Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Four Gymnasts Head to NCAA Regionals while Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Women's Water Polo and Men's and Women's Tennis All Hit the Road
April 5, 2012
A preview of George Washington's varsity athletic events this weekend. The GW men's tennis team hits the road before hosting Senior Day at the Mount Vernon Tennis Complex on Sunday. Four gymnasts will head to NCAA Regionals while the Colonials' baseball, softball, lacrosse, women's tennis and women's water polo teams all hit the road.
The George Washington men's tennis team closes out its regular season this weekend with a pair of non-conference matches, capped by Senior Day in the Colonials' final home match of 2012.
GW (11-7, 3-2 A-10) visits James Madison on Friday for a 1 p.m. match before returning home to face No. 73 Radford on Sunday at 1 p.m. the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus.
The Colonials are coming off a 2-1 performance last weekend with victories over Atlantic 10 opponents Richmond and Fordham, and a narrow 4-3 loss to Charlotte. Freshman Francisco Dias - the reigning A-10 Rookie Performer of the Week - is No. 100 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings and is currently riding a six-match winning streak at No. 1 singles. He and senior Ugur Atalay are on a five-match first-flight winning streak at the No. 1 doubles position.
James Madison (8-8, 2-2 CAA) hosts GW after being shutout, 7-0, by #43 VCU this past Sunday. The Dukes are paced by junior Greg Vladimirsky's 16 singles victories this season.
Nationally ranked Radford (13-4, 5-0 Big South) visits GW after a busy homestand with matches against Charlotte, UNC Asheville, and Bluefield State earlier this week. Sophomore Nicholas Sayer, ranked 78th by the ITA, comes into the weekend riding a 13-match winning streak.
The George Washington baseball team resumes Atlantic 10 play with a trip north to face Rhode Island in a three-game series beginning Friday at Bill Beck Field.
GW (11-17, 1-2 A-10) has won five of its last six games following Tuesday's 9-1 victory over Towson at Barcroft Park. Junior J.T. Wauford pitched seven innings of one-run ball while the senior trio of Jimmy Best, Brett Bowers and Stephen Oswald combined for four hits and six RBIs in aN eight-run seventh inning to clinch head coach Steve Mrowka's 600th career victory.
Bowers' batting average of .369 ranks seventh in the A-10 entering this weekend, while Oswald ranks ninth with 36 base hits. On the mound, sophomore Aaron Weisberg ranks second in the league with a 1.86 ERA while holding opponents to a .224 batting average.
Rhode Island (14-13, 4-2 A-10) has won four games in a row entering this weekend. Offensively, the Rams are led by Chris Famiglietti (.348, seven RBIs), Jeff Roy (.327, 10 RBIs) and Jeff Cammans (.280, 21 RBIs).
Junior Stephanie Stoicovy highlights a group of four George Washington gymnasts who will continue their individual seasons at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional on April 7.
Stoicovy qualified as an all-around performer after completing the season as the fourth-best regional gymnast that is not on a NCAA qualifying team with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 38.670.
The junior from Erie, Pa., was named the Colonials' Most Valuable Player and was selected to the All-EAGL First Team for both floor exercise and all-around at the EAGL Championship Banquet on March 23.
Blount, an All-EAGL First Team selection on balance beam, qualified as an individual event specialist on the beam along with Kenney (uneven bars) and Corcoran (vault). All three of GW's individual event specialists finished as the top-ranked gymnast on their respective events outside of student-athletes on regional qualifying teams.
Senior captain Amanda Murphy, an All-EAGL Second Team selection for the all-around, will be traveling with the team to serve as an alternate to Stoicovy.
The top two all-around performers that are not on a national qualifying team will advance to the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship, April 20-22, in Duluth, Ga., at The Arena at Gwinnett Center.
In addition, the event winners at each regional will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.
The George Washington lacrosse team travels to Richmond on Friday for its first Atlantic 10 road contest of the season. The Colonials and the Spiders will face off on Friday at Robins Stadium at 4 p.m.
The Colonials (7-4, 1-1 A-10) are coming off a 1-1 weekend of conference-opening action, which they opened with a thrilling 10-9 come-from-behind overtime victory over Saint Joseph's on Friday, then fell to No. 17 Massachusetts, 23-10, on Sunday.
Senior Sarah Phillips led the Colonials with seven points on the weekend on three goals - including the 100th of her career - and four assists, while classmate Megan Seidman tallied six points on four goals and two assists, and freshman Addi Bolin chipped in five goals.
With 191 points in her career, Phillips is just 21 shy of becoming GW's all-time career leader. Additionally, Phillips leads the A-10 with 2.36 assists per game and ranks second with 4.36 points per game.
Richmond (4-6, 1-1 A-10) is coming off a 1-1 weekend as the Spiders opened conference play with a 15-14 overtime loss to Massachusetts on Friday and defeated Saint Joseph's, 14-7, on Sunday. Richmond is led by junior Sam Stevenson, who has a team-high 48 points on 30 goals and 18 assists.
The George Washington women's tennis team visits Longwood in Farmville, Va., this Friday for a 2 p.m. non-conference match.
The Colonials (13-6) come into Friday's match after earning two decisive victories last weekend, blanking both George Mason and Towson, 7-0, and winning all matches in straight sets. Senior Meg Tyner enters the weekend with victories in 12 of her last 14 matches.
Longwood (9-9) is coming off a 5-2 win over Towson on Sunday, following a 7-0 blanking of George Mason one day earlier. Freshman Malin Allgurin leads the team with 16 singles victories this season and comes into Friday's match on a nine-match winning streak.
The George Washington softball team travels to Philadelphia this weekend to visit Atlantic 10 Conference opponents Temple and Saint Joseph's. The Colonials will face the Owls at 3 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday afternoons before taking on the Hawks in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.
GW (9-23, 0-4 A-10) has dropped seven straight following a doubleheader sweep at the hands of A-10 rival Charlotte on Sunday. Freshman Victoria Valos is hitting a team-best .299 with 12 extra-base hits, while junior Autumn Taylor leads the Colonials with seven home runs and 19 RBIs. Taylor is third in the A-10 in home runs and total bases (57), and junior Chelsea Lenhart ranks third in the league with nine doubles. As a team, GW ranks second in the A-10 in stolen bases (40) and third in doubles (37) and home runs (21).
Temple (16-13, 4-0 A-10) saw its six-game win streak snapped on Tuesday with a pair of losses at Army. Sarah Perzioso is batting .367, which ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10, and has driven in 21 runs. Brooklin White (9-6) paces the Owls on the mound with a 2.93 ERA.
Saint Joseph's (12-16, 4-0 A-10) has won six of its last eight games and is coming off a doubleheader sweep of A-10 rival La Salle on Sunday. Bernadette Moran is batting a team-best .316 with seven doubles, while Lauren Rendon, the reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week, leads the Hawks with four home runs and 18 RBIs. Saint Joseph's boasts the top pitching staff in the Atlantic 10, allowing just 2.06 runs per seven innings. The Hawks will host defending A-10 champion Fordham on Thursday and Friday before welcoming the Colonials.
GW is 5-11 all-time against Temple. Last season, the Owls edged the Colonials, 2-1 and 3-1, at GW Softball Field. GW is 3-11 all-time against Saint Joseph's, which blanked the Colonials, 11-0 and 1-0, in 2011.
WOMEN'S WATER POLO
The George Washington women's water polo team closes out its regular season with three games at the University of Maryland this weekend. The Colonials will take on No. 13 Michigan on Friday at 6 p.m., then face Salem International and Bucknell on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.
GW (8-10) went 1-2 last weekend against Southern Division rivals Princeton, Harvard and Mercyhurst. Senior Megan Walker led the Colonials with 15 points on nine goals and six assists and earned CWPA Southern Division Player of the Week for her efforts.
The Wolverines (16-10) saw their nine-game winning streak snapped in an 8-7 loss to No. 14 Indiana on Saturday. The Tigers (0-13) have been outscored, 212-57, this season, while the Bison (12-18) have not played since defeating Mercyhurst and Grove City on March 24, which halted their 10-game skid. Bucknell has defeated GW twice this season.