As the George Washington softball team traveled to Amherst, Mass., last week for the Atlantic 10 Championship, College Sports Madness recognized four Colonials on its annual list of all-conference selections for the A-10.
Among the honorees, senior Autumn Taylor, junior Courtney Martin and sophomore Tori Valos earned first-team accolades, while freshman Meghan Rico was tabbed to the second team.
Taylor batted a career-best .350 with 40 hits, five triples, eight home runs and 44 RBIs, ranking among the top-10 single-season totals in program history in each category, including second in RBIs and triples. The center fielder is the Colonials' all-time leader in RBIs (103) and ranks second in home runs (24) and fourth in hits (149).
Martin enjoyed a breakout 2013 campaign. In her first season as a full-time starter, she emerged as the ace of the Colonials' pitching staff, posting a 14-13 record with a 2.10 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 193.2 innings of work, ranking third in the A-10 in ERA and strikeouts.
Valos batted .358 and set a number of GW single-season records in 2013, including runs (43), RBIs (53), home runs (11), extra-base hits (25), total bases (106) and slugging percetnage (.675). In addition, the shortstop ranks third all-time at GW in RBIs (86) and home runs (22).
Rico combined with Martin to form the second-best pitching staff in the Atlantic 10 in 2013. She posted a 13-10 record, a 3.06 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 135.0 innings, holding opponents to a .202 batting average, which ranked second in the league and shattered a school record.
The Colonials finished the 2013 campaign with a 27-23 mark, setting a school record for most victories and posting the first winning season in program history.
George Washington women's rowing senior Maley
Hunt has been named the GW Department of Sociology Outstanding Undergraduate
She will accept her award at the Department of
Sociology reception following next week's Columbian College of Arts &
Sciences Graduation Celebration.
The honor, in its second year of existence, seeks
to reward excellence in the sociology major based on grade-point-average,
coursework and thesis preparation.
A native of Rocky Hill, Conn., Maley has rowed in
the Varsity 4 and JV 8 during her four-year career. She will graduate next
weekend with a bachelor's degree in sociology and currently boasts a cumulative
grade-point-average of 3.44, with a major-GPA greater than 3.70.
The George Washington volleyball team's "Play for ME/CFS
Tournament " raised over $3,000 for the Open Medicine Institute last month.
GW volleyball senior
Candace Silva-Martin organized the reverse-coed tournament in honor of her Aunt
Lynn, who is battling the disease.
would like to thank all of the volunteers, participants, spectators and
everyone that donated to this cause," said Silva-Martin. "The tournament was a
great success and I am proud to announce that together we raised $3,035, all of
which will be donated directly to the Open Medicine Institute so they can
continue the great work and research they have done in an effort to find a
Open Medicine Institute is
the leading organization in researching and finding a cure for myalgic
encephalomyelitis (ME), or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
ME/CFS is a neurological
viral immune disorder that can cause dysfunction of the brain,
gastrointestinal, immune, endocrine and cardiac systems. In the U.S. alone,
there are more than one million people who have ME/CFS, and it affects more
than eight million people worldwide.
-Both the JV8 and Varsity 8 boats finished in third place on the day.
-GW will return to the water on May 19 in Worcester, Mass. for the Eastern Sprints.
-GW swept Dayton in a crucial three-game set over the weekend to remain in the hunt for an Atlantic 10 Championship berth for the first time since 2006.
-Junior right hander Luke Staub threw eight innings of lights-out ball in the series opener, allowing just two hits in GW's 12-0 defeat of the Flyers.
-The Colonials took advantage of Dayton's miscues to complete a come-from-behind 7-4 victory in game two of the series.
-Sunday's series finale featured another day of clutch hitting late in the game as GW pulled out another comeback, this time by a score of 7-5.
-Senior Justin Albright was named Player of the Week for the second time this season after batting .533 against Dayton. Freshman Eric Kalman earned Rookie of the Week honors after going 7-for-12 against the Flyers with one home run, seven RBIs and three runs scored.
-The Colonials earned the fourth seed at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship after splitting a pair of games with Temple and dropping both ends of Sunday's doubleheader to regular-season champion Saint Joseph's.
-GW claimed a 5-3 victory over the Owls on Friday afternoon behind a complete-game effort by junior hurler Courtney Martin.
-Junior outfielder Alexandra Del Prete led the offense with a 2-for-2, 2-RBI performance.
-Despite a five-run outburst in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Colonials could not complete a sweep of Temple, falling 10-8 on Saturday afternoon.
-Sunday's match-up against the Hawks resulted in a pair of losses for the Colonials, as GW plated just three runs on the day.
-Seniors Tara Fogarty, Julie Orlandi, Kristi Saporito, Autumn Taylor and Amanda Zakeri were honored in a Senior Day ceremony prior to Sunday's games.
-The Colonials will travel to Amherst, Mass., to face fifth-seeded Saint Louis on Wednesday at 12 p.m. in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship.
George Washington volleyball team was afforded a rare opportunity on Monday when
it was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the United States Capitol building and
manager Eric Estroff, a freshman intern in the office of Florida Congressmen
Vern Buchanon, guided the tour.
team gathered at the Charles E. Smith Center around 8:00 a.m., unsure of what
awaited them. After head coach Amanda Ault arrived, she informed the group of
the morning's plans and the team departed on foot through a light rain to the
Foggy Bottom metro station.
taking metro to the Capitol South stop on the Orange Line, the Colonials were
greeted by Estroff in the lobby of the Rayburn Office Building. From there, the
team made its way into the office of Congressmen Vern Buchanan where Estroff
previewed the morning's events.
Junior Rachael Goss sits behind the desk of Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
group then walked an underground tunnel from the Rayburn Office Building to the
Capitol Visitor Center (built in 2008) as Estroff explained his role as an
intern in Buchanan's office.
The United States Capitol Visitors Center
was constructed from 2000-2008.
The original plaster model cast of the
Statue of Freedom, the 19.5-foot, 15,000-pound statue that stands atop the
the visitor's center, the team viewed a short video on the history of the
United States Capitol building before embarking on the first stop of the tour,
entrance to the crypt contains the original cornerstone that George Washington
laid down, in the north wing of the building, in 1793.
The United States Capitol Crypt. Tombs
were constructed intended to house the remains of George and Martha Washington,
but a provision in Washington's last will resulted in Mount Vernon as his final
the crypt acts as the main entrance to the ground floor of the capitol. At the
center, directly underneath the Capitol rotunda, is the geographical center of
Washington, D.C., where the four quadrants of the city intersect.
team then made its way into the old Supreme Court chambers before entering the
breathtaking Capitol rotunda.
Coat racks for Supreme Court Justices
John Catron (served 28 years), John McLean (31), Samuel Nelson (27) and John
Archibald Campbell (8). Two Chief Justices, John Marshall and Roger Taney,
presided over the Court in this chamber.
The old Supreme Court Chamber. Monumental
and landmark cases such as McCulloch vs. Maryland, Gibbons vs. Ogden, Dred
Scott vs. Sanford and United States vs. The Amistad were
rotunda features the "Frieze of American History", 19 scenes from American
History carved into wood, along the circumference of the dome. The ceiling
features the famous painting "Apotheosis of Washington", which depicts George
Washington sitting among the heavens in an exalted manner.
off of the Rotunda is the entrance to the old House of Representatives chamber.
The room now serves as the National Statuary Hall, where statues of prominent
citizens represent each of the 50 states.
next stop on the tour was the old Senate chamber, which was in service until
1859. The room also served as a chamber for the Supreme Court from 1860 until
exiting the old Senate chamber the team made its way to the office of the
Speaker of the House, John Boehner. A staffer who noticed the GW jackets the
team was wearing allowed exclusive access to the Speaker's balcony at the
center of the capitol building facing the National Mall and Washington
monument. It was from just below this location that President Barack Obama was
sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America in
team continued its impressive run-in with fans when they encountered GW volleyball
and softball alumnae Jackie Yaniga who is now a member of the United States
Capitol Police. Yaniga brought the Colonials to the exclusive chambers, office
and balcony of the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid
then provided exclusive access to the floor of the House of Representatives. It
is from this room that the President of the United States gives his annual
State of the Union address, in addition daily sessions when Congress is in
an efficient security checkpoint denied the opportunity to use cameras or other
forms of documentation while on the floor.
provided a rundown of the process of a bill becoming a law and pointed out the
voting machines located on the floor.
also showed the team a bullet hole in a desk on the Republican side of the
chamber, a result of the 1954 attack on the 83rd Congress.
up was a visit to the offices of the President of the Senate (also known as
President Pro-Tempore), Patrick Leahy.
the conclusion of the tour the team was afforded an opportunity rarely given to
civilians, a ride on the United States Capitol subway system, which runs between
the Rayburn office building, Russell Senate office building and the Capitol
building. The subway allows quick access for Representatives to get from their
office buildings to the House floor when a bill needs to be voted on.
team returned to Buchanan's offices and left a note for the Congressman,
thanking him for allowing access to his office and for allowing Eric to take
some time off to lead the tour.
bad for a Monday morning. It was truly an "Only at GW Moment", as the classroom
extends beyond the Foggy Bottom campus and into the walls of American history.
George Washington women's cross country senior Heather Stevens is the GW Athletics Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for April. The Community Service Athlete of the Month distinction is awarded to a student-athlete who leads by example and who most impacts the GW and Washington community through service. Heather has been an integral part of GW's Turning the Page/DC Reads Program in addition to various community-service initiatives. In her latest project, she has tutored local elementary school students in an effort to raise literacy while helping the students succeed in the classroom and beyond. As part of GW's Neighbor's Project, Heather has logged over 100 hours of community service during the 2012-13 academic year. In November, she spearheaded the GW Women's Cross Country team's efforts in collecting donations for Thanksgiving baskets, Adopt-a-Family programs and other holiday food drives. "Heather is the quintessential GW student-athlete," said GW Athletics' LifeSkills Coordinator Ted Costigan. "She has done an excellent job leading her peers by example and struck a truly admirable balance between athletic training and community service." A native of Hinsdale, Ill., Heather will be graduating in May with a degree in English. She led the Colonials with a 15th-place finish at the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championships to earn All-Conference honors.
-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.
-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.
-Bentley finishes the season with a school-record 61 assists and 111 points.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
The George Washington squash team continued its
community-service efforts on Monday afternoon by welcoming the youth squash
group SquashWise to the Lerner Health & Wellness Center for an afternoon of
instruction and competition.
SquashWise is a program based in Baltimore, Md., that
combines academics and squash. Abby Markoe, a GW squash alumnae who was a
member of the very first varsity squash team at the university is the founder
of the organization.
"We work primarily with Baltimore middle and high school
kids," said Markoe. "They have never played squash prior to joining the program
and they are expected to stay all the way through 12th grade.
We do tutoring, mentoring, squash, fitness and college prep."
A group of 15 students enjoyed individual instruction from
GW Squash players Jackie Shea, Anna Gabriela Porras, Chris Bell, Maya Nair and Becca
Imrich and coaches Wendy Lawrence and Adam Pistel, before taking to the courts
for a series of scrimmages. The students were all smiles as they competed on
the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts, where the Colonials play their home
"Most of these kids will be first-generation college
students so today's trip is both educational and recreational," Markoe
identified. "We are able to talk about opportunities and what it takes to get
As a member of GW's first varsity squash team, Markoe has
been following the Colonials' progress from a distance.
"They have gotten much stronger as a team since I first
started," said Makoe. "I remember when we started the team we didn't have
enough players so I asked my roommate, who had never picked up a racquet
before, to join the team. And she did! And she played No. 9 all season! So its
good to see the team doesn't have to resort to that anymore. My dream is to see
one of these kids eventually play for GW."
-Sophomore Victoria Valos led GW with two home runs and five RBIs in a
4-for-5 performance on the day, including a two-run walk-off blast in
-Valos now holds the program's single-season RBI record with 38.
Meghan Rico earned both wins, tossing a perfect seventh inning in
relief of junior Courtney Martin before hurling a complete game in an
8-0 victory in the nightcap.
effort earned her A-10 Player of the Week honors while Rico's three
wins earned her Pitcher and Rookie of the Week accolades.
-GW will hit the road to take on conference foes Rhode Island and Massachusetts over the weekend.
-GW lost two games by just a single run while dropping a three game series to Atlantic 10 rival Charlotte over the weekend.
-In Friday's series opener, the Colonials rallied to knot the game at
three, but fell to the 49ers, 4-3, in the bottom of the ninth.
-Sunday's match-up featured a strong bullpen performance, as freshman
Bobby LeWarne, senior Kenny O'Brian and junior Colin Milon combined for
eight scoreless innings in an offensive struggle ending in a 2-1 loss to
Colonials will host Towson on Wednesday for the Jackie Robinson game
before heading to Bronx, N.Y., for a weekend series at Fordham beginning
-Mimi Hamling and Dorota Lysienia were honord before the match in a Senior Day celebration.
began the contest with a crucial claim of the doubles point with wins
by the No. 2 team of freshman Christina Carpenter and Lysienia, 8-4, and
No. 3 duo of freshmen Egie Jakuciunaite and Stephanie Wei, 8-7 (7-4).
Lana Robins, Wei, and Hamling earned victories in singles action at the
Nos. 2-4 slots, respectively, and Wei clinched the match with a
three-set thriller at the No. 3 spot.
Colonials return to the court at the Atlantic 10 Championship at the
indoor Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., from April
-Senior Skye Kussmann was honored with MAISA's Purrington Award for outstanding contributions to college sailing.
-Senior duo of Ian Conners and Rebecca Engel placed 11th in A
Division, posting five top 10 finishes over the weekend, peaking at
fourth in Sunday's first race.
-Freshman Maria Sinagra and junior Kaitlin Denney placed 13th in the B Division with six top 10 finishes.
-GW also finished ninth at the MAISA Spring Open at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
-Freshman Hannah McNomee and sophomore Meagan Murphy placed 11th in the A Division with a pair of top 10 finishes.
-The B Division duo of freshmen Benjamin Helfand and Alix Suter finished
in the top 10 in half of its eight races for ninth place in the group.
Colonials wrap up their first varsity season at the MAISA Women's
Conference Championship in Hampton, Va., and the Arrigan Memorial Regatta
at their home Washington Sailing Marina in Alexandria, Va., next
Allie Rash led all scorers with a career-high seven points on three
goals and four assists, while senior Nicole Lacey and freshman Olivia
Boudreau each recorded a hat trick and an assist in the victory over the
Bonnies, and senior Caitlyn O'Brien and freshman Simone Haugen
contributed their first career goals.
Lindsey DiAntonio paced the Colonials with two goals and an assist on
Sunday afternoon as Dequesne barely edged GW for the win.
added a goal of her own, leaving her with 99 career tallies - just one
shy of becoming the fifth Colonials' player to join the century club.
-GW wraps the regular season in Philadelphia with A-10 match-ups at Temple and Saint Joseph's over the weekend.
-Freshman Erin Donaghue led the Colonials to an 8-7 win over
Bucknell with four goals, while junior Allison Littlejohn added two.
-Junior Rachael Bentley scored both of GW's goals in a 16-2 loss to top-seeded and 12th-ranked Princeton.
-Bentley added five more goals to her weekend tally on Sunday, but
the Colonials fell short in a 15-11 loss to third-seeded Harvard.
-Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander made 18 saved in the cage on the weekend.
-The Colonials will return to the pool on Saturday as they host VMI in
the regular-season finale at the Charles E. Smith Center. Seniors
Allison Peotter and Jessie Hurd will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony
prior to the match.
Colonials clinched third place in the Oliver T. Carr Bowl standings
after winning four races at the 25th anniversary George Washington
-The Freshman 8 defeated both Holy Cross and Georgetown on the final day
of racing as the Varsity 8 also defeated Holy Cross for its second
consecutive Sullivan Cup - awarded to the winner of the annual V8 race
between the Colonials and the Crusaders.
will travel back to the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association
(SIRA) Championships on lake Mellon in Oak Ridge, Tenn., over the