George Washington lacrosse sophomore Mackenzie Jones has been named a finalist for the university's Outstanding Student Service Award. Jones was one of just eight finalists to be selected, with the winner to be announced at the 28thannual Excellence in Student Life Awards presentation on Thursday, April 25 in Lisner Auditorium.
The recipient of the Outstanding Student Service Award will have exhibited exceptional commitment to supporting the needs and interests of the community locally, nationally, and/or globally through direct community service, and will have shared his/her passion with the George Washington campus community.
"Mackenzie works extremely hard on and off the field and it is an honor for her to be recognized for all of her hard work, not only with the Grassroots program, but with numerous other community service projects as well," sixth-year head coach Tara Hannaford said. "She exemplifies our goals as an athletics department of working hard in your sport in addition to giving back to the community."
In line with the Department of Athletics and Recreation's and the university's initiative of community service, Jones has been a prime example of a student-athlete who donates her time to the greater Washington, D.C., area. So far this academic year, Jones has totaled 131 hours of community service on her own, while the lacrosse team as a whole has accumulated 619 hours of service. In addition, the Colonials' lacrosse program leads all GW teams in hours of service per student-athlete as well as overall hours completed.
Jones' service projects include: her post as Resource Coordinator for the Grassroots Colonials program, a project that seeks to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by using collegiate student-athletes to educate local middle school students of the issue; working as a mentor with College for Every Student where she speaks with young students on the importance of attending college; and organizing a charity partnership with the Marine Corps Marathon and Half Marathon. Currently, she is working on a clothing drive for either the Salvation Army or the Ronald McDonald Foundation this spring in addition to an event for Grassroots to showcase the Magic Johnson documentary film The Announcement.
During the 2012 fall semester, the Colonials lacrosse team spent Fridays making lunches for the homeless at a local church, and around Thanksgiving the squad collected laundry baskets of canned food for the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry. The Buff and Blue have also participated with Friends of Jaclyn, a nonprofit organization that matches children with pediatric brain tumors and their families with local college and high school sports teams, for the past four years.
In October of 2012, Jones was the first GW student-athlete to receive the department's Community Service Athlete of the Month award, which is given to those who lead by example and who most impact the GW and Washington, D.C., communities through service.
Take a look back at how GW's spring sports put together a strong weekend of Atlantic 10 competition:
-The Colonials opened up Atlantic 10 play with a three-game sweep of visiting Massachusetts over the weekend at Barcroft Park. -Junior right-hander Luke Staub claimed the first win of the weekend, getting four runs of support behind seven innings of work, yielding just one run on five hits in game one of Friday's doubleheader.
-Junior Aaron Weisburg threw a complete game gem, allowing just one hit and one run with no walks and six strikeouts in GW's 7-1 win in the nightcap. -Senior Ryan Hickey led the offensive attack behind Weisburg with three doubles and three RBIs. -Freshman Matt Kaplow and junior Craig Lejeune teamed up to shutout UMass, limiting the Minutemen to just two hits, in GW's 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.
-GW will travel to UMES on Tuesday before hosting UMBC on Thursday to complete a pair of mid-week match-ups.
-GW finished in fourth place out of eight teams with a team score of 194.750 at Saturday's East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship (EAGL) at Carmichael Arena, marking the best team finish and score at the event since joining the conference in 2004.
-The Colonials earned the top team score out of all eight teams on the balance beam with a score of 48.650.
-Junior Betsy Zander finished tied for second place in the all-around with a career-high tying 39.150.
-Senior Stephanie Stoicovy tied for second on the floor exercise with a 9.850. -Six Colonials earned All-EAGL honors at Friday's EAGL Championship banquet. Assistant coach Barry Kistler was named EAGL Assistant Coach of the Year.
-The loss to Richmond was GW's first in Atlantic 10 play.
-Junior Leah Pascarella earned a 6-3, 6-2, victory at the No. 1 spot before Christina Carpenter won a tough 6-4, 7-6 (7) match at the No. 6 slot for GW's only points of the match over the Spiders.
-The Colonials opened Sunday's action by winning all three doubles spots to take the first point of the day.
-A trio of rookies triumphed over their Morgan State opponents, led by Lana Robins at the No. 2 spot, followed by Stephanie Wei and Christina Carpenter at the Nos. 3 and 6 spots respectively.
-Senior Mimi Hamling picked up a straight-set win at No. 4 action.
-The Colonials will host Atlantic 10 foe Temple on Saturday at the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus.
-The Colonials opened their spring season in the University of Pennsylvania Invitational on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. -The Coloinials fell to Northeastern in the Varsity 8, JV8 and 3V8. -GW's Freshmen 8 earned their first win of the season in the opening race against Georgetown's rookie boat on the final day of competition. -Penn claimed the McCausland Cup after sweeping a trio of races in Saturday's afternoon session.
Women's Rowing -GW took on Saint Joseph's and Penn in a quartet of races to open its spring season on Saturday. -The Colonials took second in the JV8 and third-place in the Varsity 8, Varsity 4 and 3V8. -GW visits Atlantic 10 champion Rhode Island, along with Boston College and Massachusetts on Saturday in Kingston, R.I.
Women's Water Polo
-GW improved its record to 12-11 after edging Villanova, 9-8, on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
-Freshman Erin Donoghue scored the game-winning goal with one minute remaining to finish her day with a team-best four goals and one assist.
-Sophomore Meagan Moreland recorded six steals and four assists while junior Rachael Bentley dished out three helpers, leaving her just one shy of her own school record of 50 set last season.
-Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander recorded 10 stops in the cage.
-The Colonials return to the pool on April 6 to take on CWPA Southern Division rival Harvard and VMI in Princeton, N.J.
-The Colonials finished seventh out of 14 teams at the MAISA/SAISA Interconference at Hampton University and 14th of 19 teams at the Owen Trophy at Navy on Sunday.
-At the MAISA/SAISA regatta, the Division A duo of freshman Maria Sinagra and junior Kaitlin Denney posted a pair of second-place finishes and a win over its final three races to place seventh with 59 points.
-At the Owen Trophy, seniors Rebecca Engel and Ian Conners had a trio of fourth-place finishes and placed 13th in A Division with 214 points.
-GW returns to the water on Saturday at the two-day MAISA South Spring Qualifier at Hampton. A top three finish would earn the Colonials a spot at the MAISA Coed Conference Championships at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. on April 13-14.
The Colonials return to the classroom as spring break competition came to a close over the weekend:
-GW ended the 2012-2013 season with a 77-72 loss to UMass in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship at the Barclays Center on Thursday evening.
-Freshman Kevin Larsen led the Colonials with a game- and career-high 17 points and seven rebounds while senior Isaiah Armwood provided 16 points and 13 boards for his ninth double-double of the season.
-Neither team led by more than five points as the game featured 19 lead changes and 14 ties, including 14 lead changes in the second half.
-GW grabbed a season-high 50 rebounds, just four shy of the Atlantic 10 Championship mark, and held a +18 rebounding edge.
-The Colonials went a perfect 4-0 over the weekend to claim a program-record six-game win streak at the Capital Invitational at the GW Softball Field, defeating Drexel, St. John's and Akron.
-Sophomore Victoria Valos smacked three home runs while going 7-for-12 at the plate with eight RBIs on the weekend.
-Junior Courtney Martin and freshman Meghan Rico each earned a pair of wins for the Colonials in the circle, highlighted by Rico's one-hit effort in Saturday's 6-0 shutout of Drexel.
-GW will look for its seventh straight win on Wednesday at Virginia.
-Junior right-hander Luke Staub hurled a complete game, surrendering just two runs in seven innings in the series opening 2-1 loss to the Quakers.
-GW took advantage of Penn miscues to claim a 6-4 victory in Sunday's first game, scoring six runs on eight hits and three Quaker errors. Junior Craig LeJeune earned his first career save with 3.1 innings of perfect relief.
-Junior Owen Beightol batted .385 over the weekend with three RBIs.
-The Colonials host district rival Georgetown on Tuesday with first pitch slated for 3 p.m.
-Junior Ulrik Thomsen picked up GW's only point against UC Santa Barbara with a 6-2, 6-4, win at the No. 5 singles position.
-Junior Nikita Fomin led the charge against UC Irvine, earning a straight-set victory at the No. 1 slot while freshman Danil Zelenkov, Thomsen, and junior Viktor Svensson racked up points at the Nos. 2, 5 and 6 spots, respectively.
-GW looks to remain undefeated in Atlantic 10 play when the team travels to Richmond, Va., next weekend for matches against Richmond and conference newcomer No. 26 VCU.
-Six different players scored for GW, including freshman Julia Lawson's first collegiate tally.
-Junior Jordy Bathras led all scorers with a goal and two assists.
-Senior Nicole Lacey scored one goal against the Blue Jays, and with 20 goals and two assists on the year she is now tied for 10th on the Colonials' all-time points list with 110.
-GW begins a three-game homestand on Wednesday as Navy visits the Mount Vernon Lacrosse Field.
-GW took first place in Friday night's quad meet at Towson before finishing second in Sunday's Senior Day quad meet at the Charles E. Smith Center.
-Senior Stephanie Stoicovy won the balance beam with a career-high score of 9.85 en route to claiming top honors in the all-around with a career-high score of 39.20 in Friday's victory at Towson Center.
-Junior Kiera Kenney paced the Colonials on the uneven bars with a first place finish after matching a career-high score of 9.85.
-Stoicovy won the floor exercise in her final home competition on Sunday after posting a career-high tying 9.925.
-Kenney posted a season-high 9.825 for the top uneven bars routine and classmate Taylor Henderson followed in second with a 9.80.
-Stoicovy and classmates Kayla Carto and Nefertiti Roy were honored in a Senior Day ceremony.
-The Colonials return to action on Saturday at the annual East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championships, hosted by the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Women's Water Polo
-The Colonials dropped three of four games at the Lancer Invite in in Riverside, Calif., to finish a spring break West Coast swing with a 3-4 record.
-Junior Rachel Bentley tallied a career-high seven goals and added four assists en route to a school-record 11 points in a 20-17 loss to Iona.
-The Colonials will compete twice this weekend, first on Friday night in a quad meet at Towson with So. Connecticut and West Chester. On Sunday, GW will honor seniors Stephanie Stoicovy, Nefertiti Roy and Kayla Carto for Senior Day against Towson, Maryland and Brown.
-The Colonials traveled to California for Spring Break, placing sixth out of nine teams at the Triumph at Pauma Valley with a 54-hole score of 76-over par 928.
-Sophomore Jack Persons led GW with a three-round score of 10-over 223 to finish in a three-way tie for 11th.
-GW will kick off Spring Break action at Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday afternoon in hopes of extending a three-game win streak.
-The Colonials visit Baltimore on Saturday to take on #12 Johns Hopkins.
George Washington squash players Omar Sobhy, Anna Gabriela Porras and Jackie Shea each competed this weekend at the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual National Championships at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Porras had the most successful weekend of the trio. She lost to eventual finalist Kanzy El DeFrawy, the No. 3 seed, in the opening round of the Ramsey Cup (A-Division) before winning twice in the consolation bracket to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals against Penn's Pia Trikha, Porras fell in five sets.
Sobhy, competing in the Pool Cup (A-Division) for the first time in his career, faced top-seeded Todd Herrity of Princeton, but fell in straight sets. In the consolation round, Sobhy fell in four sets to Yale's Richard Dodd, eliminating him from the tournament.
Shea defeated Alyssa Northrop of Williams in straight sets in the opening round of the Holleran Cup (B-Division) but lost to Chloe Blacker of Penn in the next round, eliminating her from the tournament.
-Senior Megan Nipe scored a career-high 20 points on a 9-of-14 effort, including a perfect 2-for-2 from three-point range.
-Senior Danni Jackson added 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting with six rebounds and four assists.
-Graduate student Sara Mostafa tallied 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocks while senior Shi-Heria Shipp finished just shy of her second double-double of the season with 10 points and nine rebounds.
-GW finished the season tied with Xavier for seventh place in the A-10 standings and claims the No. 8 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship.
-The Colonials will face No. 9 Richmond in the first round on Friday at 11:30 am in Philadelphia.
-GW took a 48-45 lead into the final seven minutes, but #18/19 Saint Louis closed on a 21-10 run to edge the Colonials, 66-58, at the Charles E. Smith Center.
-Freshman Kevin Larsen led GW with 14 points on 7-for-14 shooting, and seniors Lasan Kromah and Dwayne Smith also reached double digits with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
-Freshman Patricio Garino's game-high four steals gave him a new freshman record with 62 thefts on the year, surpassing Carl Elliot's mark of 60 in 2003-04.
-The Colonials led the Billikens in points in the paint (44-30) and points off of turnovers (16-9) but made just 8-of-15 free throws compared to Saint Louis' 21-of-24 effort from the line.
-GW plays its final road game of the regular season on Wednesday night at La Salle.
-GW's gymnastics squad continued its strong season, posting a season-high team score (195.300) for the second straight week with a third-place finish at West Virginia's quad meet at WVU Coliseum.
-The Colonials eclipsed the 195.000 mark for the first time since March 20, 2004.
-Senior Stephanie Stoicovy and junior Betsy Zander each placed on the all-around podium as Zander's 39.150 earned a second place finish and Stoicovy's 39.000 took third.
-Zander led the way on the vault with a career-high 9.875 to finish in a three-way tie for first place.
-The Colonials return to the Charles E. Smith Center on Sunday, March 10, in a dual meet with West Virginia at 1 p.m.
-Freshman skipper Jay Spector and junior crew Kaitlin Denney, who was competing in her first varsity regatta, posted five top 10 finishes, including sixth-place showings in Races 8 and 11, to earn 10th in the A Division with 115 points.
-Freshman skipper Hannah McNomee and rookie Henry Young and senior Sloan Dickey at crew totaled 90 points and placed eighth in the B Division.
-McNomee and Young placed second in Race 7, while McNomee and Dickey placed fourth and fifth in Races 9 and 12, respectively.
-GW returns to Newport News, Va., next weekend for Christopher Newport's CJ's Regatta.
-The Colonials earned the doubles point in Saturday's match against Drexel with wins by senior Dorota Lysienia and freshman Lana Robins, 8-5, at No. 2 and junior Isabella Escobar and freshman Stephanie Wei, 8-4, at No. 3.
-Senior Mimi Hamling and Lysienia earned straight-set victories in singles action at the Nos. 4 and 5 spots, respectively.
-GW did not give up a single game in Sunday's dominating sweep of UMES.
-Robins, Wei, Hamling and Lysienia all claimed 6-0, 6-0, victories in singles action while the No. 1 duo of Hamling and Pascarella and No. 2 pair of freshmen Christina Carpenter and Wei swept the doubles point with 8-0 triumphs.
-The Colonials travel to California over Spring Break and will face Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara.
-The No. 50 men's tennis team earned its first two Atlantic 10 victories over the weekend after dropping a close 4-3 match to No. 33 Columbia.
-The Colonials earned the doubles point against the Lions, their seventh nationally ranked opponent of the season, with wins by junior No. 2 Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov, 8-4, and No. 3 sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti, 8-4.
-Fomin and Zelenkov earned GW's only singles victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 slots, respectively.
-The Colonials opened A-10 action with 7-0 sweeps of both Temple and Fordham.
-GW did not yield a single set to the Owls, and gave up just one set to the Rams.
-The Colonials head to California for spring break where they will compete at the USTA Calabasas Futures event as well as dual matches with UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine.
-Freshman Hannah Cox led GW against Bucknell with a career-high six goals - her sixth straight game with at least four tallies. Cox totaled 12 goals in three games on the weekend.
-Strong defense helped the Colonials come out on top over Mercyhurst as sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander made eight saves in the cage and junior Megan Brolley recorded four steals and three ejections drawn.
-Junior Katherine Berry led the effort against the Lakers with three goals.
-The Colonials return to the pool on Friday when they host nationally ranked Princeton in Southern Division action at the Charles E. Smith Center.
-GW hosted the Colonial Classic at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus, dropping three games.
-Game one of Friday's doubleheader saw two runs on four hits for GW, including a solo home run by sophomore Victoria Valos in a 3-2 loss to Dartmouth.
-Junior Courtney Martin gave up just one run on two hits through four innings of work in her fifth start of the season. Freshman Meghan Rico was tabbed with the loss after giving up two runs - one earned - on two hits and five walks in three innings of relief work.
-The Colonials lost the nightcap by a score of 4-3 after taking Bucknell into international tiebreaker rules in eight innings.
-Martin was given the loss after giving up just one unearned run on three hits in 3.1 innings of work.
-Seniors Amanda Zakeri and Julie Orlandi and junior Chelsea Lenhart each picked up a pair of hits as the Colonials wrapped up their weekend of play with a 2-1 loss to Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon.
-The Colonials broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly by senior Autumn Taylor, but Dartmouth loaded the bases on walks with two outs in the seventh and took the lead with a single before GW's bats went quiet in the bottom of the seventh.
-The Colonials return to action as they visit Towson on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
-GW baseball dropped a trio of games to visiting Quinnipiac in Barcroft Park's opening weekend.
-Freshman Max Kaplow fanned seven in eight impressive innings of work, giving up three runs on seven hits in his first career home start on Sunday.
-Kaplow left the game in the top of the ninth after walking the first two batters as the Colonials still held a 2-1 lead - his runners would score on a bases-clearing triple. GW could not complete a ninth inning comeback.
-The Colonials return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host UMES at Barcroft Park.