Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Lacrosse Hosts Denver on Friday Afternoon; Baseball, Softball, Gymnastics, Women's Water Polo, Men's and Women's Tennis Also in Action
Feb. 21, 2013
The George Washington lacrosse team hosts its second of a five-game homestand on Friday when the squad welcomes Denver to the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus for a 3:30 p.m. contest.
The Colonials (1-1) look to bounce back from a 10-3 loss to Drexel in their home opener on Saturday. Junior Jordy Bathras, sophomore Allie Rash and senior Nicole Lacey each tallied a goal for GW, and senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks matched her career-high with 10 saves on the afternoon.
Sophomores Rachel Mia (7 g) and Jamie Bumgardner (7 a) pace the Buff and Blue with seven points apiece through two games. Classmate Rash (3 g, 3 a) is not far behind with six points and Bathras (5 g) and Lacey (4 g, 1 a) have each tallied five points.
Denver (1-0) is coming off a 10-9 season-opening victory at Vanderbilt on Saturday. The squads were knotted at 9-9 when Pioneers' junior Jenn Etzel found the back of the net with just six seconds remaining to break the tie and give Denver the win. Sophomore Jill Remenapp led all scorers on the day with seven points (2 g, 5 a).
Denver leads the all-time series between the two programs with a 4-1 mark. The Colonials dropped a 15-8 decision to the Pioneers last year on the road, and their lone win was a 9-7 victory at home during the 2005 season.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - @GW_Tennis
The George Washington women's tennis team looks to continue its three-match winning streak when the squad welcomes nearby UMBC to the Montclair Country Club in Montclair, Va., on Sunday, Feb. 24 for a 5:30 p.m. match.
The Colonials (4-2, 2-0 A-10) are coming off a perfect weekend after defeating conference foes Saint Joseph's (6-1) on Saturday and Duquesne (4-3) on Sunday. Senior Mimi Hamling and freshman Stephanie Wei both went undefeated in singles in the pair of league matches and they each own a 5-1 dual match singles record this spring season.
UMBC (6-1) last competed on Feb. 10 and suffered a 6-1 loss at Virginia Tech. The Retrievers' lone singles victory came from Josefin Stange Jonnson at the No. 4 spot.
The George Washington men's tennis team faces a pair of nationally ranked opponents this weekend in No. 61 South Alabama and No. 60 Georgia State in Atlanta, Ga., at the Blackburn Tennis Center. The Colonials face the 61st-ranked Jaguars on Saturday at 2 p.m. then take on the host Panthers on Sunday at 10 a.m.
GW is coming off a 1-2 weekend at the ECAC Indoor Championships this past weekend at Cornell's Reis Tennis Center in Ithaca, N.Y. The squad fell to No. 42 Columbia (4-2) in the first round of the tournament, then defeated No. 59 Dartmouth (4-3) in the back draw and ultimately fell to Yale (4-0) on Sunday in the fifth-place match.
The Buff and Blue are 2-2 this spring against nationally ranked opponents, having upset No. 67 Old Dominion (4-3) and the 59th-ranked Big Green. Junior Nikita Fomin leads GW in dual match competition this season with a 3-3 singles record.
South Alabama (2-4) most recently fell to Southern Miss, 4-3, on Thursday Feb. 14. The Jaguars are led by Daniel Leitner, who is ranked No. 49 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, with a 5-1 singles mark. Georgia State is coming off back-to-back losses against ETSU (4-0) and Nebraska (4-3) on Feb. 15 and 16. No. 75 Victor Valente paces the Panthers with a 6-2 singles record and Robert Schulze owns a 6-3 mark.
Fans can follow live stats for the GW-Georgia State match on Sunday by clicking here.
GYMNASTICS - @GWGymnastics
The George Washington gymnastics team makes the short trip to College Park, Md., on Friday evening to compete in a quad meet with East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) rivals No. 17 Maryland and Pittsburgh along with Bridgeport at 7 p.m. at Comcast Center.
Last weekend, in a nationally televised meet on ESPN3, the Colonials finished in fourth place out of six teams at N.C. State's Sweetheart Invitational.
The Colonials registered three third-place finishes by sophomore Elena Corcoran (vault), senior Kayla Carto (balance beam) and senior Stephanie Stoicovy (floor exercise). Stoicovy finished in fourth place in the all-around, the first time finishing outside of the top three this season.
Maryland leads the EAGL with a 9-1-1 overall record, including a 6-1-1 mark against conference opponents. The Terps are the top-ranked team in the conference on vault and uneven bars while ranking second on balance beam and floor exercise.
Pittsburgh ranks second in the conference, with a 10-8 overall record and a 2-4 mark against EAGL foes, by virtue of their regional qualifying score of 194.940.
The George Washington baseball team returns to action on Friday following a snow-shortened opening weekend as the Colonials head to Spartanburg, S.C., for a three-game series with USC Upstate at Harley Park.
GW (0-2) opened the Gregg Ritchie era last weekend at Davidson College, where blizzard conditions forced an abbreviated weekend. The Colonials fell, 7-5, in the season opener on Friday then had a rally cut short in a snow-shortened 6-5 defeat in seven innings on Saturday.
The Colonials got strong starting pitching from junior Luke Staub and freshman Max Kaplow, who both made their GW debuts against Davidson. Staub fanned five while yielding one unearned run in 5.2 innings of work in the season opener. Freshman Kaplow followed by striking out six in five innings on Saturday.
The Colonials were led offensively in the opening weekend by senior Tyler McCarthy. McCarthy collected four hits, including a double and a home run, and drove in two runs to lead the GW offense. As a team, the Colonials only struck out eight times while collecting 15 hits.
USC Upstate (1-1) scored a school-record (since joining NCAA Division I) 23 runs in their season-opening win over Niagara before pushing No. 8 Kentucky to the brink in an 11-10 defeat. The Spartans are batting .412 as a team through the first two games of the season.
Fans can follow live stats for the entire series by clicking here.
The George Washington softball team travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the Carolina Classic hosted by the University of North Carolina. Due to impending rain in the area, the Colonials' opening game against North Dakota State, which was originally scheduled for Friday morning, will now be played on Thursday at 4 p.m. GW will also face Iona on Friday at 12:30 p.m., Iowa State on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and Penn State on Saturday at 12 p.m.
GW (1-5) went 0-3 at last weekend's Firehouse Subs Spartan Invitational hosted by USC Upstate. Freshman Meghan Rico suffered a tough-luck 1-0 loss to Bowling Green in the opening game, allowing one run on just one hit in a complete game effort. The Colonials also lost to the host Spartans and Samford before their final game against George Mason was canceled due to snow.
North Dakota State (4-6) is coming off a 3-2 weekend at the LSU Purple & Gold Challenge. The reigning Summit League Pitcher of the Week, Whitney Johnson boasts a 1.15 ERA and holds opponents to a .181 average. The Bison are batting just .180 as a team. Iona (1-4) has not played since opening the season at the UNC Wilmington Beach Blast from Feb. 8-10. The Gaels, who were outscored 31-14 at the tournament, are led offensively by Beth Kann, who is batting .333 with a pair of home runs, and Katie Jansson, who is hitting .286 with a team-best five RBIs.
Iowa State (6-3) went 2-2 at last weekend's UTSA Classic. The Cyclones are batting .348 as a team with five starters batting over .350. Erica Miller is batting a team-best .481 with 11 RBIs, while Sarah Hawryluk has scored 10 runs to go with her .471 average. Penn State (2-3) opened the season last weekend at the Troy Cox Classic. Cassidy Bell is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week after batting .600 with three home runs and nine RBIs.
GW has never faced North Dakota State or Iowa State in the program's 10-year history. Penn State won the lone previous meeting between the Colonials and Nittany Lions, 5-0, at the 2009 Carolina Classic, while GW is 2-0 all-time against Iona, with the last meeting coming at the 2011 Spartan Invitational.
Fans can follow live stats for all games at the Carolina Classic by clicking here.
The George Washington women's water polo team heads to Villanova, Pa., for the CWPA/MAAC Crossover this weekend. The Colonials will face Wagner on Saturday at 12 p.m. and the host Wildcats at 6 p.m., followed by Siena on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and Iona at 2:30 p.m.
GW (3-4) went 2-2 at last weekend's Bison Invitational, defeating host Bucknell and Villanova while falling to Hartwick and Marist. Junior Rachael Bentley and freshman Erin Donoghue were named CWPA Southern Division Player and Co-Rookie of the Week for their efforts. Bentley scored a team-high 17 points on seven goals and 10 assists, while Donoghue tallied a team-best nine goals and seven steals.
Through seven games this season, Bentley leads the Colonials with 31 points and 17 assists, while Donoghue is tops with 15 goals.
Wagner (5-3) is also coming off a 2-2 effort at the Bison Invite, and Lily Doerfler was tabbed MAAC Rookie of the Week after scoring nine goals and drawing 10 ejections. Villanova (0-10) dropped all three of its matches at the Bison Invitational.
Siena will open its season this weekend at the CWPA/MAAC Crossover. The Saints posted a 9-21 record in 2012 and lost just two players from that squad. Iona is 2-1 this season but has also won four exhibition contests against club teams.
GW is just 2-11 all-time against Wagner after falling to the Seahawks, 14-6, at the 2012 CWPA vs. MAAC Weekend, but the Colonials are 28-6 against Villanova since 2000 with two wins already this season. GW also boasts a 7-1 record all-time against Siena after last season's 13-10 win at the same tournament, as well as a 5-2 mark against Iona despite a 16-10 loss last season.
Fans can watch the GW/Villanova match live for a fee by clicking here.