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Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - March 1-3

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Here's a look back at a weekend busy with competition for the Colonials: 

Women's Basketball
-The Colonials wrapped up regular-season play with a 68-55 defeat of visiting Saint Louis on Sunday at the Charles E. Smith Center.  
-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.

Men's Basketball
-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.

Gymnastics
-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.

Sailing
-The Colonials amassed 205 points over 12 races to place seventh out of 17 teams at Old Dominion's Spring Open on Sunday.
-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.

Lacrosse
-GW defeated Bucknell, 11-9, on Sunday afternoon for its second straight home victory.
-Senior Nicole Lacey led the Colonials with three goals while sophomore Jamie Bumgardner and freshman Olivia Boudreau matched the three-point effort with two goals and one assist apiece. 
-Senior Jess Hicks made nine saves between the pipes on the day. 
-The Colonials out-shot the Bison, 32-24, including 17-11 in the second half.  
-GW concludes its five-game homestand on Thursday when Holy Cross visits the Mount Vernon Campus for a 3:30 p.m. contest.

Women's Tennis
-GW extended its winning streak to six as the Colonials defeated Drexel, 6-1, and UMES, 7-0, over the weekend.  
-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. 

Men's Tennis
-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.

Women's Water Polo
-GW picked up its first two Southern Division wins of the season, defeating Bucknell, 11-3, and host Mercyhurst, 7-6, on Sunday afternoon.
-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 previous day, GW dropped a 15-12 decision to Brown behind four goals by Cox.
-The Colonials return to the pool on Friday when they host nationally ranked Princeton in Southern Division action at the Charles E. Smith Center. 

Softball
-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.

Baseball
-GW baseball dropped a trio of games to visiting Quinnipiac in Barcroft Park's opening weekend.
-After Saturday's ribbon-cutting ceremony, senior Matthew Murakami led GW at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort, but the Colonials fell short in a 4-2 loss
-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. 

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