#GWBarca15 Day 3 - @GWMensSoccer in Barcelona

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Today's blog post was written by junior midfielder Eddie Painter.

This morning the team got down to breakfast at 8 a.m. Most of us were awake beforehand, though, as we are still suffering from jetlag. The hotel breakfast was excellent, and if we didn't have practice afterward, I'm sure that we would all have eaten much more. 

We walked over to the practice fields at 9 a.m. Our session was short and sweet today because we had a game later. We had a long job, stretch and dynamic warm-up in order for our legs to recover from the plane ride. We did some possession drills that were rather hectic, probably because we were all so excited to be playing in Spain!

For lunch we went to the excellent Masa Pi to enjoy an authentic Catalan meal. Most of the guys on the team enjoyed the traditional Catalan dish called canal ones, which is meat rolled up in a paper-thin layer of pasta with a cheesy creme on top, which was delicious! 
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After the meal we went back to our hotel to get our cleats and uniforms and then jumped on the bus to head to our game against CF Badalona. The atmosphere was intimate and had a sense of community. The field was flacked by stands and dressing rooms as usual but also had a small cafe built in next to the dressing rooms from where you could also watch the field. I had imagined that the cafe was for during games; however I noticed that parents ate and talked among one another while their kids were at practice. 

We won a competitive game, 3-2, and I was happy with my own performance. Great job to Christian Lawal for scoring a hat trick!

Tomorrow morning we will spend completing a community service project for Santa Susana, the town we are staying in. Afterwards we will head to Barcelona for an afternoon of sightseeing. I personally cannot wait to see the city, as I have never been before.

Buenas Noches!

Eddie Painter

GW men's soccer senior Matthew Scott has been named the GW Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for February for his continued work with Somos Familia and the DC Stoddert Soccer Camp.

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#GWBarca15 Days 1 & 2 - @GWMensSoccer in Barcelona

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With an overnight flight from Washington Dulles International Airport to Barcelona (via London Heathrow), days one and two rolled into one for our guys for what was a long but smooth journey!

A 6:30 a.m. flight out of D.C. in which the coaching staff engaged some tactical seat assignment changes before we took off - aisle and window seats were like gold dust! Movies, EPL highlights, homework and sleep was the order of the day throughout the flight and we landed at London Heathrow at 6 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET). A very quick layover and we were back on a new, smaller airplane for the much shorter two-hour flight to Barcelona.

We arrived in Barcelona just after 11 a.m. local time and with (nearly) all bags accounted for. We met our tour host, Enrique, and jumped straight on our bus to head to the Camp Nou for the Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano La Liga game. Enrique informed us that Neymar Jr. was suspended and would not be playing, to the obvious sadness of some of our guys (Curry). 

We arrived at the game 15 minutes in and with Barcelona already one goal to the good. Luckily, we were not short of goals as we witnessed six more, with the highlight being Messi's hat trick, which looked effortless at times. All the players and staff were amazed at the sheer size of the Camp Nou and the absolute brilliance of Barcelona that is even more impressive up close. 
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With some tired looking bodies, we jumped back on our bus after the final whistle and took the short trip to our hotel in Santa Susanna, a small beach town just outside of Barcelona. Some (much-needed) showers, exploring the hotel grounds and dinner, and that was that for what had been a very long but fun first two days!

Tomorrow we will play our first game of our trip against CF Badalona. Check back for a recap of Day 3 from one of our players!

@GWWomensSoccer's Cowley, Elson Coach in Cincinnati

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GW women's soccer sophomores Mackenzie Cowley and Kate Elson traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, to coach at Alex Morgan's ProCamp, sponsored by Tampax Pearl Active on Feb. 22 at the Under the Weather Sports Complex.  

Alex Morgan is an Olympic gold medalist and currently plays professionally for the Portland Thorns FC.  Morgan teamed up with ProCamps to bring her deep knowledge of the game around the country to young girls looking to improve their skills.  Cincinnati's camp marked the fourth in a series of five scheduled clinics.

Cowley and Elson served as two of 20 coaches who instructed a station at the clinic. About 190 girls in grades 1-8 were taught the basics of passing, shooting and dribbling before playing in 6-v-6 scrimmages.  Morgan made stops at each station, working hands-on with both players and coaches and offered her experiences and advice through a question-and-answer session at the end of the day.

Cowley excelled, earning the Coach of the Camp award.

"Working with the girls was the best part of the camp by far," said Cowley. "Kate and I both used coaching tactics we have learned at GW and through our own unique experiences to help the campers become better players."

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Sophomore Paige Kovalsky was named College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Player of the Week on Tuesday. Kovalsky was also tabbed GW's Colonial of the week on Monday for her performance at last weekend's Citrus Classic in Orlando, Florida. 

The Windermere, Florida, native went 8-for-18 at the plate (.444) with five RBIs, four runs scored and three doubles in five games for the Colonials at the Citrus Classic.  Kovalsky is batting a team-high.458 on the season through 11 games. 

The pre-business administration major also started three games in the circle, notching a complete-game shutout over Marist on Friday, tossing all six innings of the contest and earning her first win of the season.  Kovalsky helped GW earn its first-ever victory over Virginia, throwing all nine innings of a 16-9 victory in 10 innings on Saturday. Kovalsky holds a team-best 1.65 ERA with 25.1 innings pitched and a 2-0 record.


@GWLacrosse Names Captains for 2015 Season

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On the brink of the 2015 campaign, the GW lacrosse squad elected seniors Rachel Mia and Rachel Quinn and junior Olivia Boudreau as its team captains for the upcoming season.

"The team has selected three fantastic student-athletes to captain the team for the 2015 season," said first-year head coach Tracy Coyne. "It is without question that they are three of the hardest workers on the team with an unparalleled commitment to winning. As individuals, they represent in their daily lives the qualities we value in our leaders - a passion for the team's success, a true respect for others and a positive connection with their teammates. They have worked hard to ear the trust of the entire squad."

The Colonials begin their season on Wednesday afternoon at No. 17 Johns Hopkins, then host Yale on Saturday in their home opener at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

"As we open up the season at home this weekend, I am confident that these three student-athletes will be ready to step up their competitiveness so that the team's attitude is where it should be to be victorious against Yale on Saturday," said Coach Coyne.

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Men's @GW_WaterPolo Alum Coaching in Afghanistan

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George Washington men's water polo alumnus Bill Richardson has traveled nearly 7,000 miles to teach the sport he loves.

Richardson, a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, who currently resides in Detroit, is the assistant coach of the Afghanistan National Water Polo Team. Together with the program's head coach and executive director, Richardson is spending a month in Kabul, Afghanistan, working with the national team.

George Washington baseball alum Billy Goodman was inducted into the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame on Saturday night at a ceremony at the Oriole Park at Camden Yards Warehouse in Baltimore, Maryland. 


@GW_WBB Ranked 20th in AP Poll

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After defeating reigning Atlantic 10 regular-season champion Dayton for the second time this season on Sunday, the GW women's basketball team climbed to No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday.

The Colonials broke into the AP rankings last week, coming in at No. 24, and entered the top 20 on Monday after knocking off the Flyers, 67-56, for their 19th straight win. It is GW's highest ranking by the AP since also being slotted 20th in the final poll of the 2007-08 season.

George Washington softball infielders Victoria Valos and Megan Linn have been picked to earn a spot on the Atlantic 10 conference first-team in College Sports Madness' pre-season staff poll. 

Valos enters her senior campaign with a career .345 batting average and a program-record 28 home runs and 128 RBIs.  The psychology major also holds the program-record for career slugging percentage with a .622 mark. Valos earned A-10 all-conference second team honors as well as a spot on College Sports Madness' second-team all-conference list in 2014. 

Linn comes off a stellar freshman season, earning A-10 second-team and all-rookie honors while setting the single-season record for stolen bases by a Colonial with 30.  The Corona, California native's .370 average led GW and helped land her College Sports Madness' A-10 Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference honors.

The Colonials open the 2015 season on Friday, as they take on Evansville and Chattanooga at the Plainsman Invite in Auburn, Ala.

For a full list of the College Sports Madness A-10 preseason all-conference selections, click here.

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