Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Women's Soccer Hosts Two Home Contests, Volleyball at UniWyo Cowgirl Classic
Aug. 31, 2012
The George Washington women’s soccer team opens home action this weekend when the Colonials host Columbia and Cornell as part of the D.C. Invitational with crosstown rival Georgetown. GW hosts the pair of Ivy League opponents in what will be two first-ever matchups for the program. The Colonials and the Lions will square off on Saturday, Sept. 1, 1 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. match up on Monday, Sept. 3 with the Big Red.
GW (0-2) looks for its first win of the Sarah Barnes era when the squad plays at home on the GW Soccer Field at the Mount Vernon campus for the first time this season. Having dropped back-to-back road contests to Georgetown (2-0) and George Mason (2-1) to open their schedule, the Colonials have their eyes on two straight non-conference victories. Senior midfielder Adriana Moya – the squad’s leading scorer from 2011 – netted GW’s lone goal against the Patriots when she converted a penalty kick in the 90thminute.
Saturday’s contest will be the season opener for Columbia, which finished 2011 with a 6-10-1 overall mark and a 3-3-1 record in the Ivy League. The Lions return three of their top-five scorers from a year ago while they also welcome five newcomers to the lineup. Columbia will then head to nearby Georgetown for a non-conference contest on Monday.
Cornell will travel to the GW Soccer Field on Monday following its season-opening game at Georgetown on Saturday. The Big Red are coming off a 2-13-1 campaign in 2011 and a 0-6-1 record in Ivy League play. Patrick Farmer is in his first season at the helm of the program, which features returning leading scorer Maneesha Chitanvis.
The George Washington volleyball team returns to action this weekend at the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic at the Federal Credit Union Sports Complex.
The Colonials open the tournament on Friday with matches against Florida Gulf Coast (1 p.m. ET) and the host Wyoming Cowgirls (9 p.m. ET) before Saturday’s matches against UMKC (1 p.m. ET) and Bethune-Cookman (7 p.m. ET).
The Colonials hold a 0-1 record against the Cowgirl Classic field as they have only faced Wyoming, a straight-sets loss back in 1987.
GW (0-3) opened the 2012 last season last weekend at the Mortar Board Premier with losses to No. 9 Purdue, No. 21 Northern Iowa and Pittsburgh.
Senior Lauren Whyte has 27 kills (2.70/set) through the first three matches of the season while sophomore Kelsey Newman has 25 (2.50/set). Redshirt freshman setter Jessica Lubic paces the attack with 77 assists through three matches for an average of 7.70 per set. Defensively, the Colonials are paced by senior Candace Silva-Martin (24 digs) and freshman Maddy Doyle (23 digs).