Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Gymnastics, Softball & Women's Water Polo in Action at Home; Sailing, Baseball, Men's Tennis & Golf Hit the Road
March 8, 2013
The George Washington gymnastics team returns to the Charles E. Smith Center for the first time in a month to host West Virginia on Sunday for the annual Brownie & Girl Scouts Meet at 1 p.m.
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WVU, a founding member of the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL), is in its first season as a member of the Big 12. The two teams met last week at WVU's Quad Meet, with the Mountaineers finishing in second place, just ahead of the Colonials.
GW is coming off its best meet of the season, in which they posted their highest team score since 2004 with 195.300 last Sunday. The Colonials also posted their best vault score of the season with a 48.800 while junior Betsy Zander and senior Stephanie Stoicovy both placed on the all-around podium in second and third place, respectively.
Stoicovy ranks fourth in the EAGL on the floor exercise with regional-qualifying score of 9.855 and an average score of 9.850.
Additionally, Zander and senior Kayla Carto are ranked eighth and ninth in the conference, respectively on balance beam.
The Colonials currently rank fifth in the eight-team EAGL with a regional-qualifying score of 194.415.
The George Washington women's water polo team hosts No. 12 Princeton on Friday evening in CWPA Southern Division action at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The contest marks the first of three home matches for the Colonials this season.
GW (8-6, 2-1 Southern) has won five of its last six games and is off to its best start since the 2004 squad also had eight wins through 14 games.
The Colonials went 2-1 last weekend against a trio of Southern Division opponents at the Mercyhurst North East Aquatic Center, falling to Brown before defeating Bucknell and host Mercyhurst. Freshman Hannah Cox was named CWPA Southern Division Player and Rookie of the Week after scoring 12 goals in three games, including a career-high six in GW's 11-3 win over the Bison.
Junior Rachael Bentley leads the Colonials with 45 points and 27 assists this season, while Cox is tops with 38 goals. Junior Megan Brolley has recorded a team-best 18 steals and 23 ejections drawn. In all, six Colonials have tallied at least 30 points this season.
Princeton (11-2, 1-0 Southern) has won six in a row and is ranked 12th nationally. The Tigers have not played since the CWPA/MAAC Crossover Feb. 23-24, where they went 4-0 with wins over Siena, Iona, Wagner and Villanova. Both of Princeton's losses have come to nationally ranked opponents, No. 4 California and then-No. 12 Indiana. Princeton has outscored its opponents, 174-85, on the season. Katie Rigler leads the Tigers with 26 goals and 30 points this season, and goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson has posted 151 saves while allowing just 63 goals in 352 minutes in the cage.
GW has never defeated Princeton in 35 all-time match-ups. The teams last met at the season-opening Princeton Invite Feb. 9, with the 10th-ranked Tigers winning, 20-6. Bentley tallied three goals to lead the Colonials.
BASEBALL - @GWBaseball1
The George Washington baseball team welcomes defending Ivy League champions Cornell to Barcroft Park for a four-game series this weekend.
The Colonials and Big Red will play doubleheaders on both Friday and Saturday, beginning at 12:00 p.m. each day. Cornell won three-of-four games last season at Barcroft Park.
GW (0-9) is still searching for its first victory of the Gregg Ritchie era. Five of GW's nine losses have come by one or two runs, including two of three last weekend against Quinnipiac.
Freshman Luke Staub leads the team with a 3.63 ERA through three starts and 17.1 innings pitched. Classmate Max Kaplow fanned seven batters in Sunday's game against Quinnipiac to bring his team-leading total to 15 strikeouts.
Cornell (3-1) opened its season last weekend at the UMES Tournament, picking up a pair of wins over host UMES and a third against Saint Peter's.
Sophomore catcher Matt Hall leads the team with six hits and a .400 average after the first weekend while sophomore outfielder Kevin Tatum has a .526 on-base percentage and junior shortstop Tom D'Alessandro has driven in a team-best five runs.
MEN'S TENNIS - @GWMensTennis
The No. 45 George Washington men's tennis team heads to California for Spring Break from March 8-16 for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Calabasas Futures tournament this weekend, as well as dual matches at UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine next week.
"This first-level tournament is a great opportunity for our players to gain status on a non-collegiate level while playing against really great competitors," said head coach Greg Munoz. "Francisco and Danil both came to GW with Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings, but they don't hold up when you compete strictly on the college level. At this event, our players are able to earn ATP points."
Held at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center, the tournament features 64 players in the qualifying draw and 32 in in the main draw. Sophomore Francisco Dias and junior Nikita Fomin will both vie for a spot to compete in the prestigious USTA event, while freshman Danil Zelenkov - who owns a No. 1,672 world ranking by the Association of Tennis Professionals - is seeded in the qualifying draw.
After earning a No. 50 national ranking from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association last week and going 2-1 against competition on the weekend, the Colonials (7-4) improved five spots to earn the No. 45 distinction. The Buff and Blue were edged by then-No. 33 Columbia, 4-3, before blanking Temple (7-0) and Fordham (7-0) all on the road.
Fomin and Zelenkov guided GW to its 2-1 weekend performance, which was highlighted by consecutive sweeps of Atlantic 10 foes to open conference competition, with perfect 6-0 combined singles and doubles records. For their efforts Fomin and Zelenkov were tabbed the A-10 Men's Tennis Performer and Rookie Performer of the Week, respectively.
Fomin is now 7-4 in dual-match singles play on the year, including 2-0 at the No. 1 spot. Zelenkov owns a 7-3 dual match singles record this spring, and junior Ulrik Thomsen owns a notable 6-3 singles mark this season. The No. 2 doubles duo of Fomin and Zelenkov are 6-3 this spring season after a 3-0 weekend, and the tandem of sophomore Francisco Dias and Leonardo Lapentti are undefeated, 6-0, as the No. 3 pair.
George Washington sailing returns to Newport News, Va., for the second consecutive weekend, this time to compete in CJ's Regatta hosted by Christopher Newport University.
The Colonials will send eight sailors to the eight-team event consisting of two squads from the host Captains, along with Cornell, Maryland, Princeton, UMBC and William & Mary.
Senior Richard Sant will partner with junior Erin McCormack and sophomores Alex Hitchcock and Meagan Murphy will team in shared A Division duties. GW's B Division duties will be split by junior William Broman and sophomore Jennifer Wilson, and freshman Benjamin Helfand and senior Christopher Nolfi.
"This will be a good chance for more of our up-and-coming sailors to get more regatta experience," said head coach John Pearce. "I think we have a good shot at a podium finish against the eight-team field."
Following CJ's Regatta, the Colonials head further south to Charleston, S.C., for their spring break training trip before returning to the Hampton Roads area for the Christopher Newport Women's Invite and Hampton Pirate Team Race next weekend.
Softball - @GW_Softball
The George Washington softball team will compete in the UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational this weekend. However, Wednesday's winter storm forced scheduled changes in the tournament. The Colonials will now host Mount St. Mary's in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and Seton Hall in a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m.
GW (3-10) dropped three one-run games at last weekend's Colonial Classic, falling to Dartmouth, 3-2 and 2-1, and to Bucknell, 4-3. Senior Amanda Zakeri and junior Chelsea Lenhart each had a team-best three hits, and Lenhart added two RBIs to lead the Colonials. Junior Courtney Martin allowed just one earned run on six hits in 7.2 innings spanning three appearances.
Freshman Carlee Gray leads the Colonials with a .351 average, while sophomore Victoria Valos has driven in a team-best 10 runs on the season. Martin has pitched to a 1.95 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 39.1 innings of work in the circle.
Mount St. Mary's (1-9) is coming off a 1-4 showing at last weekend's University of Florida Tournament. The Mount picked up its lone win of the season against Florida A&M on Saturday. Cat Clifford leads Mount St. Mary's with a .321 average, four home runs and six RBIs. She is the only Mount player batting better than .300, as the Mount is batting just .184 as a team, and has been outscored, 63-24, on the year.
Seton Hall (6-6) has won four of its last five games, including a 6-2 victory at Maryland on Tuesday, after winning two of three games last weekend at the Colonial Classic. Danielle DeStaso is batting .486 with 11 RBIs, while Maria DeLuca is hitting .353 with 12 RBIs, and both players have two home runs and four doubles, as well. DeStaso also leads the Pirates in the circle, as she has pitched to a 3-1 record and a 2.83 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 34.2 innings of work.
GW is 6-7 all-time against Mount St. Mary's, including 6-3 at home. The Colonials swept the Mount in a doubleheader last season at the GW Softball Field. GW defeated Seton Hall, 8-0, in five innings in the teams' only previous meeting in the 2013 season opener at the Hampton Inn Invitational hosted by Campbell University. Freshman Meghan Rico tossed a no-hitter in that game, which marked her collegiate debut.