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Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview

GW Men's Soccer concludes its home schedule with a pair of matches against Rhode Island and Massachusetts this weekend at the GW Soccer Field at Mount Vernon Campus.

Oct. 18, 2012

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The George Washington men's soccer team closes out its 2012 home slate this weekend when it hosts Atlantic 10 rivals Rhode Island and Massachusetts for its final two matches at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials will take on the Rams on Friday at 2 p.m. and the Minutemen on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Prior to Sunday's contest, the Colonials will honor seniors Zach Abaie, Alejandro Almodovar, Daniel Ripperger-Suhler and Seth Rudolph in a Senior Day ceremony.

GW (4-9-0, 1-3-0 A-10) has lost three in a row following last Sunday's heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Fordham, when the Rams scored the game-winner with 71 seconds remaining. Rudolph leads the Colonials with five goals and 10 points on the season. His goal against Fordham was the 27th of his career, moving him into a tie with three others for eighth place all-time at GW.

Rhode Island (2-7-3, 1-1-1 A-10) is coming off a 3-2 loss to Saint Joseph's on Sunday. Mike Casey leads the Rams with five goals and 13 points on the season. Goalkeeper Thomas Spenser leads the league with 6.0 saves per game, but he has posted a 1.97 goals-against average and a .761 save percentage in nine games.

Massachusetts (4-6-2, 1-2-0 A-10) has lost three of its last four games following a 2-0 setback to Temple on Sunday. Josh Schwartz paces the UMass offense with four goals and eight points. Brian Frame has played every minute in goal for the Minutemen, posting a 1.27 GAA and a .771 save percentage. UMass has scored just 11 goals on the year, third-fewest in the A-10.

GW is 6-13-4 all-time against URI, but the Colonials defeated the Rams, 2-1, on the road last season. Abaie recorded the assist on both GW goals in the game, and Rudolph netted the game-winner in the 32nd minute. UMass holds a slim 10-9-2 advantage in the all-time series with GW, but the Colonials have won each of the last two meetings by identical 3-0 scores. Abaie also had a pair of assists in last season's matchup in Amherst, Mass., and Rudolph tallied the first goal of the game.

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The George Washington volleyball team carries its four-match win streak south this weekend for a pair of crucial Atlantic 10 Conference matches. The Colonials will visit VCU on Friday night for a 7 p.m. tilt with the Rams at Siegel Center before heading to Charlotte to take on the 49ers on Saturday at Halton Arena at 7:00 p.m.

GW (8-13, 5-2 A-10) is currently is in a three-way tie for third place in the conference with VCU (19-3, 5-2 A-10) and Xavier (13-9, 5-2 A-10). The top six teams in the standings at the end of the season will advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship, to be held Nov. 16-18 at Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Colonials have faced both of their weekend opponents earlier this season. GW defeated Charlotte, 3-0, on Sept. 21 before being swept by VCU the following evening.

Senior Candace Silva-Martin, already GW's all-time digs leader, needs just 11 more to reach 2,000 for her career to become just the fourth player in Atlantic 10 history to reach the milestone. She has totaled 1,989 digs in her career and needs just 91 more to become the A-10's all-time career leader.

Freshman Alexis Huntey transitioned positions into the setter slot for last weekend's wins over La Salle and Temple. She totaled 79 assists (9.88/set), 26 digs (3.25/set) and seven blocks (0.88/set) while hitting .286 (10k-4e-21a). For her efforts she was named Colonial of the Week (link).

Senior Lauren Whyte ranks second in the A-10 during conference matches with 4.24 kills per set. She ranks third overall in all matches with 291 kills (3.93/set).

VCU, winners of five matches in a row seven of its last eight, is one of the top blocking teams in the nation. The Rams posted 16.5 team blocks against the Colonials in the last meeting and currently rank sixth overall in Division I, averaging 3.13 blocks per set. Martina Samadan leads the way with 126 rejections and ranks fourth overall in the nation, averaging 1.64 blocks per set.

Charlotte (8-11, 0-7 A-10) has not won since a 3-1 victory over UNC Ashville back on Sept. 15. The 49ers have lost eight matches in a row entering Friday's clash with Duquesne.

GW at Rhode Island - Friday, 7 p.m. | Live Stats | Live Audio
GW at Massachusetts - Sunday, 1 p.m. | Live Stats | Live Video

The George Washington women's soccer team closes out its four-match road stand this weekend with its final away games of the regular season at Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The Colonials will face the Rams on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. match against the Minutewomen on Sunday.

GW (4-9-1, 0-5-0 A-10) is coming off two straight setbacks at La Salle and Fordham last weekend. The Colonials were first edged by the conference-leading Explorers, 1-0, on Friday before dropping a 2-1 overtime contest to the Rams on Sunday. The matches were the fourth and fifth losses of the season for the Buff and Blue that were decided by a one-goal margin. Rookie goalkeeper Nicole Fasano set aside 17 shots on the weekend and she ranks fifth in the A-10 with a .822 save percentage and is tied for fifth with 6.00 saves per game.

Rhode Island (8-7-1, 1-4 A-10) returns home following a 1-1 weekend of action on the road. The Rams defeated Temple, 2-1, in overtime on Friday then was shutout by Saint Joseph's, 2-0, on Sunday. URI ranks fourth in the A-10 with 25 goals on the year and fifth in points with 67, and is paced by senior Ashley Evangelista (5 g, 2 a) and junior Jennifer Barrientos (4 g, 4 a).

Massachusetts (7-8-0, 2-3-0 A-10) suffered back-to-back losses last weekend at Saint Joseph's (2-1) and Temple (2-0). The Minutewomen are led by sophomore Moa Mattsson who has scored eight goals and tallied three assists for 19 points. Goalkeeping seniors Emily Cota and Stephanie Gordon have combined for 105 saves on the season, good for third in the league.

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The George Washington men's tennis team heads to Charlottesville, Va., for the third time this fall for the 2012 USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championship from Oct. 18 - 22, hosted by the University of Virginia at the Snyder Tennis Center.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic Region includes schools located in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. The tournament is a single-elimination format and winners of the singles and doubles flights will earn automatic bids to the ITA National Indoor Championship in November.

The Colonials will compete with junior Nikita Fomin, senior Leonardo Lapentti, juniors Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen, senior Alexander van Gils and freshman Danil Zelenkov.

To open singles action on Friday, Thomsen will face Villanova's Thomas O'Brien in the round of 128 and Svensson will take on Chris Young of Penn State, both at 10 a.m. Lapentti will play William & Mary's John Banks, also at 10 a.m., and van Gils will face Virginia Tech's Trpimir Kudundzic at 11:45 a.m.

Zelenkov, the No. 15 seed in the tournament, received a bye through Round 1 and will play the winner of the Alexander Drean (UMBC) - Jore Azuero (Liberty) match in the round of 64. Fomin, who also received a bye in Round 1, will compete as the No. 10 seed and will face the winner of the CJ Griffin (Penn State) - Ben Hoogland (William & Mary) match.

Fomin and Zelenkov will then team up as the eighth-seeded doubles duo and will take on Virginia Tech's Hunter Koontz and Kujundzic at 3 p.m. on Friday, and Lapentti and Svensson will face Troy Beneck and Adam Lawton of Delaware at 4 p.m. The No. 5 seed pair of Thomsen and van Gils received a bye through the round of 64 and will face the winner of the Can Cetinel/Alfredo Rodriguez (Old Dominion) - Dan Khanin/Shane Korber (Georgetown) match in Round 2.

Fans can follow the @GWMensTennis Twitter handle for periodic updates throughout the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional.

GW vs. Iona - Saturday, 2 p.m.
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The George Washington men's water polo team travels to Princeton, N.J., on Saturday for a pair of games at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. The Colonials will take on Iona at 2 p.m. before facing off with the 17th-ranked host Tigers at 7 p.m. in a CWPA Southern Division showdown.

GW (9-12, 1-5 Southern) has lost three in a row following Wednesday's 16-7 setback to Johns Hopkins. Junior Paul Deasey notched a hat trick to pace the Colonials' offense. Junior Daniel Tyner (34g, 20a) and sophomore Brian Mojica (17g, 37a) lead GW with 54 points apiece, and junior Nate Little has scored a team-best 40 goals. In addition, senior Cameron Illes has 221 saves on the season and a school-record 1,006 in his career.

Iona (6-13) has not played since a 15-8 loss to No. 2 UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 7. The Colonials have faced the Gaels twice already this season, coming away with a pair of victories at the Navy Open and the CWPA North/South Tournament. Sophomore Ridvan Pehlivan matched his career-high with six goals in the most recent matchup on Sept. 15, while graduate student Milos Purkovic has scored eight goals in the two contests, including five in the first meeting on opening weekend.

Princeton (10-10, 4-3 Southern) is coming off a 10-9 loss to Southern Division rival Bucknell on Sunday. Ranked 17th in the nation, the Tigers are led offensively by Drew Hoffenberger, who has team bests of 44 goals and 70 points on the season. GW and Princeton met in a tight match last month at the Smith Center, with the Tigers defeating the Colonials, 7-5.


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The George Washington women's tennis team wraps up fall action at the 2012 Wilson/ITA Atlantic Regional Championship from Oct. 19-23 in Blacksburg, Va., hosted by Virginia Tech at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic Region includes schools located in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. The tournament is a single-elimination format and winners of the singles and doubles flights will earn automatic bids to the ITA National Indoor Championship in November.

Junior Leah Pascarella automatically advances to the singles main draw on Saturday and the duo of senior Mimi Hamling and freshman Lana Robins will compete in the doubles main draw. Robins and Hamling will both vie for a spot in the main draw when they compete in singles qualifying action on Friday.

In the qualifying singles round of 32, Hamling will play Jacqueline Zuhse from Penn State at 8 a.m. and Robins will face Isabel Aldunate of UMBC at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. Hamling and Robins will then team up to face Malin Allgurin and Sarah Moomau Moomau of Longwood at 3 p.m. on Friday in the round of 64.

Fans can follow the @GW_TennisTwitter handle for periodic updates throughout the Wilson/ITA Atlantic Regional as well as live stats.

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George Washington sailing will prepare for next weekend's War Memorial MAISA Coed Fall Championships in Kings Point, N.Y., with the Kings Point Dinghy Open on the Long Island Sound this weekend.

Seniors Ian Connors and Rebecca Engel will sail in the A Division, and freshmen Jay Spector and Henry Young will sail in the B Division. Senior Richard Sant and Skye Kussmann will serve as alternate crews available to switch in during windier conditions.

"This will be a great tune-up event for Ian and Rebecca since the War Memorial Regatta is next weekend at Kings Point as well," said head coach John Pearce. "For Jay and Henry in B Division, it will be another chance to gain some competition experience."

The Colonials will sail against boats from host Merchant Marine Academy, as well as Army, Colgate, Columbia, Cornell, Fordham, Hobart and William Smith, Navy, Penn, Ocean County (N.J.) College, Old Dominion, Princeton, Queen's University, RPI, Rutgers, Stevens, SUNY Maritime, Virginia and Washington College (Md.).

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GW at Old Dominion/Outer Banks Collegiate Invitational - Sunday-Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. | Live Scoring

The George Washington golf team travels to Powells Point, N.C., this weekend for the 33rd annual Old Dominion/Outer Banks Collegiate Invitational from Oct. 21-23 at the par-72, 6,535-yard Kilmarlic Golf Club.

The Colonials are joined in the 18-team field by Delaware, Drake, Drexel, Elon, George Mason, Georgia Southern, ranked No. 56 in NCAA Division I by Golfstat, No. 92 Hartford, Hofstra, James Madison, Longwood, Loyola (Md.), Marshall, host Old Dominion, Radford and fellow Atlantic 10 members Richmond, St. Bonaventure and VCU.

GW is coming off a 13th-place finish at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club earlier this week. The squad combined for a three-round score of 61-over par 901 at the two-day event.

The three-round invitational is set to begin on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on both the first and 10th tees. Fans can follow action through the Old Dominion/Outer Banks Collegiate Invitational live via GolfStat