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

Women’s lacrosse falls in A-10 semifinals

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

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Mary Ellen McIntire

GW continued its victory streak with a win over Saint Joseph’s Friday but maintaining a perfect record at home didn’t come easily.

Senior Megan Seidman netted the Colonials’ first goal early in the game but the team did not score again until well into the second half, when they were behind the Hawks by six points. Then, senior Casey Disharoon scored, marking the first of a series of goals that pulled GW even with Saint Joseph’s.

The first game of A-10 play for the Colonials ultimately went into overtime, when senior Nicole Lacey scored a goal off of a pass from senior Sarah Phillips with five seconds left in the period to beat the Hawks 10-9.

“It’s an exciting way to win. I think we would’ve liked to take care of it a little earlier, but we’ll take that,” head coach Tara Hannaford said. “I’m so proud of how hard these girls fought to get the ball and win.”

The Hawks controlled the game for most of the first half, with the Colonials forced to play aggressive defense. The team was prepared for that, though, Hannaford said but GW wasn’t ready for how many draw controls the Hawks won.

As the second half opened, a seven-goal streak from Saint Joseph’s found the Colonials in a 7-1 hole early in the half. The Hawks maintained control of the ball for much of the first 10 minutes, but Disharoon’s unassisted goal sparked a GW rally. In the final 15 minutes of the second half, the Colonials scored seven goals, while only giving up one, ending the half with the game tied at eight. In the latter part of regulation, the dominating momentum had clearly shifted to the Colonials.

“We were getting the draw, and I think that put a lot of energy in the team,” Hannaford said.

The Colonials maintained their offensive momentum heading into the first overtime period. The Colonials held the ball for most of the three minutes, but the Hawks’ goalie blocked all shots against her.

In the second three- minute period, Lacey and Phillips both missed free position shots from the eight-meter arc. But then freshman Addi Bolin forced a Hawks turnover, and the Colonials held onto the ball until Phillips took possession sending it to Lacey, who quickly placed the ball in the net.

“In the end, we all came together and really were able to connect passes, and our shooting improved a lot in the second half,” Lacey said.

The Colonials look to take the momentum they gained against the Hawks and carry it into their game on Sunday against A-10 rival Massachusetts, who is ranked 19th nationally.

“We need to control possession of the game for sure against UMass,” Hannaford said. “And that’s going to be the biggest thing.”

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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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Monday, April 18, 2011 2:20 p.m.

GW sports weekend wrap-Up

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

Golf

The Colonials fell by just one stroke to Harvard at the Century Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament Sunday, despite shooting the lowest team round that day.

Junior Martin Liu was also a stroke away from an individual title, shooting a 74 Sunday to fall just one behind the winner of the individual title.

The Colonials headed into Sunday’s play with a combined 328, putting them at fourth place overall. GW fought to overcome inclement weather that forced it to start later than other teams Saturday, and shaved 27 shots off their score Sunday, finishing second.

GW will next travel to Howey-In-the-Hills, Fla., for the Atlantic 10 Championships, scheduled for April 29- May 1.

 

Lacrosse

The women’s lacrosse team bested Atlantic 10 opponent Saint Joseph’s 9-3 Sunday, tying them for fourth place in the conference with Duquesne.

Junior Megan Seidman lead all players with her hat trick, including two early goals that gave GW (6-10) a lead it would never relinquish. Senior Audrey Joy and redshirt senior Mia Breheny each added goals to bring the Colonials to a 6-2 lead heading into halftime. Sophomore Nicole Lacey and junior Casey Disharoon each scored early into the second, capping GW’s 5-0 run. Joy scored her second goal with 7:37 left in the game to add the Colonials’ final point to the board.

Senior goalkeeper Liz Hoffman allowed a career-low three goals and made four saves. GW gave up only 13 shots, and the three allowed goals matched its season-best.

The Colonials will next host Richmond April 22 at 4 p.m.

 

Rowing

The men’s rowing team took fourth place at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships this weekend, and the women’s team earned sixth at the Atlantic 10 Championships.

Men’s crew had three boats competing in the Grand Finals of the SIRA Championships, earning fourth place in Varsity 8, Junior Varsity 8, and Freshmen 8 Sunday. Saturday, GW earned five wins and six top-two finishes, and the weekend ended in ten top 5 finishes at the SIRA Championship Regatta.

The men’s rowing team will next host Georgetown and Rutgers April 23, with the race scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

The women’s rowing team won the Varsity 4 and Varsity 8 Petit Finals at the Atlantic 10 Championship Saturday, ultimately placing sixth of nine with 24 points. The Colonials didn’t qualify for any Grand Championships, but managed to pick up their wins in the Petit Finals with margins of victory of 34 and 23 seconds, respectively. Sophomore Anna Kaminski was also named to the A-10 All-Championship First Team.

The Colonials next host Indiana and West Virginia April 22 at 8 a.m.

 

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