Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: April 8, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The men’s golf, tennis, baseball, volleyball and track and field teams were in action over the weekend, along with women’s lacrosse, softball and track and field.

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Golfers Finish 12th at Ironwood Pirate Intercollegiate

The Patriots cut 10 strokes off their first-round team score and moved up in the standings to finish in 12th place at the Ironwood Pirate Intercollegiate held at the par 72, 7,102-yard Ironwood Golf and Country Club in Greenville, N.C. The tournament was reduced to a 36-hole event after rain forced play to be canceled Saturday.

Mason’s J.J. Amoruso shot a five-under par 67 on Sunday to finish tied for fourth place overall, moving up 30 spaces from 34th overall after round one. He cut eight strokes off his first-round score to lead the Patriots.

Clark Bixler earned the next best score for the Green and Gold by shooting a five-over par 77 and finishing in 50th overall. Teammate Greg Brouse carded a 75 in round two to finish (79-75=154) and in 64th place. Marshall Tinsley finished with a (78-79=157) and Tyler Frank had a much better outing in the second round shooting a 77 to finish with a two-round 164 (87-77).

Next up for the Patriots: the Princeton Invitational beginning Saturday, April 12.

No. 9 Mason Lacrosse Has Winning Streak Snapped by William and Mary

No. 9 Mason (8-2, 1-1 CAA) had its school-record, seven-game winning streak snapped on Sunday by William and Mary (5-6, 2-0 CAA). The Patriots fell, 13-8, to the Tribe.

The Patriots earned their highest-ranking in school history earlier this week with a No. 9 ranking in both the IWLCA/Under Armour Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Until this week, the highest the Patriots had ever been ranked in a poll was 11.

The day began well for the Patriots, who got on the board first when senior attacker Laura King scored a goal at the 29:33 mark of the first period. Freshman attacker Madalyn Jamison assisted on the goal. After Mason took the lead, William and Mary answered with three consecutive goals.

King countered with her second goal of the contest at the 21:07 mark to cut the deficit to one.

However, each time the Patriots scored a goal, it seemed William and Mary came back with a pair of its own. After the Tribe scored the next two goals to take a 5-2 lead, freshman midfielder Chelsea Gamble cut the deficit to two when she spun around the back of the net and fired a shot past freshman goalkeeper Emily Geary that hit the post and caromed into the back of the net with 14:51 remaining in the period.

Once again, though, William and Mary scored two goals of its own to open up a 7-3 advantage. Each team tacked on another goal, and the first 30 minutes of play ended with the Patriots trailing 8-4.

After nearly six full minutes of scoreless play to begin the second half, the Tribe scored to take a 9-4 lead. William and Mary tacked on four more goals to make it a 5-0 run to open the second half and a 6-0 run dating back to the final score of the first half.

Mason closed the second half with some staunch defense of its own, holding William and Mary scoreless for the final 11:39. Mason made a valiant effort at a comeback, scoring three more goals, including another tally by King, but it wasn’t enough.

King had an outstanding all-around game in a losing effort, scoring a team-high four goals on eight shots with three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a career-high five draw controls. Sophomore goalkeeper Sara Longobucco stopped 13 shots on the day.

Mason hits the road for its next game, traveling to Towson, Md., to take on the Towson Tigers on Friday, April 11, at 6 p.m.

Baseball Holds Off Towson for 5-4 Win

The Mason baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon when the Patriots scored five runs in the first three innings and then held off Towson over the final six as Mason beat the Tigers, 5-4.

Mason scored in the first when Chris Henderson and Justin Bour hit two-out singles and Scott Krieger brought home Henderson with a single to left. Towson tied the game in the bottom of the inning behind a walk and a double. Mason took the lead for good in the second behind the game’s lone error.

Ryan Uphouse walked, Brent Weiss reached on an error and both scored on a Ryan Soares home run to make it 4-1. Towson got two runs back in the bottom of the second. A solo homer led off the inning and two singles and a walk loaded the bases with two outs. A hit batter forced in the inning’s second run to make it 4-3.

Mason’s final run came in the third when Scott Krieger led off the inning with a solo homer. Towson scored its final run in the seventh. A leadoff double and a single made it 5-4 and chased Mason starter Dan Gerjets. Ryan Brecko came on and he got a double play and a fly ball out to end the threat. He earned his first save by pitching three perfect innings. Gerjets improved to 4-1 with six innings of work.

Krieger was 3 for 5 with two RBI, while Henderson, Soares and Mark Hill each had two hits. Justin Bour extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

No. 12 Men’s Volleyball Wins Over No. 6 Ball State

Behind a school record 25 team blocks, the 12th-ranked Mason men’s volleyball team avenged an earlier loss to No. 6 Ball State and spoiled the Cardinals’ senior night with a 3-1 (33-31, 30-26, 26-30, 30-26) victory in front of 1,239 fans on Saturday in Muncie, Ind. With the win, the Patriots snapped the Cardinals’ 11-match home winning streak.

Mason improved its record to 17-7 this season with an impressive defense that formed a wall at the net, turning away shot after shot from Ball State, who dropped to 18-8 with the loss.

Senior middle blocker R.J. Goubeaux tied his career high with 11 to lead the way. Fellow middle blocker Brandon McLaughlin finished with nine blocks, including one solo.

Senior outside hitter Hudson Bates led the way with a career-high 26 kills on .548 hitting, along with seven digs and seven blocks, including two solo. Junior opposite hitter Kyle Gramit earned his fifth double-double of the season with 20 kills and 13 digs. Gramit also chipped in seven blocks in the match. Senior outside hitter Mark Burik recorded 11 kills and four blocks.

Mason, currently in second place in the EIVA Tait Division standings with a 7-3 record in conference matches, returns home next weekend to face a pair of EIVA Tait Division foes. The Patriots play Princeton on Friday, April 11, and NJIT on Saturday, April 12, at the Field House. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m.

Track and Field Marks Multiple Qualifiers in Nationwide Action

The Mason men’s and women’s track and field teams were spread across the country this weekend, with the women traveling to the Texas Relays as well as the Colonial Relays. At the Colonial Relays, hosted by William and Mary, the Patriot men also participated while sending a group of student-athletes to Gainesville for the Florida Relays.

In Austin, junior Ryann Hendricks surpassed the ECAC standard with a distance of 11.96 meters in the triple jump. Hendricks was also a member of two relay teams, which met ECAC qualifiers. The 4×100-meter squad of sophomore Marie Fields, freshman Britney Streeter, sophomore Latasha Rivers and Hendricks finished in 48.25, while the 4×400-meter relay consisting of Fields, junior Crystal Lawrence, Hendricks and Rivers crossed the finish line in 3:49.03.

In Williamsburg, sophomore Tiara Swindell improved upon her times, which already qualified in two events. Swindell ran the 200-meter dash in 24.22, while she finished the 400-meter dash in 55.38, besting the ECAC qualifier by nearly a second.

At the Florida Relays, Nate Harris met an IC4A qualifier with his 12th-place time of 53.51 in the 400-meter hurdles. Meanwhile, freshman Dwight Webley met an IC4A qualifier for the first time in his collegiate career, finishing fifth in the long jump B section with a distance of 6.94 meters.

The men also saw success at the Colonial Relays. Sam Horn finished the 800-meter run in 1:54.42, good for fifth place. The 4×500-meter relay team of seniors John Crain and Ryan Davis and sophomores James Snyder and Travis Boccher finished sixth with a time of 16:07.43.

The Patriot women will be action at the Lou Onesty Invitational next Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., where they will be joined by the men. A contingent of the men’s team will also participate in the Sea Ray Relays in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday and Saturday.

Softball Downed By Georgia State in Doubleheader

The Mason softball team dropped a pair of run-rule decisions to the Georgia State Panthers, 14-0 and 8-0, in five innings in Colonial Athletic Association action Saturday afternoon at George Mason Field. Mason dropped to 2-6 in the conference and 10-23 overall, while the Panthers improved to 27-8, 6-2 in the CAA.

The Patriots were unable to plate a run during the doubleheader, as strong pitching performances by GSU held Mason to 11 hits on the day. Two different Panthers recorded three hits in the series opener. Mason was led by a two-hit game from sophomore Ciera Jones. In the second game, Jones again led the team with a 2-for-2 showing.

From the outset of the first game, Georgia State’s offense proved overwhelming. All nine starters reached base and scored in the first inning, as junior Kelsey Mack (0-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing the first seven runs. GSU was held scoreless in the second inning but responded with three runs in the third.

After a short break, the teams retook the field and Mason had success quieting the Panther bats in the early innings. Sophomore Becky Anderson (8-10) allowed just one other run through the first three innings.

However, Georgia State exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth. A GSU home run in the top of the fifth left the score 8-0.

Sunday’s game against Georgia State was cancelled because of rain. Mason will return to action on Wednesday, April 9, when the team travels to Emmitsburg, Md., for a doubleheader against Mount St. Mary’s, set to begin at 3 p.m.

Men’s Tennis Defeats Robert Morris, 4-2, in Singles

The Patriots capped Friday’s 4-2 win against Robert Morris with hard-fought effort by the top four singles players to take their matches and extend the team’s win streak to four. Mason scored enough points with singles and did not play doubles because of weather.

Brian Fitzgerald as the no. 1 singles won his fourth straight match in convincing fashion. Fitzgerald only allowed his opponent to win three games all day and one he gave away. He quickly took a 5-2 lead in the first set, but after his opponent was taking longer than the allotted time between games, Fitzgerald began catching the player’s serves and throwing them to the ground. After giving away the game, Fitzgerald fired back with four straight aces and took the set. In the second, he won six straight games to win the match 6-3, 6-0.

Stas Budagov played at the no. 2 singles and lost the first game of the first set, but took the lead by winning the next two games. After the third game of the first set, Budagov turned over the lead, falling down 4-3 after seven games. After this point, he won nine straight games to take the first and second set 6-4, 6-0.

Dan Schneider continued his winning ways at the no. 3 singles spot as he torched his opponent 6-1, 6-1.

Both Jordan Lipstock and Martin Brown lost on the day at the no. 5 and 6 singles.

With the decision still up in the air of whether Mason would have to play doubles to decide a winner, Harwood Hoskins at the No. 4 singles sealed the deal with his win for the second straight match winning the fourth point of the day.

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