Mason Sports Roundup

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

Mason men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer and swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s volleyball teams were in action this past weekend.

Men’s Golf

The Mason men’s golf team shot a 23-over par in the third and final round and finished 12th at the 23rd-Annual Georgetown Intercollegiate, held at the Members Club at Four Streams earlier this week.

Senior J.J. Amoruso led the Patriots, shooting a five-over par 76 on Tuesday and finished tied for 19th overall. Tyler Frank finished six-over par and carded a 223 in three rounds to finish tied for 24th. The Patriots’ Clark Bixler finished 79-78-80=237 and Silas Vansky carded a 82-79-78=239 to round out the scoring for the Green and Gold.

Next up for the team is a trip to Kitty Hawk, N.C., for the ODU/Seascape Collegiate tournament this weekend.

Men’s Soccer

Mason (5-6-2, 2-3-1 CAA) engaged in a defensive struggle with William and Mary (6-6-3, 3-2-1 CAA) in Colonial Athletic Association men’s soccer action on Sunday afternoon at George Mason Stadium. Neither team was able to find the back of the net, as the match ended in a scoreless draw after 110 minutes of play.

Both teams had opportunities to score in the match, with the Patriots holding the advantage in shots, with 19 to the Tribe’s 16. The Tribe nearly ended the scoreless drought with two minutes remaining in the second overtime period when midfielder Nathaniel Baako’s shot from the right side reached the back of the net past a diving Sean Kelley. However, the shot was negated when William and Mary was called offsides on the play.

Kelley played all 110 minutes in goal for Mason, tallying eight saves and recording his fourth shutout of the season.

The Patriots have been winless in their past three matches. Mason will attempt to get back in the win column in the team’s final home match of the regular season against VCU on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. After playing the Rams, Mason will hit the road for its final four matches of the regular season.

Men’s Tennis

Brian Fitzgerald and Dan Schneider traveled to Charlottesville over the weekend to compete in the ITA Mideast Regional Championships. Fitzgerald competed in the main division of singles and then partnered with Schneider in doubles play.

Fitzgerald defeated Kevon Charles of Morgan State, 6-1, 6-3, in the opening round of singles play. Fitzgerald’s next opponent was Corey Parr of Wake Forest, the 46th ranked player in the country and 4th ranked in this tournament. Parr came up victorious, but not without Fitzgerald putting up a tough fight. The final match score was 6-2, 6-1. Fitzgerald and Schneider teamed up in a tough first round loss to UNC Chapel Hill’s Daiya and Heinrich, 8-4.

The tennis team will host Hofstra on Oct. 27 at the Robinson Field Tennis Courts at noon.

Swimming and Diving

Sophomore Ryan David took first place in three individual events, as well as a top finish as part of the Patriot men’s 200-yard medley relay team, but the Delaware Blue Hens came away with a 153.5-146.5 victory over the Mason men’s swimming and diving team on Saturday at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. The Blue Hens also registered a victory on the women’s side, as Mason fell 172-128 in the meet.

David, who earned wins in the 100-yard backstroke (52.91), 200-yard backstroke (1:56.87), and 200-yard individual medley (1:57.83) events, was one of three multiple-event winners for the Patriots. On the men’s side, junior Ryan Knight took home victories in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events, with times of 58.58 and 2:09.61, respectively.

Junior Ryan Metzker took home first place with a 256.80 score in the 1-meter dive, and came in second with a mark of 262.34 in the 3-meter event. He was rewarded for his outstanding performance by being named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Male Diver of the Week.

The first Patriot swimmer or diver to be recognized in the 2007-08 season, Metzker was tabbed Diver of the Week for the fifth time in his career.

On the women’s side, senior Sarah Bizer won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, with times of 24.04 and 53.57 respectively.

Mason won 13 total events on the day, as seniors Mallory Pucci (200-yard butterfly; 2:08.96) and Amanda Fielding (3-meter diving; 251.77), along with freshmen Jenny Kane (200 IM; 2:13.98) and Lisa Faulkner (1-meter diving; 231.22) garnered wins for the women’s squad. For the men, senior Matt Kane and sophomore Steven Benecki tied for first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:48.68, while sophomore Tad Ogren was victorious in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.29.

The Patriots will return to the water in two weekends, when they host the CAA Pod Meet Nov 2-3.

Womens’ Soccer

The Mason women’s soccer team finished off its weekend road trip on Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 loss to William & Mary.

The Tribe scored a goal in each half as Claire Zimmeck, William & Mary’s All-American, scored in the 25th minute and in the 64th minute as the Tribe improved to 11-4-1, 6-1-1. Mason fell to 7-8-0, 3-5-0. The Patriots managed just one shot on goal while William & Mary had seven.

Mason will look to rebound into the win column on Friday when the Patriots play at VCU at 7 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball

The Mason women’s volleyball team gained an early 2-0 advantage and held off Virginia Commonwealth late to earn a 3-1 (30-26, 30-28, 26-30, 30-22) victory at the Mason Field House on Saturday evening. With the win, the Patriots (12-8, 5-3 CAA) have won five of their last six contests, while the Rams fall to 7-16, 3-6 in the conference.

Sophomores Rebecca Walter and Laura Turner chipped in 13 kills each to lead the Patriots offense, while junior Jourdan Dozier smashed her career mark with 12 kills on the evening. Mason continued its dominance at the net, out-blocking the Rams by a 12-6 margin, led by Turner’s six total blocks.

Senior Jaqueline Kohler tied a game-high with 19 digs, while classmate Kristen Byler added 14. Freshman Fernanda Bartels, who led all setters with 37 assists, also slammed home four aces.

Mason commanded the first game with a solid attack, expanding its advantage to as many as six points at 18-12. VCU responded effectively in the second game, jumping out to a 15-7 lead. The Patriots, however, mounted a furious comeback which netted a tie game at 28. An ace by junior Chelsea Kropp, followed by a Dozier kill, sealed the win for the Patriots.

It was the Rams again who were strong out of the break in the third game, and with a margin that reached as wide as eight points, VCU was able to hold off another Mason charge to take a 30-26 win.

Mason countered in the fourth game by out-hitting the Rams .300-to-.222, as the Patriots opened on a 3-1 tear and never trailed again, cruising to the match victory.

Mason travels south to face UNC Wilmington and Georgia State next weekend. First serve against the Seahawks is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, while the Patriots and Panthers will do battle Sunday at 2 p.m.

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