Top 10 GW Athletics Moments from 2011 Fall Semester
Men's Soccer Team's Run to A-10 Regular-Season Crown and League Final Highlights Exciting Four Months
Dec. 20, 2011
The first four months of the 2011-12 George Washington Athletic and Academic Year have been exciting and successful both on and off the playing fields and courts.
Recount and relive the Top 10 (and more) GW Athletics moments of the 2011 Fall Semester:
On his Senior Day on Nov. 6, George Washington men's soccer midfielder Yoni Berhanu buried a 25-yard free kick in the 72nd minute to give the Colonials a 1-0 victory over Duquesne and a share of their first Atlantic 10 regular-season title since 1992. The victory gave retiring head coach George Lidster his 200th career win in his final game at Mount Vernon Field.
2 - GW Men's Hoops Wins Three Straight to Claim CBE Classic BGSU Subregional Title
Behind MVP Tony Taylor, All-Tournament Team selection Aaron Ware and leading scorer Lasan Kromah, the George Washington men's basketball team beat Detroit, Austin Peay and Bowling Green in successive days to capture the Progressive CBE Classic Bowling Green Subregional title.
Freshman Farhan Khan netted his first career goal in golden fashion on Nov. 11 at Saint Louis University's Robert R. Herman Stadium when his tally at 7:55 into the second overtime period lifted the George Washington men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over La Salle to send the Colonials to the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time in seven years.
In front of a frenzied Charles E. Smith Center crowd, the George Washington volleyball team twice rallied from a set down to stun district rival Georgetown and clinch the DC Challenge championship on Sept. 13. With the victory, GW tied its best start to a season since 2003 and completed the D.C. sweep after early season victories over local rivals American, George Mason and Howard.
The George Washington University Department of Athletics and Recreation proudly announced on Dec. 2 that eight inductees will comprise the GW Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Mike Bassett, Tina Brown, Jack Kvancz, Ingrid (Wicker) McCree, Joe McKeown, Chris Monroe, Shawnta Rogers and the late Jim Tarr will be inducted on Saturday, February 18, 2012, when the men's basketball team plays host to Saint Joseph's.
Inspired by head coach Mike Lonergan's coaching mentor Jack Bruen, the George Washington men's basketball team, fans and supporters all marched to the Verizon Center for the 17th annual BB&T Classic on the city's Metro system on Dec. 4.
Freshman Jack Persons set new GW men's golf 36- and 54-hole scoring records at the Old Dominion/Outerbanks Collegiate in October. Persons' two-round total of 138 and three-round score of 207 topped Brian Carroll's ('06) previous marks of 139 and 210, both set in 2005. He finished fourth out of 90 golfers at the tournament with a 9-under-par 207. For his record-setting efforts, Persons was named both Atlantic 10 Performer and Rookie of the Week.
8 - GW Women's Basketball Wins Four Straight Games in Non-Conference Play
The George Washington women's basketball team won four straight non-conference games from Nov. 26-Dec. 3 over Radford, Old Dominion, Maine and Houston Baptist. During the stretch the Colonials averaged 68.8 points per game while holding opponents to 50.2 points per game. In addition, the Colonials shot 50 percent from three-point range while outscoring opponents 135-87 in the first half.
The George Washington volleyball team hit a season-high .367 in front of a record crowd of 1,317 at the Charles E. Smith Center to sweep Fordham in an Atlantic 10 Conference match on October 14. GW totaled 48 kills against just 12 errors in 98 attempts for its highest hitting percentage of the season while holding Fordham to a .179 attack percentage.
10 (tie) - George Washington University Launches New Student-Athlete Leadership Academy