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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: 

Softball
-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.

Baseball
-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.

Lacrosse
-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.

Sailing
-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. 
 
Golf
-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. 

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