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After ending last season with an 11-5 record at home, women's basketball head coach Jonathan Tsipis will look to take his team far into the NCAA tournament this year. Hatchet File Photo

After ending last season with an 11-5 record at home, women’s basketball head coach Jonathan Tsipis will look to take his team far into the NCAA tournament this year. Hatchet File Photo

The women’s basketball team will host last year’s regular season champion and NCAA Tournament participant Dayton, Atlantic 10 champion Fordham, Saint Joseph’s and conference newcomer Davidson as part of its eight-game home matchups and 16-game A-10 Conference schedule.

The Colonials will also host Duquesne, George Mason, Richmond and St. Bonaventure, the league announced Monday. GW ended last season with an impressive 15-3 at home.

On the road, the team will face Dayton, George Mason, Richmond, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Louis and Women’s National Invitation Tournament participant VCU. The Colonials finished at .500 on the road last season, ending the year with a 6-6 record.

GW finished last season with a 23-11 overall record, a nine-win improvement from the 2012-13 season. The Colonials earned a bid to the WNIT and advanced to the third round, where they were knocked out by the University of South Florida. GW’s two postseason victories were its first since 2008.

With arguably the best recruiting class in the A-10, the Colonials are on track to carry last season’s success into the coming year.

The team will announce a full schedule at a later date.

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Then-senior Owen Beightol hits in GW's win against George Mason last season. File Photo by Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Then-senior Owen Beightol hits in GW’s win against George Mason last season. File Photo by Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Colonials will host the Atlantic 10 baseball championships at Barcroft Park for the first time in the team’s history next year.

The top seven teams from the regular season standings will compete in the double elimination tournament from May 20 to 23, the league announced this week. The winner will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.

The Colonials narrowly missed last season’s tournament when they finished the season eighth in the standings, a single game behind No. 7-seeded Fordham. GW last qualified in 2013, when it was seeded fifth.

GW has won the A-10 championships four times – the first time in 1979 – but has never served as host.

The team has played at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va. since 1993 and saw the venue undergo a $3 million renovation before the 2013 season. The project added bullpens, batting cages and artificial turf to a facility that Athletic Director Patrick Nero has joked GW no longer hides from recruits.

Barcroft Park holds 500 spectators in grandstand seating at 4200 South Four Mile Run Drive. The University operates a student shuttle bus for weekend home games during the conference season, though GW has not yet released information about a shuttle for the tournament.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:26 p.m.

Softball can’t keep pace with Fordham offense

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Darius Kamshad.

Saturday’s women’s softball double-header with Fordham University marked the opening games of the Colonials’ campaign for the 2014 Atlantic 10 softball championship, but unfortunately, their bats weren’t quite as prepared.

GW would drop both games to the A-10 defending champion Rams, by scores of 2-0 and 10-2.

Despite a tough start to the season, the Colonials had played extremely well as of late, going 10-2-1 over their last thirteen games and bringing a confident atmosphere to the Mount Vernon Campus.

It was a big day for sophomore Megan Rico, who started the first game for the Colonials on the mound. Fordham, however, drew first blood in the top of the third inning, as two Rams doubles led to an early 2-0 lead.

GW had a chance to respond in the bottom half of the frame, getting its first two batters on base, but three consecutive groundouts spoiled the scoring threat.

There was a spot of drama in the top of the fifth when freshman Marissa Mangini nailed a Fordham player at home plate to keep the score at 2-0.

The Colonials would get one more scoring chance in the bottom of the fifth, as sophomores Carlee Gray and Morgan Matetic both walked to begin the inning, but again, the GW bats would leave its runners stranded.

The first game ended by that final score of 2-0, with Rico taking the loss despite going seven strong innings.

The second game started off similarly, with a few scoring chances for the defending A-10 champions and an eventual 3-0 Rams lead by the top of the second inning. In the bottom half of the inning, GW found itself with the bases loaded, but a final ground out by freshman Madi Myers-Cook returned the team to the bench without any runs.

After that, the Fordham lead kept growing as they failed to take their foot off the gas pedal. By the top of the third inning, it was 5-0.

GW got its first runs across in the bottom of the fourth, when Matetic hit a skyrocketing home run to bring in two runs and make it 5-2.

Fordham came right back, though, and regained its control of the game, pushing across two more in the fifth and another three in the sixth and final inning to bring the game to its final score, 10-2.

Gray would lead the team going 2-3, with Matetic’s homerun being the only run support for Rico, who once again took the loss.

Certainly an extremely tough afternoon to stomach for the Colonials, as their bats that had been hot of late, fell silent.

GW will host UMBC this Tuesday before beginning playing a doubleheader against Massachusetts on Saturday.

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Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Photographer Senior Dani Jackson puts up a shot against Fordham on Saturday.

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Senior Dani Jackson puts up a shot against Fordham on Saturday.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

BRONX, N.Y. Back-to-back three-pointers and the lead the Colonials had all half was gone. It was now a three-point Fordham lead, 29-26, with a little over a minute to go in the first half. They never relinquished it.

The Rams would go onto win 67-58, as their outside shots, alongside a tight halfcourt defense, buried a Colonials that was forced to take shots out of rhythm all second half.

“I think some people were hesitant on their normal shots and that kind of just ruined their rhythm to make the shots. Same with me, I think I rushed a lot of shots. That was really it, just rushing and not really staying in rhythm with our shots,” said graduate student Danni Jackson, who finished with a team-high 16 points.

As GW (16-8, 7-4) continued to fall behind in the second half, the Rams continued to shoot with a high efficiency. Fordham went 45.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from three, making over half of its shots and draining eight threes in the second half. To make matters worse, the Rams went 15-18 from the charity stripe, getting to the line 16 times in the second half.

GW defenders were caught going under hard screens at the top of the key, which led to consistent open looks for Fordham. Senior guard Abigail Corning scored 20 points, assisted by 4-8 shooting from behind the arc.

Both teams came in with two of the best floor generals in the A-10: Jackson and redshirt senior Erin Rooney. Jackson, who led the A-10 in assists with 7.5 per game, would dish out four dimes on the night, while Rooney, ranked second at 7.3 apg, would best Jackson with seven helpers.
As a team, Fordham ended with 21 assists on 22 made baskets, while the Colonials had 13 on 22 field goals.

“They set good screens and we made the decision that once there was contact to try to sneak underneath and they made us pay,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said.

Rooney was shut down for most of the game though – GW held her to 3-13 shooting for 11 points. When everything was rolling for the Colonials early in the first half, they were frustrating Fordham’s half court defense.

Consistently tipping passes and forcing turnovers, GW went up 14-7, forcing a Fordham timeout. The home team would fight back, going on a 12-6 run to close within one point.

It still felt like GW’s game, though, until Fordham three-pointers swung momentum in the its favor. Fordham would come out in the second half and make another three in the first eight seconds of play.

Freshman Caira Washington was effective on offense with her jumper, scoring 14 points on 7-10 shooting. She fouled out, though, in crunch time with two and a half minutes to play. Graduate student Brooke Wilson was unable to play in the second half after sustaining an injury late in the first half, forcing freshman Hannah Schaible to play a lot of time at power forward.

Washington’s frontcourt partner, sophomore Jonquel Jones, had trouble all-day, going 3-11 from the field with eight points, 10 rebounds and four turnovers.

“JJ’s got to know that people are going to knock her around,” Tsipis said. “In that kind of stretch in the first, from about eight minutes to about the three minute mark when the lead changed hands, I think you’ll see we took a lot of jumpers and it wasn’t just JJ. I think it was a lot of people. We’ve got to get more points in the paint.”

The Colonials finished with 20 points in the paint to Fordham’s 16 points, but Tsipis knows his team’s strength is in the post. GW ended the game outrebounding Fordham, 38-33 and 14-5 on the offensive glass – a stat that one thought would have won them the game.

Even without a dominant presence down low, GW scraped their way back to a five-point game with 46 seconds to go. An either-way foul on junior Chakecia Miller and missed free throws ended the game for good, though.

With the loss, GW’s chances of winning the Atlantic 10 regular season are now slim, although they can still finish in the top half of the conference.

“I haven’t thought about [an A-10 regular season title] one bit. It was a matter of could we steal a second road win this week and take that momentum with us,” Tsipis said.

GW will go onto play VCU at home Thursday, Feb. 13 at 9 p.m., and then Massachusetts Saturday at 11 a.m.

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Preparing for its toughest stretch of the season against the conference’s best, the men’s basketball team was looking for a confidence booster against a struggling Fordham team.

They got it in the form of a 93-67 trouncing of the Rams, producing possibly their best offensive half of the season in front of a sellout homecoming crowd. With the win, the Colonials improve to 12-0 at home.

“The environment was great. This was my first homecoming at GW so to see the crowd all into it, it was great,” graduate student Maurice Creek said.

GW (19-4, 7-2) would distance themselves from the Rams right from the tip. As soon as the referee tossed the ball into the air, senior forward Isaiah Armwood leapt past Fordham’s Ryan Rhoomes to tip the ball to Creek on the left wing. Creek, as if they drew it up before the game started, lobbed the ball almost from half court to a streaking Patricio Garino who slammed the ball down for the first basket of the game, sending the Smith Center into an immediate frenzy.

“I was a little scared at the beginning,” Garino said. “I have never caught it like that before. I know I can do it, in practice maybe or a pickup game, but I’m glad that it worked out.”

From that point on, GW couldn’t miss. After going on an initial 8-0 run to start the game, the Colonials would end the half shooting 75.9 percent from the field on 22-29 shooting.

Creek and Garino, who started the game with a bang, would lead the way. Garino would score 14 first half points on 6-6 shooting, while Creek, who went scoreless in 21 minutes versus Duquesne Wednesday, would finish with 11 points in the half.

“We haven’t shot as well as I thought we would this year,” head coach Mike Lonergan said. “Early in the year we were lighting it up, led by Maurice. We were hitting a lot of threes. We’re back down as far as number of made three’s, down near the bottom of the league. So we are trying to get the ball inside, but we are trying to shoot it when we are open.”

Eight of the Colonials 22 first-half field goals came from behind the arc, as GW shot 66.7 percent from deep, led by two trey’s from Creek and freshman Skyler White.

Guard Maurice Creek hits a jumper against Fordham on Saturday. Creek led GW with 20 points. Cameron Lancaster | Assistant Photo Editor

Guard Maurice Creek hits a jumper against Fordham on Saturday. Creek led GW with 20 points. Cameron Lancaster | Assistant Photo Editor

Creek would finish with 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while Garino would finish with 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Altogether, GW would finish with four players in double figures.

The Colonials were able to move the ball extremely well, often finding a streaking cutter or open player in the corner. In the first half alone, GW would have 17 assists to just seven turnovers.

“We are not selfish at all and we really trust each other from the last guy on the team to the first one we know we all can play,” Garino said. “So we just make our plays and we trust everybody to hit their shots in the first half, so that helps alot with the assists.”

While GW was able to drain shots from anywhere on the floor, Fordham struggled to find the bottom of the net all game. The Rams would start the game 1-8 from the floor, and go 4-19 through the first 11 minutes of play. They would end the first half shooting 31.3 percent and finish the game shooting 32.8 percent.

Rams’ senior guard Branden Frazier, who played the entire forty minutes of the ballgame, would finish with a game-high 23 points on 8-20 shooting. But GW would keep the Atlantic 10 scoring leader – Jon Severe – completely in check. Severe, who averages 19.5 points per game would finish with just nine points on 2-7 shooting, struggling with foul trouble from the game’s early stages.

“I thought our guys did a good job, that’s probably the least shot attempts he’s [Severe’s] had all year; he’s averaging 17 or 18 attempts,” Lonergan said. “I said ‘hey, you’re not going to keep him from shooting, but we want those to be bad shots and deep shots.’ He had a little spurt there in the first half – hit a three took it to the basket a couple times – and then I thought the 1-3-1 really limited his shot attempts.”

One of the key’s for GW going into Saturday’s contest was to win the rebound battle against a Rams’ team that averages 38.0 rebounds per game and leads the league in offensive rebounds. Fordham would live up to the title pulling down an impressive 18 offensive boards, but overall GW would out-rebound the Rams 37-33. The Colonials frontcourt Armwood and sophomore Kevin Larsen would combine for 16 rebounds, while junior John Kopriva would also tally six rebounds in eighteen minutes of play.

GW’s past two wins have come against the A-10’s worst, but now they will face its best. First will be a rematch against VCU in Richmond Wednesday at 7 p.m. and then a first look at Massachusetts back at the Smith Center Saturday at 2 p.m.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

Who: GW (16-7, 7-3) at Fordham (18-5, 7-3)
Where: Rose Hill Gym, Bronx, N.Y.
When: Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.

Sitting in a tie for fourth in the Atlantic 10, both team’s pursuit of rising a banner this year hinges on this game. The Colonials have six conference games remaining this year – three at home and three on the road.

Case for Fordham:

The Rams have the top-scoring defense in the conference, allowing 57.7 points per game, while GW has the third-highest scoring offense, at 77.3 points per game. If Fordham can control the tempo, they will likely be able to pull out a win.

If they choose to play up with the Colonials’ fast-paced game, the Rams are certainly still capable of putting up a lot of points. The Rams have three different players averaging in double figures, including redshirt senior guard Erin Rooney at 18.7 points per game, second in the league, and senior guard Abigail Corning with 13.6 points per game.

Graduate student Danni Jackson will look to run the Colonials offense with precision Saturday. Hatchet File Photo

Graduate student Danni Jackson will look to run the Colonials offense with precision Saturday. Hatchet File Photo

The three ball will likely be the Rams’ friend as well. Fordham averages 36.8 percent from behind the arc, good for second in the conference, and during the course of the season, average 7.9 treys a game.

Perhaps the biggest statistic head coach Jonathan Tsipis will pay attention to is rebounding margin; the Rams out-rebound their opponents by 6.1 boards a game – best in the A-10. They also have the second-best rebounding defense, with 33.0 rebounds a game.

Case for GW:

Confidence should not be a problem for the Colonials, coming off a statement road win against Duquesne. Not to mention they have all of their tools available, healthy and playing major minutes.

GW now has four very potent scoring options: graduate student Megan Nipe, sophomore Jonquel Jones, graduate student Danni Jackson and freshman Caira Washington. At Duquesne, Tsipis allowed all four to play on the court at the same time; there should be even more of this shared action against the Rams.

Look to see who becomes the go-to scoring option Saturday afternoon. Given Fordham’s top defense, it is likely Tsipis will look to go inside to Jones and Washington to score with high efficiency and to rebound, especially on the offensive side. But the Rams will most likely be ready for this, preparing to give the Colonials post-presence trouble, which means Nipe or Jackson could have a big game.

Perhaps scrappy freshman Hannah Schaible will find her way through the defense’s cracks and put up a big day by continuing her knack of being in the right spot.

Once again, the game’s story will likely be the tale of the glass. Winning the rebounding margin is always a key goal for the Colonials, but against the conference’s best, they will have their greatest challenge yet. If Jones and Washington can stay out of foul trouble, alongside Schaible and a quietly rising graduate student Brooke Wilson, GW could pick up a second-straight big road win.

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Who: GW (18-4, 6-2) vs. Fordham University (9-12, 2-6)
When: Saturday @ 4 p.m.
Where: Smith Center

Case for Fordham:

The Rams enter Saturday’s game near the bottom of the Atlantic 10, but are coming off a six-point victory over Rhode Island on Feb. 1. Fourth-year head coach Tom Pecora and his squad will look to snap a 10-game losing skid against the Colonials in games played in the District.

To do so, Pecora will look to his trio of top performing guards to get the job done.

The Rams have three players that rank in the Top 20 of the conference in scoring. Freshman guard Jon Severe spearheads the team’s offense, averaging a conference leading 19.5 points per game. Severe also leads the league with 3.1 three-point field goals made per game, but despite his offensive dominance, don’t expect him to get the start. In Fordham’s past two games, Pecora has started junior Chris Whitehead in place of Severe, utilizing the freshman as more of a sixth man. The Rams are 1-1 when Severe starts on the bench.

Sophomore forward Patricio Garino dunks in a game earlier this season. He has continued to be one of GW's most explosive players since A-10 play began. Hatchet File Photo

Sophomore forward Patricio Garino dunks in a game earlier this season. He has continued to be one of GW’s most explosive players since A-10 play began. Hatchet File Photo

Fordham’s leadership comes from senior guard Branden Frazier. In a conference leading 36.9 minutes per game, Frazier ranks fourth in the conference in scoring at 17.6 points per game and is tied for fourth in the league at 4.3 assists per game. Rounding out the Rams scoring is sophomore guard Mandell Thomas, who averages 12.9 points per game.

Fordham also possesses one of the better defensive players in the conference in sophomore Ryan Rhoomes. Rhoomes ranks sixth in the conference in rebounding averaging 7.9 boards per game, and leads the best offensive rebounding team in the conference (averaging 14.5 offensive rebounds per game) at 3.8 offensive rebounds per game.

As a team the Rams average 73.6 points per game, but shoot a conference worst 39.9 percent from the field. The Rams average 7.4 three’s per game, without a single player on the roster ranking in the Top 15 in the conference in three point percentage. Fordham finds their strength in rebounding, and rank No. 55 in the nation, and second in the conference at 38 rebounds per game.

Case for GW:

Coming off a 71-57 win over Duquesne Wednesday, the Colonials will look to continue that momentum and extend their home streak to 12-0 at Homecoming this Saturday.

GW will look to get all of their offensive weapons going against a Fordham team that has the worst scoring defense in the league, allowing opponents to score a whopping 77.7 points per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field.

The Colonials rank third in the conference shooting 47.0 percent from the field, and average 74.4 points per game.

Sophomore forward Kevin Larsen continues to put up big numbers for GW. After a 13 point, seven rebound performance against Duqesne, Larsen is now averaging 15.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in his last seven games. He currently ranks sixth in the conference in shooting percentage at 56.6 percent. Sophomore Patricio Garino has also produced for the Colonials since A-10 play, scoring in double figures his past four games, including a game-high 17 point performance Wednesday.

Along with his offense, Larsen will need to team up with frontcourt running mate, senior Isaiah Armwood, to win the battle on the boards against the Rams, who despite being one of the best rebounding teams in the league, also allow 39.2 rebounds per game. GW is currently first in the conference in rebound margin at +4.9.

On the other end of the court, the Colonials will look to continue their solid defensive play. GW ranks second in the conference in both field goal defense, holding opponents to 40.7 percent from the field, and scoring defense, allowing just 65.3 points per game. One focus for GW will be to pressure the Rams’ top players in Severe and Frazier, who combine for a total of 117 turnovers this season.

Along with expected defensive pressure from sophomore Patricio Garino, head coach Mike Lonergan will look to sophomore Joe McDonald and graduate student Maurice Creek to creep closer to their early season form after both made returning to the floor Wednesday.

Note: Kwame Evans (’96), the fifth all-time leading scorer in GW men’s basketball history, is scheduled to be inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime.

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Senior outside hitter Rachael Goss makes a play during Friday's match against Fordham. Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Photographer

Senior outside hitter Rachael Goss makes a play during Friday’s match against Fordham. Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by contributing sports editor Sean Hurd

The Colonials made it look easy Friday afternoon by beating a struggling Fordham team in straight sets (25-12, 25-22, 25-13).

Friday’s victory marks the fourth straight win for a Colonials team that has now won nine of its last 10 and sits tied for second with Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 standings.

GW quickly took control the match and was able to dictate the pace of the game comfortably against a Fordham team who entering the game had lost 11 of their last 17.

The Colonials hit .318 on the afternoon, capped by a .423 attack percentage in the third and final set.

The Colonials were met with a little adversity in the second set when head coach Amanda Ault decided to switch her lineup on the floor, which caused the energy to drop on the GW side of the ball and gave an opportunity for the Rams to creep back into contention opening up a lead as large as four.

GW was able to regain it’s composure and rally back from the four-point deficit by taking 10 of the next 13 points. The Colonials would eventually take the set by three.

“I switched some things and I think it took more of an effect on us than I think it should have,” Ault said. “I like the fact that they figured out a way to pull it out.”

GW was led by freshman middle blocker Chidima Osuchukwu on the attacking front who posted 10 kills without a single error. Osuchukwu finished the game hitting .769.

Junior middle blocker Gabrial Rushton led all players with five block assists and a solo block while sophomore libero Maddy Doyle led all players with 13 assists.

“I think it was just really important to take care of business at home,” said senior middle blocker Jamie Armstrong. Armstrong would finish the match with four kills, three digs and three block assists.

Despite the comfortable victory, Friday’s match was an important one for the Colonials, who will host URI Sunday in their last match at the Smith Center before the A-10 Championships. In their last meeting on Oct. 6, the Colonials squeaked out a five-set victory that would eventually propel them to a five-game win streak, their longest streak of the season.

“They’re a good team, they are definitely somebody that we need to come in focused and stay on top of our game,” Ault said “I think we are playing pretty well right now. There are some things we need to tighten up and take care of especially from today, but I think that they also see that this is their last match at the Smith Center before the A-10 tournament.”

The Colonials will take the floor Sunday afternoon against Rhode Island at 1 p.m.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Nora Princiotti

Freshman midfielder Tobi Adewole chases after Fordham junior defense Eric Walano in GW's 2-0 win Sunday. Dan Kolonay | Hatchet Photographer

Freshman midfielder Tobi Adewole chases after Fordham junior defense Eric Walano in GW’s 2-0 win Sunday. Dan Kolonay | Hatchet Photographer

The men’s soccer team continued its consistent play Sunday with a 2-0 shutout win over Fordham for its first Atlantic 10 victory this season

The Colonials defense continued its hot streak and finally received support from the offense, which has struggled to counterbalance the strong play on the defensive side.

GW carried their momentum from recent  ties against Saint Louis and Dayton, but entered Sunday’s game with the intent on proving themselves as a formidable conference contender, capable of winning under pressure.

Playing tough opponents has not been a problem. GW have taken three teams into overtime play who have received votes in the SCAA Top 25, two of them ranked.

Oddly, it’s been teams with losing records that have caused the Colonials trouble. Teams like Saint Peters (2-6-4) and NJIT (5-8-2) have handed GW losses this season. The Colonials didn’t want to add Fordham, the A-10’s fourth worst team, to the list.

“We knew it was going to be tough,” head coach Craig Jones said. “We knew it was going to be a constant battle for 90 minutes so it was a great performance for us. A clean sheet, two goals and one in the A-10.”

Fordham (3-7-1) is no offensive juggernaut, but the shutout victory still saw only seven total shots from the Rams’ offense.

Junior goalie Luke Farrell made two saves in Sunday’s victory. Farrell, who replaced Jean-Pierre van der Merwe for the first time against Dayton, has excelled in the starting role, recording his second shutout in three games.

“He deserves to start and right now he’s got the number one spot and really it’s his to lose,” Jones said. “Two clean sheets in three games – he’s really stepped up and he looks like he’s enjoying it.

Farrell and the Colonials’ defense have had only one goal scored against them thus far in A-10 play, but through the first two games of A-10 play GW’s offense could only amount a single goal.

The script to have been similarly in the first half of Sunday’s match, where the Colonials could muster up only two total shots.

Sophomore forward Jonny Forrest has been held to 418 minutes on the pitch due to injury after beginning the season with two goals in three games. Presumed healthy by his coaches, he was substituted in the 27th minute with instructions to stay upfield and do one thing: score.

“Anytime he’s on the field he gives us a different dimension,” Jones said. “When he’s on the field he can score goals.”

The first half was a case of ‘not quite’ for the Colonials’ offense. Despite GW being the quicker team for most of the match, GW were unable to convert those plays into scoring opportunities.

That changed shortly after halftime. Forrest headed a free kick by senior Abdul Shaban into the back of the Fordham net to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead.

Forrest had another chance with 36 minutes left to play, but pulled up limp after beating two Fordham defenders to an open ball in front of the net. Forrest was taken out of the match with an injury.

An unusual suspect also contributed offensively with 85:31 recorded on the clock. Freshman defender Sam Summerlin, who only had one previous shot taken in the entire season, scored his first goal of the season.

“I was behind [the middle defender] by five yards or so but I knew he was going to play it back either to the outside back or to the goalie. I was already pushed high enough so I decided to take a chance and I guess I just beat the goalie to the ball and poked it in,” he said. “I had no celebration planned.”

The Colonials have a good opportunity to continue to develop their momentum when they take on Rhode Island (2-7) Friday at 7 p.m.

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