Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Lacrosse, Softball, Baseball and Gymnastics All in Action at Home This Weekend
March 14, 2013
The George Washington gymnastics team concludes its regular season with a pair of quad meets this weekend. The Colonials will visit nearby Towson on Friday night to face the host Tigers, So. Connecticut and West Chester at 7 p.m. before returning home for Senior Day on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Towson, Maryland and Brown.
Roy tied for the highest floor exercise score in school history last weekend when she posted a career-high 9.95 in GW's dual meet loss to West Virginia. Roy was named the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Specialist of the Week for her effort.
The George Washington baseball team opens a four-game series with Penn with a doubleheader on Friday in Arlington, Va., at Barcroft Park before traveling to Philadelphia to face the Quakers for a twin bill on Sunday. Games on both days begin at 12 p.m.
GW (3-11) is 3-2 over its past five games, taking 3-of-4 from visiting Cornell for the first wins of the Gregg Ritchie era last weekend before dropping a mid-week contest at Towson.
Senior Justin Albright is batting .412 over the last five games while classmate Derek Brown is hitting .375 with a team-best five RBIs. Junior Brookes Townsend ranks first on the team among regular starters with a .261 batting average and second with eight RBIs.
The George Washington softball team hosts Akron, Drexel and St. John's this weekend for the three-day Capital Invitational at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. GW opens the tournament against Akron on Friday at 4 p.m., then take on Drexel on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Colonials again host Akron on Sunday at 11:45 a.m., then conclude the tournament against St. John's at 1:30 p.m.
One game will be played on Friday, with three each on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. Live stats will be provided for all contests in the tournament, and GW's games on Saturday and Sunday will be streamed live on RaiseHigh.tv. The full tournament schedule, along with GameTracker and video links can be found at Tournament Central.
GW (7-11) has won four of its last five games after Wednesday's 8-4 win over Ohio State at GW Softball Field. Freshman first baseman Carlee Gray hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie and send the Colonials to the victory.
Gray leads GW with a .365 average this season, and senior center fielder Autumn Taylor is hitting .333 with three home runs and 12 RBIs. In addition, sophomore shortstop Victoria Valos has a team-best five doubles, 17 RBIs and 11 runs scored. In the circle, junior Courtney Martin boasts a 1.94 ERA with 61 strikeouts against just 14 walks, and freshman Meghan Rico has allowed just 28 hits in 51.0 innings of work, holding opponents to a .164 average.
Akron (10-9) went 2-3 at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., with wins over Butler and North Dakota. Shawna Hochstetler is batting a team-best .288, while Rachael Ratcliffe has a team-best five home runs and 16 RBIs. Akron is hitting just .228 as a team. Drexel (7-13) is coming off a 3-1 eight-inning win at Georgetown on Wednesday and will host Saint Joseph's on Friday. The Dragons are batting just .228 as a team and have been outscored, 106-61, on the season. Jenn Reading leads Drexel with a .283 average, and Comfort Ahonkai has a team-best seven RBIs. St. John's (5-17-1) has lost four in a row following a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Manhattan on Wednesday. Jackie Reed leads the Red Storm with a .375 average, while Erin Burner and Chrissy Montez have combined for nine home runs and 30 RBIs.
GW is 2-3 all-time against Drexel, including a doubleheader split with the Dragons on Feb. 27. Gray and Taylor combined for seven hits, and Valos hit a home run and drove in four. The Colonials have never faced Akron or St. John's.
LACROSSE - @GWLacrosse
The George Washington lacrosse team travels to nearby Baltimore on Saturday to face No. 12 Johns Hopkins at 1 p.m. at the Blue Jays' Homewood Field.
GW picked up its fourth straight win on Wednesday with a commanding 16-7 rout of Mount St. Mary's, marking its second-best goal production this season. With a 5-2 overall record, the Colonials have matched the 2003, 2005 and 2012 squads for the best start through seven games in program history.
Sophomore Jamie Bumgardner (4g, 4a) led all scorers in the contest with a game- and career-high eight points. With 17 assists on the season Bumgardner is now tied for 10th on GW's single-season list. Senior Nicole Lacey (5g) and junior Jordy Bathras (4g) were both instrumental in the Colonials' dominating victory over the Mount.
Five Buff and Blue players have tallied double-digit points on the season, paced by Bumgardner (9g, 17a) with 26. Lacey (19g, 2a) follows with 21 points, while Bathras (15g, 1a) has tallied 16 and sophomore Rachel Mia (11g, 0a) and freshman Olivia Boudreau (8g, 3a) have each recorded 11 points.
The 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins club is riding a two-game skid after falling to No. 4 Northwestern (18-8) on Saturday and No. 10 Georgetown (15-8) on Wednesday.
The Blue Jays (4-2), who have faced three consecutive nationally ranked opponents, wrap a three-game homestand when the Colonials visit Homewood Field. Taylor D'Amore (14g, 18a) paces Johns Hopkins with 32 points on the year, while Sammy Cermack (10g, 14a) has racked up 24 points and Sarah Taylor (15g, 1a) has tallied 16.
SAILING - @GW_Sailing
George Washington sailing heads to Hampton Roads for the third time in as many weeks to compete in a pair of regattas this weekend - the Christopher Newport Women's Invite in Newport News, Va., and the Pirate Team Races in Hampton, Va.
GW will join Cornell, Old Dominion, Princeton, William & Mary and the host Captains at the CNU Women's Invite. Freshman Hannah McNomee and sophomore Meagan Murphy will sail in A Division, and sophomore Madeline Taggart and senior Skye Kussmann will race in B Division.
At the Pirate Team Races, GW will battle St. Mary's College (Md.), Old Dominion, Buffalo, Cornell and host Hampton in one-on-one races. "We will sail against each team in a three-boat vs three-boat heat, with the team with the lowest score in each heat winning," said head coach John Pearce. "Our record will be a win/loss record rather than a point total. It is a bit different, and we will do lots of these in future years, but this is our only team race this year."