Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview - April 5-7
Five Programs Host Events, Gymnasts Compete at NCAA Regionals, Women's Water Polo and Sailing are on the Road
April 4, 2013
BASEBALL - @GWBaseball1
The George Washington baseball team, winners in seven of its last nine games, resumes its Atlantic 10 schedule by welcoming Richmond to Barcroft Park for a three-game series beginning on Friday at 4:00 p.m.
GW (11-17, 5-1 A-10) scored four runs in the ninth inning to knock of George Mason, 11-9, on Tuesday in Fairfax, Va. Senior Tyler McCarthy roped a three-run double to send the Colonials to the win. McCarthy is batting a team-best .357 over the past 10 games with two doubles, two triples and four RBIs.
Entering the weekend, GW is tied for first place in the conference with Saint Louis. The Colonials' pitching staff has a 1.17 ERA, 5-1 record and nearly a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in A-10 games this season. Junior Aaron Weisberg ranks seventh in the Atlantic 10 with a 2.37 ERA while classmate Craig Lejeune is tied for fourth with four saves.
Richmond (18-9, 3-3 A-10) enters the weekend series with a 3-3 record, with a pair of wins over La Salle and a win against Charlotte. The Spiders rank fourth in the Atlantic 10 with a .282 team batting average and third in the conference with a 3.82 team ERA. Bret Williams is the Spiders' top offensive threat, ranking fourth in the conference with a .390 batting average along with six doubles and 20 RBIs. Richmond is 4-1 against common opponents they share with GW (2-0 vs. George Mason, 2-1 vs. Quinnipiac).
SOFTBALL - @GW_Softball
GW vs. Butler Game 1, Friday, 3 p.m. - GameTracker | RaiseHigh.tv
The George Washington softball team returns home for the first time in two weeks to host four games in three days against Atlantic 10 rivals Butler and Saint Louis. The Colonials will host the Bulldogs on Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m., while the Billikens visit GW Softball Field for a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m.
GW (11-17, 0-2 A-10) has dropped five in a row following Tuesday's 10-0 loss at Towson, but the Colonials are 9-6 at home and have won eight of their last 10 games played at GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
Freshman first baseman Carlee Gray is batting a team-high .368 on the season. She has reached base in a school-record 18 consecutive games dating to Feb. 27 against Drexel, posting a .412 average and a .516 on-base percentage during the streak. Sophomore shortstop Victoria Valos is hitting .317 and leads the Colonials with 14 extra-base hits, 28 RBIs and 20 runs scored.
Butler (11-16, 2-2 A-10) is 1-4 in its last five games, including a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday. In their first season in the Atlantic 10, the Bulldogs are led offensively by Kristen Boros, who is batting .333 with 12 extra-base hits, 16 RBIs and 11 runs scored. Jenny Esparza ranks second in the A-10 with a 1.47 ERA, and leads the league in opponent batting average, holding batters to a .136 clip at the plate.
Saint Louis (14-14, 2-2 A-10) split a doubleheader with Eastern Illinois on Wednesday. The Billikens are batting just .209 as a team, led by shortstop Jessica Van Norstrand at .295. She also leads the Billikens with seven doubles, while catcher Alyson Brand and outfielder Lindsay Friedman have each driven in a team-high 15 runs. In addition, Saint Louis leads the league with 50 steals on the season, paced by outfielder Jessica Buschjost's A-10 leading 18 stolen bases.
GW is 2-0 all-time against Butler, but the teams have not met since the 2007 Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Colonials trail the Billikens, 10-5, in the all-time series after the teams' split last season's doubleheader in St. Louis. Senior Autumn Taylor is hitting .429 (6-for-14) all-time against SLU. She went 3-for-6 with a pair of stolen bases against the Billikens in 2012.
LACROSSE - @GWLacrosse
The George Washington lacrosse team looks for to stay undefeated in Atlantic 10 action when it hosts La Salle on Friday at 4 p.m. at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus, then travels to No. 13 Massachusetts for a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.
The Colonials (6-4, 1-0 A-10) are coming off a thrilling 11-10 win over Richmond on Friday in both teams' conference opener. Freshman Olivia Boudreau netted the game-winner with 1:52 remaining in regulation, and sophomore Allie Rash won the ensuing drawl control as GW maintained possession for the remainder of the game. The win was the first for the Colonials over the Spiders since 2008.
Boudreau, who also scored the opening goal of the contest 2:11 into play, was named A-10 Rookie of the Week for the second time this year. She tallied her ninth and 10th goals of the season in the contest against Richmond, and along with her three assists, currently ranks fifth on the team and leads all freshmen with 13 points on the year.
With 24 assists on the season, sophomore Jamie Bumgardner continues to rank atop the A-10. Her 24 helpers are also tied for 14th in NCAA Division I, while her 2.40 assists per game are good for 12th in the nation. Senior Nicole Lacey is tied for second in the A-10 with a 6.0 shots per game average. Already the Colonials' career and single-season draw controls leader, Lacey is also tied for second in the league with 3.20 draws per game. As a team, GW is tied for 12th in Division I and sits second in the conference with 19.0 ground balls per game, while sophomore Jenn Seitz is tied for third in the league with 2.40 ground balls per contest. On the defensive end, senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks is tied for third in the conference with 6.40 saves per game, and the Colonials are third with 8.70 caused turnovers per contest.
La Salle (8-2, 0-1 A-10) comes to GW after dropping a 20-11 decision to Massachusetts on Saturday. Caitlyn Brostrand led the Explorers with three goals, and Alanna Diffendal, Kelly Furman and Melanie Sarcinello added two apiece as the 11 goals were the second-most scored on the Minutewomen this season. Brostrand (23g, 2a) and Lauren McDermott (19g, 5a) pace La Salle with 25 and 24 points, respectively.
GW leads the all-time series with La Salle, 9-2, and has won five-straight over the Explorers. Last season, the Colonials earned an 8-7 victory on the road.
Nationally ranked Massachusetts (9-2, 1-0 A-10) is currently riding a six-game winning streak dating back to March 2, and opened conference play on Saturday with a 20-11 win at La Salle. The Minutewomen have won 21 straight contests against A-10 opponents dating back to the 2010 season.
Lauren Terracciano netted five goals in the squad's win over La Salle, while Cori Murray (3g, 3a) added six points and Sam Rush (4g, 1a) chipped in five points. Kelsey McGovern was named A-10 Defensive Player of the Week after winning 11 draw controls, picking up three ground balls and causing three turnovers against the Explorers.
The Minutewomen lead the nation in scoring offense with a 16.09 goals-per-game average and rank among the top five in total points, scoring margin, caused turnovers and draw controls. UMass is paced on the season by Katie Ferris (31g, 14a) with 45 points, Murray (21g, 17a) with 38 points, Rush (33g, 4a) with 37 points and Terracciano (21g, 11a) with 32 points.
MEN'S TENNIS - @GWMensTennis
The No. 68 George Washington men's tennis team remains in Washington, D.C., for a pair of matches this weekend as it hosts St. John's on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus before heading to district foe Georgetown for an 11 a.m. match on Sunday. The Colonials' seniors, Leonardo Lapentti and Alexander van Gils, will be honored prior to Saturday's final home match.
GW (10-5) picked up its third straight victory on Saturday in dominating fashion with a 6-1 win over local foe George Mason in the squad's outdoor home opener. In the first meeting between the two programs since 2002, the Colonials earned a doubles sweep before claiming victories at Nos. 1-5 singles.
After going undefeated at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles in Saturday's match, freshman Danil Zelenkov was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie Performer of the Week for the second consecutive week and fourth time this spring - the most weekly awards for a men's tennis freshman in the league this season. Zelenkov is 10-4 in dual-match singles play, including 9-3 at the No. 3 position, and has been victorious in eight of his past nine matches.
Junior Ulrik Thomsen leads the Buff and Blue with a 10-3 singles record this spring and has won eight of his last 10 matches, while classmate Nikita Fomin is 10-5 on the season and has won seven of his past eight outings. The 80th-ranked No. 3 doubles team of sophomore Francisco Dias and Lapentti extended its unbeaten streak to 10 with a win over GMU, and the pair has outscored its opponents by an 82-44 margin through finished competition.
St. John's (2-12) first travels to Georgetown on Friday before making the short trip to GW. The Red Storm is currently in a two-match skid after falling to Penn (2-5) and Yale (2-5) the past two weekends. St. John's last victory was a 4-3 decision over Binghamton on March 17. Last season the Colonials fell to the Red Storm, 2-4, on the road.
Georgetown (8-8) hosts St. John's and Fairfield on Friday and Saturday, respectively, before welcoming GW on Sunday morning. The Hoyas are currently riding a six-match winning streak dating back to March 15 and are coming off a 4-3 win at Villanova on Wednesday. Georgetown is led this spring by Casey Distaso, who owns an 11-2 dual-match singles mark, including undefeated records at the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 slots, and the No. 3 duo of Daniel Khanin and Reese Milner pace all doubles teams with an 8-2 record. Last season, GW downed Georgetown, 6-1, in its outdoor home opener.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - @GW_Tennis
The George Washington women's tennis team competes in a pair of non-conference matches this weekend as it welcomes East Carolina to the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus on Friday at 2:30 p.m. before traveling to James Madison on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match. Friday's contest will serve as the Colonials' Think Pink match in honor of breast cancer awareness.
GW (9-5) looks to remain undefeated at home after knocking off Temple, 5-2, on Saturday. After earning the doubles point, the Colonials posted victories at the Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 6 singles spots to defeat the Owls for the first time since 2006.
Three GW players own double-digit singles victories on the spring season: senior Mimi Hamling (11-3) and freshmen Lana Robins (10-4) and Stephanie Wei (10-4). Competing primarily at the No. 4 position, Hamling has won 11 of her past 13 matches, including nine straight from Feb. 1-March 12. Robins is currently on a two-match winning streak and has seen victories in six of her last eight matches, while Wei has won nine of her past 12 outings.
East Carolina (11-7) split action last Friday, falling to UCF (1-6) before rebounding to defeat North Carolina Central (6-1). The Pirates are led by three players with double-digit singles victories, as Melis Tanik is 13-4 this spring, while Danielle Terpko and Neena Wanko are both 10-8. ECU first travels to Atlantic 10 foe Richmond on Thursday afternoon before making the trip to GW. The match between the Colonials and the Pirates will be the first in ninth-year head coach Dawn Buth's tenure.
James Madison (7-5) welcomes GW as it wraps a four-match homestand. The Dukes most recently fell to Liberty, 3-4, on Tuesday, snapping a five-match winning streak. JMU is led this season by Katherine Bulling (9-2) and Cara Wirth (8-2). The Colonials look to avenge a 6-1 home loss to the Dukes during the 2011 season.
GYMNASTICS - @GWGymnastics
Senior Stephanie Stoicovy and juniors Betsy Zander and Taylor Henderson will compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center at the University of Florida this weekend as individual performers.
Stoicovy and Zander each qualified as all-around performers while Henderson earned a bid as an uneven bars event specialist. Also earning bids as event specialist alternates were junior Kiera Kenney (uneven bars) and seniors Kayla Carto (balance beam) and Nefertiti Roy (floor exercise).
The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA national championships hosted by UCLA in Los Angeles, Calif., April 19-21.
In addition, the event winners at each regional site will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.
Stoicovy finished the season with a RQS of 39.060 in the all-around. The Erie, Pa., native finished tied for second on the floor exercise at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship on March 23. Stoicovy was named to the All-EAGL First Team for the floor exercise and all-around following her impressive senior season.
Zander finished tied for second place in the all-around at the EAGL Championship, tying her career-high score with a 39.150. She earned All-EAGL First Team honors on the all-around and a Second Team nod on the balance beam.
Henderson earned All-EAGL Second Team honors on the uneven bars, after leading the Colonials on the event throughout the season. Her RQS of 9.795 tied her for 10th in the EAGL.
WOMEN'S WATER POLO - @GW_WaterPolo
In its final tune-up before the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Championship, the George Washington women's water polo team heads to Princeton, N.J., on Saturday to take on Southern Division rival Harvard at 12 p.m. and non-conference foe VMI at 4 p.m. at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool.
GW (12-11, 2-2 Southern) has not played since a 9-8 win over Villanova on March 23. Junior Rachael Bentley leads the Colonials with 49 assists and 82 points, and her 49 assists are just one shy of the school record of 50, which she set last season. In addition, she has become the Colonials' all-time assists leader with 129, and ranks third all-time at GW with 243 career points, just 10 behind all-time leader Vanessa Fravel's 253 set from 2001-04.
Freshman Hannah Cox paces GW with 54 goals and 31 ejections drawn. Cox's 54 goals are tied with Heather Walenga ('00) for the third-most in a single season in school history. Kira Cannon set the record at 71 in 2003.
Harvard (13-10, 2-1 A-10) has dropped six in a row and is coming off a 12-10 loss to Southern Division rival Brown on Wednesday. Aisha Price leads the Crimson with 51 goals, 32 assists and 48 steals on the season. Goalie Ariel Dukes has recorded 176 saves in the cage for Harvard.
In just its second season as a varsity program, VMI (11-14) has lost five of its last seven games, including a pair of defeats at the hands of MAAC rivals Wagner and Villanova on March 30. Celine Lazzaro leads the Keydets with 71 goals on the year, and goalie Molly Watkins has recorded 208 saves.
The Crimson defeated the Colonials, 18-12, last season at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. Katherine Berry led the Colonials with six points on four goals and two assists in that contest. GW defeated VMI, 19-7, last season in the first-ever matchup between the two teams. Megan Brolley tallied seven points on four goals and three helpers to lead GW in the game.
SAILING - @GW_Sailing
GW sailing will send a young corps of sailors to the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta hosted by Fordham and Columbia in Bronx, N.Y., this weekend.
Head coach John Pearce will send freshmen Jay Spector and Henry Young to compete in A Division, and freshman Benjamin Helfand, sophomore Jennifer Wilson, and senior heavy-air crew Sloan Dickey in B Division to the event in Eastchester Bay.
The quintet will be part of an 18-team field consisting of the host Rams and Lions, as well as Army, Brown, Connecticut College, Cornell, Fairfield, Merchant Marine, Middlebury, Maritime, Old Dominion, Princeton, Syracuse, Penn, Rhode Island, Villanova and Wesleyan.
"We have a very strong freshman class that has really stepped up as team leaders this year, so it's great for this group to get more regatta experience and prepare for a bright future," said Coach Pearce.