Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
March 1, 2012
A preview of the George Washington's athletic events this weekend. The Colonials softball team will host the Colonial Classic and the gymnastics team hosts the annual Brownie & Girl Scout Meet at the Charles E. Smith Center while baseball, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's water polo and lacrosse teams all hit the road.
The George Washington gymnastics team returns home to the Charles E. Smith Center for the first time in six weeks to host EAGL rival Pittsburgh in the annual Brownie & Girl Scout Meet on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Colonials will also host an alumni reception following the competition in the Colonials Club.
Last weekend, the Colonials scored a season-high 48.625 on vault, led by freshman duo Elena Corcoran and Courtney Willoughby. Corcoran finished in a tie for third place after scoring 9.775, while Willoughby tied for fifth with a 9.750.
Junior Stephanie Stoicovy earned a spot on the all-around podium for the sixth time this season with a career-high 38.875, but the Colonials were defeated by the Tar Heels, 196.625-192.525.
Pittsburgh enters Saturday's meet with a 4-6, including a 2-2 mark against EAGL competition. The Panthers average 193.182 points per meet.
The George Washington baseball team will head south to North Carolina for the second week in a row, this time for a three-game series against Duke beginning Friday evening at Jack Coombs Field.
The weekend series marks the first meetings between GW and Duke since 1957. The Blue Devils lead the all-time series 2-1-1.
On Sunday, junior pitchers Tyler McCarthy and Kenny O'Brien combined to hold Army to just one hit and senior Jimmy Best provided a RBI single to propel GW (1-5) to a 1-0 shutout for its first victory of 2012.
Seniors Islam El-Fiky, junior Omar Sobhy and sophomores Jackie Shea and Kelly Barnes will represent the George Washington men's and women's squash programs at the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Nationals this weekend at the Davenport Squash Center at Amherst College.
Sobhy won the Malloy Cup (B Division) championship last year to become George Washington's first-ever individual national champion. Sobhy will once again compete in the Malloy Cup, where he has earned a bye into the second round by virtue of his finish last season. He will face the winner of the match between Harry Smith of Colby and Barrett Takesian of Bowdoin.
El-Fiky will open play in the Pool (A) Division. He will face Christopher Hanson of Dartmouth College in the opening round. Hanson defeated El-Fiky, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 in Dartmouth's 9-0 win over GW on Nov. 20.
Shea and Barnes will both compete in the Holleran Cup (B Division). Shea has earned a bye into the second round while Barnes will face Shaheen Madraswala of Mount Holyoke in the first round. The teammates could potentially face each other in the semifinals.
WOMEN'S WATER POLO
The George Washington women's water polo team will travel to Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday for the Harvard Invitational, where the Colonials will take on CWPA Southern Division rivals Bucknell at 10:20 a.m. and Brown at 2:20 p.m.
The Bison are 7-6 on the season and have won four straight, including a 12-10 victory over No. 20 Iona last Saturday, while the Bears are 5-4 and have dropped three in a row.
The Colonials faced both opponents at the season-opening Princeton Invitational Feb. 11-12. GW defeated Brown, 10-9, for the first time in program history, then fell to Bucknell, 16-8.
The Colonials (4-3) split four games at last weekend's CWPA vs. MAAC Weekend in Princeton, N.J. Sophomore Megan Brolley scored a team-high 10 goals and added three assists for 13 points, while sophomore Katherine Berry recorded nine goals, four assists and seven steals.
Brolley (17g, 7a) and sophomore Rachael Bentley (12g, 12a) lead the Colonials this season with 24 points apiece.
The George Washington women's lacrosse team goes for its third straight win on Saturday, when it visits Bucknell at 1 p.m.
The Colonials (3-1) have matched their best start in program history following Wednesday's 11-6 victory over local rival George Mason. Senior Megan Seidman scored a season-high four goals and six points, while senior Sarah Phillips recorded five points on a goal and four assists.
Seidman's second goal of the day was the 100th of her career; she is the third Colonial ever to reach that mark.
Bucknell (0-4) is coming off a 13-12 loss to Manhattan on Saturday. Midfielder Katelyn Miller led the Bison with four goals. Freshman attack Arriana Sajjad has scored a team-high six goals on the season to pace Bucknell, which has been outscored, 75-22, through four games.
Saturday's game marks the first-ever meeting between GW and Bucknell.
The George Washington men's tennis team returns to action for the first time in three weeks when the Colonials visit No. 39 UNC-Wilmington on Saturday at 1 p.m.
GW (3-6) last competed the weekend of Feb. 10, dropping road matches at Ivy League foe Columbia (5-2) and Big East opponent St. John's (4-2).
Freshman standout Francisco Dias is currently the No. 76 ranked singles player in NCAA Division I by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), released on Feb. 28. Dias owns an overall No. 1 singles record of 7-2 this season.
UNC-Wilmington is off to a 6-2 start this season and is coming off a 5-2 win over Memphis last Sunday. The Seahawks are currently ranked No. 39 by the ITA and sophomore Rafael Aita currently holds a No. 68 singles ranking.
GW and UNCW face off on Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. at the UNCW Tennis Complex.
The George Washington women's tennis team will host Morgan State for its 2012 home opener on Saturday, March 3 at the Green Spring Racquet Club in Lutherville-Timonium, Md. The match was originally scheduled to be played at the Mount Vernon Tennis Facility, but was moved indoors due to expected rain over the weekend.
The Colonials (3-4) look to bounce back against the non-conference Bears after falling to Atlantic 10 opponent Temple, 7-0, last weekend.
Senior Meg Tyner holds an overall singles record of 4-1, with a 3-0 mark at the No. 6 spot and a 1-1 record at No. 5. Classmate Jacqueline Corba is 4-3 on the year, with a 1-3 mark in the No. 1 flight and a perfect 3-0 record at No. 2.
The Bears (0-2) are competing in their third match of the season after opening the 2012 campaign with losses to Delaware (7-0) and George Mason (6-1).
Action inside Green Spring Racquet Club is set for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.