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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.

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