Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: October 2, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Cross Country

Mason’s men’s and women’s cross country teams hosted the annual Mason Invitational cross country meet on Saturday morning at Bull Run Regional Park in Manassas, Va. The George Mason men’s team finished in second place in the 8k run, while the Patriot women finished in eighth place in the 6k run.

The men’s team scored 60 points, trailing only Miami (Ohio), who finished in first place with 29 team points and the top-two finishers at the meet. Seven members of the Patriot men’s team placed in the top-30 at the meet, led by sophomore Robert Krause, who crossed the finish line third in a time of 25:40.21.

A trio of seniors finished with the top times following Krause as Kris Cruz placed 10th (26:35.12), John Crain placed 13th (27:40.16) and Ryan Davis placed 16th (27:50.23). The next three Patriots to cross the finish line following Cruz, Crain and Davis were sophomore Andrew Holloway, who finished 21st with a time of 28:13.34, sophomore James Snyder, who finished 29th with a time of 29:36.01, and junior Ryan Murphy, who finished right behind Snyder in 30th place with a time of 29:36.04.

On the women’s side, Mason finished in eighth place with 194 team points. Charlotte won the team title with 36 points. The top finisher for the Patriots was freshman Samantha Fickel, who crossed the finish line in 33rd place with a time of 24:21.52. Charlotte’s Aja Jackson won the women’s 6k with a time of 21:54.01.

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will take next weekend off before returning to action. The men’s team will run at the Nittany Lion Invitational on Friday, Oct. 12, while the women’s team will race at the Delaware Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Golf

The men’s golf team is adjusting to new teammates, tougher competition and new courses and it showed in the first round of the Shoot-Out at Angel Park on Saturday in Las Vegas. The Patriots are in 17th place after shooting (315-304+619) at the par 71, 6,722-yard Angel Park Country Club.

Mason was led by newcomer Andrew Maryan, who shot a two-round 152 (78-74) and is currently tied for 57th individually. Senior J.J. Amoruso was consistent shooting 77 each round and is tied for 66th. The remaining scores include Clark Bixler (82-74+156), Marshall Tinsley (79-79+158) and Tyler Frank (81-79=160).

UNLV B leads the tournament at three-under-par. The shoot-out continues Sunday with the final round at Angel Park Country Club.

Men’s Soccer

After playing three consecutive road matches, the Mason men’s soccer team returned home to George Mason Stadium on Saturday evening to host the Saint Peter’s Peacocks. Despite outshooting the Peacocks 15-12 in the match, the Patriots fell by a final score of 2-0 in front of a home crowd of 506 to drop to 3-3-1 on the season.

After being outshot 7-4 in the first half, Mason’s offensive attack put the pressure on Saint Peter’s after the intermission, finishing with six more shots in the half than the Peacocks. However, the Patriots were unable to find the back of the net, missing by the slimmest of margins on a number of attempts.

Sophomore forward Irvin Martinez took five shots in the match, with several of those coming within inches of finding the back of the net. Perhaps the Patriots’ best scoring opportunity of the night came with 8:40 left in the match when senior Adam Lobene blasted a shot from about 10 yards out that hit the crossbar.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sean Kelley again played the entire match for Mason, ending the night with four saves.

The Patriots play again on Friday, Oct. 5, against UNC Wilmington in a 7 p.m. match at George Mason Stadium. Friday’s match will be the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams.

Women’s Soccer

The Mason women’s soccer team played with a goal advantage for nearly its entire match against Hofstra on Sunday, but the Patriots gave up an equalizing goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation and Hofstra scored the game-winner in the opening minute of overtime as Mason fell to the Pride 2-1 in Colonial Athletic Association action.

Hofstra (8-1-0, 2-0-0) entered the game allowing just 3.6 shots on goal per match. The Patriots nearly matched that in the first half as they took eight shots with three on goal.

The first shot on goal gave Mason a 1-0 lead. In the 28th minute, Rachel Wiggins held off a Hofstra defender and calmly passed the ball over the top of the Pride defense to a racing Annie Lebherz. Lebherz beat the defense and got to the ball first, tapping it past a charging Krystal Robens and into the open net.

Mason (5-4-0, 1-1-0) played its typical exceptional defense over the next 50 minutes, allowing just a handful of shots and only two shots on goal. The first save for Mason keeper Kasey Davenport came in the 36th minute when Davenport stopped a header by Erik Fuertes from inside 10 yards. The second save came in the 71st minute when she stopped Jill Lipari’s shot from the right wing.

The defense finally cracked in the 81st minute. Jess Crankshaw sent a ball in from the right wing and Larkin Hargraves, settled on the left side inside the box, got her head on the ball and put it in the right side of the net to make it 1-1. Then, in the opening minute of overtime, Kayla Pifer crossed to Brooke DeRosa who was in front of the net to put the ball in and give the Pride a sudden victory.

Mason finished the game with a 16-10 edge in shots and 1 6-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Patriots travel to UNC Wilmington for a Friday night match and Georgia State for a Sunday afternoon match.

Women’s Tennis

The Mason women’s tennis team wrapped up competition in the 3-2 Mason Invitational last Saturday and Sunday. After going 5-5 on the first day of the tournament, the lady netters finished the last two days with a record of 5-8.

Aryn Christman earned a 2-1 record in the last two days of the tournament during singles competition as she defeated Roxy Ionescu of St. Francis, 7-6, 2-6, 10-7 and Michele Style of George Washington 6-1, 5-7, 10-6. She fell to Caroline Kuehn of Georgetown 6-0, 6-0. Also earning singles victories on Saturday and Sunday were Ellen Mathis and Cat Crisostomo. Mathis defeated St. Francis’ Julianna Gustafson, 6-2, 6-0, and Crisostomo was victorious over Ashley Zalewski, also from St. Francis, 6-0, 6-2. The lady netters also recorded a doubles victory as Nora Hetrick and Sidney Cooper defeated the doubles team of Eva Keresztes and Danielle Gauther of St. Francis, 6-0, 6-0.

The women’s tennis team will be in action again on Oct. 12-14, as they travel to Newport News, Va., to compete in the Collegiate Invitational.

Women’s Volleyball

Junior Jourdan Dozier set a new career high with 12 total blocks, one off the school single-match record, as the Mason women’s volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 (30-27, 30-22, 30-19) victory over Towson in Colonial Athletic Association action Saturday evening at Linn Gym.

Mason (8-7, 1-2 CAA) earned its first conference win of the season with an outstanding offensive performance in which the Patriots held a .240-to-.065 advantage in attack percentage. The Patriot offense was led by senior Jaqueline Kohler, who scored 20 points on 16 kills and a career-best eight blocks.

Joining Kohler with double-figure kills was sophomore Rebecca Walter, who notched 12 on the evening. Dozier, with her 12-block performance, shattered the career mark she set just one day ago, with eight blocks against Delaware on Friday.

The Patriots found themselves in an early hole, down 5-0 from the outset of the match. However, Mason took the lead at 9-8 after three straight kills by Walter and never trailed again in the game, though the Tigers tied the game at 24-24.

Towson began the second game in similarly impressive form, taking an early 6-3 advantage before the Patriots tied the game with three consecutive points. After trading points, Mason embarked on a 7-2 run to provide a comfortable lead at 14-9. Again, the Tigers could find no answer for Mason’s attack, as the Patriots’ lead grew as large as 10 points at 24-14 on the way to taking a 2-0 lead in the match.

Mason’s early fortunes reversed in the third game, as it was the Patriots who jumped out to an expansive lead at 10-2 to begin the game. Out-hitting the Tigers by a .333-to-.031 margin in the final game, Mason cruised to its first CAA victory by taking a 30-19 win in game three.

The Patriots, who played their final match at Linn Gym this season as the venue will undergo renovations, will head north for their next two matches. Mason will visit Hofstra on Friday at 7 p.m. before playing Northeastern at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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