Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
March 8, 2012
A preview of the George Washington varsity athletic events this weekend. The Colonials baseball team will host a pair of doubleheaders against Cornell at Catholic University while the gymnastics, lacrosse, softball, men's tennis and women's tennis teams all hit the road.
The George Washington baseball team returns to action with a pair of doubleheaders against Cornell this weekend at Catholic University's Talbot Field.
Construction is ongoing at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va., as part of a multi-million dollar renovation. The first phase of the project - turf installation, dugouts and bullpens - is expected to be ready prior to the Atlantic 10 opener vs. La Salle on March 23-25.
The Colonials and Big Red will play doubleheaders on both Saturday (12 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.) in the first meeting between the two schools since the 1957 season, when the Colonials notched a 7-2 victory.
Senior duo Jimmy Best and Stephen Oswald lead the Colonials' offense entering this weekend. Best is hitting a team-best .429 at the plate with one home run and six RBIs while Oswald leads the team with 14 hits while batting .350 with three doubles and seven RBIs.
After a 67-hour break and 500+ mile trip the George Washington gymnastics team will return to competition with a visit to the University of Kentucky for a tri-meet with the host Wildcats and Ball State at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Colonials won three of four team events and had four first-place finishes on the way to a 192.875-191.175 dual meet victory over visiting Yale on Thursday night at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Redshirt junior Monique Blount paced the Colonials on floor exercise and balance beam with career-high scores on both events. The Canberra, Australia, native scored a 9.825 on balance beam and 9.775 on floor exercise for two first-place finishes.
The George Washington women's lacrosse team goes for its fourth straight win on Saturday, when it visits No. 19 Towson at 1 p.m.
The Colonials (4-1) have matched the 2005 squad for the best start in program history following last Saturday's 15-7 victory at Bucknell. Junior Nicole Lacey recorded a career-high seven points and matched her career-best with five goals to lead GW. Senior Sarah Phillips tallied six points on four goals and two assists, while senior Megan Seidman posted her third straight hat trick and junior goalie Jess Hicks stopped a career-high 10 shots.
With her six points on the day, Phillips moved into second place all-time at GW with 167 in her career, while Seidman's four points catapulted her into the top five with 136.
Towson (3-1) is coming off a 5-4 loss at Johns Hopkins on Saturday, snapping its season-opening three-game win streak. Andi Raymond leads the Tigers with nine points, and she is tied with Ashleigh Rohrback for the team lead with six goals. Goalie Mary Teeters boasts a 4.79 goals-against average and .672 save percentage, as she has allowed just 19 goals in 238 minutes.
GW is 2-6 all-time against Towson, but the Tigers have won the last four meetings, including a 17-10 decision last season at Mount Vernon Field. Phillips and then-senior Mia Breheny led the Colonials with three goals and four points apiece.
GW at Towson - Saturday, March 10 - 1 p.m.
The George Washington softball team will play four games this weekend at Auburn's War Eagle Classic.
The Colonials (3-9) have won three of their last four games following Wednesday's thrilling come-from-behind 6-5 victory over Towson at Mount Vernon Field. Freshman Victoria Valos went 4-for-4 in the game and drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the seventh.
Junior Autumn Taylor is hitting a team-best .425 on the season and also leads GW with five doubles, five homers, 13 RBIs and eight runs scored.
GW takes on Presbyterian (4-9) and host Auburn (16-3) on Friday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, then faces off with Louisiana Tech (10-11) on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The Colonials close out the weekend against Evansville (4-6) on Sunday at 9 a.m.
Presbyterian split a doubleheader with Mercer on Tuesday, while Auburn, which is ranked 20th in the nation, dropped three of five games at last weekend's Citrus Classic after opening the season with 15 straight wins. Louisiana Tech dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Baylor on Tuesday, and Evansville is coming off a doubleheader split at UTEP on Wednesday.
George Washington Softball at War Eagle Classic - March 9-11
The George Washington women's tennis team carries a two-match win streak into Saturday evening's Atlantic 10 Conference match at Fordham at the Hawthorne/Rooney Tennis Courts in Bronx, N.Y.
The Colonials are coming off of a 2-0 weekend which featured consecutive 6-1 victories over Morgan State and Navy. Seniors Jacqueline Corba and Meg Tyner each went undefeated on the weekend in their respective singles matches.
Corba and Tyner are tied for the team lead with six singles victory apiece while junior Mimi Hamling has notched five singles victories thus far this season.
Following this weekend's road trip the Colonials will host here consecutive matches at the Mount Vernon Tennis Center starting with an A-10 match against Richmond on March 15.
The George Washington men's tennis team returns to action for the first time in nearly a month with a spring break trip to Boca Raton, Fla., to visit Florida Atlantic.
The Colonials have not competed since being defeated on a weekend trip to New York by Columbia (L, 5-2) and St. John's (L, 4-2).
Francisco Dias, the No. 64 ranked player in NCAA Division I, leads the Colonials with seven singles victories this season. Dias is a two-time Atlantic 10 Rookie Performer of the Week and the first Colonial to receive a top-100 ITA singles ranking since 1993.
The Colonials will remain in Florida to face Troy on Wednesday, March 14, before heading north to place Campbell (March 14) in Buies Creek, N.C., and East Carolina (March 17) in Greenville, N.C.