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Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:19 a.m.

Women’s lacrosse falls in A-10 semifinals

Correction appended

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sophia Omuemu.

The last time GW faced nationally ranked Massachusetts, the Colonials lost 10-9 in a hard-fought match that came down to the final minutes.

On Friday, the Colonials eyed victory again, down only 5-4 at the half. But a barrage of UMass goals after the break halted any GW momentum and took the Atlantic 10 semifinals, 13-5.

Sophomore Allie Rash looks for an open teammate in a game earlier this season. Rash scored a goal for the Colonials in their semifinals loss Friday. Hatchet File Photo

“Overall, I thought the defense played well but we didn’t capitalize on our offensive opportunities,” head coach Tara Hannaford said.

Sophomore Rachel Mia got it going early for GW, netting the first goal of the game at the 2:44 mark of the opening half.

The Minutewoman quickly replied with a goal of their own though, and it wasn’t until eight minutes later that junior Lindsey DiAntonio could put the Colonials back on top, 2-1.

“Our team did great in the first half,” Hannaford said. “We played great team defense and we were going hard to goal.”

UMass proceeded to go on a 3-0 run over a span of eight minutes, taking a 4-2 lead with just over four minutes left in the first. Once again, Mia got the offense back on track, netting her second and final goal of the game off an assist from sophomore Jamie Bumgardner.

“On attack, we emphasized moving the ball quickly and driving hard to goal. Defensively, we were focused on good helping team defense,” Hannaford said.

GW closed the second half with high energy, after another assist from Bumgardner led to a goal by sophomore Allie Rash. Rash increased the Colonials’ total to four goals, leaving them down by only one point.

At the half, the Colonials had won six draw controls compared to the Minutewomen’s four, but it was clear that seven GW turnovers had helped UMass garner a 5-4 lead by the break.

“At the half, we just wanted to keep attacking and take care of the ball,” Hannaford said. “Unfortunately, we struggled getting the draw in the second half.”

While the Colonials struggled in the second half, the Minutewomen were clicking on all cylinders, solidifying their lead and victory early. Within the first 13 minutes of play in the half, UMass went  on a 6-0 run.

The Colonials were not able to score until senior Nicole Lacey scored with just over five minutes left to play.  That would be it though.

The Minutewomen netted two more goals to solidify a 13-5 lead and put an end to the Colonials’ season.

The A-10 All-Conference Second Team goalkeeper, Jess Hicks, put away seven shots against the Minutewomen. She finished her four-year career in third on GW’s all-time saves list with 250.

GW wraps the season with a 9-8 overall record, good enough for a fourth seed in this year’s conference tournament.  It was the first time in program history that the Colonials secured a conference tournament bid in consecutive seasons.

“I’m very proud of this team,” Hannaford said. “They fought to the end and worked hard all season.”

This post was updated Saturday, April 27, 2013 to reflect the following:
The Hatchet incorrectly referred to the Colonials as the sixth seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament. They were the fourth seed.

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Senior Nicole Lacey dodges a Richmond defender during Friday afternoon’s game on the Mount Vernon Campus. Jordan Leon | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Sophia Omuemu.

With five minutes left in play, the Colonials were tied at 10 against the Richmond Spiders. Then, sophomore Jenn Seitz was able to win one of the most important draw controls of the game, directly leading to the Colonials’ one point victory, 11-10.

“We told them that this is our time and to relax. We scored and then we came up with a huge draw at the end,” head coach Tara Hannford said.

The Colonials burst into the first half of play by showing off their patient yet quick passing. After sending a series of cutters through the middle of the box, freshman Olivia Boudreau was able to maneuver her way towards the goal, with an assist from sophomore Jamie Bumgardner.

Bumgardner followed after with a straight shot to the goal increasing GW’s lead to 2-0. But despite not having a single point on the board, the Spiders continued to keep calm, which led to their first goal off of a free position shot.

Still, Hannaford said, the Colonials weren’t discouraged. Their recent performances, the head coach said, help the team stay positive throughout play.

“I think our team is on a upswing right now. We’re getting better every game, so I think it’s a tribute to how hard our team works,” Hannaford said.

The next 10 minutes of play consisted of two goals from each team. Senior attack Nicole Lacey netted her 23rd goal of the season of off a free position shot. Five minutes later, the Spiders replied, but GW was able to keep its one-point lead with a goal from sophomore Rachel Mia.

Prior the end of the first half, Lacey tallied another goal with 1.4 seconds left. Both teams had attempted seven shots and obtained three draw controls, previewing the close second half that was to come.

“This was a huge turning point game because it was our first A-10 game. It sets the tone,” said Lacey. “Richmond is usually at the top of all of the teams so this was a huge win for us.”

The importance of draw controls was apparent within the first 30 seconds of the second half. Richmond was able to score two goals within the first two minutes due to both of its draw wins.

The score was tied at six when Lacey was able to net her third goal of the game to give the Colonials another one-point lead. But in order to keep this lead, it was apparent that the team’s defense was going to have to stay alert and strong.

“I think we had a lot of different people scoring, so they couldn’t mark one person and stop us so the fact that everyone contributed was good,” Lacey said.

Senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks continued to make huge saves, while both teams traded goals. Hicks ended the game with seven saves, four of which were in the second half.

“Defensively, we were really prepared for our goal line extended shot and I think they only had one successful shot. We did a really good job denying that shot,” Lacey said.

After eight minutes of several turnovers and fouls, Mia was able to bounce the ball into the left side of the goal. Then, the Spiders replied with two strong goals, which led to the third tie of the game.

The Colonials took a timeout to regroup and think of a final game plan. Both coaches knew that the winner of the next draw control could ultimately decide the final score.

“[Hannaford] told us that we just really had to stay composed and the draw was really important. It would give us moment,” Boudreau said.

There was a sense of urgency in the air that led to some sloppy play- but Boudreau ultimately was able to net the game-winning goal through the Richmond goalkeeper’s legs with just two minutes left in play.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 9:37 a.m.

Women’s lacrosse team falls to Navy

Freshman Olivia Boudreau attempts to run past a Bucknell player. Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Joshua Solomon.

In its final game before A-10 play, GW (5-4) hosted No. 18 ranked Navy, but both teams took the field thinking about Seton Hill.

A bus carrying the women’s lacrosse team from Seton Hill crashed Saturday, killing its head coach Kristina Quigley. All players sported crimson and gold ribbons on their shoes as a tribute to the Seton Hill team, and some Navy players also painted their faces in the crimson and gold Seton Hill colors.

“We found out Saturday when we got on the bus after Hopkins,” head coach Tara Hannaford said. “We all couldn’t imagine anything like that happening so we really just wanted to pay our tributes to them. Lacrosse is a small family and we all care a lot about each other so we just wanted to make sure we are paying our respects to them and their families and all they’re going through right now.”

The two teams paid their tribute in a game that was the first time GW faced the Naval Academy. The 60 minutes of action was packed with physical play and swings of momentum that tilted in Navy’s way in the second half, when the Colonials fell 9-6.

The Colonials went down 5-2 with under 13 minutes left to play in the first half. The Midshipwomen seemed to have gained control of the game, until a 2-0 run over the next two minutes put the Colonials back into play.

Navy then went up 7-4 as the clock wound down in the first half. With less than a minute to play, the Colonials stayed patient with possession, ultimately leading to a Midshipmen yellow card. Following a miss off of the free position with 15.8 seconds to play, junior Terasa Vassallo, making her first home start of the season, scored off of a sophomore Jamie Bumgardner assist with 8.5 seconds to play, sending the GW bench into a roar.

“As a team, especially, we’re very proud of the way we worked for 60 minutes and can’t wait to go forth from here,” senior goalie, co-captain Jess Hicks, who recorded six saves said.

Ultimately, Vassallo matched her career high, netting three goals on the day. Bumgardner was also a strong performer for the Colonials with four points off of one goal and three assists.

GW scored the first goal of the second half after a small drought over its opening minutes. But the game would remain tight and physical. There were a total of 36 fouls by Navy and 27 by the Colonials. Furthermore, seven yellow cards were handed out, four to GW and three to the Midshipmen. As the frustrating play mounted, so, too did ball control problems- both teams finished the game with 17 turnovers.

“You got to take what you’re given and you to got to play with how it’s being called. I think it was pretty physical on both sides and it is what is is,” Hannaford said, discussing the refereeing.

The second leading scorer in the nation, Navy senior Jasmine DePompeo, was too much for the Colonials. She contributed to the first eight points the Midshipmen scored, recording four goal and four assists.

“We knew that as a team they like to work the crease,”  Hicks said. “Unfortunately I couldn’t get to some of the shots. [DePompeo is] a really great shooter. But we definitely knew what she was going to come out and so we put a lot of time preparing for that.”

Despite the loss, Hannaford said the Colonials show promise heading into conference action. The team is showing better execution on both sides of the ball, she said, and have established solid building blocks for performance as it goes into A-10 play.

Both captains, Hicks and fellow senior Nicole Lacey, who scored two goals, are looking forward to A-10 competition, which begins on Friday at home against Richmond.

“We really wanted to use this game as a building block for A-10 [games] because this is our last regular season game so we went out with as much intensity as possible,” Lacey said.

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Rookie of the Week winner Olivia Boudreau attempts to run past a Bucknell player at a game last week. Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Sophia Omuemu.

Within the first two minutes of play, the Colonials showcased an aggressive offense with two back-to-back goals.

Junior midfielder Jordy Bathras put the first goal on the board with 28 minutes left in the first half. Thirty-five seconds later, sophomore Jamie Bumgardner followed with a goal of her own.

GW was able to demonstrate its speed on offense, which ultimately led to a commanding 16-7 win over the Mount St. Mary Mountaineers.

“We still were focusing on the same things [like] playing 60 minutes of lacrosse, focusing on our team defense and footwork, and movement on attack,” head coach Tara Hannaford said.

The Colonials’ focus on playing a full 60-minute game was seen when they proceeded to go on a 6-0 run during the first 11 minutes of the half. The run included two goals each from Bathras and junior Terasa Vassallo. Senior Nicole Lacey and freshman Olivia Boudreau added to this run with a goal of their own.

Boudreau was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week last week for her four goals against George Mason.

“The attack was definitely in the attacking mindset,” Hannaford said. “We were going hard to the goal and we were getting opportunities.”

The Mountaineers attempted to close the gap with two back-to-back goals as the first half came to a close. Despite Mount St. Mary’s revitalized energy, Bumgardner was able to keep the Colonials’ momentum high by scoring the final goal of the half with 10 seconds left, increasing the lead to 9-4. Bumgardner ended the game with four goals.

Mount St. Mary entered the second half with two goals but was not able to keep its run alive due to GW’s aggressive defense. Senior goalkeeper and co-captain Jess Hicks led the defense with a total of seven saves.

“We started a off a little slow on defense but as we picked up, communication was key,” Hannaford said.

Similar to the first half, GW went on another 6-0 run that included goals from Lacey, Bumgardner, and Bathras. Lacey tallied a team-high five goals, while Bathras chipped in four.  Despite the Mountaineers’ effort to mount a comeback last minute, the Colonials were able to hold them off with one final goal by Lacey at the 58th minute.

“I think the team played great. The first half was great with how much we were attacking,” Hannaford said.

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Rookie of the Week winner Olivia Boudreau attempts to run past a Bucknell player at a game last week. Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Mary Ellen McIntire.

When Holy Cross scored its first goal in the final minute of the first half, it was a signal to the Colonials that the team was not going down without a fight.

But GW never faltered, and despite the Crusaders’ attempts at a comeback in the second half, it kept a steady lead throughout the game, ultimately beating the Crusaders 11-9.

The win comes at an important time in the season, said junior midfielder Jordy Bathras, as the team picks up more confidence.

“I think it comes at a good time for us. We’re pumped, have a lot of energy from this win, and we’re going to take it into spring break. We have two games away, so we just want to carry our energy and our hustle through,” she said.

Bathras picked up three goals and an assist against the Crusaders. The midfielder was extremely influential in the Colonials’ transitions from defense to offense, carrying the ball to their offensive end and setting up play around the 12-meter arc.

The Colonials started strong in the first when freshman midfielder Olivia Boudreau scored just after a minute and a half of play. About seven minutes later, Boudreau assisted senior midfielder Nicole Lacey. Junior midfielders Terasa Vassallo and Lindsey DiAntonio also scored in the first.

GW dominated play in the first half, head coach Tara Hannaford said. The team controlled the field and let the Crusaders know they were playing their game while on their turf.

“The first half we controlled possession. We had all but two draw controls which is huge. Attack moved the ball really well, got some nice opportunities,” Hannaford said.

The Colonials won the first draw control of the second half, but Holy Cross won the ball on a turnover and charged the net, netting their second goal just over a minute into the half.

A few minutes later, a clear attempt by GW led to senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks’ first save of the half. The Crusaders then took five free position shots in a row, but never scored and Hicks saved three. She then saved another shot and successfully cleared the ball, off which Lacey scored her third goal of the game.

While free position shots can be stressful for a goalie, Hicks said she knows they are the times when she must give back to her team.

“[The defenders] always have my back, so that’s when I try to have their back,” Hicks said. “You take one then the next one. You don’t want to think about all the past ones or anything else that’s happened. It’s more of a thing that you go one at a time.”

After Lacey’s goal, the Colonials began to control the game again, until there was about 12 minutes left of play. Holy Cross scored, bringing the score to 10-4. In the last few minutes of the game, they scored five goals and only allowed GW to score once.

Hannaford said that once the team had the lead, they became more frantic in the second half. She said that the team is young and that their ability to maintain the control they had in the first half will come with time.

“I think it’s just a learning experience. It’s learning how when a team is making a run how nothing changes from what you were doing in the first 45 minutes from when it was working and believing in that, and I think that’s what they’ve got to walk away and learn,” Hannaford said.

The game marked GW’s third consecutive win.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Mary Ellen McIntire.

Women’s lacrosse senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks and freshman midfielder

Rookie of the Week winner Olivia Boudreau attempts to run past a Bucknell player at a game last week. Hatchet File Photo

picked up Atlantic 10 honors Tuesday after leading the Colonials to two victories at home last weekend.

Hicks, who was named Defensive Player of the Week, made a cumulative 15 saves against George Mason and Bucknell. She currently ranks seventh in the A-10 with 5.20 saves per game. Hicks has 26 saves so far this year and has a 9.99 goals against average.

Boudreau grabbed the Rookie of the Week honor after scoring six goals on 10 shots over the weekend, including the first goal of her college career against the Patriots. She added one assist, four ground balls and three draw controls. On the season she ranks fifth on the team with eight points.

For both Hicks and Boudreau, it was the first time either was honored with their respective awards.

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Monday, April 23, 2012 5:38 p.m.

Colonials sports weekend wrap-up

Sophomore Leah Pascarella prepares to volley the ball back to her opponent earlier this season. Hatchet File Photo

We did not have room on the sports page today for all of the weekend’s contests, but here’s a look at how the Colonials fared:

Women’s tennis
GW traveled to the Atlantic 10 tournament as the No. 6 seed over the weekend, defeating No. 11 Saint Joseph’s in the first round Thursday with a 4-0 win. But the Colonials fell to No. 3 Richmond in the quarterfinals Friday 4-1.

The Colonials took the doubles point Friday, earning victories from senior Zoe Krohn and junior Mimi Hamling and seniors Jacqueline Corba and Meg Tyner. But the Spiders nabbed wins at the Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5 singles slots to cement their victory, ending GW’s season. The Colonials finished with a 16-7 overall record, including 3-3 in Atlantic 10 play.

Women’s lacrosse
The Colonials fell to Duquesne 15-10 Friday, but returned Sunday to defeat St. Bonaventure 17-11 and clinch the program’s first Atlantic 10 tournament berth since 2009.

GW scored four of the final five goals in Friday’s contest, but was unable to answer the Dukes’ 10 first-half goals for the victory. Senior Sarah Phillips scored a game-high six points, pushing her into first place in the program’s all-time career points list, with 212 points. Senior Megan Seidman added five points with four goals and an assist, and junior Nicole Lacey added two points and five draw controls.

The Colonials will be the No. 4 seed in the A-10 tournament after defeating the Bonnies Sunday, with both Phillips and Seidman netting seven points each. Phillips continued her record-setting weekend by tying the program record for most points in a single season, 79, with Sunday’s total.

GW trailed for most of the first period Sunday but went on a six-goal run over the two halves to take control of the game. The Colonials scored five of the game’s final seven goals to cement their victory and junior goalkeeper Jess Hicks made 12 saves to secure the win.

Rowing
Women’s crew advanced three teams to the medal in the Grand Finals at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships over the weekend, while the men’s rowing team nabbed seven first-place finishes, including two gold medals, at the SIRA championships.

The women’s rowing team’s Varsity 8, JV 8 and Varsity 4 all rowed Sunday at the Grand Finals. The Varsity 8 fell by 2.7 seconds in the Grand Final to Grand Valley State, after turning in a top preliminary time Saturday. The Varsity 4 echoed the Varsity 8′s impressive outing Saturday in preliminary rounds and took third place in the Grand Final behind winner Nova Southeastern and runner-up K-State. The JV8 won a Sunday semifinal to advance to the Grand Final where they took second place behind K-State.

On the men’s crew’s side, the Varsity 8 and Freshman 8 won gold medals in Sunday’s Grand Finals. The Varsity 8 were in a stroke-for-stroke sprint with Virginia in the Grand Final over the final 250 meters but GW ultimately pulled ahead by just three-tenths of a second. The Freshman 8 also claimed a gold medal in the Grand Final, edging second-place Marietta by 1.3 seconds.

Men’s golf
The golf team earned a second place finish of 20 teams at the two-day, 36-hole Navy Spring Invitational Sunday, finishing with a two-round score of 29-over par 597.

Senior Martin Liu paced GW with a second-place personal finish out of a field of 111 golfers, shooting a two-round score of 2-over 144. Freshman Jack Persons was next in line, earning a two-round total of 9-over 151 to tie for 13th place.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sophia Omuemu

Junior attacker Nicole Lacey dodges two temple defenders during Friday's game on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials beat the Owls 14-13. Zachary Krahmer | Hatchet Staff Photographer

With 30 seconds left in overtime, the score was 14-13 Colonials as Temple charged through GW’s defense in hopes of scoring.

But senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks stood her ground, securing the Colonials’ (8-5) victory with a well-timed save.

Hicks ended the game with a career-high 14 saves, a significant contribution to GW’s tight win over its’ challenging A-10 opponent.

“All the teams in the A-10 have stepped their game up. We aren’t taking any opponents lightly,” Hicks said.

In the beginning of the first half, GW started off strong, opening on a 3-0 scoring run. Sophomore Terasa Vassallo, freshman Allie Rash, and senior Casey Disharoon set the tone early with their own goals. It was clear that patience, quick cuts to the basket, and draw wins were going to be crucial against the Owls.

Temple broke the run and scored after tiring out the Colonials’ defense with 20 minutes left. They proceeded to go to on a 3-0 run, tying the score, and setting the back-and-forth tone for the rest of play.

“I told the girls that this could definitely be a fight and we could win by one goal. It really could be either way,” head coach Tara Hannaford said.

After seven minutes of trading possession and aggressive play, the Owls netted a goal but senior Sarah Phillips answered right back for GW with an unassisted goal.

Throughout the entire game, turnovers hindered the Colonials’ ability to hold a commanding lead. With aggressive defensive play, GW was able to recover quickly, but the mistakes kept it from pulling ahead decisively.

“It was the little things that were messing us up, like 50/50 balls, a few bad breaks. I think we rebounded very well. We turned it around but the little mistakes started to add up,” Hicks said.

At the beginning of the second half the score was 5-5, but the Owls quickly scored off of a free position shot. A minute later, GW answered again, when sophomore Jordy Bathras assisted Disharoon. The Colonials and Owls traded goals for the rest of the period, until, with four minutes left, Temple tied it at 13. Unable to score over the rest of regulation, the two teams headed into overtime.

While the teams huddled in preparation for the overtime period, the energy in the crowd and on the field was high. It was also Senior Day for the team, and its last home game of the season, and the fans on the sideline cheered loudly as the extra play began.

“All of us rallied together. We had a game plan to execute. Coach put together an overtime plan and we executed it exactly how she wanted. Anytime we do that, it usually plays out well,” Hicks said.

The Colonials nabbed the first draw win of overtime, setting them up for the only goal. With 19 seconds left of the first three minute half, junior Nicole Lacey tunneled through the Owls’ defense, scoring the winning goal unassisted.

GW won the second draw control for the last three minutes of play, but the Colonials turned the ball over, giving Temple a final chance to tie the game. With 30 seconds left, the Owls attempted a shot but Hicks secured the victory with her final save.

“We wanted to get possession of the ball and get a good shot. Jess came up during the entire game. We were able to get a big stop to secure the win,” Hannaford said.

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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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Jess Hicks, women's lacrosse

Junior goalkeeper Jess Hicks, center, defends the net during a home game against Mount Saint Mary's. Hatchet File Photo.

Junior goalkeeper Jess Hicks is the Atlantic 10 Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week – the third Colonial to earn league accolades this week.

Hicks allowed just seven goals during GW’s March 14 victory over Villanova, making eight saves and posting a .533 save percentage after facing 24 shots over the 60 minutes of play. Monday, Hicks was in net for the Colonials’ 16-8 victory over Mount St. Mary’s, making four saves and pushing her record so far this season to 5-1. GW is off to a 6-2 start this season – matching the 2005 squad – which won nine of its first 11 games for the best start through eight games in program history.

Sunday, Hicks and the Colonials next visit Denver.

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