Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
April 12, 2012
A preview of George Washington's varsity athletic events this weekend. The GW lacrosse team will host Senior Day at Mount Vernon Field on Friday while the softball and women's tennis teams also host home competition. The Colonials' baseball and golf teams hit the road.
The George Washington lacrosse team competes in two Atlantic 10 games this weekend, as the squad hosts Temple on Friday before heading to La Salle on Sunday.
The Colonials welcome the Owls at 4 p.m. for their Senior Day and final home game of the season at GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. Seniors Casey Disharoon, Emily Perling, Sarah Phillips, Hilary Quinn and Megan Seidman will be recognized prior to the final home game of their careers.
GW (7-5, 1-2 A-10) is coming off a narrow 18-17 loss to Richmond last Friday. The Colonials took a one-goal lead into halftime, but the Spiders opened the second period with three straight goals and never surrendered the lead. Senior midfielder Sarah Phillips scored a career- and game-high six goals to tie for the second-most tallies in a game in program history. With 197 career points, she is now just 15 points shy of becoming GW's all-time leader in that category.
Temple (8-5, 2-1 A-10) comes to GW after splitting action with Princeton and La Salle last week. The Owls fell to the Tigers, 14-13, last Wednesday, and defeated the Explorers, 13-9, on Saturday. Senior midfielder Stephanie Markunas posted a nine-point week on four goals and five assists and was named A-10 Player of the Week on Monday. She leads Temple with 39 points on the season.
On Sunday, GW visits Philadelphia for a 1 p.m. match with La Salle at McCarthy Stadium. The Explorers are coming off a 13-9 loss at Temple that snapped a five-game winning streak. Junior Lauren McDermott and freshman Caitlyn Brostrand each tallied three goals in the loss. La Salle (9-3, 2-1 A-10) will compete at Richmond on Friday before welcoming the Colonials on Sunday afternoon. Brostrand is the Explorers' leading scorer with 27 goals on the year.
The George Washington women's tennis team closes out regular-season play on Saturday when the squad welcomes Atlantic 10 foe Saint Joseph's to the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus for a 1 p.m. match. Seniors Jacqueline Corba, Zoe Krohn and Meg Tyner will all be recognized prior to their final home match.
The Colonials (14-6, 2-3 A-10) are currently enjoying a three-match winning streak in which they have allowed their opponents to score just one point combined. GW defeated Towson, 7-0, on March 30, followed by a 7-0 blanking of George Mason on April 1. Most recently, the Colonials downed Longwood, 6-1, last Friday afternoon.
Saint Joseph's is also on a three-match winning streak after posting wins at Niagra (6-1), St. Bonaventure (4-3) and Lafayette (6-1) over the past week. The Hawks (8-15, 0-2) come into Saturday's match without a conference win.
The George Washington softball team opens a nine-game home stand this weekend with four games against Atlantic 10 rivals Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The Colonials will host the Rams at 3 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday, while the Minutewomen visit GW Softball Field for a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m.
GW (13-34, 3-5 A-10) has won four of its last five games and is coming off a 7-5 victory over local rival George Mason on Wednesday. The Colonials are batting .336 as a team during their recent hot streak, with three players -freshman Victoria Valos, junior Tara Fogarty and senior Amanda Zakeri - hitting .500 or better. In addition, senior Lauren Wilson is batting .353 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in those five games.
URI (16-19, 2-4 A-10) has won three straight following a sweep of Brown on Wednesday. Courtney Prendergast homered in each game and leads the Rams with a .413 average, which ranks second in the A-10, and has hit eight home runs. Rhode Island is batting a league-best .277 as a team.
UMass (19-11, 6-0 A-10) has won three in a row and eight of its last nine after sweeping A-10 rival St. Bonaventure on Sunday and will visit Boston University on Thursday before coming to D.C. Sara Plourde, the reigning A-10 Co-Pitcher of the Week, leads the nation with 304 strikeouts and is the A-10's career leader in that category. She is 18-9 with a 2.29 ERA on the season and has allowed just 68 hits in 168 innings of work. In addition, Cyndil Matthew is batting a league-best .421.
GW is 8-6 all-time against Rhode Island. The teams split a doubleheader last season in Kingston, R.I., with the Colonials winning game one, 10-9, in nine innings and the Rams taking the nightcap, 4-1. GW has never defeated UMass in 16 all-time meetings.
Rhode Island at GW - Friday
The George Washington baseball team returns to Atlantic 10 Conference play with a crucial three-game series at Richmond beginning Friday at 3 p.m. at Pitt Field.
The series marks the first meeting between the two teams since the 2010 season, when the Colonials won two out of three games from the Spiders. Despite the series win, Richmond leads the all-time series 57-41.
GW (12-20, 2-4 A-10) is 6-4 in its last 10 games but has lost three of the last four, including a 16-4 loss to No. 23 Virginia on Wednesday night.
Sophomore Aaron Weisberg currently ranks second in the A-10 with a 1.54 ERA. He has allowed just eight earned runs in 46.2 innings and has limited opponents to a .210 batting average. In two starts against A-10 competition, the Rockaway, N.J., native is sporting a 0.63 ERA and has struck out 13 in 14.1 innings.
Junior Tyler McCarthy has also been strong on the mound for the Colonials in conference play. He has allowed just two earned runs and seven hits in 12 innings.
The Colonials will need a strong pitching performance this weekend, as Richmond (16-14, 3-3 A-10) leads the A-10 with 42 home runs and ranks fourth with a .291 team batting average.
The Spiders are 3-7 in their last 10 games and are led offensively by Mike Small, who is hitting .365 with 14 RBIs. Chris Cowell provides the power in the lineup, as he leads the team A-10 with 12 home runs while batting .280 with 30 RBIs.
GW at Richmond - Fri-Sun
The par-72 5,367-yard Manor Resort Golf Club will play host to a field of 10 schools, including Bucknell, Delaware, GW, Long Island, St. Bonaventure, Seton Hall, Towson, Wagner, Hampden-Sydney and the host Lancers, as well as individuals from Virginia and Liberty.
The Colonials are coming off a fourth-place finish at the Grub Mart Intercollegiate Invitational, hosted by Jacksonville State on Monday and Tuesday. Senior Martin Liu was GW's top finisher with a three-round total of 11-over 227 for a seventh-place finish, while freshman Jack Persons followed in a tie for 14th with a score of 14-over 230 and was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week.