Kickin' It at the Vern Headlines Colonials Athletics Weekend Schedule
Men's and Women's Soccer Hosts Doubleheader Saturday; Volleyball, Men's Water Polo, Men's & Women's Swimming, Men's & Women's Tennis Hit The Road
Oct. 20, 2011
GW men's and women's soccer teams will host the annual Kickin' It at the Vern doubleheader against Richmond Saturday to highlight this weekend's Colonials' Athletics schedule. The GW volleyball, men's water polo, men's and women's swimming and men's and women's tennis teams all compete on the road.
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The GW men's soccer team (4-6-2, 2-2-0 A-10) will kick-off the annual Kickin' It at the Vern event Saturday at 12 p.m., by welcoming nearby Atlantic 10 rival Richmond (2-10-1, 1-3-0 A-10) to Mount Vernon Field.
GW is currently in a four-way tie for sixth place in the A-10 standings with six points, while Richmond is in 11th place with three points.
In last year's meeting, Seth Rudolph gave the visiting Colonials a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute, but a second-half red card reduced GW to 10 players and Richmond netted goals in the 84th and 87th minutes to take the three points in both teams' A-10 opener. The Colonials are 9-3-3 all-time against the Spiders and posted a 1-0 victory in the most recent clash at Mount Vernon in 2009. Four out of the last five meetings have been decided by just one goal.
The Colonials have won all three of their matches at home this season, including back-to-back victories two weeks ago to begin conference play 2-0-0 for the first time since 2000. GW is coming off a difficult road swing through Ohio with losses at Dayton (3-0) and defending A-10 champion Xavier (2-0). Despite being kept scoreless last weekend, senior Yoni Berhanu and junior Seth Rudolph are still the top scoring tandem in the league with a combined 11 goals.
Fans have a series of options for following Saturday's match - live stats via GameTracker, live video streaming via GW All-Access, and live in-match blog.
The George Washington women's soccer team hosts Atlantic 10 foe Richmond at 3 pm.m in the second contest of Saturday's Kickin' It at the Vern doubleheader with the GW men's team.
The Colonials (5-9-2, 2-2-2 A-10) are coming off a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory over the Xavier Musketeers at Mount Vernon last Sunday. Freshman Meg Murphy's first collegiate goal with just 1:58 remaining in the first overtime period proved to be the game-winner.
The contest marked the fourth shutout of the season for GW, which has yet to lose in five overtime game this season. The Colonials sit in a tie for sixth place in the conference standings with three home league matches remaining.
Richmond (10-4-3, 4-1-1 A-10) is positioned second in the conference after downing No. 21 Dayton, 1-0, on Sunday. It was the Spiders' second victory over a ranked opponent this season after defeating then No. 21 William & Mary, 2-0, on Sept. 8.
UR is led by Becca Utann, whose 14 goals lead the A-10 and rank sixth in the nation.
The George Washington volleyball team continues Atlantic 10 Conference play this weekend with a road trip to Philadelphia to face Temple (Fri., 7 p.m.) and La Salle (Sat., 7 p.m.) on consecutive nights.
GW (15-6, 4-3 A-10) is currently in fifth place in the conference standings after last weekend's victories over Fordham and Rhode Island. Redshirt junior Katie Crosby totaled 79 assists in the two victories, including 38 in the Colonials' 3-0 sweep of Fordham in front of 1,317 fans at Charles E. Smith Center - the largest home volleyball crowd in GW history.
Junior Lauren Whtye ranks second in the conference with 3.93 kills per set while Crosby ranks third overall with 10.38 assists per set.
Defensively, junior Candace Silva-Martin ranks second in the A-10 in both total digs (353) and digs per set (4.90).
Temple (6-14, 2-5 A-10) enters Friday's match on a two-match losing streak, but has notched A-10 victories over Rhode Island and La Salle.
La Salle (5-19, 1-6 A-10) will host Charlotte Friday night before welcoming the Colonials to Tom Gola Arena Saturday evening.
The George Washington men's and women's swimming teams travel to Lewisburg, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 22 to face Bucknell in the first dual meet of the 2011-12 season.
Both Colonials' squads are coming off back-to-back tri-meets last weekend where the Buff and Blue boasted meet-highs in top-three finishes.
The Bison have competed in just one meet this season, a non-scoring matchup with UMBC. Bucknell's Mike Nicholson was named Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week on Monday.
Competition in BU's Kinney Natatorium will begin Saturday at 1 p.m.
MEN'S WATER POLO
Fresh off a Wednesday night victory at CWPA Southern Division rival Johns Hopkins, the GW men's water polo team will play three games in two days this weekend in Princeton, N.J. The Colonials visit the host and nationally ranked No. 14 Tigers Friday at 8 p.m., followed by Saturday contests against Northern Division foes Iona and Fordham at 11 a.m., and 3 p.m., respectively.
No. 14 Princeton (14-7) leads the CWPA Southern Division with a 5-2 mark and 10 points, while GW (8-13) sits tied for fourth in the league at 2-4 and four points. The Colonials were edged by the then No. 13 Tigers, 14-8, at Smith Center earlier this season.
GW completed a regular-season sweep of Hopkins with Wednesday's 15-13 victory in Baltimore, its first road win in the series since 1996. Freshman Ridvan Pehlivan netted a season-best six goals, sophomore Nate Little followed with five markers and junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes stopped 13 shots to lead the Colonials, who were without leading scorer Daniel Tyner due to injury.
Little scored the deciding goal in sudden-death overtime as GW defeated Fordham, 11-10, at the Navy Labor Day Open on Sept. 4. GW won all three of its meetings against Iona in 2010, including a pair of one-goal victories, and have won 10 straight in the series dating back to 2004.
The George Washington men's tennis team heads to Charlottesville, Va., for the second consecutive weekend to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic Regional Championship, hosted by Virginia, Friday through Tuesday.
The ITA's Atlantic Region includes schools located in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington, D.C. The tournament is a single-elimination format, and winners from the singles and doubles flights will earn automatic bids to the ITA National Indoor Championship in Flushing, N.Y., Nov. 4-6.
Ugur Atalay, Francisco Dias, Leonardo Lapentti, Viktor Svensson, Ulrik Thomsen and Alexander van Gils will all compete in the singles main draw Friday morning. Svensson and Lapentti, Dias and Atalay, and Thomsen and van Gils will pair up to compete in doubles play.
Action at the Snyder Tennis Center is set to begin Friday at 10 a.m.
ITA Atlantic Regional Championships - Fri., Oct. 21 - Tues., Oct. 25
The George Washington women's tennis team will compete at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic Regional Championship this weekend, hosted by Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The tournament will take place at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center Friday through Wednesday.
The ITA's Atlantic Region includes schools located in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Winners from the singles and doubles flights will advance to ITA National Indoor Championship in Flushing, N.Y.
Mimi Hamling will compete in the main singles draw on Saturday afternoon, while Julia Blakeley, Leah Pascarella and Jacqueline Corba will vie for a spot in the main draw in qualifying singles action on Friday. Hamling will team up with Zoe Krohn for doubles play on Friday.
ITA Atlantic Regional Championships - Fri., Oct. 21 - Wed., Oct. 26