Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Softball Hosts the Colonials Classic, Lacrosse Welcomes Bucknell, Water Polo, Gymnastics, Sailing, Squash, Men's Tennis & Women's Tennis All Hit the Road
Feb. 28, 2013
The George Washington softball team hosts Bucknell, Dartmouth and Seton Hall this weekend for the three-day Colonial Classic Friday through Sunday at the GW Softball Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. GW will take on Dartmouth on Friday at 11:45 a.m. before facing Bucknell at 1:30 p.m. The Colonials again host Dartmouth on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., then conclude the tournament against Seton Hall on Sunday at 3:15 p.m.
Games will take place each day at 11:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Live stats will be provided for all contests in the tournament, and all four of GW's games will be streamed live on RaiseHigh.tv. The full tournament schedule, along with GameTracker and video links can be found at Tournament Central.
The Colonials will honor Sandy Hook Elementary School victims during Saturday's games. GW staff and players will wear special T-shirts and conduct a 50/50 raffle at each contest with all proceeds going toward the NSA/We Are Newtown Memorial Scholarship fund, which was set up by the father of incoming freshman Monica Macchiarulo, a native of Newtown, Conn. In addition, the softball team will partner with the women's lacrosse, women's tennis and women's soccer teams to host a sports bra drive on Sunday to benefit women in Northern Uganda through the Girls Kick It! project.
GW (3-7) split its home-opening doubleheader with Drexel on Wednesday. The Colonials earned an 8-0 five-inning win in the first game before dropping the nightcap, 3-2. Sophomore shortstop Victoria Valos belted her first home run of the season and drove in four on the afternoon, while freshman first baseman Carlee Gray picked up four hits. In addition, freshman Meghan Rico allowed just one hit in the complete game shutout in Game 1. The Colonials recorded 15 hits and were 5-for-5 on the base paths in the two games while limiting the Dragons to just six singles.
Gray leads GW with a .379 average on the season, and Valos has a team-best four extra-base hits and nine RBIs. In addition, senior Autumn Taylor boasts a team-high .480 on-base percentage after reaching base five times in seven plate appearances on Wednesday.
Bucknell (1-7) has lost seven in a row, including all four games at last weekend's Longwood Spring Classic. The Bison have been outscored, 53-17, this season and are batting just .184 as a team, led by Mariah Midyette, who is hitting .273 with three doubles, three RBIs and five runs scored. Dartmouth (3-2) opened its season last weekend at the Stetson Hatter Classic. Hillary Hubert leads the Big Green with a .400 average and six RBIs, while four of Kelsey Miller's six hits have gone for extra bases, good for a .611 slugging percentage. Seton Hall (3-5) is coming off a 1-3 weekend at the Jacksonville Invitational. Danielle DeStaso is batting a team-best .500 with three doubles, two homers and nine RBIs, while Maria DeLuca is hitting .350 with four extra-base hits and seven runs driven in.
The Colonials are 2-4 all-time against Bucknell, but the teams have not met since 2008. GW has never faced Dartmouth in the program's 10-year history, and the Colonials defeated Seton Hall, 8-0, in five innings in the teams' only previous meeting in the 2013 season opener at the Hampton Inn Invitational hosted by Campbell University.
The George Washington lacrosse team welcomes Bucknell to the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus on Sunday for its fourth contest of a five-game homestand. Action against the Bison is set for 1 p.m.
The Colonials (2-2) are coming off a 10-6 win over local rival George Mason on Wednesday at home. GW held a one-goal lead at the half and out-scored the Patriots, 7-4, in the second frame to secure the victory. Freshman Olivia Boudreau led all scorers with a game-high four goals - including the first of her collegiate career - and senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks set aside six shots.
The Buff and Blue have seen goal production from 10 different players this season, and sophomores Jamie Bumgardner (3 g, 10 a) and Rachel Mia (10 g) pace the squad on the year with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Bucknell (0-3) opened its season with three straight losses to nationally ranked opponents. Most recently the Bison suffered a 19-4 setback to No. 15/19 Johns Hopkins on Saturday. Sophomore Emily Kookogey (3 g) and senior Madison Hurwitz (2 g, 1 a) lead the team through three games with three points apiece. Bucknell first travels to take on George Mason on Friday, March 1 before making the short trip to Washington, D.C., to face GW.
Sunday's contest will serve as just the second-ever meeting between the two programs. The Colonials came away with a 15-7 series-opening victory over the Bison a season ago on the road.
MEN'S TENNIS - @GWMensTennis
After securing its highest-ever national team ranking in seventh-year head coach Greg Munoz's tenure, the No. 50 George Washington men's tennis team continues its tough schedule with three matches in as many days this weekend.
The Colonials (5-3) first travel to New York, N.Y., to rematch with No. 33 Columbia on Friday at 2 p.m. GW then opens Atlantic 10 Conference action when it takes on Temple on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa., before returning to New York on Sunday to face Fordham at 1 p.m. in Port Chester, N.Y.
GW earned a No. 50 national ranking from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), its first since the 2008 season when the squad reached No. 71. In addition to the team ranking, sophomore Francisco Dias, the Colonials' No. 1 competitor, earned a No. 114 singles ranking.
The Buff and Blue are coming off a perfect weekend of action in Atlanta, Ga., over No. 61 South Alabama (6-1) and No. 60 Georgia State (4-2), and is now 4-2 against top-70 teams this spring. Junior Ulrik Thomsen paces GW with a 10-4 overall singles record and a 5-2 dual-match record this spring, including a perfect 4-0 mark at the No. 6 spot. Freshman Danil Zelenkov is 4-3 in dual-match action, including 4-2 record in third-flight play.
GW will face its third straight nationally ranked opponent, and seventh of the season, when it matches up with Columbia (5-3). The Lions, who earned a No. 33 ranking from the ITA reached their highest-ever spot since the 1987 season. Sophomore Winston Lin climbed to No. 36 in the ITA singles poll while the tandem of sophomores Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur are the No. 22 doubles team. GW fell to then-No. 42 Columbia, 4-2, in the first round of the ECAC Indoor Championship on Friday, Feb. 15.
The Colonials begin A-10 action on Saturday against Temple (2-4, 1-0 A-10). After opening their season with two straight victories, the Owls have suffered a four-match skid. Temple's most recent loss was a 7-0 sweep at the hands of Penn on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Freshmen Santiago Canete and Nicolas Paulus lead the squad as they each own 4-1 singles records this spring.
GW takes on Fordham for its final match of the weekend on Sunday. The Rams (0-4, 0-1 A-10) are winless through their opening four matches this spring and are coming off a 5-2 loss to conference foe Saint Joseph's on Friday, Feb. 22. Sophomore Srikar Alla (8-0), juniors Kuba Kowalski (3-0) and Matty Najfeld (2-0) and sophomore Michael Puntillo (2-0) all own unblemished records this spring season.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - @GW_Tennis
The George Washington women's tennis team competes in two matches in two days this weekend at Drexel on Saturday and home against UMES on Sunday. The Colonials (5-2) travel to Philadelphia, Pa., riding a four-match winning streak after defeating nearby foe UMBC, 5-2, on Sunday at the Montclair Country Club in Montclair, Va.
After helping the Buff and Blue to victory over the Retrievers with wins at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-1) and No. 1 doubles (8-1), junior Leah Pascarella was tabbed Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Co-Performer of the Week. The Frankfort, Ill., native has won three of her last four singles matches competing at the top spot and she and Hamling are now 4-0 in doubles this spring.
Hamling and freshman Stephanie Wei lead GW with 6-1 dual-match singles record this spring. Hamling's record is highlighted by a perfect 5-0 mark at the No. 4 spot while Wei is 2-0 in fourth-flight action and 4-1 in No. 3 play. The doubles duo of senior Dorota Lysienia and freshman Lana Robins have won five of their last six matches, competing primarily at the No. 2 spot.
Drexel (4-2) is coming off back-to-back losses last weekend at UMBC (7-0) and Navy (4-3). Sophomore Nicole Pivonka owns an overall singles record of 9-4 while the doubles team of Pivonka and senior Emma Brook are 7-4 on the year.
UMES opens its 2013 spring season against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday, March 2 before coming to GW. The Hawks went 1-16 last season and were selected to finish sixth in the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason Poll.
SAILING - @GW_Sailing
The GW sailing team returns to competition for the second time this spring at the Old Dominion Spring Open in Newport News, Va., this Saturday and Sunday.
The Colonials will join 18 other teams from the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) at the two-day regatta. "Many teams use this event as a showcase for their younger up-and-coming talent," said second-year head coach John Pearce. "We too will be sending fresh faces with freshman skippers in both divisions."
In A Division, freshman Jay Spector will skipper for junior crew Kaitlin Denney, a GW club sailing veteran who studied abroad last Fall and will be competing in her first regatta as a member of the varsity. "She has a lot of talent and racing experience, so she will be a key team member going forward," said Coach Pearce of Denney.
In B Division, freshman skipper Hannah McNomee will have two crews on call depending on race conditions. In light winds, freshman Henry Young will pair with McNomee, while in windy conditions, senior Sloan Dickey will step in as heavy-air crew.
The quintet of Colonials will race against the host Monarchs as well as Army, Buffalo, Christopher Newport, Columbia, Drexel, Hampton, Maryland, Navy, Penn, Princeton, St. Mary's (Md.) College, Syracuse, UMBC, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Virginia and William & Mary.
"This will be a great opportunity for our younger sailors to gain experience and to see how we stack up against the up-and-comers from our MAISA rivals," summed Coach Pearce.
SQUASH - @GWSquash
The season continues for four GW squash players as senior Omar Sobhy, junior Jackie Shea and freshmen Anna Gabriela Porras and Ahmed Abdel-Latif all advance to the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championships this weekend at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Sobhy, who captured the program's first ever individual national championship with his Malloy Cup (B-Division) title in 2011, will compete in the Pool Cup (A-Division) for the first time in his career. He concluded his senior season with an 18-3 record and is the men's squash program's all-time career wins leader with 58 victories.
Sobhy will face Todd Harrity of Princeton in the round of 32 of the Pool Cup on Friday at 11:20 a.m.
Porras will compete in the Ramsay Cup (A-Division) and will open against Kanzy El Defrawy of Trinity on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Porras shined in her debut season at GW, leading the women's team to their highest end-of-season national ranking in program history (No. 13) while picking up a team-best 16 wins. Porras fell to El Defrawy in straight sets on December 2.
Shea makes her the third appearance of her career in the Holleran Cup (B-Division). The West Hartford, Conn., native finished with nine wins this season and will open the tournament against Alyssa Northrop of Williams on Friday at 9:40 a.m. After suffering a first-round exit last season, Shea went on to win the consolation bracket of the Holleran Cup.
Abdel-Latif will face Guy Davidson of Wesleyan in the first round of the Malloy Cup on Friday at 9:45 a.m. The two players met last weekend, as Abdel-Latif earned the straight-sets victory in GW's 5-4 win over the Cardinals.
Each division contains 32 players from around the College Squash Association. The A-Division brackets (Pool Cup, Ramsey Cup) feature the top 32 men's and women's players in the CSA while the B-Divisions (Holleran Cup, Malloy Cup) feature players ranked 33-64.
The George Washington gymnastics team concludes its current three-meet road swing with a visit to former East Atlantic Gymnastics League rival West Virginia on Sunday for a quad meet with the Mountaineers, Temple and Denver at 2:00 p.m. at WVU Coliseum.
The Colonials are coming off their best performance of the season, where they set season-highs in total team score (194.825) and on the floor exercise (49.100) while matching their season bests on the vault (48.650) and uneven bars (48.675).
Junior Betsy Zander eclipsed 39.000 in the all-around for the second time this season, finishing with 39.075 to claim fourth place.
The Colonials also placed three gymnasts in the top-10 on the uneven bars, led by Zander and junior Kiera Kenney, who each tied for fourth with 9.800. Junior Taylor Henderson tied for eighth with 9.725.
The Colonials return home to Smith Center on Sunday, March 10 to host West Virginia in a dual meet for Brownie & Girl Scouts Day. Special group rates are available for Girl Scouts and their families by calling 202-994-7325.
WOMEN'S WATER POLO - @GW_WaterPolo
The George Washington women's water polo team heads to Erie, Pa., to take on a trio of Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division opponents at Mercyhurst Northeast Aquatic Center. The Colonials will open the weekend against Brown on Saturday at 6 p.m. before facing Bucknell on Sunday at 9 a.m. and the host Lakers at 2 p.m.
GW (6-5) went 3-1 at last weekend's CWPA/MAAC Crossover, defeating Villanova, Siena and Iona while falling to Wagner. Sophomore Chandler Vilander and freshman Hannah Cox were named CWPA Southern Division Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week for their efforts. Vilander recorded a 9.45 goals-against average and 22 saves over 11 quarters, while Cox tallied a team-best 18 goals, six steals and seven ejections drawn.
Junior Rachael Bentley leads the Colonials with 45 points and 27 assists this season, while Cox is tops with 26 goals.
Brown (2-7, 0-2 Southern) has lost five in a row following a 15-4 loss at No. 12 Princeton on Friday in Southern Division action. Four different players accounted for the Bears' four goals. Bucknell (3-2) has not competed since hosting its season-opening Bison Invitational Feb. 15-17. Freshman Hannah Sunday led the Bison with 13 goals on the weekend en route to CWPA Southern Division Co-Rookie of the Week honors, which she shared with GW's Erin Donoghue. Mercyhurst (4-3) went 2-0 at the CWPA/MAAC Crossover last weekend, defeating Villanova and Siena. Lisett Calderon leads the Lakers with 17 goals, 23 points and 27 ejections drawn on the season.
GW is just 1-13 all-time against Brown after splitting a pair of match-ups last season. The Colonials have faced Bucknell more than any other opponent and are 17-30 against the Bison after earning a 10-9 win at the Bison Invitational two weeks ago. In addition, GW is 5-1 all-time against Mercyhurst, including 3-0 last season with wins at both the Southern and Eastern Championships.