Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: January 15, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In addition to men’s basketball reported yesterday, several other Mason teams were in action over the weekend.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving

Powered by two triple-event winners, the Mason men’s swimming and diving team notched a 187-108 victory over Towson on Saturday, while the women fell to the Tigers, 201-93, in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action at Burdick Pool.

The win was the first for the Patriot men, who are now 1-1 in CAA competition, while the women fell to 0-2 in the conference.

Junior Eric Knight and sophomore Ryan David each won three individual events to pace the Patriots to the victory. Knight captured first place in the 100-yard freestyle (48.32) and breaststroke (1:00.64) events, as well as the 200-yard breaststroke (2:12.77). David took home wins in the 100-yard backstroke (53.51), 200-yard backstroke (2:01.29) and 200-yard individual medley (2:02.65). Senior Matt Kane took two wins in the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle races with times of 4:52.03 and 9:59.09, respectively.

Other event winners for the men were freshman Spencer Roe, sophomore Steven Benecki and sophomore Ryan Metzker. Roe took first in the 50-yard freestyle (22.36), Benecki won the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.64) and Metzker swept the 1-meter and 3-meter dives with scores of 302.92 and 305.25, respectively. The 200-yard medley relay team of David, Knight, sophomore Tad Ogren and Roe finished first with a time of 1:37.78.

On the women’s side, seniors Sarah Bizer and Amanda Fielding both won two events. Bizer swam to first in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle competitions, with times of 23.95 and 52.54, respectively. Fielding swept the women’s diving portion of the meet, taking first in the 1-meter (274.50) and 3-meter (258.30) events.

The Patriots will be back in action in two weeks when they host American, Army and Old Dominion at noon at the Jim McKay Natatorium.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field

Junior Ryann Hendricks finished in first place in the triple jump at the Virginia Tech Invitational, held at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va., last weekend. With the jump, Hendricks qualified provisionally for the NCAA Track and Field Championships scheduled for March 14-15 on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

With a personal-best leap of 12.65 meters (41 ft. 6 in.), Hendricks also qualified for the ECAC Championships in the event. She was the only athlete to reach the NCAA provisional qualifying standard at the meet. The runner-up in the event, East Carolina’s Camelia Morman, registered a leap of 12.45 meters (40 ft. 10.25 in.).

In the 55-meter hurdles, sophomore Asia Odum set a new personal standard with a time of 8.26 seconds in the preliminary heats, qualifying her for the ECAC Championships in the event. The time shattered her previous personal best of 8.79 seconds.

On the men’s side, senior Ryan McCoy earned first-place honors in the triple jump with a leap of 15.66 meters. With the leap, McCoy hit the NCAA provisional qualifying standard for the second consecutive week. He also reached the mark at last weekend’s Father Diamond Invitational at the Field house.

Sophomore Sam Horn finished in fifth place in the 1000-meter run, crossing the finish line in 2:27.59. The time qualified Horn for the IC4A Championships in the event.

Senior Brian Hay also hit the IC4A qualifying standard in the 55-meter hurdles, although he already qualified for the championship meet last week in the short hurdles. Hay finished fourth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.43 seconds in the finals. He finished the race in 7.49 seconds in the preliminary heats to advance to the finals.

In the relay events, the women’s team was third in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:38.97, finishing behind Virginia Tech and Virginia. The men’s team qualified for the IC4A Championships in the distance medley relay with its third-place finish, clocking in at 10:01.21.

Next up for the George Mason men’s track and field team will be the Penn State National Open, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19, in University Park, Pa. The women’s track and field team will take next weekend off before returning to action at the Patriot Games on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Women’s Basketball

Sophomore Rashauna Hobbs tied a career mark with four three pointers, but the Mason women’s basketball team was unable to overcome a first-half scoring run by Drexel University as the Dragons defeated the Patriots, 62-42, in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play on Sunday at Patriot Center.

Mason fell to 7-6, 1-2 in the CAA, while the Dragons remained undefeated in conference play, improving to 8-6 overall and 3-0 in the CAA.

Mason was led by senior Lateisha Wade and Hobbs, who scored 14 and 12 points respectively. The Dragons, who shot 47.9 percent from the field, were paced by double-figure scoring from Nicole Hester, Narissa Suber and Jasmina Rosseel. The three chipped in 17, 14 and 13 points each.

Mason jumped out to an early lead, scoring the first seven points of the day. Drexel responded with six in a row to move within one at 7-6. However, Hobbs drained her second three to push the advantage to 10-7. A free throw and a basket by Brooke Cornish tied the game for the first time at 10-10 with 14:16 left in the first half. A fast-break layup by Wade broke the deadlock, but Drexel answered right back with a Suber three pointer to take its first lead of the game at 13-12.

Mason retook the lead on a basket by freshman Eugenia Broadus, but Drexel’s 13-0 run opened up a 26-14 Dragons lead. The Patriots closed to within seven when Hobbs’ third trey set the score at 28-21, but Drexel outscored Mason 9-3 in the final 5:16 of the period to lead by 13. The Dragons out-shot the Patriots by a 53.8-to-36.4 percent margin.

While neither team scored in bunches to begin the second half, the Dragons extended their lead to 15 points on numerous occasions in the early minutes of the period. The advantage grew as large as 21 points when Hester sank a three pointer to set the score at 61-40 with 4:23 left in the game.

The Patriots travel to Liberty today for their final nonconference game of the season. Tip from Vines Center is set for 7 p.m.

Wrestling

It was a successful Saturday afternoon at the Field House for the Mason wrestling program as the team scored a pair of dominating dual meet victories. The Patriots were never seriously tested in defeating Campbell University by 26 and Virginia Military Institute by 17 points.

The Patriots won their first conference dual meet of the season, defeating Campbell by a final score of 38-12. The Camels only won two matches during the entire meet, one by forfeit. Senior Joe Coughlin (133 pounds), freshman Greg Scott (165 pounds) and freshman Cayle Byers (197 pounds) all earned their victories by fall. Brian Wright earned a major decision at 125 pounds, while Brandon Bucher and Randy Oates won by technical fall at 149 and 174 pounds, respectively.

The success carried over into Mason’s second meet of the afternoon, as the Patriots immediately seized control by winning the first five matches to take a commanding 19-0 lead before VMI won its first match with a fall by Jayme Gordon at 165 pounds. After the loss, Mason rebounded by winning the next three matches before forfeiting at the heavyweight class to take a 29-12 win in the team scoring.

In the opening meet of the day, VMI downed Campbell by a final score of 21-14. The Keydets scored big at the 165-pound weight class, earning six points when Jayme Gordon pinned Chris Mazzatta at 5:49.

Mason returns to the mat next weekend when it hosts the CAA Duals at the Field House. All nine CAA wrestling programs will be in action at the two-day event.

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