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Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 6:42 p.m.

Weekend wrap-up

Senior captain Stephanie Stoicovy goes through her balance beam routine. Hatchet File Photo by Jordan Emont | Photo Editor

A lot of Colonial sports teams were in action this weekend. Here’s a look at what couldn’t fit on the sports page:

Gymnastics

GW finished in fourth of six teams at the Sweetheart Invitational this weekend.

Its best event as a team was the balance beam, where the Colonials scored a cumulative 48.750. GW was paced by senior Stephanie Stoicovy, who finished fourth in the all-around with 38.975, including 9.875 on floor exercise, which was good enough to tie her for third in that category.

Sophomore Elena Corcoran tied for third on the vault with a 9.775 and senior Kayla Carto tied for third on the balance beam with a 9.850.

Women’s water polo

The Colonials went 2-2 this weekend, defeating Bucknell and Villanova but dropping to Marist and Hartwick.

GW defeated Bucknell in its opening match of the weekend 10-9, off the offensive strength of freshman Erin Donoghue, who scored a career-best five goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander kept the Colonials in the game with six saves. Later that day, GW fell to Hartwick 23-12. Junior Katherine Berry paced GW with four goals, and fellow junior Rachel Bentley added six points on three goals and three assists.

The next day, the Colonials opened play with a 10-6 loss to Marist, which scored three unanswered goals down the stretch to take a 5-3 lead into halftime. From there, they pulled away, holding GW to just 6-27 shots on the game, despite Vilander recording a season-high 11 saves. But it was the Colonials’ offense’s turn to shine against Villanova, led by Donoghue, who tallied a hat trick. GW pulled away decisively to take that game 11-6.

Women’s Squash

The Colonials competed in the CSA Team Nationals this weekend, making it to the Consolation Finals before falling to Williams College in their final match of the season, 8-1.

In the team’s first match of the championships, freshman Anna Gabriela Porras was the only Colonial to pick up a win, defeating her No.1 opponent Catherine Jenkins 11-4, 11-6, 11-8.  Unfortunately, the rest of the squad did not fair so well, ultimately falling to Columbia 8-1.

Continuing competition in the Consolation Semifinals, the Colonials faced off against Amherst, winning the match 7-2.  Porras again won her No.1 match in straight sets, along with freshman Alexa Tzarnas and junior Elizabeth Tapley who won their No. 6 and 5 matches, respectively.

In what would be their final match of the season, the Colonials were defeated by Williams College, 8-1.  Repeating Friday’s performance, the Colonials gave no help to Porras, who tallied the only win for GW.  Porras went undefeated on the weekend and finished her inaugural season with a 16-4 record.

The team concludes the season ranked as the No.14 team in the CSA. Porras and junior Jackie Shea will move on to represent the Colonials at the CSA Individual National Championships, March 1-3.

 

Men’s Tennis

The Colonials went into action at the ECAC Indoor Championship this weekend, finishing play with a 1-2 record.

On Friday, the team fell to No.42 Columbia, 4-2.  Junior Nikita Fomin defeated his No.2 singles opponent 6-2,6-4, while fellow junior Viktor Svensson earned a victory in his No.6 match, 6-3, 7-6.  In doubles action, Columbia earned points in the No.1 and 2 matches, garnering enough points for the overall victory.

The Colonials pulled the upset on Saturday, defeating No.59 Dartmouth 4-3.  It was the highest ranked team the Colonials have defeated since head coach Greg Munoz took over seven seasons ago.  In the No.2 doubles match, Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov defeated their opponent 8-5, while sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti won their No.3 doubles match 8-2.  In singles play, Dias and Fomin won their No.1 and No.2 matches, respectively, setting up junior Urlik Thomsen to clinch the match with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win.

In the fifth-place match, the Colonials were swept by Yale, 4-0.  The loss left the team in sixth place for the tournament.

 

Women’s Tennis

The Colonials opened up A-10 play this weekend with a 6-1 win over Saint Joseph’s.

GW swept doubles play, holding the Hawks to a combined four points and earning the first three points before heading into singles action.  The team was just as dominant in singles action, losing just the No. 1 match.  Freshman Lana Robins got GW back on track with a win in the No.2 position, followed by wins from freshman Stephanie Wei and senior Mimi Hamling in the No.3 and 4 spots, respectively.  Senior Dorota Lysienia and junior Isabella Escobar closed out the matches with wins of their own.

The team stayed perfect on their first weekend of conference play with a 4-3 win over Duquesne.  GW earned two out of three doubles victories, with wins from the pairs of Lysienia and Robins, and Wei and freshman Christina Carpenter.  In singles play, junior Leah Pascarella defeated her No.1 opponent 6-3, 7-5, while Wei and Hamling followed behind with wins in the No.3 and 4 slots to close out the match.

 

Sailing

In their first match of the spring session, the Colonials climbed three spots from their Day 1 position to finish the College of Charleston Coed Spring Intersectional in 12th place.

The team earned their 12th place finish with a combined 181 points total.  Winning the even was host and third ranked College of Charleston, with a total of 58 points.

Freshman Maria Sinagra, sophomore Matthew Ricci and senior Richard Sant teamed together to finish 8th in the B Division with 69 points.  Senior Ian Conner and seniors Rebecca Engel and Skye Kussmann earned a total of 112 points to place 16th overall in the A Division.

- By Elizabeth Traynor and Nick Ong

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Senior captain Stephanie Stoicovy goes through her balance beam routine. Jordan Emont | Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Joshua Soloman.

Little wins added up to a big victory, as the GW gymnastics team returned home for the fifth annual Pink Meet, squaring off against Eastern Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) rival North Carolina and William & Mary.

The Colonials won their first meet back at the Smith Center since their opener, claiming a score of 194.675 to the Tar Heels’ 193.275 and the Tribe’s 191.925.

Much of GW’s title came off the strength of junior standout Betsy Zander. Her focus and energy earned Zander her first all-around meet title while sporting a career best 39.025, breaking the 39.000 benchmark for the first time.

“She is one of the most coachable athletes I have ever had,” head coach Margie Foster- Cunningham said. “Whatever I tell that kid to do, she does it.”

Vault was capitalized by sophomore Elena Corcoran who tied for first with a personal best score 9.825. Zander posted a third place score of 9.775.
The uneven parallel bars were highlighted by Zander who took home second with a personal best of 9.775, while fellow junior Kiera Kenney finished third with a 9.750. GW’s success in the competition was born of the team’s mentality, Zander said, one that made the Colonials determined to work together toward a common goal.

“It’s all about the little wins for us, and so each event we took it an event at a time, a skill at a time and that’s what really gets us through,” Zander said.

A member of the Colonials gets ready to complete a routine. Jordan Emont | Photo Editor

Senior Kayla Carto, coming off an injury, scored a personal best of 9.875 to earn first place honors in balance beam with a performance that many of her teammates described as the best of the evening for the Colonials. Senior captain Stephanie Stoicovy said it was one of the “prettiest routines I’ve ever seen her do” and explained it as near flawless.  Zander tied for second with a personal best of 9.800.

Foster-Cunningham and her fellow coaches huddled the team before entering their last event of the night, floor exercise.

“We told them that you have to stay calm and that you have to attack. So the ‘calm-attack’ was the words that we were using with the athletes and it works for them,” Foster-Cunningham said.

The ‘calm-attack’ worked for Stoicovy, whose punctuating act on floor that won her first place with a score of 9.850. It also earned her a spot on the all-around podium for the fifth meet in a row, as she tallied a total of 38.675 to claim third place.

Foster-Cunningham knows that GW’s ultimate season goals of scoring a team 195.000 and qualifying for NCAA regionals are possible with the right improvements and motivation.

“We want to be at 195.000,” Foster-Cunningham said. “We even changed the locker room code to 1-9-5-0-0. Everyday they go into the locker room they have to push it.”

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Senior Stephanie Stoicovy cartwheels on the balancing beam at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational. GW took home the gold for the first time since they started the invitational. Gabriella Demczuk | Senior Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Joshua Soloman.
At their season-opening Lindsey Ferris Invitational Sunday, the Colonials vaulted towards their common goal: NCAA regionals. After consecutive years of finishing second fiddle to Eastern Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) rival North Carolina, the women’s team stood on top of the podium, 193.425 to 192.950. It was the first time GW won its first home meet since 2002.
The team was lead by senior captain Stephanie Stoicovy and junior Betsy Zander who came in one, two respectively with personal bests of 38.975 and 38.875 in the individual all-around. The meet is named after late alumna Lindsey Ferris, and honors the exceptional attitude she presented on and off the floor. Along with the meet bearing Ferris’ name,  it also culminates in an “Attitude is Everything” award, which was presented to Zander today and given to Stoicovy last year.
“To get that award is such a privilege for me and I’m so honored to get it because hearing how much she did for everyone, to get represented like that is such an amazing accomplishment,” Zander said.
Head coach Margie Foster-Cunningham, who is in her 29th year with the team, said Zander was “very deserving” of the honor. The recipient of the award last year, Stoicovy, was ready for the Colonials’ first home meet this season. Perhaps the biggest moment of the afternoon came when she performed her floor routine fifth, the last rotation for GW in front of a loud home crowd.
Following a fall by sophomore Courtney Willoughby, the senior captain came up strong with a 9.875 in the event. It would later earn her top honors for floor, help her win the all around, and contribute to GW’s ultimate meet title.

“It’s great to win it, but we want the team winning and that was the most satisfying part of it all,” Stoicovy said.

The mission for the team is to compete at the regional level this season, and its depth can only help. Zander had a career-high 9.740 on the uneven bars, and placed third on the balance beam. Sophomore Elena Corcoran tied for second place in her first career floor exercise competition, finishing with a 9.775.

The only freshmen competing for GW Sunday was Taylor Redmond, who had limited practice time over the last week after spraining her ankle. Though she fell during her balance beam routine, there was nothing but praise for the young talent after competition ended. Zander touched on her positive attitude and Stoicovy called her a “rock” and said she was looking forward to the rest of the season with her freshman teammate..

“I told her she battled hard. I like that she came back strong and finished strong after a major mistake,” Foster-Cunningham said. “She has a bright future and I have a lot of confidence in her.”
As her team sat atop the day’s rankings, Foster-Cunningham praised the increased scholarships and resources, pointing to athletic director Patrick Nero’s support as a gamechanger for the Colonials.

With a maximum of 12 scholarships to be used, Foster-Cunningham said the future of the program this year and in years to come is bright.

“We want to be that dog, not the one on the porch but the one that comes off the porch and works really hard and goes after it. I love the aggressive nature of the athletes today,” Foster-Cunningham said. “They believed in themselves and you could see that today.”

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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

Softball

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.

Gymnastics

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

Golf

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.

Baseball

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.

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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, Feb. 27, 2012 9:16 a.m.

Weekend sports round-up

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Senior Kara Clauss pitches for the Colonials last season. | Hatchet File Photo

A lot of Colonial sports teams were in action this weekend. Here’s a look at how they performed:

Softball

GW was swept in action at the Gamecock Invitational this weekend, falling to Elon Saturday before dropping to South Carolina and Appalachian State Sunday. The team’s competition Friday was canceled due to rain and will not be made up.

The Colonials (0-7) held Elon scoreless for five consecutive innings after allowing four runs in the first two innings but couldn’t make up the deficit for a victory, falling 4-1. Senior pitcher Kara Clauss struck out three batters and allowed just six hits, all of which came in the first four innings. GW’s only run came from senior Lauren Wilson, who scored off a single from freshman Victoria Valos.

Opening play Saturday, junior Autumn Taylor hit a two-run home run that put GW in the lead through the fourth inning against South Carolina. But at the top of the fifth, the Gamecocks added three runs on the board to pull ahead, followed by a run in the sixth to cement their 4-2 victory. The Colonials next took the field against Appalachian State, when the Mountaineers opened the bottom of the first inning with five runs off of six hits and followed that up with three additional runs in the second. Taylor hit another two-run homer in the bottom of the second, but that would be GW’s only scores on the game, falling 8-2.

GW next hosts Drexel in a double-header Wednesday, with action slated to begin at 2 p.m.

Baseball

GW traveled to Cary, N.C., to face Army this weekend, opening play with two losses in a Saturday doubleheader but bouncing back for a victory on Sunday.

The Colonials (1-5) fell 11-6 to Army in the first game Saturday afternoon. The lead changed hands throughout the early innings before sophomore Owen Beightol advanced two runners with a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the seventh, followed by junior Derek Brown, who hit a clutch two-run single to tie the score at six. Those were the last scores GW would tally on the contest, as Army scored two runs in the eighth and three runs in the ninth to grab the victory.

The Black Knights carried that rally to the second game of the afternoon, scoring three runs in the top of the first off of GW sophomore starter Aaron Weisberg. Weisberg ultimately pitched five innings, yielding four runs with two walks and five strikeouts. The Colonials couldn’t find success at the plate, remaining scoreless on the eventual 5-0 loss after Army added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

GW picked up its first win of the season Sunday off the strength of junior pitchers Tyler McCarthy and Kenny O’Brien who stayed strong at the mound amid a pitchers’ duel for the Colonials’ 1-0 victory. McCarthy started the game, allowing just one hit with one walk and three strikeouts. O’Brien took over in the top of the sixth and didn’t allow a hit while striking out five. The sole score of the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Brown drew a one-out walk and then advanced to second off a sacrifice bunt from senior Brett Bowers. Fellow senior Jimmy Best followed that with an RBI single to right field to score Brown and give GW the winning score.

The Colonials next head to Duke for a three-game series, with first pitch scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.

Gymnastics

The Colonials wrapped up their six-game road stand at North Carolina Friday, falling 195.625-192.525 to their EAGL rival.

For the sixth time this season, junior Stephanie Stoicovy placed in the all-around, finishing third with a career-high 38.875. She scored 9.750 on vault, 9.550 on uneven bars, 9.750 on balance beam and a career-high tying 9.825 on the floor exercise.

GW scored a season-high 48.625 on the vault, paced by freshman Elena Corcoran, who tied for third with a team-high 9.775, followed closely by Stoicovy and freshman Courtney Willoughby, who tied for fifth with 9.750. Sophomore Betsy Zander finished in third place on the balance beam with a career-high 9.775, and fellow sophomore Kiera Kenney led the team on the uneven bars, tying for fourth place with 9.725.

The Colonials return to the Smith Center to host EAGL rival Pittsburgh March 3.

Women’s water polo

The Colonials played four games as a part of the CWPA vs. MAAC Weekend at Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool, capturing two victories Saturday but tallying two losses Sunday.

GW (4-3) opened play with an 11-5 victory over Villanova Saturday. The Colonials and Wildcats were tied through of the first half, but GW took the lead for good on a goal by sophomore Katherine Berry with just a minute and 36 seconds to play in the second quarter, nabbing a  5-4 lead at halftime. GW outscored Villanova 6-1 in the second half to earn the win. Sophomore Megan Brolley paced the Colonials with four goals, while Berry tallied two goals, two assists and two steals, and freshman goalie Chandler Vilander recorded five saves.

The Colonials carried that power into its next match against Siena, picking up a 13-5 win, where GW went a perfect 8-for-8 on the power play. Freshman Meagan Moreland paced GW’s attack with five goals, while Berry added three and senior Monica Hanson dished out six assists, while Vilander halted eight shots in goal.

But GW’s success couldn’t carry over to the second day of competition, falling to Wagner 14-6 before dropping to Iona 16-10.

The Colonials were down by just a goal early in the game, but Wagner used a 4-1 second period to unseat GW. The Seahawks shut down the team’s power play, GW converting on just two of 10 extra-man opportunities. Sophomore Allison Littlejohn netted two goals in the game, while Vilander stayed strong at the other end of the pool, tallying a career-high 12 saves.

In the second game of the day, Iona used an explosive first half to take a 6-2 lead after the first quarter and an 11-4 advantage at halftime. Though GW outscored the Gaels 6-5 in the second half, it wasn’t enough to overcome the first-half slide. Brolley led GW with four goals, followed by Berry, who added three. Sophomore Rachael Bentley added four assists, and Vilander recorded nine saves in goal.

GW next heads to Cambridge, Mass., March 3 to face CWPA rivals Bucknell and Brown.

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Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 3:48 p.m.

Colonial sports weekend round-up

Senior Amanda Murphy performs on the balance beam during the Lindsey Ferris Invitation Jan. 14. | Hatchet File Photo

A lot of GW teams were in action this weekend. Here’s a look at how they fared:

Gymnastics

The Colonials fell to Central Michigan Sunday, dropping the dual meet 193.600-192.075 in GW’s fifth of six straight road competitions.

GW posted a new season high on the floor exercise, earning a combined 48.600, paced by junior Stephanie Stoicovy, who led with Colonials with a 9.800 for fourth place. Senior Amanda Murphy and sophomore Betsy Zander tied for sixth with a score of 9.725.

Stoicovy finished third in the all-around, with 38.500, and sophomore Kiera Kenney led GW on the uneven bars, finishing with a 9.725. Zander tied for third place on the balance beam, scoring a 9.625, and freshman Courtney Willoughby earned third place on the vault with a 9.700.

The Colonials wrap their road stand at EAGL rival North Carolina Feb. 24.

Baseball

The baseball team opened its season at Stetson this weekend and was swept in three games over three days.

The Colonials had a 2-0 lead at the top of the first Friday but couldn’t hold on for the victory, falling 19-7 to Stetson. Senior Stephen Oswald tripled in fellow senior Ollie Mittag for the first score of the game, followed by a RBI groundout from senior Matt Murakami. But their early runs didn’t stop an explosive Stetson team that scored five in the bottom of the first and six in the bottom of the second to take a commanding lead.

Saturday, junior Brian Derner held Stetson hitless before an unearned run in the third opened the door for Stetson to add five runs in the fourth. The Colonials were able to tally two runs in the top of the ninth but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 7-2 final tally.

GW’s bats heated up a bit Sunday, collecting 14 hits on the day, but still couldn’t overcome Stetson, falling 13-8 in the series finale. Mittag had a game-high three hits, including one RBI, and Murakami, junior Kyle Gelling, sophomore Owen Beightol and freshman Xavier Parkmond all collected two. The Colonials jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first, but Stetson pulled within a run in the second. The teams traded runs over the rest of the game, before a four-run sixth and two-run eighth inning gave the Hatters a solid lead.

The Colonials next head to Petersburg, Va. for a three-game stand against Army next weekend.

Women’s tennis

GW opened A-10 competition this weekend, splitting its action with a loss to Xavier Saturday but a victory over Duquesne Sunday.

The Colonials won two of the three doubles matches to start competition Saturday, with sophomores Leah Pascarella and Isabella Escobar and senior Jacqueline Corba and junior Lorena Valente teaming up for the victories. From there the Muskateers picked up four singles victories for a 4-3 win, despite Colonial singles triumphs from Pascarella and Escobar.

Sunday, GW picked up its first A-10 win of the season. The team once again nabbed the double point off victories from the teams of Escobar and Pascarella and Corba and Valente. Three singles wins, from junior Mimi Hamling, senior Meg Tyner – who is undefeated in singles play on the season – and senior Zoe Krohn cemented GW’s 4-3 victory.

The team next faces James Madison Feb. 25 and Temple Feb. 26.

Women’s lacrosse

After opening their season with a commanding victory over Howard, the Colonials fell at Drexel in their second game of the season, dropping to the Dragons 15-10 Sunday.

Though Drexel took an early 4-2 lead, GW rallied on a 6-1 scoring run to take an 8-5 lead at halftime, including two goals apiece from seniors Sarah Phillips and Megan Seidman. It was the closest the Colonials would come to victory, after the Dragons used an explosive second half to pull away decisively.

Drexel outscored GW 10-2 on the second, including six straight goals to open the half. Phillips picked up her third goal of the game, for her second straight hat trick, and junior Nicole Lacey added a goal for the Colonials’ only two scores on the half. Lacey also matched her own program single-game record with 10 draw controls on the afternoon.

GW next hosts Long Island at 1 p.m. Feb. 25.

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Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 10:23 p.m.

Sports weekend wrap-up

Senior Amanda Murphy performs on the balance beam during the Lindsey Ferris Invitation Jan. 14. | Hatchet File Photo

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A lot of Colonial sports teams were in action this weekend. Here’s a look at how some of GW’s teams performed:

Gymnastics

The Colonials scored a season-high 193.125 as a team to finish second in a tri-meet at West Virginia Sunday afternoon. GW earned season-high team scores in all events, scoring 48.600 on vault, 47.875 on bars, 48.450 on balance beam and 48.200 on the floor exercise.

For the third week in a row, junior Stephanie Stoichovy was on the podium for the all-around, finishing third with an overall score of 38.550. She scored 9.750 on the floor exercise, 9.700 on vault, 9.600 on balance beam and 9.500 on the uneven bars.

Redshirt junior Monique Blount grabbed a career-high 9.800 on the balance beam, tying for third. Freshman Elena Corcoran posted a season-high 9.800 on the vault, taking fourth place overall, and sophomore Kiera Kenney scored a season-high 9.725 on the uneven bars to grab fourth place.

GW next heads to a quad meet at Pittsburgh Feb. 4, facing featuring EAGL rivals Rutgers and Pittsburgh as well as William & Mary.

Men’s tennis

The reigning Atlantic 10 champions opened the 2012 season this weekend, playing four matches in three days. Hampered by injury, the Colonials picked up a 4-3 victory over Old Dominion but dropped their remaining matches, falling to Dartmouth, 4-2, William and Mary, 4-1, and Iowa, 4-2 at the William and Mary Tribe Invitational.

GW earned its first-ever victory over Old Dominion Friday, narrowly escaping with a 4-3 win. Sophomore Ulrik Thomsen and junior Alexander van Gils picked up a doubles victory for GW, followed by a win at the No. 3 doubles slot from junior Leonardo Lapentti and sophomore Viktor Svensson. Singles wins from freshman Francisco Dias, van Gils and Lapentti cemented the Colonials’ match win.

Against Dartmouth, Dias opened play at the No. 1 singles slot with a victory, but his win wasn’t enough to propel the rest of the Colonials, with Thomsen earning the sole other Colonial singles victory at the No. 3 slot. GW was swept in doubles play to drop the match 4-2 to Dartmouth.

The Colonials next faced William and Mary. They picked up the doubles point with two victories from the teams of Thomsen and van Gils and Dias and Svensson, but couldn’t hold on in singles play, where they were swept to drop the match 4.1.

GW’s last match of the weekend was against Iona. The Colonials again could only pick up two singles victories, from Dias and Svensson, and were swept in doubles play to drop a 4-2 decision.

The Colonials next head to Penn Feb. 4 for a 2 p.m. match.

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Sophomore Julia Blakely sprints for the ball during a March match against James Madison University last season. | Hatchet File Photo

Women’s tennis

The Colonials opened their season against Saint Francis (Pa.) this weekend, holding their opponent scoreless en route to a 7-0 victory.

Senior Zoe Krohn and junior Mimi Hamling earned a 8-0 doubles victory, followed by the doubles team of sophomores Isabella Escobar and Leah Pascarella, who also picked up a 8-0 win. The final GW doubles team, seniors Jacqueline Corba and Meg Tyner, grabbed an 8-1 doubles win to sweep that category for the Colonials.

GW opened singles play off a straight-sets victory from Pascarella, followed by a win at the No. 2 slot from Corba. Hamling, Escobar, Krohn and Tyner followed suit with wins of their own– and every Colonial won their singles match in straight sets.

The Colonials head to Old Dominion for a 1 p.m. match Feb. 4.

Squash

The squash teams also swung into action this weekend, both the men’s and women’s squads playing four matches against various opponents in Maine.

The men’s squad opened the weekend blanking Tufts 9-0, and followed that with a 9-0 victory over Boston College the next day. GW’s only loss on the weekend came at the hands of Bates, falling 7-2, but the Colonials rebounded for a win at Bowdoin, posting a 5-4 victory.

The women’s team also opened their weekend with a  9-0 victory over Tufts, but dropped their next three matches. The Colonials fell 8-1 to Bates and 7-2 to Mount Holyoke Saturday, and couldn’t rebound against Bowdoin Sunday, falling 5-4.

This article was updated on Jan. 29, 2011 to reflect the following:
The Hatchet incorrectly omitted the men’s tennis team’s victory over Old Dominion when summarizing its weekend action. The Colonials earned a 4-3 victory over the Monarchs.

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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 7:13 p.m.

Gymnastics team falls at Ohio State

Senior Amanda Murphy performs on the balance beam during the Lindsey Ferris Invitation Jan. 14. | Hatchet File Photo

Despite multiple Colonials improving upon their individual scores from last weekend’s season opener, GW fell Saturday 195.900-188.900 at Ohio State.

Freshman Elena Corcoran improved her vault score to a 9.700, finishing sixth overall, but it wasn’t enough to boost the Colonials past the Buckeyes. The Colonials best event of the afternoon was the floor exercise, where they scored 47.725 as a team, led by junior Stephanie Stoicovy’s 9.750. She was followed closely by freshman Courtney Willoughby, who improved her score from the prior week with a 9.675.

Both Stoicovy and Willoughby earned all-around honors in the meet. Stoicovy was awarded second place, scoring a total 38.800 and Willoughby finished third with a 37.425.

The Colonials next head to face EAGL foe West Virginia Jan. 29.

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Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 11:48 p.m.

GW sports weekend roundup: Feb. 25-27

There was more going on in the world of GW sports this weekend than we had room for on the sports page for our issue today. Here’s a quick look at what didn’t make it onto the back page of today’s Hatchet.

Men’s Tennis

GW split its matches this weekend, defeating conference foe Charlotte Friday but falling to Elon the next day.

The Colonials (5-5) dominated their match against the 49ers, sweeping the doubles matches to begin the day. They followed their doubles success with victories in singles matches, and senior Erik Hannah won his fifth consecutive singles match in straight sets. GW wrapped up the match with a 6-1 victory to maintain their undefeated status within the Atlantic 10.

The team was unable to match Friday’s success the next day, dropping a 5-2 match to Elon. GW’s freshmen doubles team of Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen earned the lone doubles victory, and the Colonials entered singles play down 1-0. From there, only Thomsen was able to defeat his opponent, and GW left North Carolina with a loss.

The Colonials next travel to Richmond Saturday, March 5 for a 2 p.m. match, and then take on VCU Sunday, March 6 at 11 a.m.

Women’s Tennis

The Colonials defeated Navy 6-2 in their match Saturday, improving to 6-1 overall on the season.

GW swept the Midshipmen in doubles matches to earn the doubles point. They carried the momentum in their singles matchups, with freshmen Julia Blakeley and Leah Pascarella winning their matches in straight sets.

Saturday, March 5, the Colonials will travel to Richmond, to take on the Spiders at 12:30 p.m. GW will then host Morgan State Sunday, March 6, at noon.

Gymnastics

GW posted a season-high score for the second week in a row, but were again unable to walk away victorious, falling to East Atlantic Gymnastics League rival North Carolina State Sunday afternoon.

The Colonials posted their best score of the season with 193.925, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Wolfpack. Senior Leslie Delima won the all-around with a 39.125, tying for first place on the vault with a 9.775 and earning second in the balance beam (9.800) and the floor exercise (9.875).

Freshmen Kiera Kenney and Tayor Henderson picked up third place victories in the uneven bars (9.700), and floor exercise, respectively. Henderson’s earned a season-high on the floor exercise score with a 9.800.

The Colonials next travel to Lexington, KY, for a tri-meet against Kentucky and Bowling Green Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m.

Softball

GW split its games at the Spartan Invitational over the weekend, earning two wins and two losses in the tournament.

Monmouth jumped out to 1-0 lead in the first inning of the opening game, and scored what would be the winning run in the second. In the second, a series of walks and singles loaded the bases for the Colonials (2-2) before Monmouth walked senior Katie Terrazas, sending freshman Courtney Martin home for the Colonials’ lone run in their 2-1 loss.

In the next game, Norfolk State earned a 2-0 lead in the first inning before a Terrazas double drove in freshman Chelsea Lenhart in the third. The Colonials earned the lead in the sixth, when junior Kara Clauss and freshman Chelsea Curcio scored off a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly. Terrazas scored in the seventh off an error by the Spartans’ shortstop to earn GW’s 3-2 victory.

Sunday, GW first earned a 3-0 victory over Iona before falling 7-5 in their final game against Fairleigh Dickinson.
The Colonials next host UMBC for a doubleheader Tuesday, March 1. The first game is at 1 p.m.

Lacrosse

GW fell to No. 9 James Madison Saturday after the Dukes used a four-goal run late in the second half to pull away from the Colonials and earn a 12-5 victory.
Junior goalkeeper Liz Hoffman netted 17 saves, the second time this season she’s matched her career high, but it wasn’t enough to earn a victory for the Colonials (1-3). GW was outshot 47-13 on the afternoon.

Redshirt senior Mia Breheney scored a hat trick for GW, and junior Megan Seidman and sophomore Nicole Lacey each added two goals. Sophomore Abby Sneeringer added two assists during the game.

GW next hosts district rival George Mason Wednesday, March 2, at 3:30 p.m.

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Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 8:00 a.m.

GW sports weekend roundup

As occasionally happens, there were a couple of teams in action over the weekend whose results didn’t make it into our print edition today. Here’s a quick roundup of the rest of the weekend in Colonials athletics.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team opened their season with mixed success, defeating Drexel 5-2 Friday but then losing 5-2 to Penn Sunday afternoon.

The Colonials came out on top in doubles action against Drexel. Juniors Jacqueline Corba and Meg Tyner outlasted their opponents in a tough match, winning an 8-6 victory that secured the doubles point for the Colonials.

Co-captains Corba and senior Jennifer Hirsh dominated singles play against the Dragons, each winning their matches in straight sets.

On Sunday, Penn swept the Colonials in doubles matches, and headed into singles play with an early 1-0 point advantage. GW would go on to win just two singles matches, with freshmen Julia Blakeley and Leah Pascarella earning the only Colonials victories over the Quakers.

GW next plays back-to-back meets against local rivals. The Colonials will take on George Mason Saturday, Feb. 5 before facing Howard Feb. 6 in Woodbridge, Va.

Gymnastics

GW fell to Towson Saturday, losing 193.175-190.525, despite another strong performance from senior Leslie Delima.

Delima won the floor exercise with a score of 9.775 and came in first in the All-Around, posting a score of 38.800. Sophomore Kayla Carto also posted a first-place finish for the Colonials, scoring 9.700 on the balance beam to win that event. Freshman Betsey Zander performed the best on GW’s team on the uneven parallel bars, tying for a second place finish with a score of 9.725.

The Colonials next travel to Raleigh, N.C., for a three team meet with North Carolina and Iowa State Friday, Feb. 4. Then, GW returns to the Smith Center to host William and Mary Sunday, Feb. 11.

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