Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Baseball and Lacrosse Host A-10 Opponents While Softball, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Sailing and Women's Rowing All Hit the Road
March 28, 2013
The George Washington baseball team resumes Atlantic 10 conference play this weekend when it welcomes Temple to Barcroft Park for a three-game series beginning on Friday at 3:00 p.m.
GW (8-16, 3-0 A-10) has won four of its past five games but fell in its most recent outing, 4-1, against UMBC on Wednesday afternoon.
Over the past five games, GW's pitchers have sported a 2.40 ERA and a 28:12 strikeout-to-walk ratio. At the plate, senior Tyler McCarthy is batting .400 in the last five games with three runs, two triples and a double.
Senior Ryan Hickey paces the offense overall, batting .261 with four doubles and nine RBIs. Senior Derek Brown leads the team with 12 RBIs and juniors Owen Beightol and Brookes Townsend have each driven in 10 runs apiece.
Temple (9-11, 1-2 A-10) has won three of its last five games entering this weekend's series. The Owls won one-of-three games against Saint Joseph's last weekend to open their Atlantic 10 schedule.
Temple ranks sixth in the A-10 as a team with a .275 team batting average. Senior infielder Henry Knabe leads the team and ranks second in the conference with a .414 batting average, and is second on the team with 19 RBIs.
LACROSSE - @GWLacrosse
The George Washington lacrosse team opens Atlantic 10 action on Friday when it welcomes Richmond to the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus in the middle of a three-game homestand. First draw between the Colonials and the Spiders is scheduled for 4 p.m.
GW (5-4) looks to snap a two-game skid after falling to consecutive nationally ranked opponents. The Buff and Blue first dropped a 16-6 decision at No. 12 Johns Hopkins on Saturday, March 16, before being edged by No. 18 Navy, 9-6, on Wednesday, March 20 at home.
Sophomore Jamie Bumgardner (1g, 3a) paced the Colonials against the Midshipmen with four points while junior Terasa Vassallo matched her career-high with three goals on the afternoon. GW held Navy to a regulation season-low nine goals in the first-ever meeting between the two programs with senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks making nine saves for the Colonials.
Bumgardner leads GW with 31 points on 10 goals and 21 assists. Her 21 helpers on the year puts Bumgardner atop the A-10 and ties for 17th in NCAA Division I, while her 2.33 assists per game ranks 15th in the country. Senior Nicole Lacey (22g, 2a) sits behind Bumgardner with 24 points this season and junior Jordy Bathras (16g, 3a) has tallied 19 points. Already the Colonials' all-time and single-season draw controls leader, Lacey is second in the conference with 3.56 draw controls per game. As a team, GW ranks first in the league and seventh in the country with 176 total ground balls and 19.56 ground balls per game. Sophomore Jenn Seitz has picked up 24 ground balls and Bumgardner has added 20 to pace the Colonials.
Richmond (3-7) comes to Washington, D.C., following a tough non-conference schedule that included six top-20 opponents, four of which were ranked in the top 10. The Spiders most recently fell to William & Mary, 12-11, on the road on Saturday. Sam Stevenson (31g, 8a) leads Richmond with 39 points on the year and her 31 goals ranks first in the A-10 and 12th in the nation. Caitlin Fifield (24g, 13a) follows with 37 points and Kara Moschetti (19g, 9a) has tallied 28 points.
The Spiders own a 9-3 advantage in the all-time series with the Colonials and have won the last four contests. GW's last win over Richmond was an 11-10 victory at home during the 2008 season. In 2012, the Spiders edged the Colonials, 18-17, on their home field.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - @GW_Tennis
The George Washington women's tennis team welcomes Atlantic 10 foe Temple to the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus for the Colonials' first outdoor home meet of the 2013 season. The match is set to begin at 12 p.m. and will serve as the first half of a doubleheader with GW men's tennis hosting George Mason in the latter match.
Following the conclusion of Saturday's match, the GW women's tennis coaching staff and student-athletes will host a free 30-minute hitting session for university faculty and staff. Those interested in attending should contact Kevin Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GW (8-5, 2-1 A-10) halted a three-match skid with a 5-2 win over Morgan State on Sunday, a day after falling to reigning conference champion Richmond, 5-2, on Saturday. Freshman Christina Carpenter, who competes in the sixth flight, was the lone Colonials' player to go undefeated in singles on the weekend as she claimed a 6-4, 7-6 (7) victory over Richmond's Alexandra Smyth before blanking the Bears' Jasmine Edwards, 6-0, in the first set and forcing Edwards to retire.
Senior Mimi Hamling and freshman Stephanie Wei lead GW with identical 10-3 dual-match singles records on the season. Competing primarily at the No. 4 position, Hamling has won 10 of her last 12 matches dating back to Feb. 1. Wei, a rookie who primarily plays third-flight singles, has won nine of her last 11 matches dating to Feb. 9.
Temple (5-10, 2-4 A-10) is in the midst of a three-match losing streak after being blanked by Penn, 7-0, and falling to A-10 foes Xavier (4-3) and Fordham (4-3). The Owls are led by Rebecca Breland and Jordan Batey, who are 9-4 and 8-4 on the season, respectively.
GW looks to avenge last season's 7-0 loss at Temple. The Colonials have not defeated the Owls since 2006 when they claimed a 5-2 victory at home.
MEN'S TENNIS - @GWMensTennis
The No. 66 George Washington men's tennis team hosts a pair of non-conference matches at the outdoor GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus this weekend. The Colonials' will host local rival George Mason at 2 p.m. in the second half of a Saturday doubleheader with GW women's tennis. The Colonials then hosts James Madison on Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest.
GW (9-5) is coming off a 5-2 win over Atlantic 10 rival Richmond on Saturday to maintain a perfect 3-0 conference record. Following the victory, the Colonials racked up multiple accolades as the No. 3 doubles team of sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti moved to No. 80 in the country according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, and freshman Danil Zelenkov was named the A-10 Men's Tennis Rookie Performer of the Week for a league-best third time this season.
The Buff and Blue are led this spring by junior Ulrik Thomsen, who owns a 9-4 dual-match singles record and has won seven of his last nine matches. Zelenkov is also 9-4, including 8-3 at the No. 2 position, and has claimed victories in seven of his past eight matches. The 80th-ranked doubles team of Dias and Lapentti own an unblemished 9-0 record dating to Feb. 1. Dias and Lapentti have outscored their opponents by a 74-39 margin through finished competition.
Nearby George Mason (8-4) comes to GW following home matches against Drexel on Thursday and Hampton on Friday. The Patriots are coming off a 4-3 road victory over Mount St. Mary's on Saturday. GMU is paced on the season by Jordan Dyke (10-2), Aaron Capitel (9-2), Jimmy Davis (9-2) and Taylor Sargent (6-1). The last time the two programs met was during the 2002 season when the Colonials came away with a 7-0 victory.
James Madison (5-7) travels to Williamsburg, Va., to face William & Mary on Saturday before coming to Washington, D.C., for Sunday's match. The Dukes suffered a 6-1 loss to Binghamton at home on Wednesday, their lone point coming from a No. 4 singles victory by Robert Stirling. Ryan Pool and Stirling pace the squad with 7-5 dual-match singles records. Last season, GW defeated JMU, 5-2, on the road.
After its doubleheader at Charlotte last Sunday was rained out, the George Washington softball team opens Atlantic 10 play with a doubleheader at Fordham on Saturday, with first pitch slated for 12 p.m.
The last time these teams met, the Colonials defeated the Rams, 4-1, in a 14-inning marathon to advance to the 2012 A-10 title game and knock the defending champs out of the tournament. Shortstop Victoria Valos, who homered earlier in the game, broke a 1-1 tie with a suicide squeeze bunt in the top of the 14th, and Kara Clauss went the distance in the circle for GW.
That win snapped a 10-game skid against Fordham which dated to 2008, as the Colonials are just 2-18 all-time against the Rams, who swept the regular-season doubleheader at Mount Vernon last March. Valos batted .333 with two home runs and three RBIs in four games against Fordham last season, and junior Courtney Martin allowed just one earned run in 8.1 innings of work in the circle.
GW (11-13) has not played since a 7-3 loss to Princeton on March 21. Freshman first baseman Carlee Gray is batting a team-best .377 on the season. She has reached base in 15 straight games dating to Feb. 27 against Drexel. Valos is hitting .333 and leads the Colonials with seven doubles, six homers, 28 RBIs and 19 runs scored. Her 28 RBIs this season are the fifth-most in a single season in program history, just five shy of the school record of 33. Martin ranks third in the Atlantic 10 with a 1.89 ERA and 84 strikeouts, while freshman Meghan Rico has allowed just 3.6 hits per seven innings, ranking 11th in the nation.
Fordham (16-11, 0-2 A-10) has won 11 of its last 13 games, including a 3-2 win over Iona on Wednesday. The Rams host A-10 rival La Salle for a doubleheader on Thursday before taking on the Colonials. Jamie LaBovick is batting a team-best .430 and is riding a 14-game hit streak, while Gabby Luety is hitting .365 and leads the A-10 with 31 RBIs and Elise Fortier is batting .329 with a league-best nine home runs. Fordham is batting .295 as a team and leads the league with 33 homers. With the graduation of First-Team All-Conference pitcher Jen Mineau, LaBovick and Michelle Daubman have split time in the circle for the Rams, posting eight wins apiece.
SAILING - @GW_Sailing
George Washington sailing will compete in its first qualifying regatta of the spring season this weekend at the MAISA South Spring Qualifier at Hampton University.
The Colonials will seek a top five finish at the event to secure one of 18 available spots in the MAISA Coed Conference Championship, or Americas Trophy, to be held in Annapolis, Md., April 13 and 14. Five teams from the MAISA North Spring Qualifier and eight pre-qualified teams will also take part in the Americas Trophy.
GW will send seniors Ian Conners and Rebecca Engel to sail in A Division and freshman Maria Sinagra and junior Kaitlin Denney in B Division. The Colonials will be among a 17-team field that includes Christopher Newport, Columbia, Hampton, Loyola (Md.), UMBC, Maryland, Monmouth, Ocean County College, Stony Brook, St. John's, Salisbury, Penn, Virginia, Villanova, Virginia Tech and William & Mary.
"We will be one of the strongest and most experienced teams at the event, so I feel really good going into the weekend," said head coach John Pearce. "The first priority is to ensure a top five finish so that we qualify for the conference champs, but it would be great to get the win and really boost our confidence going into the last month of the season."
WOMEN'S ROWING - @GW_WomensRowing
The George Washington women's rowing team travels north this weekend to visit defending Atlantic 10 Champions Rhode Island along with Boston College and UMass on Saturday afternoon on the Narrow River in Kingston, R.I.
The Colonials will race all three teams in three separate races. The Varsity 8 race launches on Saturday at 8:00 a.m., followed by the JV8 (8:20 a.m.) and Varsity 4 (8:40 a.m.).
The Colonials opened their spring season last weekend in Philadelphia against Saint Joseph's and Penn. The Colonials took second in the JV8 and third-place in the Varsity 8, Varsity 4 and 3V8.