Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
April 20, 2012
The George Washington softball team hosts Atlantic 10 rival Dayton in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
The Colonials welcome the Flyers for their Senior Day and Alumnae Day. Seniors Kara Clauss, Jordyn O'Donnell, Heidi Penna, Jillian Stanley, Lauren Wilson, Jamie Yaniga and Amanda Zakeri will be recognized prior to first pitch, while GW will welcome back alumnae before Game 2.
GW (17-26, 7-7 A-10) has won eight of its last 11 games following a doubleheader sweep of A-10 foe La Salle on Thursday. Wilson went 4-for-6 with three RBIs, four runs scored and three stolen bases to pace the offense, while Clauss and Penna were each solid on the mound.
Freshman Victoria Valos is batting a team-best .326 with 24 RBIs and 16 extra-base hits. Wilson closely follows at .323 with a team-best nine home runs - one shy of Jackie Yaniga's program record set in 2005 - and her 34 runs scored this season are the second-most in school history. In addition, Wilson's .478 on-base percentage is aided by a school-record 32 walks.
Dayton (18-23, 5-6 A-10) has won four of its last five following a doubleheader split with IUPUI on Tuesday. Brandy Brown is batting a team-best .347 and also leads the Flyers with 17 RBIs, while Kathleen Maloof has 14 extra-base hits, including seven home runs, and she has scored 21 runs. Kayla English (8-7) paces Dayton on the mound with a 2.32 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 102.2 innings of work. In addition, Jordan Jennings is the reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week.
GW is 6-10 all-time against the Flyers following a doubleheader split in Dayton last season. Then-freshman Chelsea Lenhart combined to go 5-for-10 with five RBIs and three runs scored in last year's meetings.
The George Washington baseball team continues its homestand and resumes Atlantic 10 play with a three-game series against St. Bonaventure at Barcroft Park beginning Friday at 4 p.m. GW leads the all-time series over SBU, 50-18.
GW (15-22, 3-6 A-10) began its 10-game homestand this week with wins over George Mason and UMBC by a combined 18-3. On Wednesday, the Colonials' bullpen allowed just two hits in the final five innings of GW's 8-1 win over UMBC.
Pitching has been key recently as the Colonials' team ERA over the past five games is 3.56 . At the plate, senior Ollie Mittag is batting .455 with three runs, two doubles, one home run and two RBIs in his last five games, while classmate Stephen Oswald is hitting .421 with two doubles and five RBIs in the last five outings.
Oswald leads the Colonials' offense, hitting at a .326 clip with nine doubles, two home runs and 26 RBIs, while sophomore Aaron Weisberg's ERA of 2.39 ranks fourth in the A-10 among pitchers with at least six appearances.
St. Bonaventure at GW
The George Washington lacrosse team will look to secure an Atlantic 10 Championship bid as it wraps up regular-season play this weekend with league games at Duquesne and St. Bonaventure. The Colonials take on the Dukes on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. contest with the Bonnies on Sunday.
GW is currently tied with Duquesne for third in the Atlantic 10 standings at 3-2 in league play, with both teams leading fifth-place Temple and La Salle by one game. The top four teams in the final standings qualify for the 2012 A-10 Championship held at Richmond's Robins Stadium April 27 and 29.
GW is coming off a pivotal 2-0 weekend of conference play as it posted key victories over Temple and La Salle. The Colonials (9-5, 3-2 A-10) opened the weekend with a 14-13 overtime victory over the Owls in their home finale, then took down the Explorers, 8-7, in Philadelphia.
Junior Nicole Lacey recorded five goals on the weekend, including both game-winners, and added seven draw controls. Senior Sarah Phillips tallied nine points on the strength of four goals and five assists, while classmate Megan Seidman also totaled nine points on six goals and three assists. Already GW's all-time assists leader, Phillips has tallied 206 points in her career and is just six shy of passing Laura Hostetler's program record of 211.
Duquesne (10-5, 3-2 A-10) is coming off a 1-1 weekend of back-to-back overtime games. The Dukes fell to No. 16 Massachusetts, 10-8, at home on Friday before earning a 13-10 decision at Saint Joseph's on Sunday. Sophomore Caitlin Prince (52g, 6a) leads Duquesne with 58 points on the year, while classmate Haley Marafioti (36g, 12a) has totaled 48 points.
St. Bonaventure (3-8, 0-5 A-10) is on a three-game losing skid after dropping contests to Saint Joseph's (17-11), nationally ranked Massachusetts (21-7) and, most recently, Colgate (19-8) on Wednesday. Senior Danielle Drabin paces SBU with 22 goals and seven assists for a total of 29 points on the year. The Bonnies host Richmond on Friday before welcoming the Colonials on Sunday.
GW at St. Bonaventure - Sunday
The field of 18 teams will compete at the par-71 Naval Academy Golf Course for the 36-hole, two-day event. GW is joined by Bucknell, Colgate, crosstown rival Georgetown, Iona, Lafayette, Lehigh, Long Island, Mount St. Mary's, Penn, Saint Francis (N.Y.), Siena, Villanova and Atlantic 10 foes La Salle and Saint Joseph's.
The Colonials are coming off a fourth-place finish out of 10 teams at Longwood's Manor Intercollegiate last weekend with a three-round score of 33-over 897. Freshman Jack Persons led GW with a three-round 6-over 222 to finish in a tie for 10th place out of 61 golfers.
The George Washington women's rowing team returns to action this weekend at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The weekend races mark the first time the Colonials are back on the water since winning the Howard Wilkins Bowl at the George Washington Invitational on April 7.
The Colonials are enjoying one of their most successful seasons in recent history, having won the 1998 Cup, George's Trophy and Wilkins Bowl in the past month.
GW will race in preliminary heats and semifinals in the Varsity 4, JV 8 and Varsity 8 on Saturday, with the Grand Finals taking place on Sunday.
SIRA Championships - Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The George Washington men's rowing team travels south to Oak Ridge, Tenn., to race in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships on Melton Hill Lake.
Last season, the Colonials sent three boats to the Grand Finals at the SIRA Championships, finishing in fourth place in the Varsity 8, JV 8 and Freshman 8.
In its last outing at the George Washington Invitational on April 7, GW won three races, highlighted by a victory in the Varsity 8's Sullivan Cup race against Holy Cross.
GW will race in preliminary heats and semifinals in the Varsity 8, JV 8 and Freshman 8 on Saturday, with the Grand Finals taking place on Sunday.
SIRA Championships - Oak Ridge, Tenn.