Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Oct. 27, 2011
A preview of George Washington's athletic events this weekend. The Colonials women's soccer team will host two matches, including Sunday's Senior Day, at Mount Vernon Field. The Colonials' volleyball, men's soccer, men's water polo, golf and men's and women's swimming teams hit the road.
For a schedule of all GW Varsity Athletic events, check out the Super Scoreboard
The George Washington women's soccer team closes out regular-season play this weekend when the Colonials host Atlantic 10 foes Massachusetts and Rhode Island at Mount Vernon Field on Friday and Sunday. Sunday's match with the Rams will be Senior Day, as well as GW's pediatric brain tumor awareness game. The Colonials will honor seniors Lindsey Rowe, Taryn Dietrich and Sierra Smidinger.
The Buff and Blue are coming off a narrow 1-0 loss to Richmond on Saturday. Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Rowe, who leads the A-10 with 7.40 saves per game, made 10 stops between the pipes for GW. It was the fourth contest of the season in which Rowe has psted double-digit saves.
Massachusetts (11-3-2, 5-1-1 A-10) won back-to-back home league contests last weekend. Duquesne and St. Bonaventure, both by 1-0 marks. Senior Julie Morrisssey, the reigning A-10 Player of the Week, netted both goals last weekend in the Minutewomen victories. UM is currently third in the conference standings, behind La Salle and Richmond.
Rhode Island (6-9-2, 1-5-1 A-10) is competing in three contests in five days this week to close out the regular season. On Wednesday, the Rams snapped conference leader La Salle's 14-game streak with a 1-1 double-overtime draw. Senior Alexis Veith notched her fourth goal of the season to put URI up 1-0 heading into halftime. The Rams are positioned 13th in the conference and travel to Richmond on Friday before coming to Mount Vernon Field.
The George Washington volleyball team heads west to Ohio this weekend for a critical Atlantic 10 Conference road trip. The Colonials visit Xavier Friday night at 7 p.m., before heading to Dayton to face the Flyers Saturday at 7 p.m.
GW (17-6, 6-3 A-10) is currently tied for third place in the conference with Xavier (14-9, 6-3 A-10). The Colonials defeated the Musketeers in a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 victory October 9 at Charles E. Smith Center.
In the first meeting, junior Lauren Whyte posted a double-double with 22 kills and 13 digs while the Colonials' defense totaled a then season-high 13 blocks, holding Xavier to a .185 attack percentage.
Dayton (17-5, 9-0 A-10) enters the weekend on a 13-match win streak and has posted 34 consecutive victories against A-10 opponents. The Flyers handed GW its only home loss of the season, 3-0, on October 7. The Flyers face visiting Charlotte Friday night before Saturday's match against the Colonials.
The George Washington men's soccer team hits the road for a pair of pivotal Atlantic 10 Conference matches this weekend. The Colonials visit Massachusetts Friday at 3:00 p.m. before heading to Rhode Island Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
GW (5-6-2, 3-2-0 A-10), which is currently tied for sixth place in the conference, extended its home win streak to four with a 2-0 victory over Richmond Oct. 22. After a scoreless first half, juniors Seth Rudolph and Mattia Melillo each found the back of the net in the second half to put the Colonials over .500 in conference play.
The Colonials will look to secure their first road points of the season starting Friday against Massachusetts (4-10-2, 2-2-2 A-10). The Minutemen are winless in their last three matches (0-1-2) and boast a 2-3 record at home this season.
Rhode Island (5-9-1, 2-3-1 A-10) will host Richmond Friday night before welcoming the Colonials Sunday. The Rams are 1-3-1 in their last five matches and boast a balanced attack that features five players with at least five points on the season.
The George Washington men's golf team heads south to the Carolinas for the third time in as many weeks to participate in the Kiawah Classic, hosted by Charleston Southern.
The three-day tournament will take place from Sunday, Oct. 30 to Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Turtle Point Golf Course on the prestigious Kiawah Island Golf Resort, located 15 miles south of Charleston, S.C. Turtle Point is a Jack Nicklaus-designed par-72, 7,061-yard layout that hosted the 2012 PGA Championship.
GW competed at the Old Dominion/Outerbanks Collegiate last weekend in Powells Point, N.C. The Colonials finished fifth out of 18 teams while being led by freshman Jack Persons, who finished fourth out of 90 golfers with a record-setting three-round score of 9-under 207.
The Colonials will be joined by 21 teams from 13 conferences, including the Mountain West, Missouri Valley, Horizon League, Summit League, Big South, Big East, Atlantic-10, Mid-American, Big Ten, Ohio Valley, Atlantic Sun and the Colonial Athletic Association.
Action at the Kiawah Classic can be followed at GolfStat.com.
GW at Kiawah Classic - Sun., Oct. 30 - Tue., Nov. 1
The George Washington men's and women's swimming teams travel to nearby Baltimore Saturday for a dual meet against UMBC.
The women's team is coming off a 169-124 loss to Bucknell last weekend, while the men's side fell to the Bison, 168-89. The women were led by freshman Janica Lee and sophomore Caroline Myers, who combined for a total of five first-place finishes.
For her efforts, Lee was named the Atlantic 10 Women's Swimming Rookie of the Week. She cracked the program leaderboard in the events when she posted two all-time top-10 performances against Bucknell.
The men's team was led by junior Phillip Graeter, who finished first in the 200-yard individual medley and took home second in the 200-yard backstroke.
Action inside UMBC Natatorium will begin at 1 p.m. Fans can watch the meet live by clicking here.
GW at UMBC - Sat., Oct. 29
MEN'S WATER POLO
The George Washington men's water polo will close out the regular season Saturday in Annapolis, Md., against nationally ranked No. 16 Navy and Salem International. The Colonials will face the Midshipmen at 2:00 pm followed by a recently-added match with the Tigers at 3:30 p.m.
The Colonials fell to then No. 17 Navy 16-7 on Oct. 12.
Last time out, GW (9-15, 2-5 CWPA) split a pair of CWPA Divisional crossover contests at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool Oct. 22. The Colonials fell to Iona, 10-4, before rebounding for a 12-10 victory over Fordham.
Sophomore Nate Little totaled seven goals in the two contests and leads the team with 73 points (60 goals, 13 assists).