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Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - April 26-28

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Many Colonials topped off successful seasons with Atlantic 10 Championship appearances over the weekend:

Men's Tennis
-Second-seeded GW blanked seventh-seeded Richmond, 5-0, and third-seeded Charlotte, 4-0, before being edged by top-seeded No. 30 VCU, 4-3, in the title match of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship at the outdoor Lindner Family Tennis Center and the indoor Queen City Racquet and Fitness Club.
-The final match saw a near-comeback by GW after being down 0-3 in singles action before tying the match at 3-3 to force the deciding doubles play.   
-Junior Nikita Fomin, freshman Danil Zelenkov and senior Alexander van Gils each went the distance in singles wins at the Nos. 1, 3 and 4 positions, respectively, to knot the match at 3.
-The Colonials could not convert the deciding doubles point, falling in the first- and third-flight matches. It was their fourth straight trip to the A-10 title match and second time in four years earning runner-up status.


-Fourth-seeded GW fell to top-seeded No. 13 Massachusetts, 13-5, in the semifinals of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship on Friday afternoon at the Minutewomen's Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
-The Colonials trailed by one goal at the half but could not match the offensive outburst put together by UMass after the intermission.
-Sophomore Rachel Mia scored a team-high two goals, while classmate Jamie Bumgardner added two helpers, tying the single-season assist record with 39.
-Senior Nicole Lacey finished her career as GW's leader in single game draw controls (10), single-season draw controls (72) and all-time draw controls (245).
-Senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks wraps up her career third on GW's all-time saves list with 250.

-Junior right-hander Courtney Martin tossed 12 shutout innings to lead GW to a doubleheader sweep of A-10 rival Dayton on Saturday afternoon at UD Softball Stadium.
-The Colonials took game one, 4-0, behind a 2-for-4, 4 RBI effort by senior center fielder Autumn Taylor. 
-Martin did not allow a runner past first base in the series opener.
-GW again scored first in the nightcap with an RBI bases loaded single by sophomore catcher Samantha Dos Santos in the top of the first. 
-The Colonials tacked on three more runs in the third as senior Amanda Zakeri walked with the bases loaded and classmate Tara Fogarty followed with a two-run single. 
-Martin hurled five scoreless innings before being relieved by freshman Meghan Rico in the 6-0 triumph over the Flyers.
-The Colonials will visit district rival Georgetown on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in non-conference action before finishing up regular-season play over the weekend.

-The Colonials split Saturday's double header with James Madison before dropping the final game of the non-conference series on Sunday.
-GW starter Luke Staub tossed six scoreless innings behind a 3-0 lead in game one but allowed three runs in the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
-The Colonials could not answer back James Madison's two runs in the 12th inning, falling by a final tally of 5-3.
-GW took the nightcap by a score of 5-2 behind a 5.1, four-hit, two-run effort by junior right-hander Aaron Weisberg. 
-Senior Matthew Murakami and freshman Matthiew Robert each picked up a pair of RBIs as junior Owen Beightol went 2-for-3 with an RBI to defeat JMU. 
-JMU overpowered the Colonials in Sunday's rubber match, using an eight-run eighth inning to clinch the 14-5 victory.
-The Colonials will go for a season sweep of George Mason on Tuesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.  First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. The Colonials also visit Navy on Wednesday. 
Women's Rowing
-The Colonials swept four races to claim both the George's Cup and the Class of 1998 Cup for the second straight year on the Occoquan River on Sunday.
-GW began the morning with a first place finish in the Varsity 4, edging George Mason by two seconds. Georgetown finished in third.
-The JV8 won by six seconds, ahead of Georgetown with George Mason following in third place. 
-The Varsity 8 finished nearly 8 seconds ahead of the second-place Hoyas before the 3V8 completed the sweep, finishing 4.20 seconds ahead of Georgetown to clinch the 1998 Cup.
-The Colonials return to action at the Atlantic 10 Championship next weekend on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.
Men's Rowing
-GW's Freshmen 8 boat extended its win streak to seven with a victory over the 3rd Varsity boats of Georgetown and Rutgers on Sunday.
-The Varsity 8 took second place behind Georgetown as the JV8 finished behind both Georgetown and Rutgers.
-The Colonials will row in a series of races against Navy and Columbia in Princeton, N.J. on Sunday.
Women's Water Polo
-Seventh-seeded GW placed eighth at the College Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship over the weekend at the University of Michigan's Canham Natatorium. 
-The Colonials opened tournament play with a Friday split, defeating 10th-seeded Gannon, 13-7, before dropping the second match of the day to second-seeded and 11th-ranked Princeton, 16-3. Junior Megan Brolley and freshman Erin Donoghue each scored four goals against the Golden Knights.
-GW fell to sixth-seeded Harvard on Day 2 of the Championship, 11-9, despite a comeback effort with five straight goals to end the game. Junior Rachael Bentley tallied seven points (4g, 3a) in the game.
-On the final day of competition, GW was edged by eighth-seeded Bucknell, 7-6, to take eighth place overall.
-Bentley finishes the season with a school-record 61 assists and 111 points.

-The Colonials placed sixth in a field of 13 at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship with a 54-hole season-low 11-over 875 at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla.
-Freshman Howard Hickey's team-leading three-round 2-under 214 tied for seventh overall and was the third-best score by a rookie at the event.
-Hickey posted consecutive season-low rounds of 1-under 71 and 2-under 70 over the final two days.
-Freshman Steve Piela posted five birdies on Sunday to finish the tournament in a tie for 22nd at 3-over 219.
-Sophomore Jack Persons tied for 28th with a three-round 5-over 221.

Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - April 19-21

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Here's a look back at both the individual and team successes as the Colonials dominated weekend competition: 

-GW defeated reigning Atlantic 10 Champion Massachusetts for the first time in program history in a Sunday doubleheader sweep to complete a perfect 4-0 weekend after taking two from A-10 foe URI.
-Sophomore Victoria Valos drove in a career-high five runs while going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and home run in Friday's 9-8 defeat of the Rams at the URI Softball Complex. 
-Senior Autumn Taylor went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in GW's 9-1 win over URI on Saturday.
-Sunday marked a rematch of the 2012 Atlantic 10 title game, and GW swept UMass by scores of 4-3 and 8-0.
-Freshman Meghan Rico pitched the nightcap and earned her fifth shutout and 13th win of the season, both matching rookie records set by Amanda Gabriel in 2007.
-Taylor continued her hot weekend with a 3-for-6, 3-RBI performance on Sunday, breaking the program record for career RBIs and earning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Honors for the second time in her career.
-Senior Amanda Zakeri set a new mark for stolen bases with her 69th career swipe on Sunday. 
-The Colonials will look to extend their program-record 11-game win streak on Wednesday as they visit A-10 rival La Salle for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

-The Colonials won a weekend series with Fordham as they took 2-of-3 games at Houlihan Park in the Bronx, N.Y.
-GW started off strong with a dominating 9-0 win on Friday afternoon behind a complete game effort by junior Aaron Weisberg.
-Weisberg registered a career-high tying seven strikeouts while yielding just five hits and one free pass.
-GW took the rubber game on Sunday behind another complete-game effort on the mound, this time by senior Kenny O'Brien.
-O'Brien allowed just one earned run on six hits with three strikeouts as his offense provided early run support with a 3-0 lead in the second inning.  The Colonials would win by a final tally of 5-2.
-Senior Justin Albright paced the offense with a 7-for-13 performance on the weekend.  He now has five straight multiple-hit games and is batting .681 (15-for-22) during that stretch. Albright was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts at the plate. 
-The Colonials return to the diamond for a pair of mid-week games as they host UMES on Tuesday at 3 p.m. before heading to UMBC on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. start.

-GW solidified an Atlantic 10 Championship bid for the second straight year with a 12-8 victory over Saint Joseph's on Saturday after dropping Friday's contest at Temple.
-Senior Nicole Lacey became the fifth-ever Colonials' player to reach 100 career goals after a Friday hat trick moved her into fifth on the all-time goals list with 102. She pushed her career total to 107 after scoring a game-high five goals against SJU on Sunday.
-Sophomore Rachel Mia also added a trio of goals, but GW fell short as the Owls took the game 12-9. 
-On Sunday, in addition to Lacey's game-high five goals, sophomores Jamie Bumgardner (2g, 2a) and Mia (3g) combined for five scores. 
-Senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks set aside a season-high 12 shots for the Colonials in the victory over the Hawks.
-GW is slated to be the No. 4 seed in the conference championship this weekend and will take on top-seeded No. 13 Massachusetts on Friday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at the Minutewomen's Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. 

Women's Water Polo
-GW concluded its regular season with a 12-10 victory over VMI at the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday evening. 
-Junior Megan Brolley paced the Colonials with three goals and an assist, and freshman Erin Donoghue added a pair of goals and a trio of steals and ejections drawn.
-Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander made 10 saves in the cage.
-Seniors Jessie Hurd and Allison Peotter were honored in a Senior Day ceremony prior to the game.
-The Colonials head to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championship at the University of Michigan April 26-28.  GW will serve as the seventh seed and will open against 10th-seeded Gannon on Friday.

Women's Rowing
-GW's Varsity 8 completed a perfect 3-0 record over the weekend for a gold-medal finish in the Grand Finals of the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on Sunday.
-The JV8 was barely edged by Kansas State in the Grand Finals to take a second-place finish.
-After finishing just short of a Grand Final berth, the Varsity 4 finished in first place in the B Final, clinching seventh-place overall for the event.
-The Colonials return to the water on Sunday as they look to defend George's Cup on the Occoquan River in Woodbridge, Va., against Georgetown and George Mason.
Men's Rowing
-GW's Freshmen 8 captured a Grand Final gold medal for the second year in a row on Sunday at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. 
-The F8 and Varsity 8 advanced to the Grand Final after each earning pair of convincing wins on Saturday.
-The Varsity 8 finished in third place in the Grand Final, while the JV8 participated in the B Final and finished in first-place after failing to qualify for the Grand Finals.
- The Colonials return to action on Sunday with a series of races against Georgetown and Rutgers on the Potomac River.

Women's Tennis
-Sixth-seeded GW defeated the 11th-seeded Saint Joseph's, 4-3, on Thursday in the first round of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championship before falling to third-seeded Massachusetts, 4-2, in the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.
-GW dropped the doubles point to UMass and could not complete a comeback behind victories by junior Leah Pascarella and freshman Lana Robins at the Nos. 1-2 slots, respectively. 
-The Colonials will lose Mimi Hamling and Dorota Lysienia to graduation and are slated to return six players to next year's roster.

-GW's sailing team completed its first season as a varsity program with a fourth-place showing at the Arrigan Memorial Regatta on the Potomac and a seventh-place effort at the MAISA Women's Championship at Hampton, Va.
-On the Potomac, the Colonials' A and B Division teams came in eighth and seventh, respectively, in the combined scoring format. 
-Freshman Benjamin Helfand and senior Ian Conners posted two race victories on Sunday, while the A Division group of senior Richard Sand and junior Sarah McCormack totaled 126 points, highlighted by a pair of second place finishes. 
-At the MAISA Women's, the A Division team of freshman Maria Sinagra and junior Kaitlin Denney finished sixth, placing in the top five on six occasions and earning one race victory.
-The Colonials finished just 21 points behind sixth-place Cornell for the final qualifying position for the ICSA Women's National Semifinals. 
-The Colonials finished a season-best sixth place at the 36-hole Navy Spring Invitational at the Naval Academy Golf Club on Sunday. 
-Freshman Carlos Pena posted his first top 20 finish since his collegiate debut in September by tying for 20th with a two-round 10-over 152. 
-Sophomore Jack Persons and freshman Howard Hickey finished in a five-way tie for 29th at 11-over 153.  Hickey climbed 43 spots on Sunday after shooting a season-best matching round of 2-over 73. 
-GW will look to defend last year's conference crown at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship, which begins on Friday at 7:30 a.m., on the 7,268-yard, par-72 Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla. 

GW Squash Welcomes Squash Wise to LHWC

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Video: Jr. Jackie Shea talks about GW Squash's relationship with SquashWise

The George Washington squash team continued its community-service efforts on Monday afternoon by welcoming the youth squash group SquashWise to the Lerner Health & Wellness Center for an afternoon of instruction and competition.

SquashWise is a program based in Baltimore, Md., that combines academics and squash. Abby Markoe, a GW squash alumnae who was a member of the very first varsity squash team at the university is the founder of the organization.

"We work primarily with Baltimore middle and high school kids," said Markoe. "They have never played squash prior to joining the program and they are expected to stay all the way through 12th grade. We do tutoring, mentoring, squash, fitness and college prep."

A group of 15 students enjoyed individual instruction from GW Squash players Jackie Shea, Anna Gabriela Porras, Chris Bell, Maya Nair and Becca Imrich and coaches Wendy Lawrence and Adam Pistel, before taking to the courts for a series of scrimmages. The students were all smiles as they competed on the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts, where the Colonials play their home matches.

"Most of these kids will be first-generation college students so today's trip is both educational and recreational," Markoe identified. "We are able to talk about opportunities and what it takes to get into college."

As a member of GW's first varsity squash team, Markoe has been following the Colonials' progress from a distance.

"They have gotten much stronger as a team since I first started," said Makoe. "I remember when we started the team we didn't have enough players so I asked my roommate, who had never picked up a racquet before, to join the team. And she did! And she played No. 9 all season! So its good to see the team doesn't have to resort to that anymore. My dream is to see one of these kids eventually play for GW."


Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - April 12-14

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Spring sports continued conference play as many senior student-athletes were honored over the weekend:

-The Colonials continued their hot play, extending their winning streak to a program-record seven with a sweep of Atlantic 10 rival St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon. 
-Sophomore Victoria Valos led GW with two home runs and five RBIs in a 4-for-5 performance on the day, including a two-run walk-off blast in game one.
-Valos now holds the program's single-season RBI record with 38.
-Freshman Meghan Rico earned both wins, tossing a perfect seventh inning in relief of junior Courtney Martin before hurling a complete game in an 8-0 victory in the nightcap. 
-Valos' effort earned her A-10 Player of the Week honors while Rico's three wins earned her Pitcher and Rookie of the Week accolades.
-GW will hit the road to take on conference foes Rhode Island and Massachusetts over the weekend.

-GW lost two games by just a single run while dropping a three game series to Atlantic 10 rival Charlotte over the weekend.
-In Friday's series opener, the Colonials rallied to knot the game at three, but fell to the 49ers, 4-3, in the bottom of the ninth.
-Sunday's match-up featured a strong bullpen performance, as freshman Bobby LeWarne, senior Kenny O'Brian and junior Colin Milon combined for eight scoreless innings in an offensive struggle ending in a 2-1 loss to Charlotte.
-The Colonials will host Towson on Wednesday for the Jackie Robinson game before heading to Bronx, N.Y., for a weekend series at Fordham beginning Friday.

Men's Tennis
-The No. 67 GW men's tennis team picked up a trio of victories to extend its win streak to eight after defeating A-10 foe Charlotte, 5-1, Longwoood, 4-0, and Radford, 4-0, over the weekend.
-The eight consecutive victories are the most for the Colonials under seventh-year head coach Greg Munoz.
-Sophomore Francisco Dias did not drop a single set in his three singles wins in second-flight action for the Colonials.
-The Colonials swept all doubles matches and dropped just one singles match on the weekend to improve their record to 15-5 overall and a perfect 4-0 in the conference. 
-GW will close out the regular season on Tuesday at A-10 newcomer No. 24 VCU.

Women's Tennis
-GW edged conference rival Fordham, 4-3, on Saturday in its final match of the regular season at the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus.
-Mimi Hamling and Dorota Lysienia were honord before the match in a Senior Day celebration.
-GW began the contest with a crucial claim of the doubles point with wins by the No. 2 team of freshman Christina Carpenter and Lysienia, 8-4, and No. 3 duo of freshmen Egie Jakuciunaite and Stephanie Wei, 8-7 (7-4). 
-Freshman Lana Robins, Wei, and Hamling earned victories in singles action at the Nos. 2-4 slots, respectively, and Wei clinched the match with a three-set thriller at the No. 3 spot.
-The Colonials return to the court at the Atlantic 10 Championship at the indoor Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., from April 18-21.

-The Colonials matched their best-ever finish at the MAISA Coed Conference Championship - the America Trophy - with a 12th-place showing.
-Senior Skye Kussmann was honored with MAISA's Purrington Award for outstanding contributions to college sailing.
-Senior duo of Ian Conners and Rebecca Engel placed 11th in A Division, posting five top 10 finishes over the weekend, peaking at fourth in Sunday's first race. 
-Freshman Maria Sinagra and junior Kaitlin Denney placed 13th in the B Division with six top 10 finishes.
-GW also finished ninth at the MAISA Spring Open at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
-Freshman Hannah McNomee and sophomore Meagan Murphy placed 11th in the A Division with a pair of top 10 finishes.
-The B Division duo of freshmen Benjamin Helfand and Alix Suter finished in the top 10 in half of its eight races for ninth place in the group.
-The Colonials wrap up their first varsity season at the MAISA Women's Conference Championship in Hampton, Va., and the Arrigan Memorial Regatta at their home Washington Sailing Marina in Alexandria, Va., next weekend.

-GW split a pair of Atlantic 10 games over the weekend, defeating St. Bonaventure in a decisive 19-7 win on Friday before dropping the final home game of the season to Duquesne, 6-5, on Sunday.
-Sophomore Allie Rash led all scorers with a career-high seven points on three goals and four assists, while senior Nicole Lacey and freshman Olivia Boudreau each recorded a hat trick and an assist in the victory over the Bonnies, and senior Caitlyn O'Brien and freshman Simone Haugen contributed their first career goals.
-Junior Lindsey DiAntonio paced the Colonials with two goals and an assist on Sunday afternoon as Dequesne barely edged GW for the win.
-Lacey added a goal of her own, leaving her with 99 career tallies - just one shy of becoming the fifth Colonials' player to join the century club. 
-GW wraps the regular season in Philadelphia with A-10 match-ups at Temple and Saint Joseph's over the weekend.

Women's Water Polo
-GW placed fourth at the Southern Division Championship after splitting a pair of games on Saturday in round robin play before falling to third-seeded Harvard on Sunday in the third-place contest.
-Freshman Erin Donaghue led the Colonials to an 8-7 win over Bucknell with four goals, while junior Allison Littlejohn added two.
-Junior Rachael Bentley scored both of GW's goals in a 16-2 loss to top-seeded and 12th-ranked Princeton.
-Bentley added five more goals to her weekend tally on Sunday, but the Colonials fell short in a 15-11 loss to third-seeded Harvard.
-Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander made 18 saved in the cage on the weekend.
-The Colonials will return to the pool on Saturday as they host VMI in the regular-season finale at the Charles E. Smith Center.  Seniors Allison Peotter and Jessie Hurd will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony prior to the match.

Men's Rowing
-The Colonials clinched third place in the Oliver T. Carr Bowl standings after winning four races at the 25th anniversary George Washington Invitational. 
-On the first day of racing, the Freshman 8 and Varsity 8 earned victories over Virginia.
-The Freshman 8 defeated both Holy Cross and Georgetown on the final day of racing as the Varsity 8 also defeated Holy Cross for its second consecutive Sullivan Cup - awarded to the winner of the annual V8 race between the Colonials and the Crusaders.
-GW will travel back to the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships on lake Mellon in Oak Ridge, Tenn., over the weekend.

Women's Rowing
- The Colonials finished in fifth place at the 25th Annual George Washington Invitational.
- GW earned wins in the Varsity 4 and JV 8 over MIT on Friday but lost in three races each vs. Navy and Gonzaga on Saturday.
- GW will compete at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships on lake Mellon in Oak Ridge, Tenn., this weekend.
Women's soccer's Jane Wallis traveled to St. Louis for reasons much different than competing against Atlantic 10 Conference rival Saint Louis University.  The junior spent April 5-7 at Washington University attending the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), representing the Grassroot Project - an organization Wallis has been involved in for three years.
The Grassroot Project is an HIV/AIDS education program organized and carried out by NCAA Division I student-athletes from universities in Washington, D.C. The Grassroot Project uses interactive lessons to teach middle school students across the district the tools needed to make informed decisions as they mature, as well as reduce the prevalence of the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS.  Wallis serves as the Project's program coordinator and has helped to double participation over the last year.  Wallis earned GW Community Service Athlete of the Month honors in November for her dedication to the program.
Wallis' involvement in the Grassroot Project has included selection to the Grassroot Leaders Team and attendance at a three-day national conference in Orlando, Fla., for leadership training last summer. She was chosen to represent the organization at CGI U to present the Project's plan to expand its reach to parents and teachers of the current middle school participants.

CGI U selects college students from across the nation to share their innovative ideas to address and combat global issues.  Over 1,000 students from more than 300 universities worldwide were in attendance presenting ideas in the hopes of either earning financial backing or establishing connections that might expedite the progression of the projects illustrated.
Wallis, a public health major, created the plan to expand the Grassroot Project after speaking with the parents of the middle school students in the program and realizing that some adults are just as uninformed about HIV and AIDS as the young students.  Wallis' brainchild consists of a two-night condensed version of the education program with transportation funds, child care and a meal included.

While at CGI U, Wallis learned valuable information on how to garner relationships for funding the expansion of the Grassroot Project and made connections with several potential resources.  However, one of the most important lessons learned in St. Louis may be the support of others to alleviate large scale issues.
"I learned of the willingness of the educational community to help others throughout the world, whether in public health programs, environmental sustainability initiatives or economic solutions," said Wallis.  "Our generation is ready to help make 'opportunity' a more universal term."

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Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - April 5-7

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-The Colonials went 3-1 at the GW Softball Field in their second weekend of Atlantic 10 competition, splitting a two-game set with Butler before sweeping Saint Louis in Sunday's doubleheader.
-GW suffered a tough 1-0 loss on Friday afternoon to the visiting Bulldogs after an unearned run in the top of the seventh broke a scoreless pitchers' duel. 
-The Colonials bounced back on Saturday with a 4-1 victory behind freshman Meghan Rico's complete-game 10-strikeout performance. 
-Sunday's sweep of the Billikens featured a pair of strong performances in the circle from junior Courtney Martin and Rico. 
-Martin went the distance in game one, surrendering just six hits and one unearned run while striking out nine.
-Rico dominated in the nightcap, striking out a career-high 11 batters while only walking one in five innings of work.
-Sophomore Victoria Valos led the Colonials at the plate on Sunday, going 4-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored, while senior Autumn Taylor went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and freshman Carlee Gray plated a team-high three runs.
-The Colonials will travel to Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday for a doubleheader before playing host to A-10 rival St. Bonaventure on Saturday in the program's 10th Anniversary celebration.

-GW dropped three games to Atlantic 10 foe Richmond over the weekend at Barcroft Park. 
-The Colonials collected a season-high 15 hits in the series finale but could not overcome a late Richmond rally in the 8-7 loss.
-Junior Brookes Townsend extended his hitting streak to nine games after an impressive 6-for-12 effort in the series.  He also recorded his fifth multi-hit game in a row and leads the team with a .306 batting average.
-The Colonials will face district rival Georgetown on Tuesday at 3 p.m. before visiting A-10 foe Charlotte for a three-game series over the weekend.

Men's Tennis
-The No. 68 Colonials defeated St. John's, 5-2, in Saturday's Senior Day match before downing Georgetown, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon.
-GW swept the doubles point to open the weekend of competition after a Senior Day ceremony honored Leonardo Lapentti and Alexander van Gils prior to the match. 
-In singles action, junior Nikita Fomin, sophomore Francisco Dias and freshman Danil Zelenkov earned straight-set victories at the Nos. 1-3 positions, respectively.
-Junior Ulrik Thomsen finished up the defeat of St. John's with a 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 6 position.
-On Sunday, the Colonials claimed the doubles point over Georgetown before dominating singles play with wins at the Nos. 1-5 slots.
-Senior Alexander van Gils went the distance in a 6-1, 6-7, 10-8 victory at the No. 4 position before classmate Leonardo Lapentti earned a 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 win in the No. 5 spot.
-The Colonials travel to A-10 rival Charlotte for a Friday afternoon match beginning at 1 p.m.
Women's Tennis
-GW dropped a pair of matches, 5-2, to East Carolina and James Madison over the weekend.
-On Friday, the No. 3 doubles duo of Egle Jakuciunaite and Stephanie Wei defeated their East Carolina foes, but GW was unable to claim the doubles point.
-Senior Mimi Hamling and freshman Christina Carpenter earned victories in singles action at the No. 4 and No. 6 positions, respectively. 
-Hamling and classmate Dorota Lysienia were the only Colonials to defeat James Madison opponents on Saturday in the Nos. 3 and 4 slots, respectively.
-The Colonials will host A-10 rival Fordham on Saturday, April 13 for its Senior Day match and regular season finale at the GW Tennis Center.  First serve is slated for 12 p.m.
-The Colonials split a pair of games over the weekend with a defeat of A-10 foe La Salle, 12-3, on Friday followed by a tough 10-9 loss to No. 13 Massachusetts on Sunday.
-Sophomore Jamie Bumgardner led all scorers with two goals and three assists in the rout of the Explorers.
-Junior Lindsey DiAntonio added a hat trick as GW out-shot La Salle, 31-13.
-GW held La Salle scoreless for the first 40+ minutes of action and opened A-10 action with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2009.
-The Colonials could not complete a Sunday comeback as GW came within one goal of No. 13 Massachusetts with 47 seconds remaining after trailing by four at the half. 
-Sophomores Jamie Bumgardner (4a), Rachel Mia (3g, 1a) and Allie Rash (2g, 2a) led GW with four points each on the day.
-GW hosts a pair of home games as A-10 foes St. Bonaventure and Duquesne visit the GW Lacrosse field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

Women's Water Polo
-GW bounced back from a Saturday afternoon loss to Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division rival Harvard, 12-6, by defeating VMI, 11-4, in the nightcap at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool.
-Sophomore Meagan Moreland led GW with five goals on the day, while junior Megan Brolley added three.
-Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander made 10 saves on the day.
-The Colonials return to action next weekend at the CWPA Southern Division Championship hosted by Brown University in Providence, R.I., on Saturday and Sunday. GW will be the No. 4 seed and will take on Bucknell and Princeton on the first day of action.

-GW's newest varsity sport placed 12th out of 18 teams at the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta over the weekend.
-Freshmen Jay Spector and Henry Young peaked with a third-place showing in Race 2 en route to an 11th place finish in the A Division with 63 points.
-The trio of freshman Benjamin Helfand, sophomore Jennifer Wilson and Young totaled 71 points to finish 13th in the B Division, peaking at ninth in Race 4.
-The Colonials will compete in the MAISA Coed Conference Championship - the America's Trophy - in Annapolis, Md., on April 13 and 14. 

-Senior Stephanie Stoicovy and juniors Betsy Zander and Taylor Henderson competed at the NCAA Gainesville Regional on Saturday evening at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
-Stoicovy tied for sixth place on the floor exercise with a 9.875 and posted an all-around score of 38.525.
-Zander placed 11th in the all-around with a score of 38.975.  Her evening was highlighted by a 9.775 on the balance beam.
-Henderson's 9.825 on uneven bars placed 16th on the night. 

When not in the pool for GW's women's water polo team, junior Katherine Berry may be found behind a microscope examining pollen.  The biology major is a key member of GWBuzz, the university's honey bee research and beekeeping organization.  Berry's work with GWBuzz led to her inclusion on a panel at GW's Research and Education in Food and Nutrition Expo on March 28.

Berry was one of three panel members invited by GW's own First Lady, Diane Robinson Knapp, to speak in the kick-off segment, The Birds and the Bees: Urban Apiaries and Edible Gardens.  Alongside Berry was Adele Ashkar, associate professor and director of the Landscape Design Program at GW, and Dr. Hartmut Doebel, assistant professor of biology at GW and founder of GWBuzz.  The panel focused on how to effectively create gardens to boost natural ecosystems.

"My research parallels this topic," said Berry.  "I helped explain the importance of promoting natural landscaping by feeding pollinators and natural fauna by planting natural flora."
GWBuzz's research is heavily funded by Founding Farmers, a local restaurant and proponent of sustainable eating.  Berry's area of expertise is palynology, the study of pollen.  In addition to developing a better understanding of what kinds of flowers GW's bees are pollinating throughout D.C., the Riverside, Calif., native is working to establish a methodology to enhance the caretaking of bees by beekeepers through nutrition.  

Berry's interest in pollination stems from her childhood observation of the interaction between honeybees and an avocado grove at her home.  She got her start in research last year after participating in the Harlan Trust Summer Research Program, which taught students the nuts and bolts of high-level research.  Soon after, Berry was offered a position with the "Bee Lab" and helped transform the project into a well-organized and attention-grabbing venture.  Diane Knapp's special interest in the endeavor, along with Berry's keen understanding of the business side of research and creation of the GWBuzz website, landed the junior a position as the only undergraduate panel member at the Expo. 

The Food and Nutrition Expo featured four additional panels and concluded with a keynote speech by Dr. Neal Barnard, an adjunct associate professor of medicine at GW's School of Medicine and researcher of the role of nutrition in major health issues.   

"The panel went very well and we had a full house," Berry said after the event.  "My coach, Scott Reed, and his wife also attended my panel to watch me speak."
Berry will embark on a new season of beekeeping and research as spring begins in the nation's capital. 

To learn more about GWBuzz and Katherine Berry's research click Here.

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George Washington men's basketball sophomore John Kopriva is the GW Athletics Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for March.

Kopriva has spearheaded more than 30 GW student-athletes' volunteer efforts with Lemonade Day, an experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business - a lemonade stand.

A native of Milwaukee, Wis., who plans to study pre-med, Kopriva initiated the involvement of fellow student-athletes in the local Lemonade Day D.C. chapter early in the spring semester.  Since then, he has been organizing the group's travel to Northwest D.C.'s Paul Charter School in March and April to teach sixth- and seventh-graders a 14-step entrepreneurial business plan.

"Leading this project has been a blast for me," said Kopriva. "As a kid, I would have loved to participate in Lemonade Day, so being a city director now is the next best thing. I am so proud of my fellow GW student-athletes for rallying around this project and making Lemonade Day such a valuable experience for these kids."

On Sunday, April 14, those middle school students mentored by Kopriva and other student-athletes will put the skills learned over the past month into action by launching their own businesses at lemonade stands on the GW campus and throughout the district.

"John's hard work and dedication exemplify extraordinary commitment to the D.C. community," said GW Athletics' LifeSkills coordinator Ted Costigan.

To learn more about Lemonade Day DC, visit, or visit the national website at


Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - March 29-31

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Spring sports are in full swing as GW finishes up March competition:

-GW took two out of three games from Atlantic 10 rival Temple at Barcroft Park to win its second straight conference series and improve its A-10 record to 5-1.
-The Colonials rallied from a three-run deficit to walk off with a 4-3 series-opening win on Friday afternoon.
-GW split Saturday's doubleheader with the Owls, dropping the first game of the double-dip, 3-1. 
-In the nightcap, junior Aaron Weisburg earned the victory after allowing four hits while fanning seven in 6.2 innings of work.  
-Junior Brookes Townsend batted .429 with two game-winning RBIs in the series while junior Craig LeJeune registered a save and a win in 2.2 innings of combined relief. 
-The Colonials will visit local rival George Mason on Tuesday at 3 p.m. before resuming A-10 play against Richmond at Barcroft Park over the weekend.

-The Colonials opened Atlantic 10 play at Fordham, dropping two games in the Bronx on Saturday.
-GW put up three runs in game one but could not overcome a five-run sixth inning by the host Rams in the 8-3 loss. 
-The Colonials held Fordham to just three runs in the nightcap but could not generate any offensive rallies in the 3-0 defeat. 
-Senior Tara Fogarty led the Colonials with a 3-for-6, 2 RBI effort on the day. -The Colonials will visit Towson at 3 p.m. on Tuesday before taking on A-10 newcomer Butler at home on Friday.

-GW placed second overall in a field of 16 at the MAISA South Spring qualifier on Sunday to secure a bid to the America Trophy in two weeks. 
-The Colonials finished with 78 points after 11 races, seven points behind Penn. 
-The trio of seniors Ian Conners and Rebecca Engel and freshman Henry Young posted nine top-3 finishes and placed second in the A Division with 36 points. 
-In the B Division, freshman Maria Sinagra and junior Kaitlin Denney posted six top-3 finishes with victories in Races 5 and 7, amassing 42 points to finish fourth overall. 
-GW will compete next weekend at the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta hosted by Fordham and Columbia in Bronx, N.Y.

Women's Rowing
-The Colonials raced defending Atlantic 10 Champion Rhode Island along with Massachusetts and Boston College on Saturday in its final tune up ahead of the George Washington Invitational. 
-GW raced its three opponents in the Varsity 8, JV8 and Varsity 4 on the Narrow River, taking third in the Varsity 8 just six seconds behind winner Rhode Island. 
-The Colonials will prepare for the 25th Annual George Washington Invitational on April 12-13 on the Potomac River.

Men's Tennis
-GW's No. 66 men's tennis team defeated local foe George Mason, 6-1, at the GW Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.
-The Colonials swept the doubles point before dominating singles action, earning victories at the Nos. 1-5 slots. 
-Junior Nikita Fomin went the distance in his No. 1 match, dropping the first set, 2-6, before taking the final two sets, 6-1, 10-7.
-The Colonials look for their fourth consecutive victory as St. John's visits GW on Saturday, April 6 for their Senior Day Match.  

Women's Tennis
-The Colonials topped Atlantic 10 rival Temple, 5-2, in their outdoor home opener on Saturday afternoon for their first win over the Owls since the 2006 season.
-Doubles duos of seniors Mimi Hamling and Leah Pascarella and freshman Lana Robins and senior Dorota Lysienia earned early victories to claim the first point of the day for GW. 
-In singles action, Pascarella claimed a 7-5, 6-1 win at the No. 1 position while Robins and Hamling followed suit with straight-set triumphs ad the Nos. 2 and 4 positions, respectfully.
-Freshman Christina Carpenter finished up the day with a 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (6) win at the No. 6 slot. 
-The Colonials look for their third straight victory when it hosts East Carolina on Friday, April 5. 

-GW defeated Richmond, 11-10, to open Atlantic 10 play on Friday afternoon at the GW Lacrosse Field. 
-Sophomore Rachel Mia scored a team-high four goals and senior Nicole Lacey added three on the day. 
-Freshman midfielder Olivia Boudreau netted her 10th goal of the season with 1:52 remaining  which proved to be the game-winner for GW.  Boudreau was named A-10 Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. 
-The Colonials wrap up a three-game homestand when they welcome La Salle on Friday, April 5 for a 4 p.m. game. 

George Washington assistant athletics director for sports medicine and training Chris Hennelly is one of six administrators who will serve on the newly formed Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Varsity Governance Council, league Commissioner Dan Sharadin announced.

Established with a mandate set forth at the 2012 CWPA Annual Meeting at Villanova University to create governance councils for the collegiate club and varsity ranks of the league, the Varsity Governance Council will oversee the administration of the CWPA's varsity men's and women's programs in cooperation with the organization's Board of Directors, managing competitive issues and league structure.

The Governance Council will be comprised exclusively of sport administrators, and a chair of the council will be elected from the group during a conference call prior to April 15, with the newly elected chair joining the CWPA Board of Directors.

Hennelly, who has been at GW for 18 years, serves as sport administrator for GW's men's and women's water polo teams.