Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Oct. 6, 2011
A preview of George Washington's athletic events this weekend. The Colonials' volleyball team and men's soccer teams will host Atlantic 10 Conference matches at home while the women's soccer, men's tennis and men's water polo teams hit the road.
For a schedule of all GW Varsity Athletic events, check out the Super Scoreboard.
The George Washington volleyball team returns to action with a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference matches at Charles E. Smith Center this weekend. The Colonials will host Dayton Friday at 7 p.m., and Xavier Sunday at 1 p.m.
GW (12-5, 1-2 A-10) has won its last two matches after sweeping Loyola (Md.), 3-0, on Sept. 28 and besting Charlotte, 3-1, last Saturday to earn its first A-10 win of the season.
Junior Katie Crosby ranks first in the Atlantic 10 with 10.45 assists per set, while 627 assists ranks second in the conference.
Dayton (11-5, 4-0 A-10) swept Duquesne on Oct. 1for its seventh straight victory and 29th consecutive A-10 victory. The Flyers are led by Rachel Kranbacher, who ranks first in the conference in total kills, kills per set and total points. GW trails the all-time series with Dayton, 9-23.
Xavier (12-5, 4-0 A-10) is in the midst of a five-match win streak and will face Charlotte Friday night before clashing with the Colonials Sunday afternoon. GW trails the all-time series with the Musketeers, 14-16.
George Washington men's soccer turns its attention to Atlantic 10 Conference play with its home league openers this weekend. GW (2-4-2, 0-0-0) hosts Saint Joseph's (1-7-0, 0-0-0) Friday at 3 p.m., and Temple (4-5-0, 0-0-0) Sunday at 1 p.m., at Mount Vernon Field.
The Colonials are coming off a narrow 1-0 overtime loss at Wofford in their non-conference finale last Saturday, a match in which the Bulldogs scored the golden goal 77 seconds into the first extra session. Goalkeeper Brendan Lafferty stopped a season-high five shots as GW got a solid performance from shifted backline members Mike Burke, Abdul Shaban, Alex Sandland and Joe Holleran, but were unlucky on offense with a pair of struck posts.
GW defeated Saint Joseph's, 3-0, in last fall's season finale thanks to Seth Rudolph's second hat trick of the season. Rudolph and teammate Yoni Berhanu are tied for the team lead and among the A-10 leaders with four goals and nine points this season. Rudolph also scored against Temple last season, but the Owls tallied goals in the 11th and 50th minutes to hang on for a 2-1 victory over the Colonials in their second-to-last match of 2010. GW owns identical 15-6-2 all-time records against SJU and TU, including 5-0 and 5-2 victories over the Hawks and Owls, respectively, in the most recent meetings at Mount Vernon in 2008.
Fans have a series of options for following the matches - live stats via GameTracker, live video streaming via GW All-Access, and live in-match blog.
GW vs. Saint Joseph's - Fri., Oct. 7 - 3 p.m.
The George Washington women's soccer team looks to remain unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 this weekend when the Colonials head to Philadelphia, Pa., for matches with Saint Joseph's and Temple. The Buff and complete a five-match road swing with this weekend's tilts.
GW (4-7-1, 1-0-1 A-10) earned four points by going 1-0-1 on the road against St. Bonaventure and Duquesne. The Colonials opened league play with a scoreless double-overtime draw against the Bonnies Friday before notching their first A-10 win of the season with a 1-0 overtime victory over Duquesne Sunday.
Saint Joseph's (5-4-3, 0-1-1 A-10) began conference play on the road with a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Fordham Friday, then dropped a 3-0 decision to La Salle Sunday. The Colonials lead the all-time series against the Hawks, 9-4-1, and have gone 3-0-1 in the last four meetings between the programs.
Temple (3-8-0, 0-2-0 A-10) is currently riding a three-game losing skid. The Owls opened A-10 action with back-to-back losses against La Salle (5-0) and Fordham (1-0). GW holds a 14-3-0 advantage in the all-time series with Temple and has won three of the past four meetings.
Svensson will compete at the No. 1 singles spot, while Blumenfeld will play in the No. 2 slot. The two will also team up to play in the top doubles flight.
Over the weekend, the pair will face members from the Georgetown, Navy and UMBC men's tennis teams. The round-robin style invitational will be held at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) Tennis Courts Friday, Oct. 7 - Sunday, Oct. 9. Pending extreme weather issues, the secondary site of competition is the nearby Tose Family Tennis Center.
Fans wishing to attend the Navy Gold Invitational cannot drive onto USNA property. Instead, visitors are asked to park in downtown Annapolis and walk to the campus tennis courts. If the invitational is moved indoors, the Tose Family Tennis Center is off of USNA's campus and fans may park at the facility for free.
Fri, Oct. 7 - Sunday, Oct. 9
GW opens against University of Redlands Friday at 2:20 p.m. (ET) in Haldeman Pool, then moves over to Axelrood Pool to face host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 7:40 p.m. (ET). The Colonials continue play Saturday with two matches in Haldeman Pool against Chapman at 12 p.m. (ET) and Whittier at 5:20 p.m. (ET).
Head coach Scott Reed's squad has had 12 days off following its 1-2 start to CWPA Southern Division play at Charles E. Smith Center Sept. 24 and 25. GW knocked off Johns Hopkins, 14-13, behind sophomore Daniel Tyner's exceptional nine-goal effort, but dropped contests to nationally ranked league rivals Princeton and Bucknell. Tyner leads the team with 39 goals and 49 points, and is expected to be rejoined by high-scoring teammate Nate Little, who missed the most recent matches due to injury.