Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: September 19, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are results from this past weekend’s contests.

Men’s Cross Country

The Mason men’s cross country team traveled to nearby Annapolis, Md., on Saturday morning to compete in the Navy Invitational at the U.S. Naval Academy Cross Country Course. Sophomore Robert Krause was the top finisher for the Patriots, who finished in ninth place as a team with 242 points.

Senior Ryan Davis had the next fastest time for Mason, finishing the race in 25:53.70. Three more athletes ran at the meet for George Mason, with sophomore James Burns finishing 62nd with a time of 26:37.40, sophomore James Snyder placing 74th with a time of 27:29.90 and sophomore Anthony LaMastro finishing 75th with a time of 27:24.40.

Louisville’s Wesley Korir ran the fastest time in U.S. Naval Academy Cross Country Course history, winning the race with a time of 23:30.00 to help the Cardinals win the meet with 34 team points. Navy placed second with 57 points, while LaSalle finished third with 95 team points.

Mason returns to action in two weeks when it hosts the Mason Invitational on Sept. 29 at Bull Run Park in Manassas, Va.

Women’s Cross Country

The Mason women’s cross country team earned their second consecutive top-five finish to open the season when they finished in fourth place with 130 team points on Saturday morning at the James Madison University Invitational at New Market Battlefield in New Market, Va. Last weekend, the Patriots placed fifth at the Towson Invitational.

Four George Mason athletes finished in the top 35 at the meet. Senior Alicia York led the way, placing 29th with a time of 21:47.10. Freshman Samantha Fickel was the second Patriot to cross the finish line, placing 32nd with a time of 22:04.70. Sophomore Candace Carter finished 34th with a time of 22:10.60, with senior Melissa Ferry right on her heels, placing 35th with a time of 22:20.10.

Also running at the meet were Amy Yocum, who finished 54th (24:02.80), Danielle Turner, who placed 55th (24:09.30), Katherine Griffith, who finished 67th (25:02.80) and Jonecia Gates, who finished 79th (28:28.30)

Georgetown won the meet with 25 points, while host James Madison finished second with 31 points. Washington and Lee placed third with 99 team points.

Mason returns to action in two weeks when it hosts the Mason Invitational on Sept. 29 at Bull Run Park in Manassas, Va.

Women’s Soccer

The Mason women’s soccer team brought their four-game winning streak to Maryland, but after a hard-fought battle, the Terrapins broke that on Sunday night as the Patriots suffered a 1-0 loss.

It was the first time since Sept. 2 that the Patriots allowed a goal. Mason (4-2-0) took just one fewer shot on goal than Maryland but the Terrapins (4-1-1) had six corners to just two for Mason. Kasey Davenport made three saves in the contest. Nilani Duarte, Jessica Paris and Rachel Wiggins had the Mason shots on goal.

The Patriots will attempt to climb back into the win column tonight when they host American at 7 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball

The Mason women’s volleyball played two matches on Saturday as part of the University of South Florida Invitational, with the Patriots (7-5) earning a 3-0 win over Texas A&M- Corpus Christi (30-17, 30-27, 30-27), before falling to the host Bulls, 3-1 (30-27, 30-25, 24-30, 30-17), later in the afternoon.

The Patriots were led throughout the weekend by senior Jaqueline Kohler, who was named to the Best Western All-Tournament Team. Kohler finished the day with 36 kills between the two matches, including a match-high 22 against USF. Sophomore Rebecca Walter also had an outstanding day, notching 27 kills on Saturday. Freshman Fernanda Bartels matched a season-high against the Bulls with 45 assists.

Mason is back in action next Friday when they travel to rival James Madison to open up the Colonial Athletic Association schedule. First serve is set for 7 p.m. from Harrisonburg.

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