Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Women's Soccer, Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming to Host Home Competition while Volleyball, Men's Golf, Men's Water Polo and Men's Soccer All Hit the Road
Oct. 25, 2012
The George Washington women's soccer team closes regular-season play at home this weekend with matches against Atlantic 10 foes Butler and Saint Louis. Friday's match against the Bulldogs is the Colonials' 'Kick for a Cure' match in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Sunday's contest against the Billikens will serve as Senior Day, and prior to the game the Buff and Blue will honor seniors Molly Bruh, Samie Cloutier, Adriana Moya and Kayley Sullivan.
GW (4-11-1, 0-7-0 A-10) is currently on a seven-match skid and is coming off conference losses at Rhode Island and Massachusetts last weekend. The Colonials were edged by the Rams, 1-0, on Friday evening then fell to the Minutewomen, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon. The loss at URI marked GW's sixth one-goal setback this season.
Freshman Kristi Abbate paces the Colonials with seven points on the year (3g, 1a) and Moya has tallied six points (3g). Rookie goalkeeper Nicole Fasano ranks sixth in the A-10 with 66 stops between the posts.
Conference newcomer Butler (9-4-4, 3-1-3 A-10) makes the trip to the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus for the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Bulldogs currently sit in fifth place in the A-10 following a 2-1 win over Temple and a scoreless draw with Saint Joseph's last weekend. Butler is led by freshman standout Sophia Maccagnone, who ranks fourth in the A-10 in goals (10), fifth in points (22) and ranks atop the league in game-winning goals (5). Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Friday's match in honor of breast cancer awareness month.
Saint Louis (4-8-4, 2-3-2 A-10) comes to GW for the first time since the 2008 season. The Billikens are coming off a 1-1 tie with Saint Joseph's and a 2-0 win over Temple last weekend, and currently sit in 12th place in the A-10. Junior Jenny Hummert paces the Billikens with seven points on the year (2g, 3a). GW seeks its first-ever win over Saint Louis as the Billikens lead the all-time series with the Colonials, 5-0, with the last meeting coming during the 2010 season.
MEN'S & WOMEN'S SWIMMING - @GWSwimming
The George Washington men's and women's swimming teams open dual-meet action at home on Saturday when the Colonials welcome UMBC to the Charles E. Smith Center Pool at 1:00 p.m.
The GW women's team is coming off a first-place finish at a tri-meet with local foes American and Catholic on Oct. 12 and 13. The Colonials won all but one of the 13 events and garnered a total of 239 points. Freshman Hannah Schaefer was named the season's first Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week after helping GW win the tri-meet and earning her first-two career victories. The GW men's squad finished second at the tri-meet with American and Catholic with a total of 155.5 points, just 14 points behind the host Eagles.
Last season against UMBC, the GW women's team dropped a 137-103 decision to the Retrievers, while the men fell, 138-112, in what was both squads' second dual meet of the season. The UMBC women are currently 1-2 this season after defeating Rider (167-117) before falling to James Madison (175-124) and Navy (164-136). The Retrievers' men are 2-0 following wins over Rider (171-114) and Navy (156-144).
The GW Volleyball team, winners in five of their last six matches, head to Ohio for a crucial pair of Atlantic 10 conference matches this weekend.
The Colonials will face their fifth ranked team of the 2012 season on Friday when they visit No. 15 Dayton before heading to Cincinnati to face Xavier on Saturday night. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
The Colonials split a pair of road matches last weekend, getting swept by VCU before downing Charlotte, 3-1, last Saturday.
Senior Candace Silva-Martin continues to close in on the Atlantic 10's all-time career digs record. The Fremont, Calif., native totaled 34 digs last weekend to move into sole possession of third place on the list. She needs just 57 digs across the season's final five matches to become the conference's all-time leader.
GW is one of the top serving teams in the conference, ranking third with 1.34 aces per set. They have totaled 110 aces through 82 sets, led by redshirt freshman Jessica Lubic (22, 0.33/set) and junior Jamie Armstrong (21, 0.26/set).
Dayton (17-4, 9-0 A-10) holds a 25-9 advantage over the Colonials in the all-time series. The last time GW (9-14, 6-3 A-10) defeated the Flyers was the 2002 Atlantic 10 tournament while their last victory at Fredericks Center was earlier in the 2002 regular season. Dayton has been ranked as high as No. 10 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches' Poll this season and has held a national ranking for 56 consecutive weeks.
Dayton is riding a nine-match win streak into Friday's match following last weekend's wins over Saint Louis and Butler. The Flyers rank first in the Atlantic 10 in hitting percentage (.284), assists (13.49/set), kills (14.32/set).
Megan Campbell, Rachel Krabacher and Samantha Selsky lead the Flyers' attack. Campbell leads the A-10 and ranks seventh in Division I with a .429 attack percentage while Krabacher leads the conference and ranks 10th in the nation with 4.57 kills/set. Selsky is Dayton's setter and ranks first in the A-10, and 18th in Division I with 11.37 assists/set.
Xavier (15-9, 7-2 A-10) is currently tied for second place in the Atlantic 10 and sits just one game ahead of the Colonials, making Saturday's match crucial for potential seeding in the Atlantic 10 Championship. Last season, GW and Xavier split the season series while the Musketeers lead the all-time series, 17-15. The Musketeers will face Duquesne on Friday night ahead of Saturday's match.
The George Washington men's soccer team begins a three-match Atlantic 10 road swing this weekend with contests at conference newcomer Butler and No. 20 Saint Louis. The Colonials will visit the Bulldogs for the first time ever on Friday at 7:00 p.m., before continuing their Midwest trip to face the Billikens on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET.
GW (5-10-0, 2-4-0 A-10) is in a five-way tie for ninth in the A-10 standings after splitting home matches last weekend - defeating Rhode Island, 2-0, before falling to Massachusetts, 3-0. Freshman Glen Sousa and senior Seth Rudolph each scored for the Colonials against the Rams. Rudolph, who leads the team with six goals and 12 points, is tied for seventh all-time at GW with 28 career goals. In addition, three different goalkeepers - senior Alejandro Almodovar, sophomore Luke Farrell and redshirt freshman Jean-Pierre van der Merwe - have made at least four starts between the posts this season, and each has recorded a shutout.
Butler (4-6-5, 2-3-1 A-10), which is currently tied for sixth in the A-10 standings, is coming off a 2-1 win over Saint Joseph's on Sunday. Freshman Jeff Adkins, who recorded a goal and an assist in the victory over the Hawks, was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Monday. Adkins leads the Bulldogs with four goals, four assists and 12 points on the season, while Adam Glanzer has also scored four goals.
Ranked 20th in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire College Rankings, Saint Louis (11-3-0, 5-1-0 A-10) sits atop the Atlantic 10 standings with 15 points and has won five in a row since a conference-opening loss to Xavier on Oct. 5. The Billikens, who host No. 22 Charlotte on Friday evening, are coming off a 3-1 win over Temple on Sunday. Robbie Kristo is tied for fourth in the A-10 with seven goals this season, and is tied for seventh in the league with 16 points. SLU has scored 29 goals on the year, tied for second-most in the league.
While Friday's contest marks the first-ever meeting for GW and Butler, the Colonials will take on the Billikens for the fourth time on Sunday. SLU holds a 3-1-0 advantage in the series, including a 1-0 win in the teams' last matchup in 2010. GW's lone win against Saint Louis, a 2-0 decision, occurred in 2005.
MEN'S WATER POLO - @GW_WaterPolo GW at No. 14 Navy - Saturday, 11 a.m.
The George Washington men's water polo team concludes the regular season with a trip to CWPA Southern Division rival and 14th-ranked Navy on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
GW (10-13, 1-6 Southern) split a pair of contests in Princeton, N.J., last Saturday, defeating Iona, 10-6, for its third victory over the Gaels this season, but falling to No. 17 Princeton, 13-6. Junior Nate Little leads the Colonials with 42 goals this season, and with 195 in his career, he is just eight shy of joining GW's all-time top-five list. In addition, sophomore Brian Mojica's 42 assists this year are the sixth-most in a single season in program history. Senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes has 228 saves on the season and a school-record 1,013 in his career.
Navy (19-2, 5-1 Southern) has won three straight, but has not played since sweeping a doubleheader from Southern Division rivals Princeton and Bucknell on Oct. 13. Paul Pedrotty leads the Midshipmen with 70 goals, 34 assists and 104 points on the season.
GW and Navy met less than three weeks ago, a 14-8 win for the Midshipmen at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool on Oct. 10. Graduate student Milos Purkovic and freshman Bogdan Petkovic each notched hat tricks for GW, while Thomas Patterson led Navy with four goals in the game.
The George Washington golf team wraps the 2012 fall season at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic, hosted by Charleston Southern University at the par-72, 7,011-yard Turtle Point Golf Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.
The Colonials will compete in the 26-team field against Boise State, Bradley, Atlantic 10 newcomer Butler, defending champion Campbell, host Charleston Southern, No. 81 College of Charleston, Connecticut, Francis Marion, High Point, No. 88 Jacksonville State, Loyola (Md.), Marquette, Mount St. Mary's, Presbyterian, Radford, No. 63 South Carolina, St. John's, Stetson, Towson, USC Upstate, Utah Valley, Western Kentucky, William & Mary, No. 83 Winthrop and Wisconsin.
Then-senior Andres Pumariega earned co-medalist honors with Campbell's Vaita Guillaume in a field of 105 competitors at the 2011 Kiawah Classic. Sophomore Jack Persons - then a freshman - tied for 21st with a score of 10-over 226 and classmate Jonathan Dresnick tied for 88th with a 27-over 243.
GW is coming off an 18th-place finish at the Old Dominion/Outer Banks Collegiate Invitational this past week with a three-round total of 73-over par 937. Persons paced the Colonials with a 31st-place finish and 54-hole score of 8-over 224. Junior Graham Lawyer finished in 58th with a 16-over 232, rookie Michael Helton tied for 78th with a 23-over 239 and fellow freshman Steve Piela finished tied for 90th with a 29-over 245.
Fans can follow live scoring through the Wendy's Kiawah Classic via Golfstat.