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Michael Heda. Photo courtesy of Athletics Communication

Michael Heda. Photo courtesy of Athletics Communication

Freshman Michael Heda tied a GW rookie record in his debut tournament, but it wasn’t enough to help the men’s golf team escape a last-place finish in its second tournament of the fall season.

Heda’s 68 in the third round of the Tuesday’s VCU shootout matched a Colonial rookie record held by 3 other Colonials – including teammate Jack Persons – and helped him move up 22 spots to finish tied for 29th overall. Unfortunately for GW, Heda was at the tournament competing as an individual, so his scores did not factor into the team’s total.

As a team, the Colonials finished with a three-round score of 940 (321-310-309), 99 strokes behind the winner, Virginia Tech – who finished 22 strokes ahead of second-place finisher Iowa State.

Head coach Chuck Scheinost, in his first year as head coach, said the struggles were partly because the team is “rebuilding” this year.

“We’ve got a new system we’re implementing and it’s taken a little bit of getting used to by everyone,” he said. “I think the freshmen are adjusting to it a little quicker.”

Freshman Lucas Farmer led the Colonials, alongside sophomore Steve Piela, both shooting a final round score of 3-over 75. Farmer would go onto finish 44th with a 9-over 225 (78-72-75), while Piela finished at 19-over 235 (80-80-75), good enough for 64th.

Scheinost said the team was unable to convert short-game opportunities.

“We’re really going to focus on our short game, getting up and down 120 yards,” he said.

Looking forward, the squad has a nearly month long break from action. Scheinost said the team will “focus on improving our accuracy off the tee,” and “converting opportunities for birdies.”

Scheinost is still confident for the rest of the season, saying that he sees the fall as a time to “get comfortable with the system” and that the team has the “talent to win the A-10 championship” in the spring.

Scheinost said he thinks the freshmen “will push the upperclassmen for spots the whole year.”

The Colonials’ next action will be at Old Dominion’s Outer Banks Intercollegiate Oct. 20 to 22.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 8:29 p.m.

Spring break sports round-up

This post was written by Hatchet staff writers Nick Ong and Brennan Murray.

While the rest of campus was on spring break, many Colonials continued competition through the week. Here’s a look at how they fared:

Senior Kara Clauss prepares to send the ball away earlier this season. Hatchet File Photo


March 9: To start the War Eagle Classic at Auburn, the Colonials shut out Presbyterian in the first game of their doubleheader, winning 5-0. Senior pitcher Kara Clauss let up only two hits and struck out nine batters in seven innings of work. In the nightcap, GW fell to host No. 20 Auburn by a score of 3-0.

March 10: Despite a sixth inning rally that tied the game at two runs apiece, the Colonials eventually dropped their third game of the week to Louisiana Tech by a final score of 4-2.

March 11: The Colonials recorded their third consecutive loss on the final day of the Classic, falling to Evansville 11-6.

March 13: Returning to GW, the Colonials picked up two victories in their doubleheader against Mount St. Mary’s, winning both the day and night games 3-0 and 5-4, respectively.

March 16: GW opened the James Madison Invitational by dropping both games of the day’s doubleheader, first losing an 8-5 game against Pittsburgh and then losing a closer 5-4 duel against host James Madison.

March 17: In their second doubleheader in two days, the Colonials split the games, first falling to Fordham 4-0 and then defeating James Madison 4-2 later in the day.

March 18: Despite a seven-run first inning, GW ended the week with a 9-7 loss at the hands of Pittsburgh. For their respective performances over the weekend, freshman infielder Victoria Valos and sophomore outfielder Chelsea Lenhart were named to the All-Tournament Team.


March 11: With a score of 191.650, the Colonials finished third in a tri-meet against Kentucky and Ball State. GW was only slightly edged by both teams, falling short of second-place Ball State by just .075 points.

March 16: GW took second place in Towson’s quad meet, finishing ahead of Yale, tying Penn, and falling short to the host Tigers by a score of 194.800 to 192.550

March 18: Rounding out their regular season, the Colonials recorded their season-high point total (193.926) despite losing the dual meet to Towson. Graduating seniors Monique Blount, Brittany Burnham and Amanda Murphy were all honored at the event.

Sophomore Viktor Svensson sends the ball back across the court last fall. Hatchet File Photo

Men’s tennis

The Colonials compiled a perfect record over break, garnering wins in each of their four matches.

March 11: The Colonials took down Florida Atlantic on the road, winning by a score of 5-2 in their first outdoor match of the season.

March 14: GW experienced continued success in the Sunshine State, yielding only one singles play loss to Troy on its way to a dominant 6-1 victory.

March 17: The Colonials traveled to the Tar Heel State and beat Campbell in a tight 4-3 match.

March 18: Capping the perfect 4-0 streak, GW closed out the week with another close battle, defeating East Carolina 4-3. No. 2 Senior Ugur Atalay finished the week on a team high five-match winning streak.

Women’s water polo

March 14: GW began its West Coast trip with a 12-7 loss to Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.

March 15: Despite a solid effort, a Whittier score in the final minute broke the tie and earned the Poets a 9-8 victory over the Colonials.

March 16: The Colonials opened up the Lancer Invite in Riverside, Calif. with a 10-5 loss against Marist. GW then took down VMI later in the day in a commanding 19-7 rout.

March 17: GW garnered two victories on its final day in the Golden State, winning against Redlands in a 10-9 thriller and then defeating Chapman by a score 13-8 in the night game.

Freshman Jack Persons takes a swing in the Colonials' practice facility in the Smith Center. | Hatchet File Photo


March 14: In the first match of the spring season, the Colonials halved with Georgia State while competing in a 4 player match-play format, finishing in a 2-2 tie.

March 16 to 17: In the 14th annual George Washington Golf Intercollegiate Invitational, the Colonials ‘‘A’ team put up a three-round combined score of 895 to earn fourth place finish of 12 teams. Defending champion senior Andres Pumariega finished in a tie fourth place individually with a combined total score of 4-over-220.


March 10: GW dropped a doubleheader to Cornell, falling 6-3 in the opening game and 5-3 in the nightcap, despite a late rally.

March 11: The Colonials split a second doubleheader against Cornell, taking the first game 4-3 but falling 12-3 in the second.

March 14: The Colonials scored five runs in the final three innings to complete 8-4 rally over Towson.

March 16: In the first of a three-game series, the Colonials fell apart late, giving up 13 runs over the final four innings to lose to Georgetown 13-2.

March 17: After trailing going into the eighth inning, the Colonials rallied to take down local rival Georgetown 4-2 in extra innings.

March 18: Taking the Hoyas to extra innings once again, the Colonials benefited from clutch hitting to win the rubber match of the series 8-6.

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Senior midfielder Hilary Quinn takes it down the field earlier this season. | Hatchet File Photo

Women’s lacrosse

March 10: The Colonials dropped a close match to No. 19 ranked Towson, 8-7, snapping their three game winning streak. Junior goalie Jess Hicks matched her career high with ten saves on the game.

March 13: Senior Megan Seidman scored a season high five goals in their 11-7 win over Villanova as the Colonials matched the programs best start through seven games.

March 19: Freshman Rachel Mia recorded her third hat trick of the season as the Colonials improved to 6-2 on the season after beating Mount St. Mary’s 16-8.

Women’s tennis

March 11: The Colonials grabbed momentum early with a No.1 doubles victory and rolled to a 5-2 win over A-10 opponent Fordham.

March 15: In their home opener, the Colonials fell to defending A-10 Champion Richmond 5-2.


Club teams were in action, too. The men’s club ultimate frisbee team headed to Las Vegas, competing in the sixth annual “Trouble in Vegas” tournament. The Colonials went 3-2 in bracket play, taking third place in their pool in day one of competition. GW defeated Utah 12-8 and the University of Southern California 13-6, before falling to Boise State 7-10.  To round out the first day of competition, the Colonials picked up a win over Washington 12-9 before dropping to defending Division III national champions Claremont. On the second day, GW split its action, falling to Lewis and Clark before defeating California Polytechnic State University.

The club cricket team headed to the 2012 American College Cricket Spring Break Championships, ending with a 2-1 overall record. The Colonials opened play against Cleveland State, but were ultimately defeated in the 19th over. Next, the team faced Florida Atlantic University, picking up its first victory in the tournament by seven wickets. The Colonials’ last game was against the University of Florida, where they earned another win, defeating Florida by 44 runs.

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Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 6:41 p.m.

Weekend round-up

We didn’t have enough space on our page today for all of the Colonials sports action, so here’s a quick look at what the Colonials did over the weekend:

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Senior Andres Pumariega is tied for second at the Kiawah Classic with freshman teammate Jack Persons. | File Photo


The Colonials opened play at the the Kiawah Classic Sunday, paced by freshman Jack Persons and senior Andres Pumariega, who each shot a 2-under par score of 70 to tie for second place out of 105 golfers.

The tournament hosts 21 teams from 13 different NCAA conferences. Persons and Pumariega sit one stroke behind the reigning Big South men’s golfer of the week, Campbell’s Vaita Guillaume. As a team, the Colonials currently sit in fourth place with a combined score of 13-over 301.

GW returns to the course this morning at 9 a.m.


Both the men’s and women’s swimming team fell at their second dual meet of the season to UMBC this weekend.

The women’s team was bested 137-103 despite earning the the top three finishes in three separate events. The Colonials earned the top three slots in the 200-yard breaststroke, including freshman Janica Lee coming in first with a time of 2:25.50. GW also took the top three in the 500-yard freestyle event, with sophomore Caroline Myers earning first place, and the 200-yard individual medley, where Lee again claimed top honors. Freshman Morgan Zebley won the 100-yard butterfly, and the 400-yard freestyle relay team also took first place for the Colonials.

The men’s team also dropped the meet to UMBC, 138-112, also despite sweeping three events. The Colonials took the top three spots of the 200-yard breaststroke, paced by freshman Garrett Cottingham, who won the event with a time of 2:10.81. GW also earned the top three places in the 500-yard freestyle, with junior Niklas Glenesk coming in first place in 4:49.91, and the 100-yard butterfly, where junior Alex Etz claimed first place with a time of 54.09 seconds. Cottingham also won the 100-yard breaststroke, and GW’s 400-yard freestyle relay team took first with a time of 3:13.25.

Both the men’s and women’s squad return to the pool Nov. 5 with a dual meet at Drexel.


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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 6:34 p.m.

Persons sweeps A-10 awards

Jack Persons, golf

Photo courtesy of GW Athletics Communications.

Freshman Jack Persons swept the Atlantic 10 men’s golf weekly awards, nabbing both Golfer of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors.

Both accolades are the first of Persons’ collegiate career. He set a new GW golf record at the Old Dominion/Outerbanks Collegiate tournament, firing a 54-hole total of 9-under par score of 207 to finish fourth of 90 golfers.

Persons shot under par over all three days of competition, appearing in just his third collegiate tournament. Persons surpassed 2006 alumnus Brian Carroll’s previous 36- and 54-hole marks of 139 and 210, both set in 2005, with a two-round total of 138 and Tuesday’s three-round total of 207.

As a team, the Colonials finished fifth of 18 teams, shooting a three-round total of 11-over 875 and finishing ahead of Atlantic 10 rivals Richmond and Saint Joseph’s.

GW next heads to the three-day Kiawah Island Intercollegiate at the Turtle Point Golf Club in Kiawah Island, S.C., starting Oct. 30.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Noah Cohen.

The men’s golf team headed to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship this weekend.

Play began Friday at 8 a.m. at the 54-hole, par-72 El Campeon course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

The Colonials wrapped the day in fifth place, at +23, just two points shy of Temple, the program ranked immediately above them. GW combined to shoot a 311 and junior Andres Pumariega tied for eighth individually when he carded a 3-over-par-75.

The Colonials entered the tournament with hopes of expanding on last year’s championship outing, after GW left in fifth place overall.

The Colonials head to the tournament this year backed by greater experience and depth. This year’s youngest player is a junior, and head coach Terry Shaffer said the team is more confident and ready for the challenges on the course.

“Golf’s kind of an interesting game,” he said. “While you’re playing against other teams, you are not really playing against other teams.  You are playing against the golf course.”

The tournament will stretch over three days, with tomorrow’s play scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m.

“I’m happy with the team the we have down here,” Shaffer said.  “Everyone is starting to gel at the right time.”

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Monday, March 21, 2011 6:02 p.m.

Pumariega, Kircher sweep A-10 golf honors

Men’s golf junior Andres Pumariega and freshman Benton Kircher were honored as the Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week and Rookie of the Week Monday.

Pumariega’s honor came after he took first place at the George Washington Invitational Saturday, becoming the first Colonial to win a 54-hole tournament since 2005. As the reigning A-10 Performer of the Week, Pumariega parred 36 holes and recorded 10 birdies during the tournament.

Kircher placed 18th out of 51 participants at the Invitational, marking his first collegiate top-20 finish. He averaged 4.83 strokes on all par 5 holes.

Up next for Pumariega, Kircher and the Colonials is a trip to Philadelphia for the Penn Quaker Invitational Monday, April 4, at 8:15 a.m.


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Monday, March 14, 2011 6:35 p.m.

Pumariega named A-10 golfer of the week

Men’s golf junior Andres Pumariega was named the Atlantic 10 Men’s Golf Performer of the Week Monday after the Miami native became the fourth Colonial in program history to shoot 4-under or better in a 54-hole tournament.

Pumariega finished in the top 10 of a tournament for the first time this season, posting a four-under-par 212 at the Barefoot at the Beach Intercollegiate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. His third-round score of 69 was the best round for any GW golfer this season.

The Colonials finished in sixth place overall in the 12-team tournament over the weekend with a team score of 886. GW will be back in action next weekend at its own tournament, the GW Invitational at Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club in Bethany Beach, Del. The two-day tournament will begin Friday and continue Saturday.

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Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 8:00 a.m.

GW sports weekend roundup

It was a busy weekend in GW sports, and we didn’t have enough room in today’s issue to fit in all the Colonials action from the past three days. Here’s a quick roundup of the results and some notes, basically everything that didn’t make it into the paper.

Men’s Tennis

Senior Yan Levinski won the Georgetown Tennis Classic on Sunday, topping Pennsylvania’s Phil Law in straight sets in the championship match yesterday afternoon. Levinski defeated Mikey Clarke of Georgetown in the semifinals earlier in the day on Sunday, and he beat top-seeded Ryan Pool of James Madison on Saturday.


The volleyball team went 1-2 in the Penn State Rockvale Outlets Classic over the weekend, falling 3-0 to the three-time defending national champion Nittany Lions on Friday and splitting its games Saturday with a 3-2 loss to St. John’s and a 3-0 win over Princeton.

Sophomore Lauren Whyte recorded both career highs and lows in the tournament in kills, with a career-worst five against Penn State and a career-best 26 against St. John’s.

Sophomore Candace Silva-Martin, who was named to the all-tournament team on Sunday, had 17 digs in GW’s tournament-finale win against Princeton.


The golf team placed 14th out of 15 teams over the weekend in the Maryland Intercollegiate, shooting a 72-over-par 924 for the tournament as a team. Junior Martin Liu turned in the low card of the tournament for the Colonials, shooting a 10-over-par 223, putting him in 35th place. No other GW golfer placed in the top 50.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams had top-25 finishers Saturday in Annapolis, Md. For the women’s team, senior Jessica Stern finished in 25th place in the 5K Salty Dog Invite, while senior Zach Borenstein crossed the finish line in 25th place in the 8K Navy Invitational. Both races were held at the United States Naval Academy Golf Club.

Men’s Water Polo

After winning its opening game over Iona 5-4, the men’s water polo team dropped its next three games in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships over the weekend in Cambridge, Mass. The Colonials fell to 20th ranked Bucknell 21-3 early on Saturday before falling later in the day 7-4 against Johns Hopkins. GW also lost on Sunday, dropping the tournament’s seventh-place game to MIT, 14-6.

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Monday, April 19, 2010 8:00 a.m.

GW sports roundup for April 15-18

As usual, there was a lot of GW sports action over the weekend that we just couldn’t fit in our Monday issue. Here’s a quick roundup of the Colonial athletics action that didn’t make it into print.


The softball team went 0-4 over the weekend, dropping home games Friday and Saturday against Fordham by scores of 3-0 and 9-0 and losing both halves of a double header 11-1 and 10-0 Sunday on the road at Liberty. GW got its lone run of the weekend in the first inning of game one against Liberty, when sophomore Lauren Wilson scored on a single by sophomore Jordyn O’Donnell. Offense has been a recurring problem for the Colonials this season, who went eight games without scoring earlier this season.


The GW golf team split up this weekend, competing in to two tournaments in Maryland with varying rates of success. One half of the team tied for third on Sunday at the Caves Valley Spring Intercollegiate golf tournament in Owings Mills, Md. GW was led by sophomore Martin Liu, who shot a team-low 73 on Sunday and turned in a two-day score of 152, good enough for fourth overall in the tournament.

The Colonials who traveled to the Navy Spring Invitational in Annapolis, Md. fared worse than their teammates on Sunday, placing 19th out of the 21 team field. The low scorer for the Colonials in Annapolis was senior Sebastian Palomares, whose two-day score of 157 placed him 47th overall

Women’s Lacrosse

Despite going 1-1 on the weekend, the GW women’s lacrosse team found itself out of the Atlantic 10 tournament on Sunday after falling 12-10 on the road at Duquesne. The Colonials had managed to remain in contention after earning their first road win on the season on Friday with a 19-14 victory at St. Bonaventure, but were eliminated when Temple beat Saint Joseph’s earlier in the day on Sunday. Senior Taylor Donohue finished her GW career with 2 goals against the Dukes, a category in which she ranks fourth on the all-time list for the Colonials.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team wrapped its regular season on the road Saturday, falling 5-2 to UMBC. GW’s two points came from wins by sophomore Jacqueline Corba and junior Jennifer Hirsch at number one and number four singles, respectively. The pairing of freshman Mimi Hamling and senior Michele Style also earned a victory at number one doubles, but the Colonials dropped the other two doubles matches to lose the doubles point. GW will go to St. Louis next weekend for the Atlantic 10 tournament, which is set to begin this Friday.

Women’s Rowing

The women’s rowing team placed sixth at the Atlantic 10 championships over the weekend in Pennsauken, N.J., despite advancing all four of its boats to the grand finals. The Colonials’ second varsity eight-man boat won third in its final. No other GW boat placed in the finals. Even with the conference championships now in the books, the season is not over for the Colonials, who will race May 1 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro Cup in Camden, N.J.

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Monday, April 5, 2010 8:00 a.m.

GW sports weekend roundup for April 1-4

There were more games over the weekend than we had space for in Monday’s issue, so here’s a quick roundup of the GW sports action that didn’t make it into the print edition of the paper.

Women’s Lacrosse

The women’s lacrosse team lost 17-6 on Friday on the road in Richmond, the seventh straight defeat for the Colonials. The game got out of hand quickly for GW, which gave up six straight goals to open the game was outscored 9-3 in the first half. Offensively, the Colonials were led by sophomore Hilary Quinn who matched her career and season-high with three goals. Senior Taylor Donohue, freshman Nicole Lacey and sophomore Sarah Phillips each scored one goal in the loss.

GW will attempt to notch its first win in almost a month when it returns to action this Friday at home against Saint Joseph’s at 4 p.m.


The GW softball team extended its losing streak to nine over the weekend, losing both games in a double header against Saint Louis by scores of 3-0 and 5-0 on Saturday and falling 8-0 to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Sunday. The Colonials failed to score a run in 19 innings on the weekend, and were held to just 10 hits in the three games.

GW will try to snap its losing skid this Wednesday with a double header against Maryland in College Park, Md. First pitch for game one is set for 5 p.m.


The GW golf team shot a school-record combined score of 280 on Sunday, helping the Colonials to place third in the Adidas Hoosier Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. GW was led by sophomore Brandan Rukin’s career low four-under-par 67.

The Colonials were in ninth place after two rounds of play Saturday, but shot 18 strokes lower on Sunday to move into third. Rukin’s three-round score of 216 was good enough for seventh place in the event, and fellow Colonial Martin Liu’s 219 put him in 16th overall.

GW will be back on the links on April 17 for the first round of the Caves Valley Spring Intercollegiate, hosted by Yale and held in Owings Mills, Md.

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