August 2013 Archives

@GWMensSoccer's Tyler Ranalli Earns Preseason Honor

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George Washington men's soccer senior Tyler Ranalli was named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Second Team by College Sports Madness on Tuesday.

Ranalli had a breakout junior campaign, ranking second on the team with three goals and seven points. The forward from Powell, Ohio, started 17 games for the Colonials and amassed 1,323 minutes of playing time. A team captain, Ranalli has scored four goals and 10 points in his career.

George Washington baseball senior Luke Staub helped his summer team, the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League, to the Summer Collegiate World Series championship.

The Mallards finished the season with an overall record of 41-29 and defeated the Duluth Huskies, 12-3, on Friday in game two of the championship series to clinch the title.  

Staub was the Mallards' ace this season and pitched to a 4-4 record with a 1.80 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 55.0 innings of work.  The Peoria, Ill., native was also a Northwoods League All-Star selection earlier this summer .

The Northwoods League has more teams, draws more fans and plays more games than any other summer collegiate baseball league and is one of the top collegiate leagues in the nation in terms of quality of play.

Staub led the Colonials with 55 strikeouts and 91.2 innings pitched last season while finishing second on the team with four victories.



Luke Staub addresses the crowd at the Madison Mallards trophy ceremony. 

@GW_Volleyball Preseason Blog Weekend Recap

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As training camp for the GW Volleyball program turns to its second week of two-a-days, take a chance to catch up on this weekend's blog posts from juniors Kelsey Newman, GabrialRushton and Landon Garvik.

See what Kelsey Newman was up to early Friday morning and hear a recap of practice.

Junior Gabrial Rushton shows how the team spent their off day on Saturday.

Junior Landin Garvik provides an inside look at practice and recaps week one of camp.

George Washington softball sophomore Meghan Rico spent many summers playing against the Stratford (Conn.) Brakettes and dreamed about playing for one of the most successful amateur softball teams in the sport's history. 

This summer, she got her chance.

For nine days in August, George Washington assistant lacrosse coach Kristy Black traveled to Kingston, Jamaica with Fields of Growth International to teach children the game of lacrosse.

Fields of Growth is a non-profit organization that aims to harness the passion of the lacrosse community into positive social impact through global leadership development, service and growing the game. From Aug. 1-9 Black dedicated her time to make a positive impact on children's lives through the game of lacrosse, and in turn received a life-changing experience.

"The most important aspects of lacrosse are the ways it teaches children to be disciplined, to be hard workers, to understand the concept of team play and to create opportunities," said Black. "It is a wonderful way to get children involved in activities outside of their neighborhoods and give them hope for something bigger and better in their future."

Each day Black, along with fellow Fields of Growth volunteers, ran clinics from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The morning clinics focused on younger children, while the older kids participated in the afternoon sessions. Following the clinic each day, the group took time to participate in cultural activities such as handing out care packages to elders, attending a barbecue with local families and touring the village of St. Ann's - the home and community where famed musician Bob Marley grew up.

"We went to villages to spread lacrosse and love, and by the end of the trip we had the entire community in a field playing lacrosse, soccer and cricket," Black said. "There was even an older gentleman playing a banjo. Everyone was so happy and did not stop smiling."

Black found that while she accomplished her goal of making an impact on the children of Kingston through lacrosse, she learned equally valuable lessons as well.

"I went to Jamaica to make an impact on the children's lives, but they taught me just as much, if not more," said Black. "They showed me not to take anything for granted and that the little things are what truly matter in life. It was amazing to see how bringing lacrosse, along with a positive and upbeat attitude, can delight an entire village."


US Rowing Announcement 

PRINCETON, N.J. - Former GW men's rowing student-athlete David Morgenstern '11 is one of 87 athletes who have been selected to row as a member of the United States National Team at the 2013 World Rowing Championships Aug. 25-Sept. 2, in Chungju, South Korea.

Morgenstern will be rowing in the Lightweight Men's Eight (LM8+) event and represents Connecticut Community Rowing Inc.

Eighteen Olympians and four Paralympians are among the 87-person roster that will compete in 27 events during the World Rowing Championships.

Morgenstern rowed bow for the Colonials' Varsity 8 boat as a senior in 2011 and is the latest in an impressive list of current and former student-athletes who have logged service in international competition. 

This summer alone has seen senior Kasey Colander row for the United States at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, while classmate Trofym Anderson (Canada) and sophomore Jordan Tewksbury-Volpe (United States) each competed at the U-23 World Championships in Lithuania. 

GW Volleyball Preseason Blog Series

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GW Volleyball's preseason camp is in full swing following a weekend of two-a-days at the Charles E. Smith Center. The team will be posting video blogs during each day of training camp. Here are the first two installments from this weekend.

Sophomore Jordan Timmer kicks off the GW Volleyball Preseason blog series with a recap of day one's activities.

Freshman Tyler Ockleberry introduces herself and recaps day two of camp.

Be sure to follow @GW_Volleyball on Twitter for updates from camp and be on the lookout later today for the third installment of the video blog.
George Washington men's soccer junior Farhan Khan trained with the Bangladesh National Team for three days this summer as it prepared for the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship.

Khan, who was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Bangladesh before moving to Virginia for high school, spent six weeks visiting family in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and received an invitation to national team camp after a few of his teammates on the recreational league team he was playing with spoke to the new national team coaches.