Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview - April 19-21
Women's Water Polo Hosts Home Finale; Lacrosse, Sailing, Men's and Women's Rowing Look to Extend Seasons
April 18, 2013
WOMEN'S WATER POLO - @GW_WaterPolo
The George Washington women's water polo team wraps up its regular season against VMI on Saturday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. Game time is set for 6 p.m. Prior to the contest, the Colonials will honor seniors Jessie Hurd and Allison Peotter in a Senior Day ceremony.
GW (14-14) is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Championship last weekend at Brown University. The Colonials defeated Bucknell in the opening round before falling to Princeton and Harvard. Junior Rachael Bentley paced the squad with 11 points on seven goals and four assists.
Bentley leads the Colonials with 93 points on 40 goals and a school-record 53 assists. Already GW's career assists leader (133), she became GW's all-time scoring leader last weekend with 254 points. In addition, her 93 points on the year are just six shy of her own single-season program mark of 99, which she set in 2012.
Freshman Hannah Cox has scored a team-high 56 goals on the season, the third-highest single-season total in school history. She also leads the Colonials with 35 ejections drawn, while junior Megan Brolley leads the team in steals (39) while ranking second in points (65) and ejections drawn (34).
For the first time in school history, six players have tallied at least 50 points on the year - Bentley (93), Brolley (65), Cox (60), freshman Erin Donoghue (57), sophomore Meagan Moreland (57) and junior Katherine Berry (50). Berry also broke the program's single-season and career records for field blocks with 14 and 24, respectively. In addition, with 275 goals on the season, the Colonials are just two shy of the all-time program record of 277, set a year ago.
In just its second season as a varsity program, VMI (12-21) has lost its last nine games in which it competed; the Keydets were awarded a victory on Wednesday when its opponent, Salem International, forfeited the match. Celine Lazzaro leads the Keydets with 88 goals on the year, and goalie Molly Watkins has recorded 290 saves.
GW is 2-0 all-time against VMI, including an 11-4 victory in Princeton, N.J., two weeks ago. The Colonials outscored the Keydets, 6-1, in the fourth quarter to break open a two-goal game. GW limited VMI to just one goal in each period. Moreland led the Colonials with four goals in the contest. She has scored seven goals in her career against the Keydets, while Brolley has tallied six and sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander has averaged 8.0 saves per game.
LACROSSE - @GWLacrosse
The George Washington lacrosse team competes in its final pair of games this weekend in Philadelphia, Pa., at Atlantic 10 foes Temple and Saint Joseph's. First draw between the Colonials and the Owls is set for Friday at 3:30 p.m., then the Buff and Blue travel to face the Hawks on Sunday at 1 p.m.
GW (8-6, 3-2) enters the weekend locked with Temple for third place in the conference standings and is in a fight to earn a spot in four-team Atlantic 10 Championship for the second straight year. The Colonials are coming off a 1-1 weekend of A-10 action at home in which they handily defeated St. Bonaventure, 19-7, before being edged by Duquesne, 6-5.
GW's 19 goals against the Bonnies on Friday marked its highest goal output in a league contest since 2010 as the Colonials opened conference play with a 3-1 record for the first time since 2009. On Sunday against the Dukes, the Colonials held the visitors to their second-lowest goal production of the season with six tallies, including just one goal in the second half. Sophomore Allie Rash (4 g, 4 a) led GW on the weekend with eight points, while senior Nicole Lacey (4 g, 1 a) added five points and junior Lindsey DiAntonio (3 g, 1 a), sophomore Jamie Bumgardner (2 g, 2 a) and freshman Olivia Boudreau (3 g, 1 a) chipped in four points apiece. Senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks set aside 13 shots between the two contests.
Bumgardner paces the squad in scoring on the season with 15 goals and 33 assists for 48 points. Her 33 helpers are just seven shy of surpassing Sarah Phillips' ('12) single-season assist record of 39. She sits atop the A-10 and is tied for 14th in NCAA Division I in assists, and her 2.36 assists per game leads the league and is good for 15th in the nation. Lacey sits second on the team with 31 goals and four assists for 35 total points. With 99 career goals, she is just one tally shy of becoming the fifth-ever Colonials' player to score 100 goals. Sophomore Jen Seitz leads the Buff and Blue on the defensive end with 30 ground balls, 37 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers. GW paces the A-10 and ranks 13th in the country with 18.71 ground balls per game. The Colonials are also tied for 22nd in the country in scoring defense with a 9.0 goals allowed average and is 22nd with 9.07 caused turnovers per game.
Temple (8-6, 3-2) owns an identical record as GW and is coming off consecutive losses to conference opponents last weekend, falling, 12-10, at No. 13 Massachusetts and 14-13 at La Salle. Stephany Parcell (30 g, 17 a) and Charlotte Swavola (31 g, 8 a) lead the Owls in scoring with 47 and 39 points on the season, respectively. Three other players have cross the 20-point threshold in Jaymie Tabor (24 g, 3 a), Rachel Schwaab (16 g, 8 a) and Kellee Pace (19 g, 2 a). Goalkeeper Meghan Clothier has made 73 saves between the pipes for the Owls this spring. Last season GW defeated Temple, 14-13, in overtime in the Colonials' home finale.
Saint Joseph's (8-6, 2-3 A-10) went 1-1 in A-10 action last weekend, defeating La Salle, 13-10, before falling to No. 13 Massachusetts, 14-7. Meghan McDevitt (28 g, 21 a) paces the Hawks with 49 points on the season, while she and three others - Val Paolucci (22 g, 11 a), Abby Ananian (20 g, 12 a) and Julia Falcone (27 g) - have all surpassed the 20-goal milestone. Goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin has made 73 saves on the year and owns an 8.33 goals against average. GW leads the all-time series with Saint Joseph's, 8-3, and has won the last meetings between the two programs, including a 10-9 overtime victory in 2012.
SOFTBALL - @GW_Softball
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Winners of a school-record seven straight, the George Washington softball team heads to New England this weekend for four games in three days against Atlantic 10 rivals Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The Colonials will visit the Rams on Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m. before heading to Amherst, Mass., for a rematch of the 2012 Atlantic 10 championship game with a doubleheader against the Minutewomen on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m.
GW (18-17, 5-3 A-10) has not played since sweeping St. Bonaventure in a doubleheader last Saturday. Sophomore shortstop Victoria Valos was named A-10 Player of the Week on Monday, while freshman Meghan Rico was tabbed Pitcher and Rookie of the Week.
Valos, freshman first baseman Carlee Gray and senior center fielder Autumn Taylor have combined to drive in 30 of GW's 40 runs during the winning streak. Valos is batting a scorching .579 (11-for-19) with four home runs, 10 runs scored and five walks in the last seven games, and Taylor is hitting .400 (8-for-20) with four runs, three triples and a homer. In addition, Rico and junior Courtney Martin have been dominant in the circle, allowing just 12 runs while striking out 63 in 47 innings.
The Colonials' pitching duo has combined to post a 2.50 ERA on the year, second-best in the A-10, while holding opponents to a league-low .238 average. Martin's 1.85 ERA ranks second in the conference, and her 122 strikeouts are third, while Rico .178 opponent batting average ranks second. Martin (122) and Rico (104) are the first set of GW teammates to record at least 100 strikeouts apiece.
Valos is batting a team-high .359 on the season. Her 38 RBIs are a single-season program record, and her 10 home runs are one shy of her own school mark. She ranks second in the A-10 in home runs, third in slugging percentage (.738) and fifth in RBIs.
Valos and Taylor are tied for second all-time at GW with 21 career home runs, and Taylor also ranks second with 87 career RBIs, just four shy of the school record. She is batting .316 with five homers and 28 RBIs on the year, and Gray is hitting .357 with 24 runs driving in. Senior Amanda Zakeri ranks third in the A-10 with 20 stolen bases; her 63 career steals are five shy of the all-time program mark.
Rhode Island (9-24, 2-7 A-10) has dropped five straight games following an 11-2 loss to Connecticut on Tuesday. Kelly Coker leads the Rams with a .308 average, while Courtney Prendergast is batting .297 with nine doubles and 13 RBIs. Opponents are hitting .304 against the URI pitching staff, which allows more than five runs per game.
GW is 11-7 all-time against Rhode Island, including a doubleheader sweep at home last season. Junior Chelsea Lenhart is batting .353 (6-for-17) with two home runs and six against the Rams, while Taylor is hitting .316 (6-for-19) with three doubles, including a walk-off two-bagger last season. Valos also went 3-for-6 with three RBIs in last year's doubleheader.
Defending A-10 champion Massachusetts (13-17, 8-2 A-10) has won six in a row and 11 of its last 12 games following a 2-16 start to its season. The Minutewomen are coming off a 7-6 win over Connecticut on Tuesday. Cyndil Matthew leads UMass with a .375 average and 21 stolen bases, which rank second in the A-10, while Katie Bettencourt is hitting .326 with a team-best five home runs and 27 RBIs. The Minutewomen are batting .284 as a team with five players hitting better than .300, but with the graduation of 2012 A-10 Player and Pitcher of the Year Sara Plourde, the UMass pitching staff has allowed 210 runs in 30 games.
UMass swept GW in a doubleheader in Washington last season, then beat the Colonials twice in the Atlantic 10 Championship, including in the title game. Valos hit two home runs and drove in four against the Minutewomen in the conference tournament, including a two-run shot in the top of the seventh to tie the game before Kyllie Magill's walk-off home run gave UMass the crown.
BASEBALL - @GWBaseball1
The George Washington baseball team resumes Atlantic 10 play with a crucial road series at Fordham beginning Friday at 3:30 p.m at Houlihan Park.
GW (12-24, 5-7 A-10) snapped a seven-game losing streak with a walk-off, extra-innings victory over Towson on Wednesday. Senior Justin Albright came through with the game-winning single, his fifth of the game, in the bottom of the 10th inning to send the Colonials to the 10-9 victory.
The Colonials enter the weekend tied for ninth with Temple in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings. The top eight teams at the end of the season advance to the Atlantic 10 Championships, May 22-25, at Hayes Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
Freshman Max Kaplow ranks third in the A-10 in opposing batting average, limiting the batters he faces to a .214 average. The 2013 Jackie Robinson Award winner also owns a 1-1 record and a league-best ERA of 1.00 in three conference starts.
Fordham is in last place in the conference with a 12-25 overall record and 1-8 mark in A-10 games. The Rams enter the series on a six-game losing streak and have won just three times in their last 18 games.
MEN'S ROWING - @GWMensRowing
The George Washington men's rowing team, fresh off a third-place finish at the 25th Annual George Washington Invitational, returns to the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championship on Lake Mellon in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on Friday and Saturday.
Last season, the Colonials' Varsity 8 and Freshman 8 earned a bid to the IRA National Championships with gold-medal performances over the two-day regatta.
GW will send three boats to the event, a Varsity 8, JV 8 and Freshman 8. Each boat will race in two preliminary heats in order to qualify for the Grand Finals.
WOMEN'S ROWING - @GWWomensRowing
The George Washington women's rowing team will return to the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championship on Lake Mellon in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on Friday and Saturday.
At last year's event the Colonials sent their Varsity 8, JV8 and Varsity 4 boats to the Grand Finals. GW's Varsity 8 nearly won gold, but was edged by Grand Valley State at the finish line by three seconds.
GW will race in preliminary heats and semifinals on Saturday in the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4. The JV8 has an automatic bye to the semifinals on Saturday afternoon and the Grand Finals will be on Sunday.
GOLF - @GW_Golf
GW Golf will prepare to defend its title at next week's Atlantic 10 Championship by participating in the 34th Navy Spring Invitational at the Naval Academy Golf Club in Annapolis, Md., this Saturday and Sunday.
The Colonials are one of 21 teams competing in this year's two-day, 36-hole event. GW will be joined by three teams from the host Midshipmen as well as Bucknell, Colgate, Delaware, Emory, Hartford, Lafayette, Lehigh, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary's, Penn, Saint Francis (Pa.), Saint Joseph's, Siena, Towson, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
The tournament will begin at 8:00 a.m., on Saturday at Naval Academy Golf Club, a par-71 course measuring 6,611 yards from its longest tees.
GW found its confidence at last year's Navy Spring Invite en route to capturing the 2012 A-10 Championship. Martin Liu fired a two-round 2-over 144 to finish second overall and lead the Colonials to a second-place finish out of 20 teams. Then freshman Jack Persons carded a 9-over 151 to place 13th for the best finish among returning Colonials.
GW will then return to Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla., April 26-28 to defend its conference crown.
SAILING - @GW_Sailing
GW Sailing will compete in its final two scheduled regattas of the spring this Saturday and Sunday at the MAISA Women's Conference Championship at Hampton and the Arrigan Memorial at the Colonials' home Washington Sailing Marina in Alexandria, Va. The Colonials can extend their season further with a top six showing at the 12-team MAISA Women's Championship - the top two finishers receive an automatic berth in the ICSA Sperry Top-Sider Women's National Championship (May 21-24, St. Petersburg, Fla.), while third through sixth earn a bid to the ICSA semifinals (April 27 & 28, Hampton, Va.).
GW will look to secure a bid from a field consisting of Christopher Newport, Columbia, Cornell, Fordham, Georgetown, Hampton, Hobart & William Smith, Navy, Old Dominion, St. Mary's (Md.) College and William & Mary. Four of those teams - #3 Navy, #4 Georgetown, #6 St. Mary's and #11 Cornell - are ranked in the latest Sailing World women's rankings released on Wednesday.
Head coach John Pearce will send the experienced duo of freshman Maria Sinagra and junior Kaitlin Denney to sail in A Division, adding that "they've proven themselves in both coed and women's competition this year and they are very well prepared for this event." Coach Pearce will send a contingent of five sailors in B Division - skippers Alex Hitchcock and Hannah McNomee along with crews Meagan Murphy, Erin McCormack and Skye Kussmann. "Everyone has improved tremendously this year, and it will be a true team effort to maximize our performance in B Division," said Coach Pearce.
"Our strategy is to keep it simple and stay focused on good technique and decision making," said Coach Pearce. "It is all about consistency, teamwork and staying relaxed."
GW will also compete in the nine-team Arrigan Memorial Regatta hosted by Georgetown at the teams' shared Washington Sailing Marina venue on the Potomac River. Seniors Richard Sant and Ian Conners will compete in their final collegiate competition at the event, with Sant teaming with Sarah McCormack in A Division, and Conners joining Henry Young in B Division on Sunday. Young and freshman Benjamin Helfand will sail in the B Division on Saturday.
The Colonials and Hoyas will battle against Columbia, Cornell, UMBC, Navy, Penn, Villanova and Virginia Tech at the event.