Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: September 25, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Golf, men’s soccer, and women’s tennis and volleyball teams were in action over the past weekend.


This past weekend, the Mason golf team traveled to Farmingdale, N.Y., where St. John’s University hosted the McLaughlin tournament at Bethpage Red Golf Course, a par 70, 6695-yard course.

Mason finished 15th out of 18 teams. Tyler Frank finished T-14th for the Patriots, scoring 70-73-70 (+3) for the tournament. J.J. Amoruso finished T-47th, as he finished with a three-day score of 221 (+11). The University of West Florida finished first, followed by host St. John’s with team scores of 830 (-10) and 832 (-8), respectively.

Mason will be in action this weekend as the team travels to Las Vegas to compete in the Shootout at Angel Park.

Men’s Soccer

Senior midfielder Chris Chaves converted a penalty kick in the 80th minute to lift the Mason men’s soccer team (3-2-1) past the University of Richmond (3-4-0) by a final score of 2-1 on Saturday in Richmond, Va.

Mason took a one-goal lead 24:31 into the match on a blast from 20 yards out by senior Adam Lobene that was perfectly placed in the upper right corner of the cage. Both Parker Walton and Ernesto Marquez assisted on Lobene’s goal.

After Chaves’ penalty kick put the Patriots up 2-0 late in the match, the Spiders cut the lead in half just minutes later. With Mason leading 2-1, the Spiders continued to press in the final four minutes, but were unable to get another good chance on the goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sean Kelley played all 90 minutes for Mason, tallying four saves.

The Patriots return home to George Mason Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 29, for a 7 p.m. match against St. Peter’s.

Women’s Tennis

The Mason women’s tennis team earned a win Friday afternoon in their first team match of the season. The Lady Patriots traveled to Shepherd University and brought home a 7-2 victory after defeating the Rams.

Stacey Berlinger, Julia Moscato and Alex LaCoste each earned victories in singles and doubles. Berlinger and Moscato paired in doubles to defeat Shepherd’s Bickerton and Scaggs, 8-4. LaCoste and partner Cat Crisostomo took down Clarke and Robertson, 8-5.

Mason also took home victories in the no. 2 through no. 6 spots in singles competition. Sarah Dieffenbach came out on top in the no. 3 spot over Scaggs, 6-2, 6-4 and Aryn Christman defeated Bickerton at the no. 5 spot, 6-3, 6-2.

The Lady Patriots will host the Mason Invitational next weekend. Attending schools include: Georgetown, George Washington, Mary Washington, Towson, St. Francis (Pa.), Virginia State and the District of Columbia.

Women’s Volleyball

In their first conference match of the season, the Mason women’s volleyball team forced James Madison to bend, but ultimately could not break the Dukes as JMU earned a 3-1 (30-28, 30-23, 29-31, 32-30) victory over the Patriots on Saturday in both teams’ Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) openers.

The Patriots (7-6, 0-1 CAA) proved they could hang with the Dukes (8-5, 1-0) as neither team took a lead greater than seven points in the match. Senior Jaqueline Kohler netted her seventh double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Rebecca Walter nearly matched the feat with 15 kills and 12 digs on the afternoon. Classmate Laura Turner also reached double figures in kills with 10 to complement her six total blocks.

In both of the first two games, the Dukes’ powerful attack proved too much for the Patriots, as they outhit Mason by a nearly 200-point margin in both games. While the Patriots were one point away from game point at 28-28 in the first game, they could not match that performance in the second game, as the Dukes never trailed en route to taking a 2-0 lead in the contest.

However, the tables turned in Mason’s favor in the third game, as the Patriots held a .179-to-.083 advantage in attack percentage, preventing the Dukes from the sweep with a 31-29 win. Leading at one point by as many as seven points at 15-8, James Madison worked its way back into the game and eventually tied the game at 29. Two errors by the Dukes allowed Mason to notch the victory.

Mason could not even the ledger, however, as the Dukes narrowly outlasted the Patriots, 32-30, to take the win in the fourth game.

Mason will host Delaware Friday, Sept. 28, at the George Mason Recreation Sports Complex (Field House) at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Field House on the day of the event, and cost $5 for adults and $2 for youth and senior citizens. Mason students are free with an ID.

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