Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Lacrosse Hosts Drexel in Home Opener on Saturday; Gymnastics, Softball, Men's and Women's Tennis and Women's Water Polo All Hit the Road
Feb. 14, 2013
The George Washington lacrosse team opens a five-game homestand on Saturday when it welcomes Drexel to the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus for a 1 p.m. contest.
The Colonials (1-0) are coming off a dominating 22-7 season-opening win over district foe Howard on Wednesday. The squad opened the season with a win for the third straight year and matched its second-best single-game goal total. Sophomore Rachel Mia led all scorers with a career-high seven goals and sophomore Jordy Bathras and freshman Gabbi Hull – who made her first collegiate appearance – each netted four goals.
Saturday’s game will serve as the season opener for Drexel, which finished last season with an overall record of 11-6 and produced a 4-3 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dragons return All-CAA selections Alyse Maiden, Kelli Joran and Amanda Norcini to the squad while also welcoming eight newcomers to the lineup.
GW looks to earn its first-ever win over Drexel as the Dragons hold a 6-0 advantage in the all-time series between the two programs. In last season’s meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., Drexel came away with a 15-10 victory.
The George Washington gymnastics team returns to action on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at the annual Sweetheart Invitational, hosted by East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) rival N.C. State at the Wolfpack’s Reynolds Coliseum. The meet will be streamed live on ESPN3 (link).
Also competing in the match are EAGL foes North Carolina and Pittsburgh, in addition to William & Mary and Bowling Green.
The Colonials are coming off their best meet of the season when they defeated North Carolina and William & Mary at Monday’s Pink Meet at Smith Center.
Junior Betsy Zander won the first all-around title of her career with a career-high 39.025. She also added personal best scores on the balance beam (9.800, 2nd) and uneven bars (9.775, 2nd) while adding a 9.775 on vault (3rd) and 9.675 on floor exercise (13th).
Also winning event titles for the Colonials were sophomore Elena Corcoran on vault with 9.825, senior Kayla Carto on balance beam with a career-high 9.875, and senior Stephanie Stoicovy on floor exercise with a 9.850.
Saturday’s meet marks the fourth of five meets that will pit the Colonials against North Carolina. GW topped the Tar Heels in the season-opening Lindsey Ferris Invitational and the Pink Meet while UNC was victorious in the tri-meet it hosted on January 20.
MEN’S TENNIS - @GWMensTennis
The George Washington men’s tennis team heads to Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend for the three-day ECAC Division I Indoor Championship, hosted by Cornell at the Reis Tennis Center.
The tournament, which runs from Feb. 15-17, consists of GW and seven Ivy League teams, six of which own national rankings, in No. 61 Brown, No. 42 Columbia, host No. 73 Cornell, No. 59 Dartmouth, No. 47 Harvard, No. 64 Princeton and Yale. The Buff and Blue will face off with No. 42 Columbia in a dual match on Friday at 11 a.m., the winner and loser of which will face the winner and loser of the Dartmouth-Princeton match on Saturday.
The Colonials are coming off of a 4-3 upset victory over No. 67 Old Dominion last Friday in their first road test of the season. The Colonials knocked off the nationally-ranked Monarchs with wins at the Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 6 singles positions from junior Nikita Fomin, freshman Danil Zelenkov, senior Alexander van Gils and junior Ulrik Thomsen, respectively.
WOMEN’S TENNIS - @GW_Tennis
The George Washington women’s tennis team opens Atlantic 10 play in Pittsburgh, Pa., this weekend with back-to-back matches at the indoor Alpha Tennis and Fitness. GW first faces Saint Joseph’s on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., followed by an 10 a.m. match with Duquesne on Sunday.
The Colonials (2-2) are coming off a 1-1 weekend of action in which they fell to cross-town rival Georgetown, 4-3, and bounced back to sweep George Mason, 7-0. After going undefeated in both singles and doubles play, senior Mimi Hamling earned her first Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week award. Hamling and freshmen Lana Robins and Stephanie Wei all own team-best singles records of 3-1 so far on the season.
Saint Joseph’s (1-3) is coming off a 5-2 loss to reigning A-10 champion Richmond on Saturday. The Hawks claimed victories at Nos. 5 and 6 singles, in addition to No. 3 doubles. SJU looks to snap a two-match skid after falling to Massachusetts, 6-1, on Feb. 3.
Duquesne (2-2) evened its record after going 2-0 last weekend after winning back-to-back matches over Bucknell and Niagara, both by identical 6-1 scores. Laurence Lambert owns a 2-0 singles record on the season while Chandler Consonery, Judy Li, Alexa Miller and Megan O’Sullivan are all 2-2.
The George Washington softball team heads to Spartanburg, S.C., this weekend for the Firehouse Subs Spartan Invitational hosted by USC Upstate. The Colonials open the tournament against Bowling Green on Friday at 6 p.m., then will take on Samford on Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by the host Spartans at 4 p.m. GW concludes the weekend against local rival George Mason on Sunday at 11 a.m.
GW went 1-2 at last weekend’s season-opening Hampton Inn Invitational hosted by Campbell University. The Colonials opened with a dominating 8-0 five-inning win over Seton Hall in which freshman Meghan Rico tossed the third no-hitter in program history in her collegiate debut. In addition, sophomore Victoria Valos drove in three runs in the game with a two-run triple in a seven-run third inning, as well as a game-ending RBI single in the fifth. GW then fell to Robert Morris and Campbell before its final game of the weekend against Virginia was postponed due to the cold weather.
Bowling Green will open its season this weekend. The Falcons went 36-22 in 2012, led by first-team all-MAC selection Hannah Fulk, who batted .327 with 15 home runs and 34 RBIs. Samford is 2-3 so far this season following last weekend’s USF-Wilson Demarini Opening Day Tournament, suffering losses to a pair of top-15 teams in South Florida and Michigan. Catcher Madison Dickey leads the Bulldogs with a .429 average, while Mollie Hanson has posted a 1.50 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 23.1 innings of work.
USC Upstate won all four games at the season-opening Subway Upstate Classic, outscoring its opponents, 35-2. The Spartans batted .418 as a team, led by shortstop Maddison Kieffer, who was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week after going 8-for-10 with four doubles and six runs scored. George Mason is coming off a 1-3 weekend at the Charleston Southern Tournament. Megan Blank led the Patriots, going 4-for-8 with five RBIs at the plate.
GW has never faced Bowling Green, Samford or USC Upstate in the program’s 10-year history. However, the Colonials are very familiar with George Mason, having faced the Patriots every year but two since 2003. Mason holds a 10-7 all-time series advantage, but the Colonials went 2-1 against the Patriots last season.
The George Washington women’s water polo team will travel to Lewisburg, Pa., for the Bison Invitational this weekend. The Colonials will face host Bucknell on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Hartwick at 6:30 p.m., followed by Marist on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and Villanova at 6:30 p.m.
GW went 1-2 at the season-opening Princeton Invitational last weekend, falling to top-10 opponents Princeton and California before picking up its first win of the season against Villanova. Junior Rachael Bentley led the Colonials with seven goals and seven assists, posting a pair of hat tricks and matching school records for assists (6) and points (9) in a game in GW’s 14-9 win over the Wildcats.
Bucknell opens its season this weekend after last week’s Brown Invitational was wiped out due to the snowstorm that hit the Northeast. The Bison went 15-24 last season and return a pair of all-conference selections in Taylor Barnett (67g, 8a in 2012) and Julianne Valdes (57g, 49a). Hartwick is 5-6 on the season and is receiving votes in the national poll following a 2-2 performance at the UC San Diego Triton Invite last weekend. Sami Capparelli leads the Hawks with 39 goals and 44 points so far this season.
Marist also took part in the Triton Invite, going 2-3, with all three losses coming against ranked opponents. Goalie Rebecca Thomas was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Villanova is 0-7 this season following competition at the Harvard Home Kick-Off and Princeton Invitational.
GW has faced Bucknell more than any other opponent and is 16-30 all-time against the Bison. The Colonials have never beaten Hartwick in six meetings, and they are just 1-8 all-time against Marist. However, including last weekend’s win, GW is 27-6 against Villanova since 2000.