Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Volleyball & Men's Soccer Host A-10 Matches at Home; Women's Soccer, Men's Water Polo, Golf, Sailing, Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country and Women's Tennis All Hit the Road
Oct. 11, 2012
Volleyball - @GW_Volleyball
The George Washington volleyball team concludes its three-match homestand this weekend with a pair of matches against Atlantic 10 foes from Philadelphia at the Charles. E. Smith Center.
The Colonials will host La Salle on Friday at 5:30 p.m., before welcoming Temple on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Friday's match will serve as a Colonials Invasion kickoff. Fans with Colonials Invasion tickets can present them at the box office to receive $1 off admission to the volleyball match and ride the free charter buses to Fort Myer for Colonials Invasion. Sunday's match against Temple is the annual Dig Pink match. The first 50 fans will get a free GW Dig Pink T-Shirt.
GW (6-13, 3-2 A-10) enters Friday's match against La Salle (3-17, 0-4 A-10) on a two-match win streak after conference victories at Saint Louis and at home against Duquesne.
Last time out, three players recorded double-doubles, highlighted by senior Lauren Whyte's 21 kills and 16 digs, as the Colonials rallied from 1-0 deficit to knock off visiting Duquesne, 3-1, on Friday night.
Whyte leads the Colonials and ranks third in the Atlantic 10 with 3.37 kills per set. She has 256 kills this season and now sits in sole possession of second-place on GW's career kills list with 1,484.
Senior Candace Silva-Martin, already GW's all-time digs leader, needs 125 digs to become the all-time leader in Atlantic 10 history. The Fremont, Calif., native leads the team with 268 digs this season and has posted 1,955 in her career.
La Salle carries a six-match losing streak into Friday's match and has won just twice in 33 attempts against the Colonials, dating back to the first meeting in 1979.
Temple has been a surprise in the Atlantic 10 this season as the Owls currently sit in second place with an overall record of 14-5, including a 4-1 mark in the conference following an 8-25 season in 2011.
The Owls lead the A-10 and rank 12th in NCAA Division I with 17.80 digs per set.
The George Washington men's soccer team opens a four-game Atlantic 10 homestand this weekend when it hosts conference rivals La Salle and Fordham at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials will take on the Explorers on Friday at 3 p.m. before facing the Rams on Sunday at 1 p.m.
GW (4-7-0, 1-1-0 A-10) is coming off a 3-0 loss at A-10 newcomer VCU on Sunday after opening league play with a 2-1 victory at Richmond on Friday. Senior Seth Rudolph leads the Colonials with four goals and eight points on the season. With 26 career goals, he needs one more to join GW's all-time top 10 list.
La Salle (7-2-2, 1-0-0 A-10) defeated Fordham, 1-0, in overtime last Friday. Joe Farrell leads the Explorers with nine points on three goals and three assists, and John McCarthy has played every minute in goal, posting a 0.69 goals-against average and a league-best .881 save percentage with six shutouts.
Fordham (4-4-1, 0-1-0 A-10) is coming off a 1-0 overtime loss to La Salle last weekend and will visit Charlotte on Friday before heading to D.C. The Rams rank last in the Atlantic 10 in scoring with just six goals in nine games, but they lead the conference in defense as keeper Sean Brailey has allowed just six goals and boasts a league-best 0.63 goals-against average.
GW is 8-8-2 all-time against La Salle. The teams last met in the 2011 Atlantic 10 semifinals, a 2-1 double-overtime victory for the Colonials as Farhan Khan netted the golden goal with 2:05 remaining to send GW to the league title match. The Colonials hold an 8-4-2 all-time series advantage over Fordham, but the teams have not met since 2010, a 3-0 victory for the visiting Rams.
The George Washington women's soccer team hits the road this weekend to begin for a four-match road swing. GW first travels to La Salle for a 7 p.m. match on Friday, then heads to Fordham on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.
GW (4-7-1, 0-3-0 A-10) looks to garner its first Atlantic 10 win this weekend after falling to Richmond, VCU and Charlotte to open league play. GW is coming off a 4-2 loss to Charlotte on Saturday in which the Buff and Blue out-scored and out-shot the 49ers in the second half, but could not overcome a three-goal halftime deficit. Seniors Molly Bruh, Samie Cloutier and Adriana Moya accounted for all of GW's points as the trio combined for two goals and an assist. Freshman goalkeeper Shannon Murphy made one save on the day.
A-10 leader La Salle, which owns an overall record of 10-3-0 and an undefeated 4-0-0 mark in league play, is currently ranked No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll. The Explorers are on a seven-match win streak dating back to Sept. 14 and are coming off back-to-back 2-1 wins over Richmond and VCU on the road. La Salle has out-scored its opponents 27-15 this season and boasts the second-highest scoring offense in the league.
Fordham (6-8-0, 2-2 A-10) is coming off two straight shutout losses at VCU and Richmond last weekend. The Rams first fell to conference newcomer VCU, 6-0, before being edged by the Spiders, 1-0. Goalkeeper Rachel Suther has made 41 stops on the season as her and teammate Ally White have combined for 72 saves in net. Fordham will host Charlotte on Friday evening before welcoming GW on Sunday afternoon.
The George Washington men's and women's cross country teams return to action on Saturday with a visit to New Jersey for the Princeton Invitational at the West Windsor Fields.
Saturday's Invitational stands as the Colonials' final race preparation ahead of the Atlantic 10 Championships on October 27 in Philadelphia, Pa.
The GW women are coming off a third-place finish out of seven teams at the Mason Invitational on Sept. 29. Senior Heather Stevens led the Colonials with a 12th-place finish out of 80 runners. Stevens was followed by classmate Julia Weir (14th) and freshman Caroline Wolfe (15th) in the Top 15.
The GW men took fifth-place at the Mason Invite, led by the freshman duo of Ryan Tucker and Kyle Ames. The two rookies turned in the best performances of their young careers as Tucker finished in 30th-place overall and Ames followed in 32nd.
Three Atlantic 10 rivals - La Salle, Saint Joseph's and Rhode Island - will participate in the event. The entire field is listed below, complete with United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional rankings.
The George Washington men's water polo team visits Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division rival Bucknell on Sunday at 1 p.m. in its lone match of the weekend.
GW (9-10, 1-3 Southern) is coming off a 14-8 home loss to No. 14 Navy on Wednesday evening in a Southern Division contest. Freshman Bogdan Petkovic and graduate student Milos Purkovic each notched hat tricks to pace the Colonials' offense. Prior to the game, junior Daniel Tyner was named Southern Division Player of the Week and senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week for their efforts at last weekend's Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament in southern California.
Sophomore Brian Mojica leads the Colonials with 33 assists and 50 points on the season, while junior Nate Little is tops on the team with 39 goals. In addition, Petkovic has recorded a team-best 59 steals in his inaugural campaign. Illes, who recently broke GW's all-time saves record, surpassed the single-season 200-save plateau for the fourth year-in-a-row on Wednesday. He now has 204 saves on the season and 989 in his career.
Bucknell (6-9, 0-4 Southern) fell at No. 16 Princeton, 10-7, on Saturday, which snapped a four-game winning streak. Stefan Aleksic leads the Bison with 49 points on 28 goals and 21 assists, while Jack Else has scored a team-high 33 goals.
GW and Bucknell met three weeks ago, when the Colonials defeated the Bison, 15-12, at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. Tyner led GW with 10 points on four goals and six assists in the game, while Else scored seven times to pace Bucknell.
George Washington sailing has added the North #2 Regatta to its schedule and will send eight sailors to the event hosted by Cornell on Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend.
The Colonials will send two teams to the 15-team event and compete against the host Big Red, as well as Army, Colgate, Columbia, Hobart and William Smith, Kings Point, Queen's University, Rochester, RPI, Syracuse, Toronto, Buffalo and Webb Institute.
"Since the event had extra openings, I wanted to get more of our freshmen skippers additional racing experience," said head coach John Pearce. "This will be a great opportunity for them to get more racing experience under their belts."
In the first A Division, freshman Maria Sinagra will skipper with sophomore crew Matt Ricci, while in the second A Division boat, freshman Benjamin Helfand will skipper with freshman Alix Suter crewing.
In the first B Division, freshman Hannah McNommee will skipper with senior crew Sloan Dickey, while in the second B Division boat, freshman Michael Ince will skipper with senior crew Christopher Nolfi.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - @GW_Tennis
The George Washington women's tennis team returns to the court for the first time in three weeks this weekend at the fourth annual Navy Blue & Gold Invitational in Annapolis, Md. Action commences on Friday afternoon and concludes on Sunday.
The Colonials will compete against Hofstra, James Madison, Long Island, host Navy, Pittsburgh, Towson and UMBC at the Brigade Sports Complex. Doubles play begins at noon on Friday and ends later that evening. Singles play is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and will wrap on Sunday morning.
GW last competed at the nearby Georgetown Classic where it took home the singles and doubles titles. The duo of senior Mimi Hamling and freshman Lana Robins earned three straight victories en route to the doubles crown while junior Leah Pascarella posted four wins to earn the singles crown.
The Blue & Gold Invitational will be the first time this season the Colonials will face Hofstra, James Madison, Long Island and Pittsburgh, while GW has competed against Navy, Towson and UMBC in its first two tournaments of year.
The George Washington golf team heads south to Morganton, N.C., to compete in the Donald Ross Intercollegiate hosted by Appalachian State on Oct. 15 and 16.
The three-round invitational will take place at the par-72, 6,540-yard Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club. The Colonials will compete in an 18-team field comprised of host Appalachian State, Brevard, Elon, Gardner-Webb, Georgetown, High Point, James Madison, Longwood, Lynn, Mount St. Mary's, Presbyterian, Stetson, Tennessee State, UNC Pembroke, Wake Forest, Western Carolina and Wofford.
GW last competed at the Hartford Hawks Invitational in South Kent, Conn., where the squad finished eighth out of 16 teams. Freshman Carlos Pena paced the Colonials at the three-round tournament with a combined 54-hole score of 7-over par 223 to tie for 11th.
Action will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday with 36 holes of play, followed by the final round of 18 holes on Tuesday. Fans can follow live scoring throughout the Donald Ross Intercollegiate here.
MEN'S & WOMEN'S SWIMMING - @GWSwimming
The George Washington men's and women's swimming teams return to the Reeves Aquatic Center at nearby American University for a two-day tri-meet with host AU and local rival Catholic on Friday, Oct. 12.
The tri-meet is just the second competition of the season for the Colonials, who opened the 2012-13 campaign at the Potomac Relays at AU's Reeves Center on Sept. 29. The GW women collected four first-place finishes in addition to one second and one third at the relay-only event, while the men's team tallied one first-place, five second-place and two third-place finishes.
Action at American is set to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday followed by a 12 p.m. start on Saturday.