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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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Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 6:29 p.m.

Colonial round-up

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Then- sophomore Jamie Armstrong, right, sets up for a spike during the D.C. Challenge in fall 2011. Hatchet File Photo

As the school year approaches, the University’s sports programs continue to move toward their upcoming seasons. Here’s a glimpse at some of the Colonial headlines from this week:

  • The volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in the league by a poll of A-10 head coaches, the program’s highest ranking since the 2010 preseason. The Colonials finished fourth of 10 in the conference last season under then-first year head coach Amanda Ault.
  • The men’s soccer team announced its captains for the upcoming season Wednesday, tabbing seniors Alejandro Almodovar and Seth Rudolph and junior Tyler Ranalli for the leadership positions. Almodovar recorded three shutouts in goal for GW last season, and ranked second in the Atlantic 10 with 0.43 shutouts per game played. Rudolph is the returning leading scorer for the Colonials, tallying eight goals and 19 points in 2011 en route to first-team honors. Ranalli saw his playing time double last year, making the first six starts of his career and adding his first career goal and assist as a Colonial.
  • Senior Omar Sobhy is currently the top-ranked player in the U.S. Squash Adult M 5.0 Division, the governing agency of competitive squash announced this week. Sobhy, who was a member of the Colonials that won the Summers Cup (C-Division) Championship last season, is also the only GW player to ever capture an individual national title.
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Junior Islam El-Fiky sends the ball back to his Hoya opponent earlier this season. | File Photo

The Colonials hosted St. Lawrence yesterday, and while the women’s squash teams rebounded from five straight match losses with a 9-0 sweep, the men’s team fell to St. Lawrence 7-2.

The women’s team won each of their matches in straight sets, allowing only two Saints players to reach nine points in any of the games. Sophomores Jackie Shea and Kelly Barnes, sitting at the top of the ladder for the Colonials, set the tone with commanding opening victories, and the rest of GW’s roster echoed their performances. At the No. 7 slot, sophomore Maya Nair allowed just three points across two games with an 11-3, 11-0 and 11-6 victory over her opponent. Freshman Adriana Calderon followed with an equally imposing victory at the No. 8 spot, earning the same scores across her games for the match victory.

The men’s team couldn’t echo that performance, despite earning victories at the top two slots from juniors Islam El-Fiky and Omar Sobhy. El-Fiky and Sobhy grabbed their 11th and 10th victories, respectively, in straight sets, but were the only two Colonials to defeat their St. Lawrence opponents on the way to a 7-2 defeat.

The squash teams next head to Maine Jan. 27 to face multiple opponents over three days of play.

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Junior Islam El-Fiky sends the ball back to his Hoya opponent earlier this season. | File Photo

Both the men’s and women’s squash teams took to the court this weekend, the men splitting their action and the women posting a decisive victory.

The men’s squad opened weekend play with a 9-0 loss to Dartmouth. Junior Islam El-Fiky dropped a 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 decision at No. 1 singles to Christopher Hanson, just the third loss of his career. The only Colonial not to fall in straight set was junior Omar Sobhy, who fell in a  11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5 loss to Nicolas Sisodina.

The Colonials traveled back to Foggy Bottom to host Haverford, postig a 9-0 victory. El-Fiky and Sobhy combined to allow 12 points across six sets, leading GW with straight set victories. Senior Jose Calderon posted 11-0, 11-2, 11-0 win over Harry Gallway at No. 3, and sophomore Chris Bell grabbed a win at the No. 7 position with an 11-0-11-0, 11-2 win over Bret Marlowe. Freshman David Moxley earned a near shutout at No. 9, allowing just one point in an 11-0, 11-0, 11-1 victory over Zachary Kaden.

The women’s team also hosted Haverford Sunday, and also posted a 9-0 sweep.

Sophomore Jackie Shea led the Colonials at the No. 1 slot with a dominant 11-2, 11-0, 11-0 win over Caroline Nightingale, followed by sophomores Kelly Barnes and Elizabeth Tapley, who competed the sweep of the top three slots by both earning 3-0 victories. Senior Lauren Mathieu grabbed a 11-0, 11-1, 11-3 victory at the No. 4 position and senior Tiffany Hingley followed with a 11-0, 11-1, 11-1 win at the No. 5 position.

The Colonials next head to Hartford, Conn. Dec. 2, facing three squads over the weekend: Connecticut College Friday and Trinity and Bowdoin Saturday.

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Monday, March 7, 2011 5:46 p.m.

Three Colonials earn A-10 weekly honors

Lots of news in the world of GW sports today, so here’s a rundown of the Colonials sports news from today:

Men’s Tennis – Freshmen win Atlantic 10 honors

Freshmen Viktor Svensson and and Ulrik Thomsen were named Atlantic 10 Rookie Player of the Week and Men’s Tennis Performer of the Week, respectively, the League announced Monday.

The honors come on the heels of an outstanding weekend of play for both GW rookies. Thomsen went 4-0 in his doubles and singles matches over the weekend, and was the only Colonial to pick up a singles victory over opponent VCU Sunday. Svensson extended his singles-win streak to seven with his victory over Richmond in straight sets. Additionally, the two teamed up to defeat both Richmond and VCU in doubles matches.

Next up, the Colonials travel to Boca Raton, FL, to take on Florida Atlantic Sunday, March 13, at 1 p.m.


Men’s Squash – Sobhy wins Malloy Cup

GW sophomore Omar Sobhy led all Colonials squash players at the College Squash Association Individual Nationals, winning the Malloy Cup (B Division) Championship. It was the GW Squash program’s first individual championship.

Sobhy entered the tournament as the 88th ranked player in the CSA, and was seeded 15th heading into the B-division draw of players. He earned five straight victories on his way to the championship, defeating Matt Domenick of the University of Rochester in straight sets during the finals. Sobhy’s performance, the first time a GW player has advanced past the second round of Nationals, earned him a final ranking of No. 33 in the United States.


Hogan joins Team USA Minnesota

Megan Hogan, a former standout member of the GW cross country team and two-time NCAA All-American, joined Team USA Minnesota and will make her professional road-racing debut on March 12 at the USA 15K Championships in Jacksonville, FL.

During her tenure at GW, Hogan earned eighth place at the 2010 NCAA Championships, qualifying for three straight NCAA Championships overall. In 2010, she also repeated as Atlantic 10 individual champion, A-10 women’s cross-country Performer of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year.


Softball- Lenhart named A-10 Rookie of the Week

GW freshman Chelsea Lenhart was named Atlantic 10 Rookie Performer of the Week Monday.

The announcement comes after Lenhart went 6-for-15 in four games this week, earning a double and her first collegiate triple. She also stole two bases and scored a run on Army Saturday afternoon. A lead off batter for the Colonials, Lenhart’s batting average is .400.

Lenhart and the Colonials next travel to Hampton, VA, to take on Hampton University Tuesday for a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. Then, GW heads to the Winthrop/ Adidas Invitational March 11-13.

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