Back in Action: GW Athletics to Raise High This Fall
Cross Country, Men's and Women's Soccer, Volleyball and Men's Water Polo Set to Compete for Fall Championships
Sep 9, 2013
After a 2012-13 season that saw GW student-athletes achieve All-America status, break all-time program records, set new highs for the collective Athletics department grade-point average, and perform over 7,600 hours of community service, with 39 academic all-conference honorees and 34 all-conference athletic performers, 2013-14 has a lot to live up to. It will be through the hard work and determination of GW student-athletes, coaches and staff that GW Athletics continues to Raise High the Buff and Blue this academic year and beyond. Here is a preview of what to look for with the Fall Sports season underway...
Men's & Women's Cross Country
The George Washington men's and women's cross country teams return to action in 2013 with a five-race regular season under third-year coach Terry Weir. The Colonials will run in a pair of local meets and three other regional races ahead of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship in Richmond, Va., on November 2. With the addition of indoor and outdoor track for both the men and women on the horizon in 2014-15, much excitement surrounds the cross country program as the opportunity to compete year round will soon become a reality.
Not much was expected out of the GW men's soccer team in 2011 after the squad won just three games the previous season, but the Colonials shocked the Atlantic 10, winning a share of the regular-season title. This season's Colonials will look to repeat history and again surprise the A-10. Second-year Head Coach Craig Jones brought in 10 talented newcomers to add considerable depth to the 2013 roster, which boasts 14 returning players, creating competition for each position. GW will be led offensively by seniors Tyler Ranalli and Bailey Hinners, who combined to score five goals and 11 points in 2012. Also back is junior defender Andri Alexandersson, the reigning team MVP who played in all but 95 minutes last season.
Returning to the pitch under second-year Head Coach Sarah Barnes, the GW women's soccer team boasts 22 returners with 11 newcomers for a roster full of depth and experience that produced two exhibition shutout victories over VMI and Delaware during 2013 preseason training. The Colonials will host three NCAA Tournament qualifiers as part of an 18-match schedule this fall and will also face Atlantic 10 newcomer George Mason for the first time as league foes.
Under the direction of third-year Head Coach Amanda Ault, the George Washington volleyball team includes a steady mix of seven returners and seven newcomers as the Colonials hit the floor in 2013. GW will host 11 matches at the Charles E. Smith Center this season ahead of the Atlantic 10 Championships (Nov. 22-24), which returns to Washington, D.C., for the first time since 1991. In two seasons under Coach Ault, the Colonials have developed a true home-court advantage with a 20-7 record on their home floor.
Men's Water Polo
The GW men's water polo team scored over 300 goals for the second straight season in 2012, and 86 percent of that offense returns. GW's 13 returning letterwinners - led by nine upperclassmen - have combined to score 689 goals in their careers, and 15th-year Head Coach Scott Reed is looking for a special season from that group. Leading the attack will be seniors Daniel Tyner and Nate Little, who have consistently found the back of the net in their first three seasons in the Buff and Blue. Sophomore Bogdan Petkovic had a big rookie campaign in 2012, a season which culminated in Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division Rookie of the Year and All-America honorable mention accolades.