Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Sept. 29, 2011
A preview of George Washington's athletic events this weekend. The Colonials' volleyball team will host Charlotte at the Charles E. Smith Center while the men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's cross country and men's tennis teams hit the road.
For a schedule of all GW Varsity Athletic events, check out the Super Scoreboard.
GW (11-5, 0-2 A-10) swept Loyola (Md.), 3-0, Wednesday night to snap a five-match losing streak after opening the season with 10 consecutive victories. Junior Lauren Whyte led all players with 15 kills and freshman Christy Harper totaled eight blocks.
Charlotte (6-8, 0-2 A-10) enters Saturday's match on a four-match losing streak, including losses against A-10 foes Saint Louis and Duquesne. The Colonials lead the all-time series against the 49ers, 8-5.
The George Washington men's soccer team wraps non-conference play for 2011 by continuing its southern swing with a visit to Spartanburg, S.C., to take on Wofford (2-5-1) Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Colonials traveled south to Jacksonville, Fla., last weekend and came away with a 0-1-1 mark following a 3-1 loss to host Jacksonville and 2-2 draw with Stetson. Senior striker Yoni Berhanu totaled five points on a pair of penalty-kick goals and an assist during the road trip to earn a share of this week's Atlantic 10 Player of the Week award. Junior attack-mate Seth Rudolph, who is tied with Berhanu among the A-10 leaders with four goals and nine points, was selected to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Top 20 Players to Watch in the Atlantic 10 earlier this week.
After starting the season 2-0-0, the Terriers have posted a 0-5-1 mark in their last six matches, including consecutive home losses to No. 4 North Carolina (1-0) and College of Charleston (5-1). Both GW and Wofford posted one-goal victories over USC Upstate this season, with the Colonials scoring a 1-0 win on Sept. 11 and the Terriers opening the season with a 2-1 win on Aug. 29.
GW (2-3-2) begins Atlantic 10 play next weekend with matches against Saint Joseph's and Temple at Mount Vernon Field on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
The George Washington women's soccer team opens Atlantic 10 play this weekend with two road games in three days. The Colonials first travel to Olean, N.Y., for a match at St. Bonaventure Friday, then head to Pittsburgh, Pa., to face Duquesne Sunday.
GW (3-7-0) looks to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to cross-town foe American Monday. Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Rowe, who leads the A-10 with 8.38 saves per game, made seven stops in the contest.
SBU (5-4-1) hosts GW in its second contest of a six-game homestand at McGraw-Jennings Field Friday at 3 p.m. The Bonnies are coming off a 2-1 loss to Colgate last weekend, despite taking an early lead against the Red Raiders. GW leads the all-time series against St. Bonaventure, 11-3-1.
On Sunday, GW faces off with Duquesne (1-7-1) at Rooney Field at 1 p.m. The Dukes opened the season with a 1-0 win over Saint Francis (Pa.), but have since posted a 0-7-1 mark. The all-time series between the Colonials and Dukes is knotted at 7-7-1.
Four members of the George Washington men's tennis team head to the Midwest this weekend for the nine-day Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men's All-American Championships at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla. Competing in the tournament for GW is senior Ugur Atalay, junior Alexander van Gils, sophomore Ulrik Thomsen and freshman Francisco Dias.
The tournament, held at Case Tennis Center for the seventh straight year, features the largest field of any collegiate tennis championship, with more than 300 players expected to compete. On Saturday, Oct. 1 the Colonials begin with the prequalifying singles round and on Thursday, Oct. 6 main draw play gets underway with 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams.
The George Washington men's and women's swimming teams open the 2011-12 season on Friday, Sept. 30 at nearby American University for the Potomac Relays. The Colonials will face the host Eagles as well as local foes Georgetown, George Mason, Howard, Mary Washington and Towson.
The meet will feature nine relay events. Last season, GW finished fourth overall as a team with the women placing fourth and the men's finishing third.
Action is slated for 3 p.m. at Reeves Aquatic Center. The meet will be web-streamed through AU's Eagles Vision TV. Single-event subscriptions are available for $7.95.
The GW men's and women's cross country programs will travel to Fairfax, Va., to compete in the George Mason Invitational Saturday morning. The men's 8K race will start at 10 a.m. followed by the women's 5K race at 10:45 a.m, on Oatlands Plantation.
Junior Julia Weir finished in 37th place at the Salty Dog Invitational in Annapolis, Md., on Sept. 17. The men's team returns to action for the first time since Sept. 2 when freshman Marco Siragusa ran to a 48th-place finish in his collegiate debut at the Mount St. Mary's 5K Duals in Emmitsburg, Md.