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Men's USTFCCCA All-Academic Team | Women's USTFCCCA All-Academic Team


NEW ORLEANS - The George Washington men's and women's cross country teams were both honored as United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams, the organization announced earlier this week.

To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, teams must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.

A total of 145 institutions representing 30 conferences compose the men's All-Academic teams while 200 teams from 30 conferences represent the women's teams.

The men's team finished with a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.1 while the women's team posted a 3.46 GPA, which ranks fourth among Atlantic 10 programs honored.

 

Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - Feb. 22-24

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Here's a look back at an action-packed weekend of Colonials' competition:

Men's Basketball
-GW came as close as seven in a second-half comeback attempt, but Saint Joseph's proved too much for the Colonials in Saturday's 71-59 loss at Hagan Arena.
-Senior Isaiah Armwood led a trio of double-digit scorers with 14 points. Freshman Patricio Garino finished with 10 points and a team-high three steals, while senior Lasan Kromah added 13 points to bring him just 41 shy of becoming the 44th member of the Colonials' 1,000-point club.
-Freshman Kevin Larsen tallied nine points and team-highs of six rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
- For his efforts in a pair of games last week, Larsen earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors.
-The Colonials travel to Richmond, Va., to visit the Richmond Spiders on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball
-The Colonials clinched a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship for the 31st consecutive season with a 57-52 victory over St. Bonaventure on Sunday a the Charles E. Smith Center.  
-Senior Megan Nipe recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to pace GW.
-Seniors Danni Jackson and Shi-Heria Shipp each tallied 12 points, and graduate student Tara Booker added 11 points to give GW four players in double figures in scoring. 
-Sophomore Chakecia Miller set a new career-best with 10 rebounds while posting six points and a game-high four steals
-GW shot 35.8 percent from the field in the game while holding St. Bonaventure to 32.1 percent.
-The Colonials take the court again on Wednesday when they visit Xavier for a 7 p.m. tip in their final road game of the season. 

Baseball
-GW baseball dropped three games to USC Upstate over the weekend at Harley Field in Spartanburg, S.C.
-The Colonials lost game one of Saturday's double-header, 5-0, while junior right-hander Aaron Weisburg tossed five innings with three earned runs allowed on the hill. 
-Junior Brookes Townsend plated GW's first run of the weekend to give the Colonials an early 1-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap.
-The Colonials' lead was short-lived as Upstate knotted the game at 1-1 and tacked on two more in the fourth to reach the final 3-1 tally.
-In Sunday's series finale, Townsend, senior Matthew Murakami and freshman Tyler Fairbanks drove in a run apiece to give GW a 3-0 advantage in the second.
-Upstate's five-run fourth inning proved too much for GW to overcome, as the Colonials ultimately fell by a score of 9-3.
-The Colonials return to the diamond on Tuesday as they visit No. 25 Virginia at 3 p.m.

Softball
-GW split a rain-shortened weekend at the Carolina Classic hosted by the University of North Carolina, with a 5-4 victory over North Dakota State on Thursday evening and a 5-1 loss to Iona on Friday. 
-Freshman Carlee Gray continued a hot start to the season with a 2-for-4, two-RBI effort, including the game-winning hit in the top of the eighth inning.
-Junior Courtney Martin hurled her first win of the season after allowing just one run on five hits and striking out a career-high eight batters in six innings of relief.
-The Colonials took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning of Friday's contest on sophomore Victoria Valos' RBI double. 
-Martin pitched four innings of lights-out ball until the Gaels took a 3-1 lead in the fifth as rain began to fall, and Iona tacked on single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to take the game, 5-1.
-Gray and Martin were tabbed to the Carolina Classic All-Tournament Team.
-The Colonials take on Drexel for a mid-week doubleheader on Wednesday in their home opener, with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. 

Women's Water Polo
-The Colonials finished 3-1 on the weekend with victories over host Villanova (23-18), Siena (11-7) and Iona (13-10).
-Freshman Hannah Cox finished with 18 goals in the four games.
-Junior Megan Brolley equaled the program record for points in a game with nine on six goals and three assists as GW matched a school record for goals scored in Saturday's win over Villanova.
-Cox tallied a career-high five goals and sophomore Meagan Moreland posted a career-best six points on four goals and two assists in Saturday's triumph.
-Freshmen accounted for eight of GW's 11 goals in Sunday's victory over SIena, as Cox found the back of the net four times. 
-Cox continued her hot play against Iona, matching her career-high with five goals and added five ejections and a penalty drawn.
-The Colonials return to the pool next weekend in Eerie, Pa., for matched against the CWPA South Division rivals Brown, Bucknell and host Mercyhurst.

Women's Tennis
-The Colonials claimed their fourth straight victory over UMBC, 5-2, on Sunday at the indoor Montclair Country Club in Montclair, Va.
-GW claimed the doubles points with wins by senior Mimi Hamling and junior Leah Pascarella, 8-1, at No. 1 and senior Dorota Lysienia and freshman Lana Robins, 8-5, at No. 2.
-GW earned points in Nos. 1-4 singles with Pascarella leading the way with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph in the No. 1 position.
-Robins went the distance before claiming victory, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (10) in second-flight action while freshman Stephanie Wei and Hamling won in straight-sets in the No. 3 and No. 4 positions, respectfully.
-The Colonials look to extend their win streak as they travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Drexel on Saturday at 1 p.m. inside the Drexel Armory.

Men's Tennis
-The Colonials downed two top-70 teams over the weekend with a 6-1 victory over No. 61 South Alabama and a 4-2 defeat of No. 60 Georgia State.
-The Colonials took an early lead over No. 61 South Alabama in doubles action as the No. 1 duo of Ulrik Thomsen and senior Alexander van Gils earned an 8-3 victory and sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti clinched the doubles point with a 9-7 win at the No. 3 position.
-Sophomore Francisco Dias set the singles tempo with a 6-4, 6-4, win in the No. 1 slot.
-GW swept the Nos. 3-6 matches to complete the upset.
-GW had earned straight-set victories at the Nos. 2, 3 and 6 singles positions over Georgia opponents when senior Leonardo Lapentti clinched the match with a 7-6, 7-5 win at the No. 5 spot.
-Sunday's win over No. 60 Georgia makes the Colonials 4-2 against top-70 teams this season.
-GW will rematch with No. 46 Columbia on Friday at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center.

Women's Swimming
-The Colonials broke 10 school records - including two records twice - while finishing fifth at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
-Junior Lindsay Moore reached the podium after twice breaking her own school record in the 200-yard backstroke en route to a tie for a third-place finish.
-Freshman Lauren Steagall set a new school record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.01 after breaking the record earlier in the prelims.
-Moore surpassed her own school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.73, earning fourth place.
-Junior Remy Neville set a new school mark with a first-place finish in the B final of the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:28.49.
-The 400- and 800-yard freestyle, and the 200- and 400-yard medley relay teams snapped school records over the course of the four-day championships.

Men's Swimming
-GW broke four school records - one record twice - en route to a forth-place finish at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
-Freshman Oliver Keegan was part of all four records broken, including a school record and A-10 all-time mark in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:47.17 which he claimed gold for. Keegan had previously broken the school record in prelims.
-GW's 200-yard medley relay and 800-yard relay teams set new school records with times of 1:31.32 and 6:36.75, respectively.
-Keegan and senior Phillip Graeter reached the podium for third-place finishes in the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley, respectively.
-Graeter won his first-ever gold medal in the 400-yard individual medley with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 3:53.72.

Gymnastics
-The Colonials posted a season-high team score of 194.825 to take fourth place at Maryland's quad meet on Friday night at Comcast Center.
-GW posted a season-high 49.100 on floor exercise and tied its best mark of the season on vault (48.650) and uneven bars (48.675) while adding 48.400 on balance beam.
-Sophomore Courtney Willoughby led the Colonials on floor exercise with a career-high 9.850 to tie for fourth place.
-The Colonials are back in action on Sunday as they visit Morgantown, West Virginia for a quad meet with the Mountaineers, Denver and Temple at WVU Coliseum.

Lacrosse
-The Colonials dropped a 17-6 decision to Denver on Friday at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus on Friday.
-Sophomore Jamie Bumgardner recorded a team-high three points (2 g, 1 a) and Rachel Mia added two goals to lead GW.
-The Colonials return to action when they host local foe George Mason on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Men's Squash
-GW ended its season ranked No.19 after falling to No. 22 Wesleyan, 5-4 in the semifinals of the Summers Cup and picking up wins against No. 23 Hamilton, 5-4, and Bowdoin, 5-4, over the weekend.
-Freshman Reid Breck finishes his rookie season with a team-high 19 victories against just three losses after going 3-0 on the weekend.
-Senior Omar Sobhy finishes his impressive career with an 18-3 overall record as a senior and is the men's squash program's all-time career wins leader with 57. He will compete in next weekend's CSA Individual National Championships.

George Washington women's rowing senior Lauren Byrne was named the Community Service Athlete of the Month for February.

The Community Service Athlete of the Month distinction is awarded to a student-athlete who leads by example and who most impacts the GW and
Washington community through service.

Lauren has served as a leader of the Grassroots Colonials Program, which teaches at risk middle school students about HIV and AIDS awareness. The
Angola, N.Y., native is responsible for organizing training sessions while serving as the evaluation coordinator for multiple middle schools across the D.C. community that participate in the program."

Lauren, in her leadership role, has seen Grassroots participation skyrocket," said Life Skills Coordinator Ted Costigan. "As her team's community service SAAC representative, her nearly 100 hours of community service have set the example for the women's rowing team this year."

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Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - Feb. 15-17

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The Colonials had a full weekend of competition as spring sports got into full swing:

Men's Basketball
- The Colonials dropped an 84-57 decision to Atlantic 10 leader VCU on Saturday night in their first trip to Verizon Wireless Arena.
- Freshmen Kevin Larsen and Patricio Garino scored 10 points apiece, but GW could not overcome VCU's 53 percent shooting.
- GW got as close as 63-51 at the midway point of the second half as Garino sparked a 10-4 run with six of his 10 points.
- GW will play its 500th game inside the Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday as Fordham visits the district.

Women's Basketball
- GW lost to Charlotte, 68-56, on Saturday afternoon in its final trip to Halton Arena.
- The Colonials struggled in the first half, shooting just 22.2 percent, but trailed by just six at halftime thanks to nine Charlotte turnovers.
- GW made its first three shots of the second half to pull within two, but the 49ers used a 20-4 run to take control of the game.
- Senior Danni Jackson led three Colonials in double figures with 12 points, while senior Megan Nipe and freshman Alexis Chandler scored 10 points apiece.
- The Colonials host defending Atlantic 10 regular-season champion St. Bonaventure on Sunday in a game that will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.

Baseball
- GW opened the Gregg Ritchie era with an abbreviated weekend series at Davidson.
- The Colonials fell 7-5 in the season opener before having their rally cut short in a snow-shortened 6-5 defeat in seven innings on Saturday. Sunday's game was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions.
- The Colonials got strong starting pitching from junior Luke Staub and freshman Max Kaplow, who both made their GW debuts against Davidson. Staub fanned five while yielding one unearned run in 5.2 innings of work in the season opener. Kaplow followed by striking out six in five innings on Saturday.
- Senior Tyler McCarthy collected four hits over the weekend, including a double and home run, and drove in two runs to pace the Colonials' offense.

Women's Tennis
- The Colonials opened A-10 play with back-to-back wins over Saint Joseph's, 6-1, and Duquesne, 4-3, at the indoor Alpha Tennis and Fitness of Pittsburgh over the weekend.
- GW swept the Hawks in doubles action, losing a total of four games, to earn the doubles point.
- The Colonials claimed straight-set victories at Nos. 2-6 singles, highlighted by senior Dorota Lysienia's 6-0, 6-0 shutout in fifth-flight action.
- On Sunday, GW again took the doubles point over Duquesne with wins by Lysienia and freshman Lana Robins, 8-1, and freshmen Christina Carpenter and Stephanie Wei, 8-6.
- In singles action, junior Leah Pascarella and Wei earned straight-set victories in the No. 1 and No. 3 slots, respectively.
- Senior Mimi Hamling went the distance in a comeback 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 triumph at the No. 4 position.
- GW returns to the court on Sunday to take on UMBC at the Montclair Country Club in Montclair, Va.

Men's Tennis
- GW defeated No. 59 Dartmouth, 4-3, in the back draw of the ECAC Indoor Championships on Saturday morning.
- The victory over the Big Green marked the Colonials' highest-ranked defeated opponent in seventh-year head coach Greg Munoz's tenure.
- Doubles victories by freshman Danil Zelenkov and junor Nikita Fomin, 8-5, and sophomore Francisco Dias and Leonardo Lapentti, 8-2, at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions, respectively, claimed the doubles point for the Colonials.
- Dias brought home an impressive 6-0, 6-3 win at the No. 1 spot while Fomin took a 7-5, 7-5 triumph in second-flight action.
- Junior Ulrik Thomsen clinched the match with a three-set, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, victory at the No. 5 position.
- GW fell to No. 42 Columbia, 4-2, and Yale, 4-0, on Day 1 and 3 of the ECAC Indoor Championships.
- The Colonials return to the court next weekend when they face No. 53 South Alabama and No. 63 Georgia State in Atlanta, Ga.

Gymnastics
- GW finished in fourth place out of six squads with a team score of 193.950 at N.C. State's Sweetheart Invitational at Reynolds Coliseum on Saturday.
- Sophomore Elena Corcoran led the Colonials on vault by tying for third place with 9.775, while junior Taylor Henderson paced GW with a fifth-place finish on uneven bars with 9.775.
- Senior Kayla Carto placed third on the balance beam with a score of 9.850, while senior Stephanie Stoicovy's 9.875 on the floor exercise earned GW their third third-place showing of the evening.
- The Colonials return to action of Friday night in College Park, Md., to face EAGL rivals Maryland and Pittsburgh along with Bridgeport.

Lacrosse
- The Colonials fell to Drexel, 10-3, on Saturday in their home opener at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
- Senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks matched her career-high with 10 stops between the pipes.
- Sophomores Allie Rash and Jenn Seitz each caused a game-high four turnovers.
- Rash, junior Jordy Bathras and senior Nicole Lacey each found the back of the net for GW.
- GW continues its five-game homestand on Friday as Denver visits the Mount Vernon Campus.

Sailing
- GW was in 15th place after five races on Saturday, but as windy conditions took over in three races on Sunday the Colonials improved to 12th place at the College of Charleston Spring Coed Intersectional in Charleston, S.C.
- Freshman skipper Maria Sinagra teamed with sophomore Matthew Ricci and senior Richard Sant to finish in 8th place in B Division with 69 points.
- Sinagra and Ricci piloted GW to a pair of top 10 finishes, peaking at seventh in Race 4, while Sant joined Sinagra for the final four races and the duo posted three top 10's, including a third-place showing in Race 6.
- Senior skipper Ian Conners and senior crews Rebecca Engel and Skye Kussmann amassed 112 points to place 16th in A Division. Conners and Kussman teamed for fourth place in Race 6.
- The Colonials will have two weeks to prepare for their next regatta - the Old Dominion Spring Open on March 2 and 3 in Norfolk, Va.

Softball
- The Colonials suffered a trio of losses at the snow-shortened Firehouse Subs Spartan Invitational, falling to Bowling Green, 1-0, host USC Upstate, 6-0, and Samford, 12-4.
- Freshman Meghan Rico took the loss in an opening-game pitcher's duel, allowing one run on just one hit and two walks while striking out three Falcons.
- Junior Courtney Martin was charged with the loss to the Spartans, allowing just one earned run while striking out three and allowing zero free passes.
- Freshman Carlee Gray drove in two runs on a base hit and a sacrifice fly in GW's loss to Samford on Saturday.
- GW's final game of the tournament was postponed due to snow.
- The Colonials return to the diamond next weekend at Carolina Classic, hosted by UNC, where they will take on North Dakota State, Iona, Iowa State and Penn State.

Women's Squash
- The Colonials concluded the 2012-13 season as the No. 14 ranked team in the nation, their highest end-of-season ranking in program history, after going 1-2 at the College Squash Association (CSA) Team National Championships.
- The Colonials improved their ranking by three spots, compared to last season's final ranking of No. 17.
- Freshman Anna Gabriela Porras went 3-0 over the weekend and closes her freshman season with a 16-4 individual record.
- Freshman Alexa Tzarnas finishes the season with 11 individual victories, followed by classmate Sarah Allen, juniors Kelly Barnes, Jackie Shea and Maya Nair all tied with 10 wins apiece.

Women's Water Polo
- The Colonials took two victories home from the Bison Invitational, edging out host Bucknell, 10-9, and Villanova, 11-6, while dropping two games to Hartwick, 23-12, and Marist, 10-6, at Kinney Natatorium.
- Freshman Erin Donoghue led the Colonials against Bucknell with a career-high five goals as GW narrowly defeated the Bison.
- Junior Katherine Berry's four-goal effort was not enough to lift GW over Hartwick.
- Sophomore goalie Chandler Villander recorded a season-high 11 saves in GW's loss to Marist on Day 2 of the Bison Invitational.
- Donoghue completed her third hat trick of the season to lead the Colonials' offensive efforts in a victory over Villanova to finish the weekend.
- Donoghue finished with team-bests of nine goals and seven steals on the weekend, while junior Rachael Bentley tallied seven goals and 10 assists to lead GW with 17 points.
- The Colonials return to the pool next weekend as they travel to Villanova to take on the host Wildcats as well as Siena, Wagner and Iona and the CWPA/MAAC Crossover.

Volleyball Assistant Erin Moore Caps Professional Career

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Assistant volleyball coach Erin Moore brings more than just All-American college experience to the court. Since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2004, Moore has continued to play professionally in both Spain and Puerto Rico. This winter, Moore journeys to Puerto Rico for what will likely be her final season of professional volleyball.

While at the University of Michigan, Moore set program records for single-season kills with 522, single-season block assists with 154 and total blocks in a single season with 161. Moore earned Michigan Volleyball's first-ever All-American selection, taking third-team honors for her record-setting efforts in her 2003 campaign. As captain of her squad, the three-time Academic All-Big 10 honoree was named First Team All-Big Ten in 2002 and 2003. Moore still holds the record for total single-season blocks and remains within the top five performers in program history in five additional categories. The Wolverines made three NCAA Tournament appearances during Moore's stand-out carer.

Moore joined the Colonials' staff in 2011 after acting as Director of Operations for her alma mater from 2006-2010. As a member of the coaching staff, Moore helped Michigan to five consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, including advancement to the Elite 8 in 2009 for the first time in program history. At GW, Moore continues to assist head coach Amanda Ault as the Colonials look to grow into a nationally-known program with an increasingly challenging schedule of opponents.

Moore's professional career began in Spain after graduating from Michigan in 2004. After dedicating two eight-month long seasons of professional play in Spain, the GW assistant relocated her professional career to Puerto Rico and has spent her spring and summer seasons in the Puerto Rican professional league (LVSF) since 2007. The LVSF plays a 22-match season followed by playoffs totaling about three months of competition. For the 2013 season, Moore rejoins the Criollas de Caguas, her first LVSF team, after a three-year hiatus as a member of the Corozal (2009) and Bayamon (2010-11).

The Tiffin, Ohio, native has experienced continued success in her professional career despite switching positions upon turning pro. Initially a middle blocker at Michigan, Moore transformed into a successful outside hitter while playing in Spain. Aside from learning a new skill set, Moore had to simultaneously adapt to a different language and culture. Entering her seventh season on the island, Moore has found a second home in Puerto Rico with all of the amenities of a familiar place.

"I have a favorite coffee spot in Old San Juan, favorite restaurants along the beach, and fans who love volleyball," said Moore. "It's hard to believe I get paid to do this."

In 2012, Moore led the LVSF in kills and finished second in total points while becoming just the third foreigner to reach 2,000 career points. The 2013 season will likely be Moore's last professional stint. Moore began her LVSF career with the Caguas, reaching the finals in 2007 and 2008, and plans to end her career with that squad. The Colonials coach looks forward to GW's 2013 campaign but hopes to first take care of some unfinished business down south.

"I decided to play this final year because I really believe this team can win a championship," said Moore. "If I didn't think that, I would be at the Smith Center with my girls. I hope I can bring a title home with me when I fly into Reagan in May."

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Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - Feb. 8-10

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Here's a look back at the weekend's action as spring sports begin their 2013 campaigns:

Women's Basketball 
-GW earned its fifth Atlantic 10 win in a dominant 77-60 rout of Butler on Sunday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center. 
-Sophomore Chakecia Miller led four Colonials in double figures with 18 points, four assists and three steals.
-Graduate student Tara Booker posted her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with three steals and three assists.  
-Grad student Sara Mostafa tallied 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks, while senior Danni Jackson posted 10 points and six assists.  
-The Colonials pulled away from the Bulldogs with 65.4 percent shooting in the second half and dominated the boards, outrebounding Butler, 45-23.
-The Colonials return to the court on Wednesday, when they visit A-10 rival Fordham for a 12 p.m. tipoff.

Men's Basketball
-GW closed to within a point of #14 Butler in the final minutes, but could not complete the comeback as the Colonials were edged 59-56 on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.  
-The Smith Center's first sell-out crowd since 2006 witnessed a near-upset of the highest nationally ranked opponent to visit the facility since 2000.  
-Senior Isaiah Armwood posted his second consecutive double-double with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
-Freshman Joe McDonald and senior Lasan Kromah were the other Colonials to reach double-digits with 10 points apiece.  
-GW had its second-worst shooting effort of the season at 27.9 percent, but a strong defensive effort held the Bulldogs without a field goal for the final 7:34, allowing the Colonials to cut a 17-point deficit to just one with 44 seconds remaining in the game. 
-The Colonials will look to extend their three-game road win streak as they take on Atlantic 10 newcomer VCU on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Women's Tennis
-GW blanked local rival George Mason, 7-0, on Sunday afternoon at the indoor Montclair Country Club in Montclair, Va. 
-Senior Mimi Hamling shut out her No. 4 opponent, 6-0, 6-0, and each of the Colonials' six singles victories came in straight sets.  
-In doubles action, Hamling and junior Leah Pascarella earned a dominant 8-0 win to lead GW's sweep of the doubles points.
-The defeat of George Mason came after a close 4-3 loss to cross-town rival Georgetown on Saturday at the Hoyas' Yates Field House.
-Hamling, freshman Stephanie Wei and senior Dorota Lysienia each earned three-set singles victories over the Hoyas.
-GW opens Atlantic 10 play in Pittsburgh, Pa., with matches against Saint Joseph's on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Duquesne on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Men's Tennis
-GW upset No. 67 Old Dominion, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in the Colonials' first road test of the season. 
-Junior Nikita Fomin, the country's No. 96 player, earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory at the No. 2 spot.
-Senior Alexander van gils and junior Ulrik Thomsen added straight-set wins at the No. 4 and No. 6 spots, respectively.
-Freshman Danil Zelenkov crafted a three-set, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, triumph at the No. 3 position.
-The duo of sophomore Francisco Dias and Leonardo Lapentti notched GW's only doubles win by a score of 8-3.
-The Colonials return to the court at the ECAS Indoor Championships in Ithaca, N.Y., Feb. 15-17.

Women's Water Polo
-GW notched its first win of the season with a 14-9 defeat of Villanova at the Princeton Invitational on Sunday. 
-Junior Rachael Bentley matched school records for most assists (6) and points (9) in a game. 
-Freshmen Hannah Cox and Erin Donoghue each scored four goals against the Wildcats in just their third collegiate appearances.
-The Colonials ended the weekend with a 12-9 exhibition victory over the New York Aquatic Club.
-The team's wins came after losses to No. 10 Princeton and No. 4 California on Saturday
-GW returns to the pool to take on Bucknell, Hartwick, Marist and Villanova this weekend at Bucknell's Bison Invitational.

Men's Squash
-GW's No. 17 squash team fell to No. 7 Franklin & Marshall, 9-0, at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center on Friday. 
-Freshman Reid Breck, who leads the Colonials with 16 individual wins, dropped a close five-set match at the No. 6 position.
-Prior to the match, seniors Omar Sobhy, Sam Ehrlich, Player Haynes, and Islam El-Fiky were honored in a Senior Day ceremony.  
-The Colonials will compete at the College Squash Association Team Nationals in New Haven, Conn. on the weekend of Feb. 22-24.

Women's Squash
-GW's No. 13 squad downed No. 14 Franklin & Marshall, 8-1, on Friday evening at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Healthy & Wellness Center.  
-Freshmen Anna Gabriela Porras, Emely Levyn, and Alexa Tzarnas won in straight sets at the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively.  
-Sophomore Jackie Shea rallied back from a first set deficit to earn a No. 2 victory in four sets. 
-Juniors Kelly Barnes, Maya Nair and Adriana Calderaon and freshman Sarah Allen also defeated Franklin & Marshall opponents.
-The Colonials will travel to New Haven, Conn. for the College Squash Association Team Nationals next weekend. 

Softball
-Freshman Meghan Rico tossed the first rookie no-hitter in program history on Friday afternoon in her maiden collegiate trip to the circle, as GW defeated Seton Hall, 8-0, in five innings to open the season at the Hampton Inn Invitational hosted by Campbell University.  
-Rico fanned six and walked four en route to just the third no-hitter in GW softball history.
-GW's bats roared to life in the third inning, as sophomore Victoria Valos tripled down the right field line to plate two and spark a seven-run third inning.  Valos would complete her 2-for-3 effort with the game-ending RBI single in the fifth inning.  
-Junior Alexandra Del Prete saved Rico's gem with a diving catch in deep left field in the fourth inning.
-The Colonials suffered losses to Robert Morris, 5-1, and host Campbell, 11-1, before Saturday's nightcap was cancelled due to frigid weather conditions.  
-Junior Courtney Martin struck out a career-high seven batters in a complete game of work against Robert Morris on Saturday evening.
-Freshmen Carlee Gray and Morgan Matetic picked up their first collegiate hits on the weekend.  
-The Colonials will take on Bowling Green, Samford, George Mason, and USC Upstate at the Firehouse Subs Spartan Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C., next weekend. 

Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Preseason Poll | 2013 Schedule | @GWLacrosse

After reaching the conference championship in 2012 for the first time in three seasons, the George Washington lacrosse team was predicted to finish fifth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll as voted on by the league's eight head coaches on Friday.

Four-time reigning conference champion No. 14 Massachusetts - which GW fell to in last year's semifinal round - was selected to repeat as champion in the annual poll. Richmond, the 2012 championship runner-up, was predicted to finish second, followed by Duquesne in third. Temple was chosen fourth, followed by the Colonials in fifth. Rounding out the poll were La Salle in sixth, Saint Joseph's in seventh and St. Bonaventure in eighth.

Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Tara Hannaford, GW returns 15 players from the 2012 squad that produced a 10-7 overall record - marking the most wins in a season since 2007 - and a 4-3 record in the Atlantic 10. The Colonials also welcome eight newcomers to the squad as they look to return to the A-10 Championship.

Entering its 11
th year of competition, GW has made an appearance in the league championship in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2012. The 15th annual Atlantic 10 Championship will be held from April 26-28 in Amherst, Mass., at the Minutewomen's Warren P. McGurik Alumni Stadium. The A-10 championship is a single-elimination, four-team event, with the first-round winners advancing to the championship game. The winner of the Championship will receive the league's automatic bid to compete in the NCAA Tournament.

The Buff and Blue open their 2013 campaign at cross-town foe Howard on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.

2013 Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Predicted Order of Finish

Team                                     2012 Record (A-10)
1. Massachusetts                    19-2 (7-0)
2. Richmond                            10-8 (5-2)
3. Duquesne                            12-6 (5-2)
4. Temple                                 9-8 (3-4)
5. George Washington           10-7 (4-3)
6. La Salle                              10-6 (3-4)
7. Saint Joseph's                      5-11 (1-6)
8. St. Bonaventure                    3-9 (0-7)

Softball's Chelsea Lenhart Attends Elect Her Workshop

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George Washington softball junior Chelsea Lenhart attended the Elect Her - Campus Women Win workshop, sponsored by the American Association of University Women, on Sunday, Feb. 3, at GW's Marvin Center.  The event included speakers from within GW as well as beyond campus borders, including GW Communication Specialist and Vice President for External Relations Lorraine Voles and Virginia senator Barbara Favola. 

Elect Her encourages college women to become involved in student government and other positions of leadership on campus in hopes of raising the presence of women in political office and other areas of public service in the coming years.  The George Washington University hosted the event as one of the first sites of Elect Her's 2013 campaign. Universities across the country will house similar events throughout the year.  

Lenhart's involvement in campus organizations and demonstration of leadership earned her a nomination to attend Sunday's workshop.  In addition to being a student-athlete, the junior outfielder is member of the Association of Queer Women and Allies (AQWA) and GW's House Staff for one of the junior-senior dormitories on campus.  The international affairs major is also a member of Phi Sigma Pi, an honors fraternity, and one of the leading student-athletes in community service hours, earning Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for December.  Lenhart's potential interest in running for Student Association in the future prompted a House Staff supervisor, through the Center for Student Engagement, to nominate the 2011 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team member for the workshop.  

Through Elect Her, Lenhart learned of the under-representation of women in United States politics. 

"If you look at the United States compared to other countries, we are behind a startling number of nations around the world when it comes to female representation in government," Lenhart reflected. "The idea of this conference was first to break the biases that surround women running for political office."

The event emphasized the need to begin running for elected positions at a young age, especially while in college. 

"We went through what a campaign looks like, both for student government and normal political office," said Lenhart.  "We also discussed other aspects of leadership and the other opportunities for women to lead, but the main focus was the public sector and elected positions."

About 25 other female students participated in the workshop.

"The great thing about this event was that it was hosted right here at GW," said Lenhart. "Being so close to the center of our government, this event really held significance.  We are really lucky to be able to have a campaign like Elect Her come visit our campus."


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Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - Feb. 1-3

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Here's a look at how the Colonials dominated the competition over the weekend: 

Women's Basketball
-Five Colonials scored in double figures for the second time this season in Sunday's 74-57 win over Atlantic 10 rival La Salle at the Explorers' Tom Gola Arena.
-Graduate student Tara Booker led GW with 13 points and seven rebounds while classmate Sara Mostafa posted her second double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 12 boards.  
-Senior Danni Jackson and sophomore Chakecia Miller each contributed 11 points and seven assists.  
-Senior Shi-Heria Shipp rounded out the double-digit quintet with 12 points.
-GW followed up a tight first half with a dominant 49-point second stanza to pull away from La Salle.  
-The Colonials shot 47.5 percent on the game while holding the Explorers to 32.8 percent from the floor.
-GW returns to the court on Wednesday, when Atlantic 10 rival Richmond visits the Charles E. Smith Center for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Men's Basketball
-GW's three-game Atlantic 10 win streak ended on Saturday in its 80-71 loss to La Salle at the Charles E. Smith Center.
-Senior Isaiah Armwood posted game-highs of 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks while classmate Dwayne Smith added 11 points in 16 minutes off the bench.
-Freshmen starters Patricio Garino and Kevin Larson contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.  
-The Colonials trailed by as much as 20 in the second half, but Armwood's back-to-back three-pointers, his first triples of the season, capped a 21-6 run to pull GW within five with 3:04 left in the game.  
-La Salle's six double-digit scorers proved too much to overcome as the Colonials could only get as close as seven the rest of the way. 
-GW will travel to Atlantic 10 foe Duquesne on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match-up.

Gymnastics
-The GW gymnastics team set several season-highs in its second-place finish at the UNH tri-meet on Sunday afternoon.
-The Colonials posted a score of 194.750 on the day, the highest team score since 2009. 
-The gymnasts combined for season-highs on the vault (48.650) and balance beam (48.900) while adding a 48.425 on uneven bars and 48.775 on floor exercise.
-Senior Stephanie Stoicovy placed second in the all-around with a career-high 39.000, including a 9.850 performance on the floor exercise, tying for first in the event.
-Sophomore Elena Corcoran scored a career-high 9.850 on the vault to win the event.
-Junior Kiera Kenney led the Colonials on the balance beam with a career-high 9.850 to secure second place.
-The Colonials will host North Carolina and William & Mary at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 11 for the annual Pink Meet at the Charles E. Smith Center.
 
Women's Squash
-GW's No. 13 women's squash team won all matches in straight sets for the third consecutive time to defeat No. 21 Drexel, 9-0, on Saturday afternoon. 
-The Colonials improved their record to 9-6 as freshman Anna Gabriela Porras earned her tenth straigh-set victory of the season playing at No. 1.
-Freshman Emely Levyn enjoyed her eigth win of the season and first in the No. 3 position.
-The Colonials suffered a 7-2 loss at No. 9 Brown on Sunday, which halted their three-match win streak.
 
Men's Squash
-The No. 17 men's squash team claimed its third straight victory on Saturday in a 7-2 win over No. 21 Drexel.
-Senior Omar Sobhy led the Colonials with a straight-set win at the No. 1 position.
-Freshman Ahmed Abdel-Latif dropped his frist set at No. 2 but rallied to win his next three to complete the victory.
-Nos. 5-9 went undefeated for GW with wins by freshmen Reid Breck and Browning Platt, sophomore David Moxley, and juniors Larkin Brinkworth and Chris Bell. 
-The Colonials fell at No. 18 Brown, 6-3, on Sunday.

Women's Tennis
-The Colonials defeated local rival Howard, 5-2, on Saturday for their first win of the 2013 spring season at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. 
-GW swept doubles action with decisive victories from No.1 pair of senior Mimi Hamling and junior Leah Pascarella, No. 2 duo of senior Dorota Lysienia and freshman Lana Robins and No. 3 team of freshmen Christina Carpenter and Stephanie Wei.
-Robins and Carpenter earned straight-set wins at the No. 2 and No. 6 singles spots, respectively.
-Hamilng pulled out a 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (6) victory at the No. 4 flight while Lysienia won at No. 5 singles by a score of 6-1, 5-7, 6-1.
-GW heads down the road to Georgetown on Saturday, Feb. 9 for a 3 p.m. match. 

Men's Tennis
-GW posted a 4-3 win over East Carolina on Friday for its first victory of the 2013 spring season at the Regency Sport and Health Club in McLean, Va.
-The No. 2 doubles pair of junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov defeated their East Carolina counterparts by a score of 8-7 (4).
-The duo of Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti earned an 8-4 victory at the No. 3 doubles spot. 
-Zelenkov, senior Alexander van Gils, and junior Ulrik Thomsen defeated their East Carolina opponents in straight sets at the No. 3, 4, and 6 singles spots, respectively.  
-The Colonials return to the court on Friday, Feb. 8 at Old Dominion for their first road match of the year. 

George Washington men's tennis junior Ulrik Thomsen was named Community Service Athlete of the Month for January on Friday.

The Community Service Athlete of the Month award, a distinction which started this academic year, goes to the student-athlete who leads by example and who most impacts the GW and Washington community through service.

"Ulrick's positive attitude and motivational leadership are palpable as he helps members of our D.C. Community in need," Life Skills Coordinator Ted Costigan said.

This past fall Ulrik served as a volunteer at the AIDS Walk where he helped raise funds and awareness for Whitman-Walker Health, a non-profit community-based health organization that provides comprehensive and accessible health care for those infected with or affected by HIV and AIDS.

In addition to his work with the AIDS Walk, Ulrik is also active in community service projects with his fraternity Phi Kappa Psi. In line with the GW Department of Athletics and Recreation's mission to show military appreciation, Ulrik helped organize a fundraising event for Tragedy Assistant Program for Survivors (TAPS), which provides services to those who have lost a loved one on active duty with the United States Armed Forces.


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