Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Feb. 17, 2012
A preview of George Washington's athletic events this weekend. The Colonials gymnastics, lacrosse and women's tennis teams will all be competing on the road this weekend.
The George Washington gymnastics team will embark on its longest road trip of the season as the Colonials visit Central Michigan and McGuirk Arena for a dual meet on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Facing their toughest competition of the season last week, the Colonials scored 191.750 in a third-place finish against No. 23 North Carolina, No. 10 Penn State and William & Mary in Raleigh, N.C.
Sophomore Kiera Kenney led the Colonials to a season-high 48.425 on the uneven bars. Kenney scored 9.800 to finish in a tie for fifth place and currently ranks 13th in the EAGL, averaging 9.710.
On a very competitive vault, freshman Courtney Willoughby tied for 10th place with a career-high 9.800.
The trip, clocking in at just over 1,000 miles roundtrip, is the fifth of six consecutive road meets for the Colonials. GW will visit EAGL rival North Carolina on Feb. 24 before returning to the Charles E. Smith Center to host Pittsburgh (March 3) and Yale (March 8).
The George Washington women's tennis team opens Atlantic 10 play this weekend in Harmar, Pa., when the Colonials face Xavier and Duquesne on Saturday and Sunday at the Alpha Tennis and Fitness Center.
GW (2-2) will play in back-to-back matches for the second consecutive weekend. Last Saturday, the Colonials were edged by Big East foe West Virginia, 4-3, but bounced back on Sunday to take down Drexel, 5-2.
Seniors Jacqueline Corba and Meg Tyner remain undefeated this season in both singles and doubles action. Corba is 3-0 at No. 2 and 1-0 at No. 1 singles, and Tyner remains unbeaten at No. 6 singles. Corba owns a doubles record of 3-0 while Tyner is 2-0.
Xavier holds an overall record of 4-3 and is coming off a 5-2 victory over Butler on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Duquesne (3-4, 1-2 A-10) is currently riding a two-match losing streak after falling to Temple (4-1) and Massachusetts (5-0) last weekend.
The Colonials and Musketeers face off on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m., followed by an 11 a.m. match with the Dukes on Sunday, Feb. 19.
The George Washington lacrosse team will travel to Philadelphia on Sunday to take on Drexel at 1 p.m. at the Dragons' Vidas Field.
The Colonials are coming off a 22-5 season-opening win over District rival Howard University. Senior Sarah Phillips, junior Soo Mee Yoon and freshman Addi Bolin each tallied four goals in Wednesday's victory over the Bison, while senior Hilary Quinn earned six draw controls, two caused turnovers and four ground balls.
Drexel hosts the Colonials in their season opener on Sunday afternoon. The Dragons return two of their leading attackers, junior Kelli Joran and senior Charlotte Wood. Joran led the Dragons with 27 draw controls and added 25 goals and 21 ground balls, while Wood scored a team-high 46 goals and 52 points a year ago. After finishing 9-8 last season, Drexel is ranked third in the Colonial Athletic Association's preseason poll for the 2012 season.
GW looks to win for the first time in six meetings with the Dragons. Last season, the Colonials fell to Drexel, 14-9. Wood paced the Dragons with six goals, while Joran added two goals and four draw controls. The Colonials were led by junior Nicole Lacey, who recorded four goals and five draw controls. Senior Sarah Phillips added to the offensive effort with one goal, two draw controls and three ground balls.
GW at Drexel - Sunday, 1 p.m.