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Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview

Senior Midfielder Sierra Smidinger will lead the women's soccer team against Davidson and Bryant this weekend at the Navy Invitational.

Sept. 8, 2011

A preview of George Washington's varsity athletic events this weekend. The Colonials' volleyball, golf, men's and women's soccer, and men's water polo teams are all in action away from Foggy Bottom this weekend.


The GW volleyball team (6-0) will look to continue its hot streak this weekend at the VCU/Third Degree Sportswear Invitational in Richmond, Va. GW will open the tournament against North Carolina A&T on Friday at 5:00 p.m., followed by Saturday matches against Cornell at 12:00 p.m. and host VCU at 5:00 p.m.

GW holds winning records against each team it will face this weekend with a 15-3 all-time record against VCU, a 2-0 mark against Cornell and a win in its only meeting against North Carolina A&T in 1977.

The Colonials are off to their best start since 2003 when they opened with 10 consecutive victories.

Sophomore Jamie Armstrong was named the A-10 Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after totaling 13 blocks in four matches last week while teammates Lauren Whyte, MacKenzie Knox and Candace Silva-Martin earned spots on last weekend's GW Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Follow along all weekend with live stats at Tournament Central

Women's Soccer

Fresh off a convincing 5-1 win over Robert Morris on Sunday, the George Washington women's soccer team heads to Annapolis, Md., for the Navy Invitational. The Colonials will face Davidson on Friday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m., followed by a match with Bryant on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 11:30 a.m.

GW has a record of 2-3 and is led by senior midfielder Sierra Smidinger, who leads the team with two goals and an assist. Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Rowe leads the Atlantic 10 Conference with 45 saves on the year and is second with a 9.00 saves-per-game average.

Friday's match will be the first-ever between the Colonials and Wildcats, whose record stands at 1-3-1 following a three-match losing streak.

GW has faced Bryant just once before - during the 2008 season when the Colonials earned a 3-2 victory at Mount Vernon Field. The Bulldogs enter the tournament with a 2-1-1 overall record and will match up with host Navy on Friday at 7 p.m.

Fans wishing to attend the Navy Invitational cannot drive onto United States Naval Academy property. Instead, visitors are asked to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for a fee of $5 and take the free shuttle to game. Shuttles will begin running an hour prior to the start of contest and will continue running an hour after the contest is over. Maps, directions and a game day guide for the USNA can be found here.

GW vs. Davidson - Friday 4:00 p.m. | Gametracker

GW vs. Bryant - Sunday 11:30 a.m. | Gametracker

Men's Soccer

The GW men's soccer team (0-1-1) will look for its first win of the season when it competes at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Conway, S.C., this weekend. The Colonials face host and 2010 NCAA Tournament participant Coastal Carolina on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and USC Upstate on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

Junior Seth Rudolph, who has scored in each of GW's first two games, and senior Yoni Berhanu were selected to the 2011 DC College Cup All-Tournament Team last weekend.

GW vs. Coastal Carolina - Friday 7:30 p.m. | Gametracker

GW vs. USC Upstate - Sunday 12:00 p.m. | Gametracker

Men's Water Polo

The GW men's water polo team (3-1) is off to its best start since 2006 after recording three victories last weekend at the Navy Labor Day Open. The Colonials will look to continue their early-season success this weekend at the Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J.

The Colonials will face four Collegiate Water Polo Association crossover foes beginning Saturday with Harvard at 12:45 p.m. and MIT at 8:15 p.m. On Sunday GW will play nationally ranked No. 19 St. Francis (N.Y.) at 10:20 a.m. and Brown at 1:50 p.m.

Sophomore Daniel Tyner was named the Colonial of the Week Tuesday after totaling 14 goals and 17 points at the Navy Open last weekend.

Men's Golf

The GW men's golf team tees off the 2011 fall season at a pair of tournaments this weekend. Half of the Colonials' squad will head to the Central Connecticut State Fall Invitational, while half will compete in the Navy Fall Classic.

The CCSU Fall Invitational will be held at Wethersfield Country Club in Wethersfield, Conn. The par-71 layout is most known for hosting the PGA Tour's Greater Hartford Open for 31 years.

The Navy Fall Classic will be held at the Naval Academy Golf Course, a par 71 trek located in Annapolis, Md. GW won the tournament in 2008 with a team total of 4-over-par 572.

Both tournaments take place Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11, with 18 holes of medal play each day.