Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: October 17, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am


J.J. Amoruso won his first individual title after carding an even par 71 in both rounds, capturing the Big 5 Invitational at the par-71, 6,867 yard Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pa., this past weekend. Amoruso edged out Craig Kublin of Boston College, who shot one-over par on Sunday after entering the day tied with the Mason senior.

Amoruso becomes the first Patriot to win an individual title since October 2005 when Mike Kirby won the Frank Landrey and the James Madison Invitationals. The senior’s previous top finish was a second-place medal at the Georgetown Invitational last October at the Members Club at Four Streams.

The Patriots team didn’t fare as well, finishing the tournament in 13th place overall. Freshman Marshall Tinsley recorded an 81 on Sunday to finish tied for 56th. Clark Bixler finished tied for 68th. Andrew Maryan shot 84 on both days.

Mason returns to action next Monday and Tuesday at the Georgetown Invitational at Four Streams in Maryland.

Men’s Soccer

Mason (5-5-1, 2-2-0 CAA) took a tough 1-0 loss in Colonial Athletic Association men’s soccer action on Sunday afternoon at Vidas Field in Philadelphia against Drexel (7-2-2, 4-0-0 CAA).

Drexel took an early lead in the tenth minute of play when Andrew Stolle played a ball off a Patriots’ defender to earn a corner kick as it crossed the end line. Anthony Bafile served the ensuing corner kick to the far side of the goal box where Mark Stevenson charged in for a header that found its way into the net on the left side for his first career goal, giving the Dragons a 1-0 lead.

Mason sophomore goalkeeper Sean Kelley made a great save in the 24th minute to keep Drexel from extending its lead. Kelley played all 90 minutes and made three saves in the match.

The Patriots return home to George Mason Stadium on Friday, Oct. 19, to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs in a CAA match slated for 7 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball

After winning its first two matches against Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) opponents, Mason closed out the 12th Annual Husky Energy Can-Am Men’s Volleyball Challenge this past weekend with losses in its final two matches to wrap up the three-day tournament with a 2-2 overall record.

After defeating both Trinity Western and the University of Calgary to open up the tournament with a 2-0 record, the Patriots dropped matches to the University of Alberta Golden Bears and the McMaster Marauders. Mason suffered a three-game defeat to the University of Alberta (17-25, 16-25, 19-25) before dropping a four-game decision to McMaster (25-22, 21-25, 16-25, 16-25).

The CIS won the tournament by virtue of more games won (30-29) than the NCAA schools.

Mason’s Kyle Gramit was named to the 12th Annual Husky Energy Can-Am Men’s Volleyball Challenge All-Star Team. Gramit led the Patriots in kills at the tournament with 50, for an average of 3.57 per game. He also served four aces and finished with 13 digs and six blocks.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis

The Mason tennis teams participated in the Hampton Roads Collegiate Invitational on the campus of Old Dominion University last weekend. The 29-team field included eight teams from within the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), as well as schools from the ACC, Big East and the Atlantic 10.

In singles action on the men’s side, Harwood Hoskins reached the quarterfinals of the C Flight singles after defeating Keenan, 6-1, 6-1. He lost 6-2, 7-6(2) to Jon Schwartz. Also, Stas Budagov was a finalist in the B Flight singles consolation draw, and Brian Fitzgerald was a semifinalist in the A Flight singles consolation draw.

Mason’s top doubles team of Brian Fitzgerald and Dan Schneider reached the quarterfinals of the A Flight doubles before losing to a nationally ranked team of Jackson and Shamasdin from UMBC.

In women’s tennis, Mason’s Lindsay Gray lost her opening round match in B Flight singles, then won 8-5 in the consolation quarterfinals before having to withdraw in the semifinal. Mason’s Sarah Diffenbach defeated Nina Surilatze in her opening round in B Singles, then lost in the round of 16.

The women’s doubles team of Julie Moscato and Diffenbach won their opening match in Flight C doubles before losing in the semifinals 9-7.

Women’s Cross Country

The Mason women’s cross country team earned an eighth-place finish, scoring 186 team points, at the Delaware Invitational at White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, Del., on Saturday.

Freshman Samantha Fickel crossed the finish line first for the Patriots, finishing 18th with a time of 19:48. Two other Mason athletes finished in the top-50 at the meet, as sophomore Candace Carter placed 42nd and senior Alicia York finished 43rd.

Towson took the title with 46 points, and host Delaware finished as the runner-up with 54 points. Merrecia James, from the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, won the individual race with a time of 18:44.

George Mason will run again on Friday, Oct. 26, at the CAA Championships at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Women’s Soccer

The Mason women’s soccer team played one of its most dominant matches of the season on Sunday afternoon, as the Patriots, rebounding from a final-minute loss on Friday night, took a convincing 4-0 win over Drexel at George Mason Stadium.

The Patriots improved to 7-6-0 on the year, 3-3-0 in Colonial Athletic Association action.

In the 19th minute, Mason’s L.J. Williams was fouled just outside the Drexel box and Jessica Paris took the ensuing direct kick. She threaded the ball around the right of the wall and to the left of the goalkeeper for a 1-0 Mason lead.

The Patriots continued to press the attack. In the 27th minute, Annie Lebherz received the ball in the middle about 25 yards out and played a perfect touch pass to a charging Rachel Wiggins on the left side. Wiggins found the bottom left corner of the net for a 2-0 advantage.

In the 58th minute, Sarah Fack stole the ball about 35 yards out, dribbled through traffic and blasted the ball into the top left corner of the net. The score stayed at 3-0 until the 74th minute when Mason again scored off a Drexel foul. This time Kelly Keelan blasted the ball into the top left corner of the net from about 30 yards out.

Mason finished the match with an 11-2 edge in shots on goal and a 22-3 advantage in total shots. The Patriots will return to action on Friday when the Patriots play Old Dominion on the road at 7 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball

The Mason women’s volleyball team opened play in its new home Friday night with two impressive games, but ultimately could not hold off James Madison (JMU) in a 3-2 defeat at the Field House. Game scores were 33-35, 28-30, 30-24, 30-24, 15-9.

JMU (11-8, 3-3 CAA) fought off the Patriots (10-8, 3-3) on a strong offensive attack led by Lindsay Callahan’s 23 kills. For the Patriots, senior Jaqueline Kohler led all Mason scorers with 18 kills, and was joined in double figures by sophomores Laura Turner and Rebecca Walter, who chipped in 15 and 12, respectively. Walter, the reigning conference player of the week, notched her sixth double-double of the year as she added 11 digs to her ledger.

In the first game, a tight affair which matched the tone of the two teams’ meeting in Harrisonburg three weekends ago, Mason was thwarted at game point and ended up staving off four chances by the Dukes to take the first game. Finally, at 34-33, junior Jourdan Dozier’s kill gave Mason the early 1-0 advantage.

The second game saw an inspired comeback by the Patriots, who were down by as many as three points at 25-22 before tying the contest and ultimately taking the 2-0 lead. However, in the third game, JMU found its rhythm as a 7-2 run after a timeout gave the Dukes a 30-22 game win.

In the fourth game, JMU found its largest lead of the match when it had game point at 29-23. Mason responded with a kill by freshman Holly Goode, her eighth of the day, but a Callahan kill allowed the Dukes to take the game and force a fifth game.

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