Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview - March 23-25
March 23, 2012
A preview of George Washington's varsity athletic events this weekend. The GW men's and women's tennis teams and softball team all host events on the Mount Vernon campus, while lacrosse travels West to take on Denver.
The George Washington men's tennis team looks to extend its five-match winning streak this weekend as the Colonials host a pair matches at Mount Vernon Tennis Center.
GW (8-6, 1-1 A-10) welcomes District rival Georgetown on Friday and NCAA Division II UDC on Saturday for its first home contests of the 2012 season.
The Colonials are currently riding a five-match winning streak after defeating Navy, 6-1, on Wednesday afternoon. Senior Ugur Atalay - the reigning A-10 Performer of the Week - owns a team-high six-match winning streak at No. 2 singles dating back to Feb. 12 against St. John's.
Cross-town foe Georgetown comes to Mount Vernon for its first match in over a week. The Hoyas (8-5) most recently blanked local challenger UDC, 7-0, on March 14.
The Firebirds (9-1) suffered their first loss of the season to the Hoyas, and bounced back with a 9-0 sweep of Division II West Chester last Saturday.
The Colonials and the Hoyas will face off at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by a 3 p.m. match with the Firebirds on Saturday.
The George Washington women's tennis team welcomes NCAA Division II opponent California (Pa.) on Saturday, March 24 for its second straight home match.
The Colonials (6-5) most recently dropped a 5-2 decision to reigning Atlantic 10 champion Richmond last Friday. Sophomore Isabella Escobar earned a No. 5 singles victory and senior Meg Tyner picked up a win at the No. 6 spot.
Cal U comes to Mount Vernon after a match at James Madison on Friday. The Vulcans (10-4) are coming off a 6-3 loss to four-time defending Division III National Champion No. 1 Williams (Mass.) on Sunday.
Action between GW and Cal U is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The George Washington softball team opens Atlantic 10 play on Sunday with a doubleheader against Fordham at Mount Vernon Field. The first contest between the Colonials and the reigning conference champions is set for 12 p.m.
GW and Fordham matched up for the first time this season on March 17 at the James Madison Days Inn Invitational, and the Rams came away with a 4-0 victory. Fordham (12-14) first travels to conference foe La Salle on Friday before making the trip to Mount Vernon.
The Colonials (9-17) completed non-conference action with a narrow 1-0 loss to District rival Georgetown on Thursday. GW out-hit Georgetown by a 6-5 margin, but the Hoyas scored one run in the top of the fifth inning and the Colonials could not answer. Junior Julie Orlandi went a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate to lead the Buff and Blue.
Fordham is currently on a five-game winning streak dating back to the JMU Invitational. The Rams most recently blanked St. John's, 8-0, on the strength of senior pitcher Jen Mineau's eighth career no-hitter.
Fordham holds a 15-1 advantage in the all-time series with GW. The Rams swept the Colonials last season with 3-0 and 11-1 victories.
After two home victories during the last 10 days, the George Washington women's lacrosse team will travel to Denver, Colo., this weekend to play the Denver Pioneers at 3 p.m. ET at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
GW goes into the weekend after a 16-8 win against Mount St. Mary's on Monday afternoon. Freshman Rachel Mia led the Colonials with three goals, followed by senior Sarah Phillips' five points. Ten different Colonials contributed to the scoreboard, which helped the team improve to 6-2 on the season and match the best start through eight games in program history. With 96 career goals, Phillips is just four shy of becoming the fourth Colonial ever to score 100 in her career.
Senior attack Megan Seidman and junior goalie Jess Hicks earned weekly honors after the back-to-back home victories. Seidman was named one of GWsports.com's Colonials of the Week after scoring a season-high five goals on five shots during a 11-7 win against Villanova on March 14. Seidman leads the team with 20 goals and is second on the team with 32 points. Hicks was named the Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week earlier this week. She has not allowed double-digit goals in any of her five games this season and boasts a .492 save percentage and league-leading 7.34 goals-against average.
The Pioneers are coming off their third straight win to improve to 4-1 on the season. Denver held off California, 16-13, with a quartet of players totaling five points. Freshman attacker Jill Remenapp paces the team with 20 points on six goals and 14 assists. She is aided on offense by sophomore attack Jenn Etzel, who has tallied 15 goals in just five games. Between the pipes, junior Ashley Harman has been solid for Denver this season with a .403 save percentage. The Pioneers are currently in California for a neutral-site match against Hofstra on Friday afternoon before heading home to host the Colonials on Sunday.
Sunday's game marks the fifth all-time meeting between GW and Denver, with the Colonials trailing 1-3 in the series. The teams' last met in 2008 with the Pioneers taking a 13-9 decision at Mount Vernon Field. GW won the initial meeting, 9-7, at Mount Vernon in 2005, but has since lost three straight.
Sunday, March 25 - GW at Denver