Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview - March 30-April 1
March 30, 2012
A preview of George Washington's varsity athletic events this weekend. The GW men's and women's tennis, softball and lacrosse teams will all host events as part of Spring Sports Weekend. Also hosting events at home are the Colonials' baseball, women's rowing and women's water polo teams.
The George Washington men's tennis team hosts three Atlantic 10 matches in two days at the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus this weekend.
GW (9-6, 1-1 A-10) welcomes Richmond on Friday for a 1 p.m. match, and faces Charlotte on Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by Fordham that afternoon at 3.
The Colonials are currently riding a six-match winning streak after earning a 6-1 decision over District rival Georgetown one week ago. Senior Ugur Atalay - the reigning A-10 Performer of the Week - paces GW with a seven-match singles winning streak, while junior Alexander van Gils has won five straight singles matches.
Richmond (8-7, 1-0 A-10) will compete in its second match in three days after defeating Navy, 4-3, on Wednesday. The Spiders picked up their first league win with a 7-0 shutout over Saint Joseph's last Saturday, and their match against the Colonials will be their final A-10 contest of the regular season.
Charlotte (12-6, 2-0 A-10) is coming off a 4-3 win over Appalachian State on Wednesday. The 49ers will face Fordham at the GW Tennis Center on Saturday morning before matching up against the Colonials. Kamil Khalil leads the 49ers with an 11-1 overall singles record, including a 7-0 mark at the No. 2 spot.
Fordham (14-6, 2-2 A-10) most recently dropped a 4-3 decision to Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday. The Rams are 2-2 in conference action, having defeated St. Bonaventure and La Salle while falling to Temple and Saint Joseph's.
The George Washington women's tennis team will compete in two non-conference matches this weekend as it hosts Towson and visits nearby George Mason.
GW (11-6) welcomes Towson for just the second match at the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus this season at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, then travels to Fairfax, Va., to face GMU at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
The Colonials are coming off a 5-2 setback to NCAA Division II No. 11 California (Pa.) last Saturday. Sophomore Julia Blakeley and senior Meg Tyner picked up Nos. 4 and 6 singles wins, respectively, but the Vulcans managed to claim their third win of the year over a Division I opponent.
Towson comes to Mount Vernon for its first match in 10 days after being blanked, 7-0, by Florida Atlantic on March 20. Freshman Ayana Dow leads the Tigers with an overall singles mark of 10-6, and sophomore Nisha Shah is 12-8.
George Mason plays consecutive contests this weekend as it hosts Longwood on Saturday before welcoming GW on Sunday. The Patriots most recently defeated Mount St. Mary's, 5-2, last Friday, in their first match in three weeks. Senior Brooke Blackwell leads Mason with an 8-3 overall singles record, and junior Kiersten Pappas owns a 6-1 singles mark.
After getting off to one of the best non-conference starts in program history, the George Washington lacrosse team opens Atlantic 10 play this weekend with a pair of games at GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus on Friday and Sunday. GW (6-3) hosts Saint Joseph's on Friday at 4 p.m., and No. 19/15 Massachusetts on Sunday at 1 p.m.
GW's players will be wearing Friends of Jaclyn T-shirts during warm ups of both contests, and will collect donations during halftime of Sunday's match against UMass. Friends of Jaclyn is an organization that matches children with pediatric brain tumors and their families with local college and high school sports teams. The Colonials "adopted" Alex three years ago, and all funds raised will go to support her and her family.
Seniors Sarah Phillips and Megan Seidman continue to climb the GW career records lists. Phillips is already GW's career leader in assists with 87, while she ranks second in points (184) and fifth in goals (97). She is just three goals shy of becoming the fourth Colonials' player ever to reach 100 goals, and is just 28 points shy of becoming GW's all-time points leader. Seidman ranks third with 113 career goals, fourth with 149 points and eighth with 36 assists.
GW is coming off a 15-8 loss at Denver last Sunday. The Colonials and Pioneers were knotted at 8-8 when Denver broke off on a 7-0 run to end the game and secure the victory. Phillips led GW with four points on a goal and three assists, and Seidman and sophomore Lindsey DiAntonio each scored two goals.
Saint Joseph's (4-5) is on a two-game losing skid after falling, 8-7, at Rutgers last Wednesday. Senior Grace Dinn paces the Hawks with 31 points on the strength of 29 goals and two assists. Junior goalkeeper Alisha Aquilino has stopped 59 shots and has a 10.66 goals against average.
Massachusetts comes to Mount Vernon ranked No. 19 in the most recent IWLCA poll and No. 15 in the deBeer Women's Media poll after picking up a pair of wins over then-No. 13 Albany and Siena last week. Minutewomen sophomore Katie Ferris tallied 14 points between the two contests and was named A-10 Player of the Week. UMass travels to Richmond on Friday to open conference play before coming to GW on Sunday.
The George Washington softball team hosts Atlantic 10 Conference rival Charlotte in a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. on Sunday at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
GW (9-21, 0-2 A-10) has dropped five in a row following a 3-0 loss to Drexel on Thursday. Senior Lauren Wilson is hitting a team-best .315 with eight stolen bases and 20 runs scored, while junior Autumn Taylor leads the Colonials with seven home runs and 18 RBIs. In addition, freshman Victoria Valos has reached base in 12 straight games, batting .371 with six extra-base hits and seven RBIs during that stretch.
Charlotte (14-16, 0-4 A-10) has lost five of its last six games and is coming off a doubleheader split with N.C. State on Wednesday. The 49ers will visit defending A-10 champion Fordham for a pair on Friday before coming to the District. Freshman Jackie Kleinsmith is batting a team-best .361, while junior Briana Gwaltney is hitting .348 with nine home runs, 29 RBIs and 25 runs scored.
GW is 2-9 all-time against Charlotte with four straight losses. Last season, the 49ers outscored the Colonials, 13-2, in a doubleheader sweep in Charlotte.
Charlotte at GW - Sun., 12 p.m.
The George Washington baseball team returns to action with three games this weekend, including two at Barcroft Park on Saturday and Sunday. The Colonials will visit Longwood in Farmville, Va., on Friday before returning home to host NCAA Division II Shepherd for a two-game set.
On Wednesday, the Colonials squandered a 3-0 lead before storming back to knock off UMBC, 6-4, at Baseball Factory Field in Baltimore. Senior Brett Bowers, hitting a team-best .358 entering this weekend, hit a RBI single in the eighth inning to tie the score and the Colonials took the lead on a fielder's choice sequence before adding an insurance run in the ninth.
GW has now won two straight following last weekend's series-finale victory over La Salle, its first victory on the new FieldTurf at still under-construction Barcroft Park.
The George Washington women's rowing team will return to action this weekend as the Colonials race against Georgetown and George Mason for the George's Cup and 1998 Cup on Saturday morning on the Potomac River.
The 1998 Cup has been contested since 2003 and is awarded to the winning team in the annual series between Georgetown and George Washington. The cup is named in honor of GW's 1998 Varsity 8, which earned the school's first trip to the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship.
A points system will be implemented that takes into account the results of the Varsity 8, JV 8 and Varsity 4 races between the Colonials and Hoyas. GW will look to capture its first 1998 Cup since the 2007 season.
The George's Cup, now in its second year of existence, will be awarded to the winner of a series of races between GW, Georgetown and George Mason. Results from the Varsity 8, JV 8, and Varsity 4 will be taken into account and the trophy will be awarded based on a points system.
Georgetown won both trophies last season.
In last weekend's spring opener at the annual Murphy Cup in New Jersey, the Colonials sent their Varsity 8 and JV 8 to the Grand Finals. The varsity crew finished in second place behind Navy, and the JV 8 finished in fourth place overall.
George's Cup/1998 Cup Schedule
* - 1998 Cup Race ^ - George's Cup
1998 Cup Points System
George's Cup Points System
WOMEN'S WATER POLO
The George Washington women's water polo team hosts CWPA Southern Division rivals Princeton, Harvard and Mercyhurst this weekend at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool for the squad's only home games of the 2012 campaign. The Colonials and Tigers will face off on Friday at 8 p.m., while GW will take on the Crimson on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and the Lakers on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
GW (7-8, 0-2 Southern Division) has not competed since a six-game West Coast swing March 14-17. The Colonials went 3-3 on their spring break trip, including wins in their final three contests against VMI, Redlands and Chapman. Sophomore Rachael Bentley leads the Colonials with 30 goals, 25 assists and 55 points on the season, while Walker is tops with 43 ejections drawn and sophomore Katherine Berry has tallied a team-high 22 steals. Freshman goalie Chandler Vilander has recorded 98 saves on the year, posting a 10.39 goals-against average and .400 save percentage.
Ranked 12th in the nation, Princeton (20-3, 2-0 Southern Division) has not played since March 20, when it split a pair of games against Arizona State and Azusa Pacific. Harvard (10-9, 2-1 Southern Division) has been idle since a 7-5 win over Brown on March 21. Mercyhurst (7-12, 0-3 Southern Division) is coming off a pair of wins over Utica and Chatham on Sunday, which snapped a four-game skid.