June 2014 Archives

Just a few months removed from winning her second Olympic medal, GW Softball alumna Elana Meyers Taylor ('07) was the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremonies for Georgia State University and DeVry University.

"Being Asked to deliver a commencement speech is a huge honor," said Meyers Taylor. "I have the privilege of congratulating people who have completed a huge goal. It's an honor to be able to speak to them about what I've experienced and wish them well and also see their excitement as they start the next phase of their lives."

Hi GW volleyball fans, friends and family!

This summer has been absolutely beautiful in DC and I can't believe we're already about through the first summer session!

Jordan and I have been keeping up with workouts, going to open gyms throughout the DC area, and even running around the monuments. Preseason is only about a month away and we're very excited!

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On hot summer days in Foggy Bottom, the GW women's basketball staff has found ways to stay cool by participating in the #Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge, a fundraising effort to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis and his staff - assistant coaches Diane Richardson and Bill Ferrara and director of basketball operations Erica Williamson - were all challenged by their peers in the coaching ranks. Before buckets of ice water were dumped over their heads, each coach challenged another group of colleagues from across the country.

@GW_Volleyball Summer Blog Series: Timmer Time #2

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Hello again to all the GW family, friends and fans,

Starting today I want to include a quote with each of my blog posts. Each time I want to find a quote and then we can think about it as we go throughout our week! I love quotes and I find them very motivational.

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@GW_MensRowing Recruits Shine at Youth Nationals

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A handful of incoming GW Men's Rowing recruits were in action this past weekend at the US Rowing Youth National Championships on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, California.


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GW men's basketball Head Coach Mike Lonergan joined several DMV area coaches for a leadership panel at the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington's (CCADW) annual staff retreat on Tuesday afternoon.

Coach Lonergan was joined by Georgetown men's and women's basketball coaches John Thompson III and Natasha Adair, Maryland football head coach Randy Edsall and Washington Capitals play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati, who served as moderator, to discuss how they build teamwork and culture and teach students in front of several hundred CCADW staff members.  The event took place on the campus of Catholic University, Coach Lonergan's alma mater and the school he coached for 12 seasons and led to an NCAA Division III Championship in 2001.

"It was nice to get back on campus at Catholic University and an honor to serve on the panel with such a terrific group of coaches," said Coach Lonergan, who discussed his role in building foundations for his programs by surrounding himself with great people - from coaching staff and managers to support staff - and choosing student-athletes with high character and tremendous work ethic.

"It was a rewarding experience, especially being at my alma mater, to be able to give back to a local group that does so much for the Washington, D.C., community," added Coach Lonergan.

The five panelists wore red ribbons to honor the memory of Jamie Roberts, a CUA staff member and assistant coach who passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 13.

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Another #OnlyAtGW Moment with @GW_Volleyball

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The GW Volleyball team has grown accustomed to taking advantage of living and studying in Washington, D.C., along the way creating #OnlyAtGW memories. 

Last month the Colonials participated in a team-wide neighborhood race. In the past they have toured the United States Capitol and have participated in the World War II Honor Flight.

The latest #OnlyAtGW moment is the culmination of a year-long video project that was inspired by a viral video that strings together video selfies at various locations. 

GW's effort results in a whirlwind tour around Washington, D.C., and the Foggy Bottom campus.

Hi everyone!

I'm back for my second post and after a about a month back home in the Big Apple, I have a lot to share with you all!

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@GW_MBB to Visit Rutgers on Nov. 16, 2014

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As announced by Rutgers on Tuesday, GW men's basketball will battle one of the Big Ten's new members during 2014-15 non-conference play at the RAC in Piscataway, New Jersey on Sunday, Nov. 16 at a time still to be determined.  The meeting will be the 43rd all-time between the former Atlantic 10 rivals and third in as many seasons after the Colonials visited the RAC in Dec. 2012 and defeated the Scarlet Knights, 93-87, at the Smith Center last Dec. 4.

"We've had some competitive, exciting games against Rutgers the past two seasons, so we're happy to have them back on the schedule for their first season in the Big Ten," said GW Head Coach Mike Lonergan.  "It will also mark the first of our several trips to the New York Metro area in 2014-15. It's great that our guys and program will once again compete in front of a big group of Colonials fans, students and alumni."

With this news, here's an updated look at the 2014-15 schedule to date with two Big Ten opponents, a local ACC rival and the loaded Diamond Head Classic field.  Additional games and ticket info will be announced in the coming weeks.


Hi GW Volleyball families, friends, and fans!


I'm Kelsey Newman and I will be a senior outside hitter this fall. We just received word of our fall 2014 schedule and the team is very excited! Quick recap on our amazing 2013 season: We protected our court finishing 6-1 at home in conference, we defeated the #1 team in the A-10 at home with a court storm finish, the GW volleyball "Towel Gang" was born, and our team finished 3rd in the conference after the Atlantic 10 championship held here in the Smith Center. We spent the off season getting stronger in the weight room, smarter in the classroom, connected with the community, and tighter as a team. After such a phenomenal year we are more than excited for what 2014 has in store!

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@GWBaseball1 Recruit Filotei Chosen in MLB Draft

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Incoming George Washington baseball freshman Dalton Filotei was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 37th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday, but plans to honor his commitment and join the Colonials for his freshman season in 2015 according to 


Pops_Tony_euro-leagues_Twitter.jpgA pair of GW men's basketball alumni recently competed for top-tier professional league titles in Europe.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu ('06) aimed for his second Turkish Basketball League championship in the past three seasons, this time with Galatasaray from the capital city of Istanbul.  Mensah-Bonsu helped another Istanbul club, Besiktas, to the TBL title in 2012, earning league Player of the Year honors before participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with Great Britain's National Team.

In his first season abroad after competing in the NBA D-League and Summer Leagues last year, Tony Taylor ('12) helped guide his PGE Turow team in Zgorzelec to the championship series in the Polish Basketball League (PBL).

For additional info on Pops' and Tony's title quests, plus how other alumni fared in the pros this season, head to the jump.

Four members of the GW golf program competed or will compete in their respective State Amateur Championships this summer.

UPDATED 6/20: Incoming freshman Jack Porcelli became the latest GW player to qualify for a State Am with a 4-over-par 74 and tie for fifth at the New York State Men's Amateur Championship Long Island sectional qualifier at St. George's Golf and Country Club on Thursday, June 19.  Porcelli will now be part of the 156-player field at the 72-hole stroke play championship at Bellevue Country Club in Syracuse, New York from July 22-24.

Incoming freshman Vince Palazzolo qualified for the 113th New Jersey Amateur Championship at Knickerbocker Country Club from June 3-5.

Palazzolo opened with a 2-over-par 73, featuring two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 second hole, on Tuesday and was in a three-way tie for 19th when opening-round play was suspended (LIVE SCORING).  He'll look to make the 36-hole cut down to 40 players to compete in the final 36 holes of stroke play on Thursday, June 5.

Palazzolo tied for fifth at sectional qualifying at Jumping Brook Country Club with a 4-over-par 75 to gain entry into the 105-player state amateur.

UPDATED 6/6: Palazzolo made the 36-hole cut by two shots and finished tied for 27th at 18-over 302 (73-78-72-79).  He recorded the third-best round in the field during Thursday's opening 18 holes with a 1-over 72.

Rising sophomore Lucas Farmer will participate in the 93rd Maryland State Amateur from June 5-8 on Baltimore Country Club's East Course.

Farmer earned his way into the 135-player championship with a round of 4-over 76 and a tie for 22nd place at Andrews Air Force Base's East Course on May 21.  He will play in an 18-hole qualifying round on Thursday, seeking entry into a match play field of 32 which will compete throughout the weekend.

UPDATED 6/6: Farmer carded an 11-over 81 in qualifying and did not reach the match play finals.

Rising senior Jack Persons qualified for the California State Amateur at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad after recording an even-par 71 in a Northern California sectional qualifier at Granite Bay Golf Club on May 27.  Incoming freshman Zack Bailey carded a six-over 77 and tied for 35th in that same qualifier.

Persons tied for sixth to secure one of the eight qualifying spots available from the 64-player field and will now compete in the 103rd CGA Amateur from June 16-21.

UPDATED 6/18: After an opening round 3-over-par 75, Persons followed with an even-par 72 in the second round to reach Match Play in which he dropped a 3&2 decision to fourth-seed Paul Smith in the Round of 32.

The George Washington men's rowing team totaled 61 points to place 13th overall in the Ten Eyck Award standings following a historic weekend at the IRA National Championships on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, New Jersey.

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@GW_Volleyball Summer Blog Series: Timmer Time #1

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Hello GW Volleyball Family, Friends and Fans, 

 I am excited to share with you my experiences here at GW this summer. My name is Jordan Timmer and I am a junior setter. I am majoring in biology and am from Lowell, Michigan. Our fall schedule was just released and we are ready to have another great season building from where we left off in the spring. This spring our team grew together as one unit with one goal. We grew on and off the court, in the classroom, weight room and closer together. I have no doubt that this upcoming season will be one for the books, I am excited to have everyone back together and getting better each and every day.




BKC3-21-14-188.jpgOn Monday, June 2, published the first part of its series of the Top 50 coaches in men's college basketball.  The list was compiled via a vote of ESPN's Forecast panel - 100 ESPN writers, editors, broadcasters and researchers to rate college basketball coaches on all aspects of running a program.

While GW men's basketball Coach Mike Lonergan didn't crack the Top 50, former college hoops coach and current ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla weighed in on the most underrated coaches in the country and those he felt were omitted from the Top 50.

"There are five Atlantic 10 coaches on this Top 50 list but no Lonergan. I get it. He is not yet a household name. But coaches know coaches and Lonergan has the utmost respect of his peers," wrote Fraschilla regarding Coach Lonergan.

Aside from helping GW to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 and its second-most wins in program history with 24 in 2013-14, Coach Lonergan has been one of the most consistently successful coaches in college basketball over the past two decades.  He is one of the winningest coaches in all of NCAA Division I, ranking 21st among active coaches with a .676 winning percentage (424-203) and 37th on the active victories list, and has averaged more than 20 wins per season during his 21 years as a collegiate head coach.  And he's signed to be the coach in Foggy Bottom through 2020-21.  Pretty good for underrated.

After the jump, read Fraschilla's full ESPN Insider account on the underrated Coach Lonergan.