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Sophomore Eli Kashi celebrates scoring a run in a game earlier this season. Kashi went 2-3 with one RBI and one run scored in GW's win over Coppin State Wednesday. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Sophomore Eli Kashi celebrates scoring a run in a game earlier this season. Kashi went 2-3 with one RBI and one run scored in GW’s win over Coppin State Wednesday. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

For GW, a Wednesday afternoon baseball game might have been a good distraction from finals.

But their opponent needed a bigger distraction. For West Baltimore’s Coppin State, a team who entered the afternoon 3-34-2, the game meant they got to play a game after the short drive to D.C.

“We weren’t going far from home, but far enough where it seemed like miles and miles and miles away, because we do escape the tensions of all that’s going on back home,” said Coppin State head coach Sherman Reed. Reed was born and raised in West Baltimore, the location of the recent Baltimore protests and riots in response to the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose spine was severed while he was in police custody.

The Eagles drove down in two team vans with 20 ballplayers and coaches, away from the distractions going on blocks away from Coppin State’s campus in the Mondawmin neighborhood of Baltimore. Although it has been relatively quiet and void of trouble, Reed gave his guys Monday and Tuesday off, in addition to university-wide abbreviated schedules, and called his players every couple hours to check on them.

“It’s pretty depressing,” Reed said on the recent events. “We had some teleconference calls lined up on Monday and we had to move those, because quite honestly when you’re recruiting, you really need to be in your right frame of mind. There was so much just going on in Baltimore at that time, me and my assistant agreed just to reschedule those until we had a better hold on things going on in the city.”

Potential concerns and accommodations were discussed early in the week between Reed and GW head coach Gregg Ritchie. Mother nature also cooperated with a beautiful Wednesday afternoon for some baseball.

But Wednesday afternoon, as the Baltimore Orioles played against the Chicago White Sox in front of a ballpark kept empty over concerns for fan safety, the Eagles faced the Colonials in front of about 30 fans at Tucker Field in Arlington, Va. The Colonials had hosted Towson, another Baltimore-based team, the day before in a 9-4 win.

Through the first four innings Wednesday, the game was tied at one with Coppin State out hitting GW 5-3.

With slower pitching coming from the Eagles than the Colonials are used to seeing, GW got caught out in front of pitches and chased balls. But when a pitcher with a little zip on his fastball came out of the bullpen, the Colonials bats started to wake up.

GW started the fifth with a leadoff walk. A run scored on a badly defended bunt and a wild pitch. But the real awakening came in the sixth inning when the Colonials scored six runs on six hits, all with two outs, batting around in the lineup. They tacked on three more in the seventh, when the subs came in and got a piece of the action.

“Every team can hang in there and every team can beat you,” Ritchie said. “If you don’t play to a level to score runs and stop them from scoring, you will get beat by anyone in America.”

GW would go on to win 11-2 and improve to 26-14, with 17 wins at home. They now gear up for their most important series to date: a three-game weekend stretch at Rhode Island. The Rams are tied for first place in the Atlantic 10 with Richmond, with both teams one game ahead of GW in the loss column.

GW fielded a makeshift lineup due to a stomach bug that sidelined sophomore shortstop Kevin Mahala, freshman outfielder Matt Cosentino and sophomore leadoff man Joey Bartosic. Ritchie said resting the slightly sick Bartosic was merely a precaution.

Freshman Robbie Metz fell into the leadoff spot, going 2-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore Eli Kashi, getting the start at his natural position of shortstop, went 2-3 with one RBI and one run scored.

“My approach is to just shoot the six-hole, hit to the other side. That’s been the biggest thing for me because it makes sure I’m focused, make sure I’m shooting it the other way,” said Kashi, who also talked to some Coppin State players before the game about how they have been affected by the protests.

Sophomore Cody Bryant would leave the game after hurting his hand while diving for a line drive at third base. Junior Andy Young would come in and pick up his third and fourth hits of the season, scoring two runs. Four bench players would come in during the game, along with three pitchers.

Junior Randy Dalrymple picked up the start, going three plus innings giving up one unearned run on five hits. He exited when he could no longer locate his fastball. Brandon Ritchie came in in relief, pounding the strike zone to shut down the Eagles in five no-hit innings, a big turnaround for the sophomore who has had trouble finding the zone.

By the time freshman submariner Zane Schreiber entered the game, the shadows had grown longer, the innings had grown shorter and Coppin State was on its way to dropping its 35th game of the season and heading back to West Baltimore. With two outs in the top of the ninth, junior Lance Montano stroked a double to the wall in left center, scoring their first run since the third inning.

“I can say that despite it being very brief, that two, three, four hour escape does nothing but good for all the guys,” Reed said.

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Freshman Yuta Watanabe and junior Kevin Larsen visited the White House on Tuesday. Watanabe was invited as a sports ambassador between the U.S. and Japan. Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor.

Freshman Yuta Watanabe and junior Kevin Larsen visited the White House on Tuesday. Watanabe was invited as a sports ambassador between the U.S. and Japan. Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor.

While the Smith Center added a Japanese flag to its collection months ago, hundreds of flags have been popping up along the streets surrounding the White House in preparation for the official visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, which began Tuesday.

Men’s basketball freshman Yuta Watanabe was invited to the official arrival ceremony on the White House South Lawn Tuesday morning, along with teammate Kevin Larsen, head coach Mike Lonergan and athletic director Patrick Nero. Watanabe also attended a lunch at the State Department Tuesday afternoon.

“It was a special experience,” Watanabe said. “Not every person can go inside so that was good for me.”

At the welcoming ceremony, President Barack Obama thanked the visiting prime minister for all that Japan has given the American people, emojis and karaoke included, and said he was excited to discuss the strengthening of the relationship between the two countries.

“This visit is a celebration of the tides of friendship and family that bind our peoples,” Obama said.

Abe also delivered a speech, and Watanabe, who is from Kagawa, Japan and is the fourth-ever Japanese native to play Division I basketball, looked on with the throng of spectators gathered on the sunny morning.

Watanabe and Larsen took a moment following the ceremony to snap some selfies, including one where Larsen tried to plant a kiss on Watanabe’s cheek.

“He didn’t, but he tried,” Watanabe said.

Watanabe said the lunch, which was hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, was the highlight of his day. He said he enjoyed his meal of fish and salad and got the chance to talk to other Japanese citizens.

Lonergan said that his favorite part of the day was getting to spend the beautiful morning outside, and to see Watanabe and Larsen excited along with the other spectators. After the ceremony, he chuckled that the team will have to win an NCAA Tournament so that they can go back to the White House.

“To see people from Japan and to see how excited they were in line to see their prime minister on American soil,” Lonergan said, “To see the joy in everyone’s faces, especially with what’s going on in Baltimore now, I think this is a great country but it’s good to see some happy faces instead of seeing some bad things on the news.”

President Obama, Michele Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe wave goodbye to a crowd, before entering the White House. Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor.

President Obama, Michele Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe wave goodbye to a crowd before entering the White House. Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor.

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The Colonials celebrate a win earlier in the season. GW fell to 11-6 on the season, dropping two out of three at George Mason over the weekend. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Colonials celebrate a win earlier in the season. GW fell to 11-6 on the season, dropping two out of three at George Mason over the weekend. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

FAIRFAX, Va. - It’s said that if you have the best closer in baseball, you should stick with him.

GW had the best closer in sophomore Eddie Muhl, the NCAA’s leader in saves with 16, going into the game. He was one away from tying the GW career saves record with 17.

But instead, in a game of diving stops and line drive catches, a hard-hit ground ball snuck under the outstretched glove of sophomore shortstop Kevin Mahala with two outs in the ninth. The ball rolled into vacant left center and the game was tied up.

An inning later, Muhl let the leadoff man on again, and once again he scored for George Mason, this time on the only hard hit ball against the closer who had yet to blow a save all season, and the Patriots won the rubber match 4-3 Sunday in extra innings.

The win clinched the series against the Colonials, who were looking to win their conference-leading 12th game of the season. GW fell to 11-6 on the season, one game back in the loss column of Richmond and Rhode Island, who they’ll play next weekend, for first place in the Atlantic 10, with two conference series left in the season.

“There’s parity all around,” head coach Gregg Ritchie said. “Every time you look at the top 25, eight teams get upset. Every game’s a game and you just got to try to win as many games as you can.”

Through five innings the game was comfortable for GW. They had a 3-0 lead heading into the sixth, an inning after freshman starter Robbie Metz allowed his first hit of the game.

Although Metz did not make it through the sixth inning, he looked as good as he’s been for a while until it began. At one point he fanned five in a row. The packed crowd roared when the Patriots singled in the fifth, acknowledging how difficult it was to hit the rookie. Metz also only pitched in the game, instead of hitting as he normally does, allowing him to focus on his work on the mound.

“Robbie threw well but got a little gassed at the end, lost command,” Ritchie said. “He started not locating, but he did a fine job. He just didn’t pull it out and made some mistakes.”

In the sixth he lost control of his fastball, allowing two to score and leaving two on for redshirt senior Craig LeJeune. The Colonials’ former closer threw 2.2 innings, holding the Patriots to no runs and striking out three before handing the ball off to his bullpen buddy, Muhl.

“He answered the bell big time,” Ritchie said. “He did a lot. He got us to that spot.”

Normally that spot, a late lead, is enough for GW. But not on Sunday.

Two of GW’s three runs were manufactured by an unusual source. Sophomore Cody Bryant, who entered the game with six hits, all singles, doubled twice on hard hit balls.

In the second, Bryant doubled with two strikes and two outs and then scored on a two-strike double by sophomore Eli Kashi. Bryant doubled again in the fourth to drive in the Colonials’ last run of the game.

Sophomore Joey Bartosic helped manufacture GW’s first run in the first inning. He led off the game with an infield single, stole second and then scored on an RBI single by sophomore Bobby Campbell.

But in the 10th, Ritchie sent Bartosic, whose success rate heading into the game was 85 percent. The batter faked a bunt, but the deception wasn’t enough to help out Bartosic, who was hosed down at second, squandering the leadoff base hit.

“I’m not truly happy with myself in some of the situations, but sometimes things don’t work out. You just keep playing the game,” Ritchie said.

Weekend Recap

Friday, 5-4 GW
Junior Bobby LeWarne won his conference-leading seventh win of the season. The team leader in wins threw seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out eight.

Unlike in Sunday’s affair, GW’s normally successful pitching routine of a starter, LeJeune and Muhl did, in fact, work to record the series opening win. Muhl was hit in the bicep by a comebacker in what would be the final out of the game, but Ritchie said he was unaffected by it on Sunday.

GW broke the scoreless tie in the fourth with back-to-back doubles by Metz and Campbell to score one. Then freshman Brandon Chapman connected for his first career homer to drive in two.

They scored their other two runs of the game in the top of the seventh to provide a safety net for when LeWarne would give two back in bottom of the inning. Mahala and sophomore Andrew Selby both doubled to drive in a run each.

Saturday, 0-4 George Mason
George Mason’s John Williams threw a complete game shutout. He allowed four hits, three of them to Bartosic and one to Selby.

“We just didn’t hit. We had a lot of off-the-end bat contact,” Ritchie said. “That was it. The guy threw away and soft. We just didn’t get it done.”

In a change to the weekend pitching rotation that normally sees Metz throw Saturday and junior Shane Kemp throw Sunday, with help from the bullpen, sophomore Jacob Williams got the start Saturday instead, pushing Metz back a day.

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Athletic director Patrick Nero has named James Winchester the new head coach for the swimming and diving program, the athletic department announced Thursday.

The two-time NCAA assistant coach of the year honorable mention recipient will take the helm of the program that announced the departure of former coach Dan Rhinehart in early March. After announcing that Rhinehart would not return to the program, the athletic department kicked off a national search for his replacement.

“I am truly excited by this opportunity,” Winchester said in a release. “I believe the vision and commitment to excellence here at GW carries across all aspects of the university, and am excited about the tremendous potential of our program. I look forward to developing championship teams that will represent GW at the highest levels in the classroom, the pool, and in the community.”

Winchester has spent 11 years as a swimming coach, including time as an assistant for Drury University’s NCAA Division II National Championship women’s team in 2007 and D-II Champion men’s teams in 2007 and 2008. He was also head of recruiting as well as the Stroke and I.M. coach at the University of Utah and a coach at the University of New Orleans. Winchester has coached more than 40 All-Americans, nine National Champions and five World Top 100 swimmers. He has also recruited two Top 25 recruiting classes as a coach.

“James’ proven track record of coaching, mentoring and developing some of the world’s best swimmers made him an attractive candidate for this position, and we are excited to see what he will do with our student-athletes,” Nero said in a release.

Winchester will be tasked with rebuilding a men’s program that finished seventh out of eight teams and a women’s program that finished 11th out of 11 teams at the A-10 Championships this year.

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Two transfer guards have committed to the GW men’s basketball program, according to reports from CBSSports’ Jon Rothstein Tuesday.

Dartmouth transfer Alex Mitola and Seton Hall transfer Jaren Sina are the newest additions to the Colonials’ squad, joining the team following the announced departure of shooting guards Darian Bryant, Nick Griffin and Kethan Savage last month.

Mitola, a 5-foot-11 guard from Florham Park, N.J., is immediately eligible to play in the upcoming 2015-2016 season.

The skilled shooter averaged 12.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his junior year with the Big Green and will add much needed depth to the Colonials’ backcourt, supporting rising seniors Joe McDonald and Patricio Garino next year should he choose to play immediately. Mitola also shot 85 percent from the free throw line as a third-year, better than any Colonial last season.

Sina is ineligible for the team’s upcoming campaign but will have two years of eligibility remaining, starting with the 2016-2017 season.

The 6-foot-2, Lake Hopatcong, N.J. native averaged 7.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season as a sophomore with the Pirates. Sina led his team with 35 minutes on the floor in Seton Hall’s narrow 58-54 victory over GW on Nov. 29, 2014, but scored zero points on five field goal attempts.

Mitola and Sina have been teammates before, as they both played for Gill St. Bernard’s school in high school.

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Freshman Yuta Watanabe releases a shot in a game against DePaul in December. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

Freshman Yuta Watanabe releases a shot in a game against DePaul in December. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

Men’s basketball freshman Yuta Watanabe has been invited to greet Shinzō Abe, the prime minister of Japan, at the White House next Tuesday, the athletic department announced Wednesday.

Watanabe was invited by the White House Office of Public Engagement to attend Prime Minister Abe’s offical arrival ceremony on the White House South Lawn. Watanabe will also attend a private luncheon at the State Department hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Watanabe is the fourth-ever Japanese born basketball player to play at the NCAA Division I level, and started 10 games for the Colonials this season. He will be joined by GW head coach Mike Lonergan and fellow international student athlete Kevin Larsen, who is from Denmark.

Watanabe’s rookie year was followed closely in his hometown of Kagawa, and around Japan where The Japan Times nicknamed him the country’s “Chosen One”. Watanabe has suited up for the Japanese National Team in the past and both his parents have played professional basketball there.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:03 a.m.

Recap: Baseball stages comeback win at Towson

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

Midweek games have been tricky for the Colonials. Four of their 12 losses on the season have come courtesy of a Tuesday or Wednesday matchup.

Until the eighth inning Tuesday night at Towson, it seemed GW was bound for another midweek loss. But similar to their win Sunday against Fordham, the Colonials staged a late comeback. They scored six runs in the final two frames to defeat the Tigers 8-4 in their 24th win of the season.

Sophomore Eli Kashi played one of the best games of the day, going 2-3 with two runs scored, two RBI, one walk and one big home run. He led off the third inning with his first career dinger to score the first run of the game.

Kashi began the eighth inning with a seven pitch walk to leadoff the inning. Although the Colonials’ second baseman would be put out at third base, he started the inning with one of a pitcher’s worst fears: a leadoff walk.

GW tied it up in the eighth with the help of pinch-hitter sophomore Colin Gibbons-Fly. He singled in one run – hitting for sophomore Bobby Campbell – and then with runners on the corners, stole second, giving freshman Matt Cosentino the opportunity to steal home for the tie.

In the ninth, Kashi took the first pitch of his at bat and drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single down the left field line. He would then steal second in a double steal while senior Xavier Parkmond headed to third. Later, they both scored insurance runs courtesy of a two RBI single up the middle from sophomore Joey Bartosic.

Bartosic, now batting a team-high .340 with 50 hits, went 3-5, drove in those two runs, scored three of his own and swiped two bags.

But some early pitching woes dug the Colonials’ hole. Freshman Brady Renner got the start, going three innings, giving up one run on three hits with 54 pitches. Sophomore Brandon Ritchie relieved him to start the fourth inning, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits, one walk and one hit batsman. Freshman Tyler Swiggart came into the fifth inning with runners on first and second, only to balk them both into scoring position.

In the first five innings, just 41 percent of GW’s first pitches were thrown for strikes – 9 of 22.

The final four innings were pitched by juniors Randy Dalrymple and the eventual winner, Luke Olson – neither of whom allowed a run.

The Colonials will continue Atlantic 10 play on the road this weekend at George Mason. Last year, in the Patriots’ first season in the conference, they took two of three in Arlington. Mason would also go onto win the A-10 Championship and play two games in an NCAA Regional. This year they are 5-7 in conference play, looking to make a late move to qualify for the playoffs.

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Sophomore Paige Kovalsky hits the ball in a game over Coppin State earlier this season. The Colonials closed non-conference play Tuesday with a win over Georgetown. Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer.

Sophomore Paige Kovalsky hits the ball in a game over Coppin State earlier this season. The Colonials closed non-conference play Tuesday with a win over Georgetown. Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer.

Knotted at one in the bottom of the fourth, a hard line-drive rocketed up the middle, grazed a Georgetown glove and found its way into shallow center field to bring home two GW runs.

The base-hit from freshman right fielder Alana Anderson would prove to be the game-winner in softball’s non-conference finale against the Hoyas (13-28) Tuesday, as a hard-fought 4-2 victory marked the Colonials’ (22-20, 4-11 A-10) fourth consecutive win at home.

“[Anderson] has been really clutch for us,” head coach Stacey Schramm said. “She is just very light-hearted, takes everything with a grain of salt, and so that allows her to kind of relax at the plate.”

Anderson was not the only first-year who shined in the two-run win, as freshman starting pitcher Sarah Costlow (14-16) was charged with just one run on five hits, and matched a career-high five strikeouts en route to her 17th complete game of the season.

Costlow’s 14th win of the year also broke the program record for wins by a rookie, previously set at 13 by teammate Meghan Rico in 2013 and Amanda Gabriel in 2007.

“This season has been up-and-down, but it’s not about the records, I’m just proud of my team for getting another team win,” Costlow said.

Sophomore second baseman Megan Linn led off with a double to left center in the bottom of the first to provide GW with some early offensive momentum. Moving to third on a wild pitch later in the inning, Linn then scored on a sac fly from sophomore left fielder Bradleigh Breland to put GW on the board first.

After Costlow tossed two hitless innings, the Hoyas finally broke through in the top of the fourth when a runner scored on a Colonials’ error to even up the score at one a piece.

Senior shortstop Tori Valos got her team going in the bottom half of the frame by reaching base on a walk and ending up on third after a Georgetown error. Junior first baseman Carlee Gray was also walked and replaced by sophomore pinch runner Marissa Mangini who, along with Valos, was driven in by Anderson to give GW’s ace some breathing room.

“It’s so much easier to pitch with a lead. For one it kills the other team’s momentum and two it just pumps me up to keep us in the game,” Costlow said. “Today we just came out and played together more as a team, which is ultimately the thing that’s holding us back when we don’t do well.”

The Colonials would tack on one more run in the bottom of the fifth when freshman center fielder Rochelle Draper tagged up on a deep sac fly from Valos. Georgetown would respond with an RBI-double in the sixth to bring its deficit down to two, but GW’s steadfast defense would hold on for the win.

Tuesday’s triumph comes just days after the Colonials fell victim to a disheartening series sweep at the hands of first-place Dayton, which put them at a bleak 4-11 in Atlantic 10 play. But Schramm applauded her team’s defensive improvement in the victory over Georgetown that concluded a healthy, 18-9 non-conference campaign.

“We worked ahead on hitters and got the lead-off hitter out in every inning,” she said. “That’s the one thing I preached over the weekend and we didn’t do a good job of it, so this time we challenged the hitters, we used our defense and whenever you get the first hitter out of the inning, the advantage is in your favor.”

The Colonials look to get back on track in league play this weekend when they travel to Fordham to kick off a three-game series with the Rams beginning Saturday at noon.

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Sophomore Eddie Muhl throws a pitch in GW win over UMass earlier this season. Muhl leads the nation in saves with 14. Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Sophomore Eddie Muhl throws a pitch in GW win over UMass earlier this season. Muhl leads the nation in saves with 14. Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Tuesday that sophomore Eddie Muhl was one of 39 players on its midseason watch list for the Stopper of the Year Award.

Muhl leads the nation with a total of 14 saves. Just over a week ago, Muhl set the GW all-time single season saves record with his 13th.

The five finalists will be announced June 3, before the NCAA Super Regional competition begins. The nation’s saves leader, plus four other outstanding closers will be nominated. The award will be handed out during the College World Series. No GW closer has ever won the award since its founding in 2005.

Muhl currently boasts a 0.47 ERA in 19.1 innings in 18 appearances. The 6-foot-4 righty out of Sherman Oaks, Calif. has struck out 17 and walked just four batters this season. He has thrown 12 straight scoreless innings dating back to March 14, his second-longest scoreless streak after he went 18.2 innings without giving up a run spanning the end of last season to the beginning of this one.

Muhl can enter further into Colonial lore by recording two more saves to tie Bryan Beggs, a 2001 alumnus who currently holds the career record for most saves with 17. Muhl would be in familiar company in the GW record books: His aunt Kas Allen, a 1988 alumna, is in the GW Athletic Hall of Fame as a former women’s basketball player.

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After sophomore Shea Cassidy scored the game-winning goal, teammates gathered around to celebrate the Colonials' come-from-behind, overtime victory on Friday. Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Staff Photographer

After sophomore Shea Cassidy scored the game-winning goal, teammates gathered around to celebrate the Colonials’ come-from-behind, overtime victory on Friday. Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writers Ellee Watson and Rob Bartnichak.

With major Atlantic 10 tournament implications on the line, lacrosse won back-to-back games for the first time this season, knocking off Duquesne and St. Bonaventure over the weekend to stay in the running for a playoff berth.

The Colonials are in a three-way tie for fourth place with La Salle and Duquesne in the A-10 conference. The top four make the playoffs, and GW has two more conference games left against No. 3 George Mason and No. 1 Massachusetts.

“I think we’re in a good position,” head coach Tracy Coyne said. “If we beat George Mason we control our destiny, we’re in. We won’t have to rely on anyone else.”

Sunday

The Colonials celebrated Senior Day in its last home game of the season Sunday, pulling out a crucial 16-10 win against St. Bonaventure.

GW honored eight seniors including co-captains Rachel Mia and Jamie Bumgardner who lead the A-10 in goals and assists, respectively. Mia scored five goals against St. Bonaventure for 43 goals. Bumgardner earned a goal and two assists to lead the conference with 27 assists this season.

In addition to the co-captains, the Colonials honored seniors Jacqui Stevens, Jenn Seitz, Rachel Quinn, Allie Rash, Casey Dell’Isola and Mackenzie Jones.

“These seniors, if we make the A-10 tournament, they’ll be the first class to make that three times in their career. I think that’s a great legacy,” Coyne said.

GW and St. Bonaventure played a well-matched game in the first half. Mia scored less than two minutes into the game, and the Bonnies answered 40 seconds later, setting the pattern for the first half when momentum shifted back and forth.

With three minutes left in the first half, the Colonials scored two quick goals to take the lead into halftime 8-6 and carried the momentum into the second half outscoring the Bonnies 7-4.

“I think in the first half we wanted it to be a little easier, we weren’t placing our shots,” Coyne said. “Defensively we were going for the big play instead of playing solid team D, so I think we cleaned those things up in the second half.”

Although the seniors lead the Colonials in points this season, the sophomores earned five goals against the Bonnies. Bailey Forcier scored four goals, and Michaela Lynch earned a goal and two assists for her service to Mia and junior Hallie Walker.

Freshman Jocelyn Donohue also scored her first career goal. Starting senior goalkeeper Mackenzie Jones made five saves against the Bonnies for 90 saves this season.

Friday

To get the weekend started, the Colonials beat Duquesne 14-13 in overtime Friday at the GW Lacrosse Field.

Sophomore Shea Cassidy scored the game winning goal with nine seconds remaining in overtime. Cassidy scored three goals in the game, bringing her season total to eight.

“We were running a play but they shut it down,” Cassidy said. “I cut to the middle, it wasn’t marked up so I just caught it and placed it.”

Cassidy’s three goals tied senior and leading goal scorer Rachel Mia for the team lead. Sophomore Michaela Lynch scored two goals and added two assists. Senior Jamie Bumgardner scored one goal and added two assists, which broke Sarah Phillips’ all-time program assist record of 101.

With 26 minutes left on the clock, the Colonials trailed Duquesne 6-11. GW went on to score four goals in a row to bring it within one and finally took a 13-12 lead with 4:58 left to play. However, Duquesne tied it with 31 seconds on the clock to force overtime.

“We just needed that little bit of something, little bit of intangibles to put us over the top,” Coyne said. “We know what it feels like to lose so I think we starting playing to win and it changed the dynamic.”

Coyne credited the second half offensive charge to an adjustment made when the team was down by five goals. She said GW started playing at a higher tempo, which led to higher percentage shots.

“It was a do or die game,” Cassidy said. “Coach called a timeout and we started winning the draw, and we went off and scored off most of them.”

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