Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: February 26, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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

Baseball

The Mason baseball team scored three runs in the top of the eighth but couldn’t hold the lead in the ninth as College of Charleston scored two runs with two outs to beat the Patriots, 7-6. With the loss, Mason will return home 0-3 after dropping two one-run games over the weekend to the Cougars.

Spencer Wiggins was two for five with two RBI and a steal while Mark Hill was three for three with two runs scored. Ryan Uphouse, Scott Krieger, Justin Bour and Ryan Soares each had an RBI.

The team travels to Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Friday for a game against Marshall at noon.

Men’s Tennis

In their match against Lafayette on Saturday, the Mason men’s tennis team fell 5-2.

The Patriots move to 1-4 on the season and go on the road to visit UMBC in Baltimore at 2:30 on Tuesday, March 4.

Men’s Volleyball

The 13th-ranked Mason men’s volleyball team finished as the runners-up at the Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic Tournament, falling in the final match to no. 8 USC in five games (30-24, 23-30, 30-27, 20-30, 14-16).

The Patriots advanced to the final of the tournament with a win over no. 12 IPFW on Friday at Blake Arena in Springfield, Mass.

Mason, 8-5 overall in the 2008 season after the loss, returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 27, with a 7 p.m. match against Rutgers-Newark at the Field House.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field

Junior sprinter Murielle Ahoure finished in first place in two individual events and topped the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the 200-meter dash at the Virginia Tech Challenge, held at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va., on Feb. 22-23. Ahoure has already reached the NCAA provisional standard in the 60-meter dash this season.

In the 200-meter dash, Ahoure ran her top time of the 2008 indoor season to finish first, blowing away the competition in the event. Ahoure also reached the finals of the 60-meter dash, clocking in at 7.40 seconds to win the race. She ran a time of 7.39 seconds in the preliminary heats to reach the finals.

Sophomore Tiara Swindell ran in the 200-meter dash along with Ahoure, recording a time of 25.09 seconds. Swindell also competed in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in third place with a time of 55.01 seconds. Swindell has already qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 200-, 400- and 500-meter dash.

In the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Asia Odum reached the finals with a time of 8.79 seconds in the preliminary heats. Odum finished eighth in the finals, crossing the finish line in 8.93 seconds. She has already qualified for the ECAC Championships in the event.

Junior Ryann Hendricks earned a pair of top-10 finishes in the jumping events. In the long jump, Hendricks jumped 5.60 meters (18 ft. 4.5 in.) to place ninth. She topped that finish in the triple jump, placing fifth with a mark of 12.24 meters (40 ft. 2 in.). Her top mark of the season in the triple jump was her NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 12.65 meters at the Virginia Tech Invitational on Jan. 11.

Mason’s 4×400-meter relay team won the race with a time of 3:42.13. It is the team’s second-fastest time of the season. Its top time of the season is 3:41.42 at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 16.

On the men’s side, two Patriots placed in the top-10 in the triple jump. Senior Ryan McCoy was the runner-up with a mark of 15.64 meters (51 ft. 3.75 in.). He has already qualified provisionally for the NCAA Championships in the event. Freshman Dwight Webley earned an eighth-place finish, leaping 14.85 meters (48 ft. 8.75 in.) to qualify for the IC4A Championships.

Freshman Kevin Wilson topped the IC4A qualifying standard in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.09 seconds. Teammate Mutsa Nyakabau was close behind, crossing the finish line in 49.28 seconds.

In the 800-meter run, sophomore Michael Pachella ran a time of 1:52.13 to finish in fifth place. Johnny Shupping won the race with a time of 1:50.10. Pachella has already qualified for the IC4A Championships in the event.

Senior Brian Hay made the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.07 seconds in the preliminary heats. Hay finished seventh in the finals, clocking in at 8.14 seconds. His fastest time of the season is 7.85 seconds in the event.

The team ran its best time of the season in the 4×400-meter dash, finishing sixth with a time of 3:15.39. Its previous best was 3:18.27 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.

The Mason men’s and women’s track and field teams will host the Mason Last Chance on Sunday, March 2, at the Field House.

Softball

For the second time in as many days, it took extra innings to decide the fate of the Mason softball team. On Sunday against Birmingham Southern, sophomore Becky Anderson threw a seven-inning shutout, but the Panthers plated the game-winning run in the eighth inning to hand Mason a 1-0 defeat at the UCF Tournament. Mason falls to 0-5 on the season.

Mason will try for its first entry into the win column next weekend when it hosts the Patriot Classic from Friday through Sunday. The Patriots will entertain Cornell, Niagara, Princeton and Quinnipiac over the three-day tourney, with action set to begin Friday at 1 p.m., when Mason will square off against the Niagara Purple Eagles at George Mason Field.

Women’s Basketball

The Mason women’s basketball team jumped out to an early double-digit lead, but the Towson Tigers fought back and held off the Patriots down the stretch in a 58-53 contest on Sunday at Patriot Center. Mason (9-17, 3-12) was denied its 10th victory of the season.

Senior Lateisha Wade poured in a game-high 17 points and was joined in double figures by junior Jessica Smith, who added 10 points. Freshman Eugenia Broadus pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds.

Mason will open up its final road trip of the season on Thursday when it travels to nationally ranked Old Dominion for a 7 p.m. tilt.

Women’s Lacrosse

Freshman attacker Madalyn Jamison scored the game-winning goal to lift the Mason women’s lacrosse team to an 11-10 upset of no. 9 Johns Hopkins in the season opener for both teams on Saturday at George Mason Stadium. After falling behind by a goal, the Patriots tallied the final two scores of the game to open the season on a winning note.

Seniors Laura King and Megan Bartlett both scored two goals in the first 30 minutes of play to pace the Patriots’ attack.

Trailing 10-9, the Patriots answered when junior attacker Brittany Berger scored her second goal of the game with 5:10 remaining. After a couple minutes elapsed, Jamison fired a shot past Johns Hopkins’ junior goalkeeper Amelia Harris to give Mason the lead at 11-10 with 2:39 left in the game.

The Patriot defense caused 14 turnovers in the game. Junior Maggie Bridges led the team with four. Goalkeeper Sara Longobucco faced 31 shots, making 12 saves, including eight in the second half.

Mason plays again on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 3:30 p.m. against no. 10 Georgetown in Washington, D.C.

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