A Championship Season in Review
GW Athletics Won Seven Team Championships in 2015-16, the Most in School History
June 10, 2016
The 2015-16 academic year was one to remember for GW Athletics. The Colonials achieved an unprecedented level of success, with teams capturing a total of seven championships -- the most in an academic year in school history. Success wasn't just limited to the field of play, however, as GW student-athletes were also champions in the classroom and the community.
We take a look back at a banner year for GW Athletics.
October 25, 2015 - Sailing Wins First-Ever Conference Title at Women's Fall Dinghy
For the first time in program history, the sailing team won a conference championship by defeating 12 of its Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) competitors, including local rival Georgetown. Racing at St. Mary's College of Maryland, GW saw its boats win both the A and B Divisions, with Miranda Bakos and Belle Strachan teaming up to outpace the Hoyas in A Division, and Hannah McNomee and Madison Oleson bringing home first in B Division.
"The girls sailed smartly throughout the weekend," head coach John Pearce said after the victory. "They were crisp, fast, and kept their composure. On Saturday they extended nicely to put a gap between Georgetown and us, and then we kept our cool and worked out of some tough situations on Sunday to make sure we stayed ahead. It's a real credit to all eight of our girls that were there - the four who sailed but also the four alternates who were ready to go. The competitive level of the whole team is really high and I'm very proud of them."
-- GW Sailing (@GW_Sailing) October 25, 2015
November 1, 2015 - Women's Soccer Caps Perfect Conference Season For A-10 Championship
Wrapping a perfect 10-0-0 season in Atlantic 10 play, GW defeated Saint Louis 1-0 in its final regular season game as junior MacKenzie Cowley scored a third consecutive game-winning goal. It marked the first time in program history the Colonials posted a flawless conference record, and tied the 1987 squad for the most wins in school history (15), while extending its winning streak to 13.
"Patience is on our list of top things that we always want to accomplish," head coach Sarah Barnes said following the win. "Today we were so good, and so disciplined to do the simplest possible things, which isn't always easy. Our team has really grown and evolved as the season has gone on, and today was a really good example of a complete game coming together. Our group of seniors is so determined. They are hard-working, disciplined, resilient and competitive. They want to win. Their level of play rises when the pressure rises, and they have been critical to our team and the growth of this program over the last four years."
-- GW Women's Soccer (@GWWomensSoccer) November 1, 2015
November 7, 2015 - Men's Soccer Takes Home A-10 Regular Season Title
In the final game of the regular season, men's soccer clinched its first A-10 regular season title since 2011 when junior Garrett Heine scored on a penalty kick in the 101st minute for a 1-0 double-overtime victory at Saint Louis. The Colonials finished the regular season in impressive fashion, winning three straight by way of shutout.
-- GW Men's Soccer (@GWMensSoccer) November 8, 2015
What a great night for @GWmenssoccer I'm absolutely delighted to be A10 regular season champions
December 18, 2015 - GW Crowned Division I and Overall Champions in NCAA Team Works Competition
In an official competition sanctioned by HelperHelper, GW was crowned national champions in the community service realm, as the most active athletics department in the community for the fall semester. HelperHelper tracks the total hours and participation rate by student-athletes across the nation, providing a charitable scoreboard and allowing student-athletes around the country to compete amongst their peers while serving surrounding communities and those in need.
"GW student-athletes aspire toward a triad of components to become champions in their lives. Not only do they seek to achieve at the highest levels both in competition and in the classroom, but these results are evidence of their tireless work to be champions in the community as well. We are extremely proud of this recognition, but we're even prouder of our outstanding student-athletes who view it as their responsibility to make their community a better place." - GW Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero.
March 6, 2016 - Women's Basketball Wins Second Straight A-10 Championship
For the second year in a row and sixth time overall, women's basketball was crowned Atlantic 10 champion after defeating Duquesne, 63-60, in the title game in Richmond, Va. Hannah Schaible led the way in the championship game with 17 points to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team, while Caira Washington claimed the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. Jonquel Jones pulled down 15 boards and chipped in 10 points and was the third Colonial named to the All-Tournament Team.
-- NCAA Women's BKB (@ncaawbb) March 6, 2016
March 31, 2016 - Men's Basketball Wins First Postseason Championship in Program History
Making its first ever appearance in the finals of the National Invitation Tournament, men's basketball makes history by capturing the school's first ever postseason championship in hoops. The Colonials wrap a school-record-28-win season with two dominant performances in New York, blowing out San Diego State by 19 and Valparaiso by 16 in the championship game. Tyler Cavanaugh earns Most Outstanding Player honors after averaging 19.4 points and 9.0 rebounds in the tournament's five games, while seniors Patricio Garino, Kevin Larsen and Joe McDonald end their stories GW careers with spots on the All-Tournament Team.
"These guys, I wanted to leave a legacy... We played our best basketball at the end of March. I told them I wanted, instead of senior night, I wanted it to be senior month. And that's what it was." - Head coach Mike Lonergan.
April 17, 2016 - Men's Tennis Claims Third Consecutive A-10 Title
With a 4-3 win over VCU in the Atlantic 10 Championship final, men's tennis claimed its third consecutive conference title and fifth in the last six seasons. Senior Cahit Kapukiran clinched the win at No. 5 singles, overcoming a one-set deficit decisively with 6-1 and 6-2 wins in the second and third sets.
-- GWMensTennis (@GWMensTennis) April 17, 2016
The conference championship was the sixth in program history. GW also got important singles points from Julius Tverijonas and Chris Reynolds, while taking the doubles point with wins by Tverijonas & Danil Zelenkov, and Kapukiran & Reynolds.
"We have a tradition of excellence here, and we've worked hard to keep that up. With that, there's a huge target on our back. We've done so well for so many years, other teams are always trying to knock us down. But when you come together as a team, anything is possible, and that's what happened today." - Interim coach Torrie Browning, 2016 A-10 Coach of the Year.
-- GWMensTennis (@GWMensTennis) April 17, 2016
Champions in the Classroom
Capping a banner year that included championship success in competition - seven team championships, 57 all-conference performers and four athletic All-Americans, and in the community - with 10,400 hours of community service and the National Championship in the HelperHelper competition, GW student-athletes were also champions in the classroom. Among the achievements:
- 38 Conference All-Academic honorees
- 68% of Student-Athletes on Athletics Academic Dean's List members in Fall 2015 semester
- 3.19 Fall 2015 GPA -- all-time Athletics Department record for a fall semester
- 119 Fall A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll members
- 128 Spring A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll members
- 94 Graduation Success Rate; eight percent higher than NCAA average
- 9 Teams recognized for perfect multi-year Academic Progress Rate
- 7 Student-Athletes recognized as University's Top Scholars with a GPA in the Top 2 percent of their class: Men's Cross Country/Track's Chris Shaffer, Women's Rowing's Jen Nichols, Sailing's Taylor Brimberg and Colin Kennedy, Women's Tennis' Marie-Louise Decamps and Lana Robins, Volleyball's Maddie Brown
- 1 Academic All-American -- Women's Soccer's Brooke Stoller