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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. 

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