Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: September 13, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason golf, soccer and tennis teams competed this past weekend. A summary of results follows.


The Mason golf team had to contend with tough competition and weather at the in its first tournament of the year, the Purdue/Midwest Shootout at Purdue. The Patriots finished 15th in a storm-shortened shootout that limited the event from 36 holes to just a single round.

Patriots newcomer Tyler Frank led the Patriots as he carded a 37-39=76 on the par 72, 7,465-yard course. Seniors Clark Bixler and J. J. Amoruso followed, shooting 78 and 82 respectively. Marshall Tinsley shot an 84 and Andrew Maryan shot an 85 to finish the scoring for Mason.

The Mason team will travel to Plainview, N.Y., to participate in the McGlaughlin Tournament Sept. 21 to 22.

Men’s Soccer

The Mason men’s soccer team traveled to College Park, Md., last weekend to face the sixth-ranked Maryland Terrapins before a crowd of 1,509. The Patriots’ defense held the Terrapins scoreless late into the second half of play before falling to Maryland by the final score of 3-0.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sean Kelley played all 90 minutes in the net for Mason, recording three stops, including a save of a penalty kick. Freshman Fro Adu, Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week award winner, took both of Mason’s shots in the match.

With the loss, Mason drops to 2-2-0 on the season. The Patriots will attempt to rebound in their next match against Monmouth on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. in New Jersey.

Women’s Soccer

The Mason women’s soccer team finished the 2007 Mason Tournament unbeaten, but the Patriots had to settle for second place as they lost a tiebreaker for the top spot, which went to Georgetown. Despite the second-place finish, the Patriots had to be happy with a 1-0 victory on Sunday over George Washington.

The Patriots earned their third-straight win and second-straight shutout behind play from goalkeeper Kasey Davenport and defenders Laura Salichs, Hannah Sklar, Sasha Vido and Kimmy Moss.

An all-tournament team was selected by the coaches. Mason’s Davenport, Sklar, Annie Lebherz and Patti Benner were named to the squad.

The Patriots will be in action again on Friday, Sept. 14, when they host Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. at George Mason Stadium.

Men’s Tennis

The Mason men’s tennis team competed in the UMW Tennis Kickoff Classic 2007 at the University of Mary Washington this past weekend. The tournament pitted the Mason Netters against players from UMW, Longwood University, the University of Richmond and Liberty University.

The tournament was structured with seven singles flights and four doubles flights competition. In singles competition, Mason finished with eight wins and 11 losses. Brian Fitzgerald went 2-1 in flight 3. Fitzgerald’s most commanding win came over UMW’s Evan Goff in two sets, 6-3, 6-1. Other Mason Netters with wins were Stas Budagov, Daniel Schneider, Harwood Hoskins and Garrett Bell. Fitzgerald’s and Schneider’s only loss came in tiebreakers.

In doubles play, Mason finished 4-10 for the weekend. Schneider and Budagov finished 2-1 as they competed in flight 3. Their wins include an 8-4 win over Longwood’s Brawley and Lazarte and an 8-5 win over UMW’s Emig and Sundstrom.

Schneider was 2-1 in both singles and doubles competition for the tournament. Other Mason double teams earning wins were Fitzgerald and Jordan Lipstock in flight 2 and Matthew Vaughn and Hoskins in flight 4.

The Mason Netters will be in action again when they travel to Charlottesville to compete in the Virginia State Invitational Sept. 28 to 30.

Women’s Tennis

The Lady Netters competed in the Tiger Classic this past weekend at Towson. Following the tournament, Coach Steve Curtis said, “I was very pleased with our first outing of this season. We were playing shorthanded and some young players really stepped up and performed very well.”

Freshman Stacey Berlinger lost her opening match against K. Hallahan from Mount St. Mary’s 4-6, 4-6 but then finished with 3 wins. Berlinger defeated St. Joseph’s top player, S. Velazquez, 6-4, 7-6, then teamed with Lindsay Gray to defeat the John’s Hopkins team of D. Blass and T. Green 6-2, 5-7, 10-6. Berlinger closed out her weekend by defeating Loyola’s top player, Caitlin Day, 6-1, 6-2.

Freshman Sarah Dieffenbach lost her opening match against Mount St. Mary’s C. Johnson 2-6, 0-6, but she bounced back by defeating Towson’s K. Young 6-0, 6-2. She fell to John’s Hopkins top player, Anita Bhamidipahi, 2-6, 0-6 in her final match.

Senior Julia Moscato opened with a loss to Mount St. Mary’s Emily Bolchoz 0-6, 3-6, then defeated St. Joseph’s DiGiacomo 6-2, 1-6, 10-5. Moscato was then defeated by E. Berlinghof from Johns Hopkins 3-6, 0-6. Moscato and teammate Sidney Cooper finished with a loss in doubles competition when they were defeated by Loyola’s L. Cassle and A. Keyser-Baker.

Freshman Aryn Christman went 3-1 in singles. She lost her first match against the Mount St. Mary’s Emma Haley 6-4, 0-6, 4-10, but then went on to defeat Mullany [do we have first names or initials?] from St. Joseph’s 1-6, 6-2, 11-9, Gurano of John’s Hopkins 0-6, 6-3, 10-3 and K. Swan from Loyola 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

The Lady Netters will travel to Shepherd University on Sept. 21 for a dual match.

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