennessee by scores of 7-5, 6-4. 
-Zelenkov dove straight into second-round play after receiving a first-round bye.  He went the distance in a tough loss to his Vanderbilt foe by scores of 5-7, 7-6, 7-5.
-The singles qualifying round of the Championships begins today and includes sophomore Fransisco Dias, junior Nikita Fomin.  GW's doubles teams of Fomin and Zelrnkov, and Dias and van Gils begin play on Thursday.

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