Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview - April 12-13
Lacrosse, Softball and Women's Tennis Compete at Home; Baseball and Men's Tennis Hit the Road
April 11, 2013
The George Washington lacrosse team hosts its final pair of games this weekend when Atlantic 10 foes St. Bonaventure and Duquesne come to the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. First draw between the Colonials and Bonnies is set for Friday at 4 p.m., and the Buff and Blue's home finale against the Dukes is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. Seniors Jess Hicks, Nicole Lacey, Caitlyn O'Brien and Soo Mee Yoon will be honored prior to Sunday's game.
GW (7-5, 2-1 A-10) is coming off a 1-1 weekend of work in which it defeated La Salle, 12-3, and was edged by No. 13 Massachusetts, 10-9. On Friday, the Colonials held the Explorers scoreless for the first 40:52 of action and took a 6-0 advantage into halftime as they opened A-10 competition with a 2-0 record for the first time since the 2009 season. A stout defense limited La Salle to just three goals, marking the fewest goals allowed by GW since 2011. On Sunday, the Colonials erased a four-goal halftime deficit and fired a last-second shot to send their contest against the nationally ranked Minutewomen into overtime, but the free position attempt went wide and GW was edged by one goal.
Sophomore Jamie Bumgardner paced the Colonials in scoring over the weekend as she tallied two goals and dished out seven assists for nine points, while senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks combined for 12 saves between the two games. With 31 helpers on the year, Bumgardner leads the A-10 and is tied for 10th in NCAA Division I. She is also just nine assists shy of surpassing Sarah Phillips' ('12) record of 39, set one season ago. As a squad, GW leads the league and sits seventh in the nation with 19.08 ground balls per game (229 total).
Bumgardner (13 g, 31 a) leads the Buff and Blue with 44 points on the season and senior Nicole Lacey (27 g, 3 a) has tallied 30 points. With 95 career goals, Lacey is just five goals shy of becoming the fifth-ever Colonials' player to join the century club.
St. Bonaventure (5-7, 0-3 A-10) comes to Washington, D.C., in search of its first conference win. The Bonnies fell to Temple (18-3) last Friday before losing to Saint Joseph's (13-7) on Sunday and Bucknell (17-9) on Tuesday. Jenna Schlagenhauf (29 g, 11 a) leads SBU with 40 points on the season, while Cara Callaham (11 g, 3 a) and Taylor Ventre (10 g, 4 a) have each recorded 14 points. Goalkeeper Karly Kocis has made 68 saves on the year and leads the A-10 with a 7.75 saves per game average.
GW leads the all-time series against St. Bonaventure, 8-4, and won the past four meetings. Last season the Colonials defeated the Bonnies, 17-11, on the road in their season finale.
Duquesne (7-5, 2-1 A-10) owns an identical record as GW and will first face Richmond on Friday at 4 p.m. before making the trip to the GW Lacrosse Field. The Dukes are coming off a 1-1 weekend in which they blew past Saint Joseph's, 16-1, on Friday before falling to Temple, 16-9. As a squad, Duquesne ranks second in the conference with 13.25 goals per game and 6.33 assists per game. The Dukes are paced on the year by Amanda Kidder (37 g, 11 a) with 48 points and Haley Marafioti (25 g, 21 a) with 46 points. Kidder is tied for first in the A-10 with 3.09 goals per game while Marafioti is second in the league behind Bumgardner with 1.75 assists per game.
The George Washington softball team takes a five-game win streak into a doubleheader against Atlantic 10 rival St. Bonaventure on Saturday at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. Prior to the game, the Colonials will recognize all softball alumni in attendance as part of the program's 10th anniversary celebration.
GW (16-17, 3-3 A-10) swept Mount St. Mary's in a doubleheader on Tuesday following three straight wins over A-10 rivals Butler and Saint Louis. Junior Courtney Martin and freshman Meghan Rico have been dominant in the circle during the streak, allowing just seven runs while striking out 49 batters in 34 innings. The duo has combined to post a 2.65 ERA on the year, second-best in the A-10. Martin's 118 strikeouts rank second in the league, and her 1.95 ERA is third, while Rico has held opponents to a .185 batting average, second-lowest in the conference.
After going 4-for-8 against the Mount, freshman first baseman Carlee Gray is batting a team-best .351 with 20 RBIs. Sophomore shortstop Victoria Valos drove in two runs in the first game to give her 33 RBIs on the year, matching the program's single-season record. She is batting .337 and slugging .673 and also leads the Colonials with eight home runs and 26 runs scored.
Senior Autumn Taylor hit her fifth home run of the season in the first game against the Mount. She ranks second all-time at GW in homers (21) and RBIs (84). In addition, senior Amanda Zakeri stole a pair of bases to give her 19 on the year, tied for the second-most in the Atlantic 10 this season.
St. Bonaventure (5-29, 2-10 A-10) has lost nine in a row and is coming off a doubleheader sweep at Canisius on Tuesday. Freshman shortstop Emily McDonough leads the Bonnies with a .342 average and 15 steals, while outfielder Ashley Snider is slugging a team-best .591 with six home runs and 19 RBIs. St. Bonaventure has been outscored, 275-126, on the season, as opponents are averaging 8.1 runs per game and batting .355 against the Bonnies.
GW is 6-8 all-time against St. Bonaventure but has won five in a row after dominating a doubleheader on the road last season. The Colonials collected 30 hits while limiting the Bonnies to just six, outscoring their hosts, 26-0, in the two games. The 17-0 game one victory matched the largest margin of victory in program history.
Taylor is batting .571 with six RBIs in four career games against St. Bonaventure. Senior Tara Fogarty (.375, 3 RBIs) and junior Chelsea Lenhart (.357, 5 RBIs) have also had a great deal of success in their careers against the Bonnies.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - @GW_Tennis
The George Washington women's tennis team welcomes Atlantic 10 foe Fordham to the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus on Saturday for its regular season finale. First serve between the Colonials and the Rams is scheduled for 12 p.m., and seniors Mimi Hamling and Dorota Lysienia will be honored prior to Saturday's match.
GW (9-7, 3-1 A-10) looks to bounce back from consecutive losses to East Carolina and James Madison, both by 5-2 scores last weekend. Hamling, who owns a team-best 13-3 dual-match singles record, went unbeaten in singles action over the weekend and has seen victories in 13 of her last 15 matches.
Freshmen Lana Robins and Stephanie Wei have each produced double-digit singles wins and own records of 10-5 and 10-6, respectively, this spring. The No. 1 doubles duo of Hamling and Junior Leah Pascarella are 7-6 this season and the No. 2 team of Lysienia and Robins are 7-7.
Forham (9-6, 1-2 A-10) comes to GW following a 5-2 win over Army on Wednesday for its second straight victory and fifth in its last six matches. The Rams dropped the doubles point to the Black Knights, but rebounded to clinch the match at Nos. 2-6 singles.
Anika Novacek, who competes primarily at the No. 6 single spot, owns a team-best record of 13-2 this spring. Julie Leong, who is predominantly the No. 5 singles player, owns a dual-match record of 11-4. The No. 1 doubles team of Sarah Ali and Amy Simidian pace the Rams with an 8-3 mark.
Last season, GW earned a 5-2 decision over Fordham in Bronx, N.Y.
MEN'S TENNIS - @GWMensTennis
The No. 68 George Washington men's tennis team hits the road this weekend for three matches in as many days. The Colonials first travel to Atlantic 10 rival Charlotte for a 12 p.m. match on Friday before heading to Radford, Va. to face Longwood on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Radford on Sunday at 12 p.m.
GW (12-5, 3-0 A-10) improved its home record to 3-1 and away mark to 7-2 after defeating St. John's, 5-2, at the GW Tennis Center and district foe Georgetown, 6-1, on the road, to push its winning streak to five. Freshman Danil Zelenkov guided the Buff and Blue to a 2-0 weekend by going undefeated at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles, and for his efforts he earned his third straight Atlantic 10 Rookie Performer of the Week honor. The weekly conference nod is Zelenkov's fifth this spring, marking the most weekly awards given to an A-10 men's tennis freshman in a season since 1999.
Three Colonials' players have tallied double-digit singles victories this spring in Zelenkov (12-4) and juniors Nikita Fomin (12-5) and Ulrik Thomsen (11-4). After going 5-4 in No. 2 singles earlier this season, Fomin owns a convincing 7-1 record at the top flight. The 90th-ranked doubles team of sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti improved to 12-0 this spring and has out-scored its opponents by a 98-52 margin through finished competition.
Charlotte (11-7, 1-1 A-10) snapped a two-match skid with a 4-3 win over conference foe Richmond on Saturday. The 49ers swept the doubles point and claimed Nos. 3, 5 and 6 singles wins to earn its first A-10 victory. Charlotte is paced in singles this season by Jordi Massallé Ferrer (13-5), Paul Cisti (11-5) and Alex Calott (10-7). GW fell to Charlotte, 4-3, during the 2012 regular season, but avenged the loss in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship with a 4-3 victory en route to the conference title.
Longwood (5-12) is on a two-match skid having suffered setbacks to Richmond (4-0) on Tuesday and ASA Junior College (4-3) on Wednesday. The Lancers first face host Radford on Friday before playing the Colonials on Saturday. Longwood's No. 1 singles player Giorgi Khmiadashvili is 8-8 on the spring while Steen Johnson is 5-7. The last time the two programs met was during the 2011 season when GW came away with a 4-3 victory in Longwood, Va.
Radford (5-11) is coming off a 5-2 loss at Winthrop on Tuesday. The Highlanders first host Longwood on Friday and Gardner-Webb on Saturday before facing the Colonials on Sunday. Stijn Meulemans won his 10th straight match in the loss to the Eagles, and he owns a team-best 10-2 singles record this spring. Competing primarily at the No. 3 spot, Thomas Dehaen is 9-4 on the season. In 2012, GW knocked off then-No. 73 Radford, 4-3, at home in its final match of the regular season.
The George Washington baseball team resumes Atlantic 10 conference play with a trip south to face Charlotte in a three-game series at Hayes Stadium, beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m.
GW (11-21, 5-4 A-10) enters the weekend in sixth place in the A-10 standings.
Junior Brookes Townsend paces the GW offense with a .300 batting average and 30 hits while ranking second with 13 RBIs.
GW's weekend starters have combined for a 3.19 ERA this season and the pitching staff ranks second overall in the conference with a 2.78 ERA in A-10 games.
Charlotte (19-13, 3-3 A-10) is tied for seventh in the A-10 standings with Rhode Island at 3-3. The 49ers are ranked fourth in the conference with a .292 team batting average and are led by junior left fielder Justin Seager, who is batting .368 with a team-best 13 doubles.
Last weekend, Charlotte won two of three games against UNC Asheville in non-conference action. Within the A-10, the 49ers have gone 2-1 against Richmond and went 1-2 against VCU.