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Monday, April 1, 2013 5:10 p.m.

Men’s tennis team defeats George Mason

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sam Johnson.

The nationally-ranked GW men’s tennis team surged past George Mason this past Saturday, capturing a 6-1 victory over the Patriots.

The Colonials swept doubles play. Earning victories was GW’s No. 1 pair, junior Ulrik Thomsen and senior Alexander van Gils, defeating the Patriots’ Tanner Baine and Taylor Sargent 8-4.

GW’s No. 2 tandem of junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov also found success against George Mason’s Jimmy Davis and Scott Keaton, with a 9-7 win.

Coming off a No. 80 national ranking, the No. 3 pair of Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti claimed an 8-5 win over the Patriots’ Christopher Borden and Jordan Dyke.

Trying to keep the momentum in singles, Fomin lost his first set to Dyke 2-6 but prevailed and dominated the next two sets, 6-1 and 10-7.

Ulrik, in the No. 5 spot, followed suit and helped Sargent to scoreless decisions 6-1, 6-0. Dias, Zelenkov and Van Gils all also captured singles wins to help cement the Colonials’ victory.

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Then-freshman Francisco Dias, shown here during the 2011 tournament season. | Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sam Johnson. 

Each week, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association releases rankings based on the week’s performances, and this time around, GW has garnered the No. 66 position in the nation.

The tandem pair of sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti earned further accolades by being tabbed as the No. 80 doubles position in the nation.

This is no small feat. GW has not had a doubles ranking, nationally, since 2010. Lapentti and Dias have a 9-0 record on the season’s competition.

Additionally, freshman Danil Zelenkov is the Atlantic 10 rookie of the week, after turning an undefeated weekend of play for the Colonials. It’s his third rookie of the week nod of the year, the most for any A-10 freshman.

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Then-freshman Francisco Dias, shown here during the 2011 tournament season. | Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sam Johnson.  

The men’s tennis team captured two of their three victories this weekend, including back-to-back sweeps of A-10 opponents.

Earlier in the week, the Colonials earned the No. 50 spot from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and looked to capitalize on that heading into the weekend.

Heading into Friday’s match with a 5-4 record, the Colonials sought revenge from a 4-2 loss to the Lions during the first round of the ECAC Championships February 15th. But the Colonials, ranked 50th, suffered a 4-3 decision to No.33 Columbia on the Lions’ home court.

In the match against Columbia, strong performances were had by doubles team junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelekov, who captured an 8-4 win over the Lions. Fomin and Zelenkov also seized the Colonials’ only singles wins against the Lions.

But the Colonials rebounded from the loss against Columbia,  and recorded a clean sweep against Temple, blanking the Owls 7-0.

With a clean sweep, the momentum rolling, the Colonials sought and attained their second scoreless sweep of another A-10 opponent, Fordham.

The doubles team of Fomin and Zelenkov finished strong, holding off Fordham with an 8-1 decision. Sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti further re-enforced that momentum with an 8-3 decision of their own.

Rounding off the Colonials’ second straight scoreless win of the weekend at No. 5 spot was Lapentti, who defeated the Rams’ Max Peara, 7-5, 6-2.

The Colonials are looking to keep the pace going as they head to California to compete at the USTA Calabasas Futures and tackle dual matches against UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine.

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Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 9:01 p.m.

Weekend Wrap-up

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

Men’s Squash

The Colonials went into play at the College Squash Association Team Nationals looking to defend their championship title from last year.

In its first matchup of the weekend, GW scratched away a 5-4 victory over No.23 Hamilton. The team picked up straight set wins from freshman James Reiss at the No.3 position and junior Chris Bell at the No.9 to jump out to an early lead.  With the score tied late 4-4 though, it was senior Omar Sobhy’s win at the No.1 position that ultimately clinched the match for the Colonials.

In Saturday’s semi-final match against host Wesleyan, the Colonials ended on the opposite side of a close match, falling to the Cardinals 5-4.  Reiss and freshman Reid Breck again picked up early wins, and heading into the final two matches, the Colonials held a 3-2 advantage. But two five-set losses ended GW’s shot at a repeat and instead sent the Cardinals to thecChampionship match.

Looking to rebound in Sunday’s season ending match, the Colonials defeated Bowdoin, 5-4, giving them third place in the Championships and a final national ranking of No.20.  For the third straight day Sobhy won his No.1 position, this time again to close out the match for GW.  The win brings his senior year record to 18-3 and brings his career wins total to 58- the all-time high at GW.

Breck, too, finished out the weekend undefeated, bringing his debut season victory tally to 19, the most on the team.


Women’s Tennis

The Colonials won their fourth straight match over the weekend, defeating UMBC 5-2 on Sunday.

GW grabbed the first point of the match with wins at the No.1 and No.2 doubles slots.  Senior Mimi Hamling and Leah Pascarella defeated their No.1 opponents 8-1, while senior Dorota Lysienia and freshman Lana Robins grabbed a comeback 8-5 victory at the No.2.

In singles action, the Colonials took home wins in the Nos. 1-4 spots, quickly closing out the match.  Pascarella continued her dominance, giving up only a single set in her 6-0, 6-1 victory at the No.1 position.


Men’s Tennis

GW defeated two nationally ranked opponents this weekend, dominating No. 61 South Alabama by a score of 6-1, and then defeating No. 60 Georgia State, 4-2.

In doubles action against South Alabama, junior Ulrik Thomsen and senior Alexander van Glis combined for a 8-3 victory at the No.1 spot, while sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti earned a hard-fought 9-7 victory in the No.3 position.

Dias moved on to win his No.1 singles match 6-4, 6-4 over No.49 ranked David Leitner.  The rest of the Colonials went on to win four out of the remaining five singles matches, including a 6-2, 6-2 win from freshman Danil Zelenkov and a 6-0, 6-2 win from Thomsen in the final match.

Sunday’s match against Georgia State opened differently, with the six singles matches going first.  Junior Nikita Fomin defeated his No.2 opponent 6-3, 6-0, while Zelenkov and Thomsen also captured victories again.  In a down to the wire finale, Lapentti won his No.5 position by a score of 7-6, 7-5, closing out the win for the Colonials.

GW will faced another ranked opponent next weekend in a rematch against No.46 Columbia.


Women’s Water Polo

The Colonials went 3-1 over weekend action, dropping their first match to Wagner before bouncing back for three straight wins against Villanova, Siena and Iona.

In their first match of the CWPA/MAAC Crossover, GW let Wagner get out to a commanding 5-1 lead and never pulled within closer of three goals, as they fell 15-10.

The Colonials found their groove in the next match against Villanova, matching a school record for goals scored as they defeated the Wildcats, 23-18.  Junior Megan Brolley also matched the program’s mark for points in a game, tallying nine points on six goals and three assists.  In addition to Brolley’s contributions, freshman Hannah Cox recorded a career-high five goals and sophomore Meagan Moreland grabbed a career-best six points on four goals and two assists.  For the game, the Colonials went 9-of-11 on man-up opportunities.

In the second day of action, GW jumped out to a 7-1 lead against Siena, eventually extending it to a 10-1 margin, before reaching the final score of 11-7.  Cox scored a team best four goals in the game, while sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander had seven saves in three quarters of play.

In a much more contested match against Iona, the Colonials outscored the Gaels 4-1 in the final period to break a 9-9 tie and grab the win 13-10.  Cox again led the team with five goals, while junior Katherine Berry recorded a hat trick.

Cox finished the weekend with 18 goals, making up almost a third of the Colonial’s offensive attack.



Despite finishing in fourth place at Maryland’s quad meet this past weekend, the Colonials posted a season-high team score, 194.825, as well as a season-high score in floor exercise, 49.100.

Host Maryland took the event with a score of 195.600, followed by Bridgeport (195.200) and Pittsburgh (194.875).

In addition to the two season-high marks, the Colonials also matched their best marks of the season on uneven bars, 48.675, and vault, 48.650.

Junior Betsy Zander placed fourth in the all-around with a score of 39.075- only her second time breaking 39.000 this season.  Sophomore Courtney Willoughby tied for 10th on the balance beam with 9.700, and then went on to post a career-high 9.85p on floor exercise to earn herself fourth place.

Senior Stephanie Stoicovy also placed fifth behind Zander in the all-around with 38.825.

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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:


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.



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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Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 6:54 p.m.

Weekend wrap-up

Then-freshman Francisco Dias, shown here during the 2011 tournament season. | Hatchet File Photo

We didn’t have room on our page today for all of the Colonial action over the weekend. Here’s a look at some of how the teams fared:


The sailing team finished fifth in the Tom Curtis Memorial Regatta Sunday, and clinched a slot in the the War Memorial Regatta, the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s Fall Championship, for the first time as a varsity program.

Sailing in 1-to-6 knot winds and light rain, GW racked up 47 points over four races Sunday, finishing overall with 136 points over 12 races. Seniors Ian Connors and Rebecca Engel earned scores of 4-4-7-7 Sunday, finishing fifth overall in the A Division, with 75 points. Freshman Maria Sinagra and sophomore Meagan Murphy  tallied scores of 7-4-5-9 Sunday, finishing with 61 total points for fourth place in the B Division.

Men’s tennis

Sophomore Francisco Dias completed his run at the ITA/D’Novo All-American Championships Saturday, falling to No. 60 Connor Smith of Ohio State in straight sets in the quarterfinal of the main draw consolation singles bracket. Dias fell in sets scored at 6-2, 6-4.

Other members of the Colonials competed in the three-day UVA Fall Classic. Junior Ulrik Thomsen defeated his Liberty opponent in straight sets Saturday to advance to the singles consolation final Sunday, where he defeated A-10 foe VCU’s Dylan McCloskey, also in straight sets, to win the consolation draw. Senior Leonardo Lapentti fell in the semifinal singles match Saturday, and played for third place Sunday before falling to his William & Mary opponent to finish fourth overall. Junior Viktor Svensson automatically advanced to a fifth-place match, where he fell in straight sets to his Penn State opponent.

Club men’s lacrosse

The men’s lacrosse club team upset NCAA Division III opponent Hood College 8-6 at the Hood Athletic Center Sunday.

Sophomore captain Jake Venditto paced the Colonials, netting a hat trick to help carry GW over its varsity opponent. Five other Colonials scored a goal on the victory, including freshman Connor Slye, junior Ian Larson, freshman Tim Wetzel, sophomore Max Levine and senior David Goscinak.

GW rebounded from an early 3-1 hole at the end of the first quarter, pulling within one at the half. From there, the game was controlled by the Colonials, exploding out of the gate in the second half with three unanswered goals in the third quarter and two early in the fourth. GW held on through a late offensive push from Hood to claim the victory.


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Freshman Francisco Dias sends it back to Fordham earlier this season. Hatchet File Photo

The men’s tennis team nabbed its second straight A-10 championship Sunday, defeating Xavier 4-3 and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

The Colonials, who entered the A-10 tournament as the fifth seed, defeated La Salle, Temple and Charlotte to advance to the finals Sunday. Xavier took the doubles point to open play, putting GW in a 1-0 hole entering singles competition. Much like they did against the 49ers Saturday, the Colonials regained ground through tight singles competition to ultimately grab its second straight A-10 title.

Senior Richard Blumenfeld was the first GW victory of the day, taking the No. 6 singles match. From there, sophomore Viktor Svensson and junior Alexander van Gils won at No. 5 and No. 3 singles, respectively, to put the Colonials up by two. After freshman Francisco Dias and junior Leonardo Lapentti fell at No. 1 and No. 4 singles, the match came down to senior Ugur Atalay. Like he did against Radford April 8, Atalay shrugged off the pressure, grabbing a victory at No. 2 singles to win the championship for the Colonials.

GW defeated Xavier in last season’s finals to capture the championship, then advancing to the NCAA tournament before falling in the first round to Duke. Last year’s record earned head coach Greg Munoz A-10 Coach of the Year honors, and the Colonials were tabbed to repeat as champions this season by the league’s head coaches in January.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:42 a.m.

Senior named A-10 performer of the week

Ugur Atalay, men's tennis

Senior Ugur Atalay prepares for his opponent to serve the ball during match against Georgetown last year. Hatchet File Photo

Men’s tennis senior Ugur Atalay is the Atlantic 10 Men’s Tennis Performer of the Week, following his undefeated record at the No. 2 singles slot over the Colonials’ 4-0 record over spring break.

GW faced Florida Atlantic, Troy, Campbell and East Carolina over break, with Atalay defeating his singles opponent in each match. He joined with freshman Francisco Dias at the No. 1 doubles slot to earn a 2-2 record over the week, picking up victories over Troy and Campbell. Atalay’s record at No. 2 singles is 7-2 this season, and he is currently tied with junior Leonardo Lapentti for a team-high five-match winning streak that began Feb. 12 against Saint John’s.

Atalay and the Colonials next host three straight matches this weekend, starting with Georgetown Friday.

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