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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.

Lacrosse

-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.

Softball
-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.

Baseball
-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.

Golf
-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.

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