Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: March 4, 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.

No. 11 Men’s Volleyball Sweeps East Stroudsburg, 3-0

Mason (10-6, 3-3 EIVA Tait) swept East Stroudsburg (1-11, 0-8 EIVA Tait) in Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Tait Division men’s volleyball action on Sunday in Lancaster, Pa. Junior Hudson Bates led the Patriots attack with a match-high 13 kills.

Mason’s offense set the tone early, getting off to a blistering start, hitting .647 in a 30-13 first game win. Overall, the Patriots hit .392 as a team, while holding the Warriors to a paltry .186 mark, including -.167 in the opening game.

Sophomore opposite hitter Colton Naill totaled nine kills on 14 swings, while senior outside hitter Mark Burik tallied eight kills and four aces. Sophomore setter Ryan Kwiatkowski posted a match-high 36 assists.

Sophomore Chris Holden and junior Jesse Landis both finished with nine kills for East Stroudsburg. Junior R.J. Roth recorded a match-high eight digs.

The Patriots will face the top-ranked team in the nation, the Penn State Nittany Lions, on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Field House.

Baseball Comes Up Short against No. 26 Coastal Carolina

The Mason baseball team managed just two hits in its second game on Sunday as the Patriots fell at Coastal Carolina, 6-0, in the Baseball on the Beach Tournament. It was the second time in four games the Patriots were shut out.

Spencer Wiggins led off the game with a hit, then he stole a pair of bases before Scott Krieger and Justin Bour struck out. Josh Steinberg’s hit came in the eighth. He led off the frame with a single and eventually made it to third before Ryan Uphouse struck out to end the inning. Between the first and eighth, the only Mason runner was Bour, who walked in the fourth.

Mason relied on five pitchers. Kris Mengle started and allowed one run in two innings. Darren McLean followed and he gave up four runs in the third. Jack Zeltner allowed one run on three hits in two innings while Trevor Rosenberg pitched two scoreless innings and T.J. O’Grady pitched a scoreless ninth.

Tyler Bortnick was two for three with three RBI, and David Anderson was one for four with two RBI for Coastal Carolina. Nick McCully allowed one hit and one walk while striking out nine in seven innings.

The Patriots (1-6) will next take the field this afternoon when they play their home opener, hosting George Washington at 2:30 p.m.

Bokker Named U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Week on Heels of Two Wins

Patriots’ women’s lacrosse head coach Amy Bokker, as well as Adam Pascal of the College of the Holy Cross, have been selected as the U.S. Lacrosse Coaches of the Week for the week ending Feb. 24. Both were recognized on CSTV’s lacrosse broadcasts on March 2 and will be recognized again today.

Bokker’s squad opened up their season with an 11-10 upset victory over then-no. 9 Johns Hopkins on Feb. 23. The Patriots continued that strong play in their last game, an 11-5 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Behind a career-high five goals from sophomore attacker Megan Udovich, the 17th-ranked Mason women’s lacrosse team continued its mastery over its in-state rival.

Mason jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, thoroughly dominating Virginia Tech in nearly every phase of the game. The Patriots led 4-0 at the break, and 8-0 with 17:01 left in the contest.

Udovich scored once in the first period of play and four times in the final 30 minutes. Junior Brittany Berger was also active on the attack, scoring three goals to tie her career high. Berger also tallied three draw controls in the game.

Seniors Megan Bartlett and Laura King also came up with three draw controls for a Mason squad that tallied 12 as a team, compared to five for Virginia Tech. The Patriots also had a decided advantage in possession, taking 33 shots to 21 for the Hokies.

Five players found the back of the net for Virginia Tech after the game was already out of reach. Senior attacker Kady McBrearty finished with three points on a goal and two assists.

Mason takes the field again on Wednesday, March 5, against George Washington. The first draw is slated for 7 p.m.

Softball Splits on Final Day of Patriot Classic

After opening the day with a 10-1 loss to Cornell, the Mason softball team rebounded with a 5-1 victory over Princeton in the final day of the 2008 Patriot Classic held at George Mason Field. Mason finished the day with a 2-7 record after splitting its game against the two Ivy League opponents.

In the first game, freshman Ashli Breau continued her impressive home debut weekend with a two-for-two performance against the Big Red. Mason, which was held to a three-hit day by Jenn Meunier, saw its other hit off the bat of sophomore Shaniqua Steele.

Mason struck first in the second inning when senior Lesley Hassen’s RBI sacrifice fly put the Patriots ahead 1-0. However, Cornell took the lead for good with a three-run third inning and added seven more in the final two innings to polish off the victory. The Big Red offense was powered by a five-RBI day from Jenna Campagnolo, who blasted a pair of home runs. Junior Kelsey Mack was tagged with the loss for Mason.

Much like the earlier game, Mason scored its first run in the game against Princeton when Mack blasted a solo shot to left field. However, the Patriots used a four-run fifth inning to take its largest lead of the 2008 season.

Mason’s offense was led by two-hit games from Steele and sophomore Ciera Jones. Jones also added two RBI to her season total in the fifth when she singled through the right side.

Sophomore Becky Anderson improved to 2-2 after pitching a complete game, allowing one run on six hits while striking out five Tigers. For Princeton, Kristen Schaus (1-2) took the loss after allowing Mason’s first run.

Mason will be back in action this afternoon at home when the Patriots face Mount St. Mary’s in a doubleheader set to begin at 2 p.m.

Webley Qualifies for IC4A Championships in Long Jump

Freshman Dwight Webley made the most of his final chance to qualify for a major indoor championship meet, topping the IC4A standard in the long jump at the Mason Last Chance, held at the Field House on Sunday. Webley finished first in the event with a mark of 7.22 meters.

Webley has also qualified for the IC4A Championships in the triple jump. He recorded a mark of 14.85 meters at the Virginia Tech Challenge last weekend.

Senior Ryan McCoy also finished first in one of the jumping events, topping the field of seven competitors in the triple jump with a leap of 15.77 meters and tying his best mark of the year. McCoy has already qualified provisionally for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the event.

Freshman William Phillips also finished in first place at the meet. Phillips clocked in at 22.98 seconds in the 200-meter dash. His teammate, Jon Nad, finished fifth with a time of 24.14 seconds.

On the women’s side, freshman Britney Streeter topped the ECAC qualifying standard in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.17 seconds in the finals to finish in second place. Streeter clocked in at 7.19 seconds in the preliminary heats to advance to the finals. It is the first time this season that Streeter has reached a qualifying standard.

Junior Murielle Ahoure won the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.00 seconds, while sophomore Marie Fields finished in third place with a time of 7.17 seconds, both topping the ECAC qualifying standard as well. Fields also finished first in the 200-meter dash (25.21).

Freshman Chia Hudson recorded a mark of 5.62 meters in the long jump to top the field, while the 4×400-meter relay team of Crystal Lawrence, Ryann Hendricks, Britney Streeter and Chia Hudson finished first with a time of 4:00.71.

Next up for the men’s and women’s track and field teams is the ECAC/IC4A Championships scheduled for March 8-9 in Boston, Mass.

Women’s Basketball Falls at Drexel, 62-58

Junior Jessica Smith tied a career high with 14 points and the Mason women’s basketball team had one of its most potent first-half performances of the season, but the Drexel Dragons fought back to ultimately earn a Colonial Athletic Association victory on Sunday. Mason fell to 9-19, 3-14 in the CAA, while the Dragons improved to 17-11, 12-5 in the conference.

Smith, who had a perfect shooting day as she went five-for-five from the field and four-for-four from the charity stripe, was one of three Patriots to score in double digits, as freshmen Eugenia Broadus and Brittany Eley chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively. Meanwhile, Drexel forward Gabriela Marginean led all scorers with 26 points.

Both offenses struggled in the early going, as each team completed just one field goal through the first scheduled media timeout. Mason took its first lead of the game out of the intermission, as Smith drained a pair of free throws to put the Patriots in front, 4-2. The teams battled back and forth, with the Patriots leading by four on a number of occasions. However, over the final 3:19 of the half, Mason embarked on a 11-2 run to go up 30-19 headed into the locker rooms, culminating with an Eley jumper with seven seconds left on the clock.

Mason shot 57.1 percent from the field (12-21) in the first half, as compared to a 31 percent performance (9-29) by the Dragons, who were out-rebounded 18-to-12 and trailed in assists, 11 to four. The field goal percentage, assists and scoring margin all set or tied first-half season highs for the Patriots.

After making just one of 10 three-point attempts in the first half, Drexel found instant success from beyond the arc as Anora Suber downed a pair of threes inside the first three minutes of the half. Mason answered back with a Smith bucket and held off the Dragons until the 9:03 mark, when Marginean’s free throw tied the game at 44. Drexel retook the lead for the first time since the opening basket with 8:47 left and used a 6-2 run to open a sizeable advantage.

That advantage would shrink in the closing seconds of the game. With 26.4 seconds, Broadus sank both attempts of a one-and-one free throw chance to pull the Patriots within two at 60-58. Staunch defense off of the inbound pass forced a Drexel traveling violation, which put the ball in the hands of Mason with 24 seconds on the clock. However, Mason was whistled for traveling as well, returning possession to the Dragons, and Narissa Suber sank both free throws to seal the Drexel victory.

Mason will close out the 2007-08 regular season at home on Thursday when it hosts Northeastern at 7 p.m. The Patriots will honor four seniors: Moni Akintunde, C’Vette Henson, Casey Quigley and Lateisha Wade.

Knight Named Most Outstanding Swimmer As Patriots Finish Fourth at CAA Championship

Junior Eric Knight picked up another first-place finish en route to being named the Colonial Athletic Association Most Outstanding Swimmer, as the 2008 CAA Swimming and Diving Championship came to a close on Saturday evening at Mason.

UNC Wilmington won the men’s title with a score of 702, while the Towson women’s team took home the championship with a 753.5 team score.

Mason finished in fourth place on the men’s side with a score of 480.5, while the women also ended the championship in fourth with a total team score of 438.

Knight won three events on the week, culminating with a first place, NCAA B-cut time of 2:00.00 in the 200-yard breaststroke. He is the third Patriot to earn the Most Outstanding Swimmer Award, alongside Tom Koucheravy, who was a three-time winner, and Lauren Stinnett, who picked up the award in 2002.

Senior Matt Kane was also a triple-event winner on the week, as he picked up his third gold medal of the championship when he completed the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:36.89.

On the women’s side, senior Sarah Bizer took second place in the 100-yard freestyle, making an NCAA B-cut with a time of 50.41, while William and Mary’s Katie Radloff earned an A-cut with her winning time of 49.25. Additionally, the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Claire Weems, junior Mary Beth Cheslock, sophomore Caitlin Impink, and Bizer finished in third place with a time of 3:27.08.

Albany defeats Lady Netters

The Mason women’s tennis team was defeated Sunday by Albany who improved their overall record to 10-2. In the first home match of the 2008 campaign, the Lady Netters fell by an overall score of 7-0.

Freshman Lindsay Gray and Stacey Berlinger led Mason in the top two positions on Sunday, but each fell in three sets to their opponent from Albany.

Gray was beaten by Aimee Kern, 4-6, 6-4, 12-10, and Berlinger was downed by Susan Ma, 4-6, 6-2, 10-7. Gray and Berlinger also fell to Kern and Ma in doubles play, 8-2.

Mason’s final two doubles teams eventually fell to tough Albany opponents. Julia Moscato and Alicia Van Zandt were on the losing end of an 8-4 score against Laine Mackey and Amanda Hall. Aryn Christman and Stephanie Longueira competed in the third doubles position and were beaten by Kim Weltman and Charlotte Tatler of Albany, 8-2.

The Lady Netters will be in action again on Thursday as they look to improve on their 2-6 overall record at UMBC. They will return home on Saturday to face George Washington University at the Robinson Field Tennis Courts.

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