Mason Sports Roundup

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

Men’s and women’s tennis and track and fields teams, women’s lacrosse and softball, and men’s golf, volleyball and baseball teams were in action over the weekend.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams Fall to Longwood

The Mason men’s and women’s tennis teams both fell to Longwood University on Sunday with identical 6-1 losses.

The Lady Netters hold a 10-11 record heading into the CAA Championships.

The Longwood women opened up by taking two of the three doubles matches, earning the doubles point. Mason’s victory came from Meredith Cutchin and Alex LaCoste in the no. 3 position.

In singles competition, Longwood took five of the six matches. Julia Moscato earned Mason’s lone point.

On the men’s side, no. 1 singles player Brian Fitzgerald won by forfeit after being up 5-0 before his opponent was forced to retire due to injury. His was the only win of the day. Mason moves to 7-12 on the season.

Both the men’s and the women’s teams will head to Newport News this weekend for the CAA Championships. The four-day event begins on Thursday, April 17.

Golf Team Finishes a Season-Best Second at Princeton Invitational

The Mason men’s golf team claimed second place along with host Princeton as the three-round Princeton Invitational finished Sunday. St. John’s had a seven stroke lead on Mason going into the final round and held off the Patriots and Tigers to win by four stokes on the par 71, 6,390-yard course.

Senior Clark Bixler finished in the top 10 overall with a three round three-over par 216. He was five strokes off leader Keegan Bradley from St. John’s going into today’s round. Both shot 75 to keep the distance at five strokes. Keegan’s teammate Evan Beirne shot a 73 to share medalist honors.

Mason’s Tyler Frank and J.J. Amoruso shot four-over par 76s to finish tied for 17th and 19th respectively. The Patriots’ Marshall Tinsley shot the best round for Mason with a three-over par 74 and finished tied for 32nd overall. Greg Brouse finished with 231 for the three rounds (73-77-80).

Mason will play in the CAA Championship this weekend.

Baseball Completes Sweep of Hofstra with 10-5 Win

The Mason baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Hofstra on Sunday, taking a 9-0 lead and then holding off the Pride over the final three innings. Ryan Brecko picked up his second win of the series, while the first four players in the Mason order all had multiple hits.

Ryan Soares was 3 for 6 with three runs, Chris Henderson was 4 for 5 with three RBI, Justin Bour was 3 for 6, Scott Krieger was 2 for 4 and Brent Weiss was 2 for 5 with two RBI. Shane Davis was 1 for 3 with three runs.

Mason (17-18, 11-6) took a two-run lead in the first when Shane Davis led off the inning with a single and Soares hit a two-out homer to make it 2-0. In the fourth, Mason scored three more times. Davis again led off the inning, this time with a walk. Weiss singled, but he was replaced on the base paths by Soares, who reached home on a fielder’s choice. Henderson, Bour and Krieger all singled home runs for a 5-0 lead.

In the fifth, Josh Steinberg and Davis led off with walks, and Weiss singled to bring them both home. After a Soares double put the pair in scoring position, Henderson singled to make it 9-0. In the seventh, Hofstra (12-25, 1-17) chipped away at the lead, scoring four times, using an error, a single and a fielder’s choice to load the bases. A grand slam made it 9-4.

Mason’s final run came in the eighth when Krieger singled and scored on a Steinberg double. Hofstra’s final run came in the ninth, again with the leadoff runner reaching on an error, this time scoring on a wild pitch.

Mason will return to action tonight when the Patriots play Georgetown at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md., with game time set for 7:30 p.m.

No. 12 Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Delaware, 15-10

No. 12 Mason scored the final six goals of the game to turn a 10-9 second-half deficit into a 15-10 win over the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens in Colonial Athletic Association women’s lacrosse action on Sunday in Newark, Del. It is the second straight come-from-behind victory for the Patriots.

With the win, the Patriots improve to 10-2 overall and 3-1 in the CAA. It is the first time in school history that Mason has started the season with a 10-2 record.

With the score tied at three in the first half, the Patriots went on a 4-0 spurt to take a 7-3 lead with 11:04 remaining in the half. Senior attacker Laura King scored her first goal of the game to cap the run.

After King’s goal, the Fightin’ Blue Hens’ defense held the high-powered Patriot attack in check for the remainder of the half.

Delaware scored five unanswered goals to head into the half with an 8-7 advantage.

After the break, the two sides took turns scoring the first four goals of the second half.

Sophomore attacker Megan Udovich fired a shot past the Delaware goalkeeper with16:26 remaining to tie the score at 10 and jumpstart the Patriot attack.

After Udovich’s goal, King took over the game, scoring three goals in a span of five minutes to give Mason the lead for good. Mason added two more goals to close the game with a 6-0 run over the final 16:26.

King and junior attacker Brittany Berger both scored four goals in the game to lead all scorers. King also added two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers. Senior midfielder Megan Bartlett added two goals, four ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers.

Mason returns to action on Wednesday, April 16, with a game against no. 4 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. First draw is slated for 7 p.m.

Softball Earns Series Victory with 5-4 Triumph at UNC Wilmington

The Mason softball team picked up its first CAA series victory on Sunday as it jumped out to an early lead and held on, defeating UNC Wilmington 5-4 at Boseman Field. Mason improved to 13-25, 4-7 in the CAA after winning the series’ rubber match.

Sophomore Becky Anderson evened her season record at 11-11 with a complete game performance, allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out four. Brittney Lehrschall (4-9) took the loss in a rematch of the starting pitchers in the series’ opening game.

Two Patriots recorded a pair of hits on the day, as sophomores Shaniqua Steele and Ashli Breau were both 2-for-4. Breau drove in a pair of runs with her ninth home run of the season in the first inning, and was one of two Patriots with a pair of RBI.

Breau’s home run gave the Patriots a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. UNCW answered back in the bottom half with an RBI single to slash the deficit to 2-1.

Mason found two more runs in the second when junior Kelsey Mack’s bases-loaded single to left field plated Anderson and junior Alison Bryan. The Patriots capped off their scoring an inning later as sophomore Ciera Jones scored on a Seahawk error.

Anderson would hold the Seahawk bats at bay through four innings, but in the fifth UNCW scored three runs to pull within one. However, Anderson allowed just one runner over the final two innings to preserve the win.

The Patriots will look to continue their winning ways on Wednesday when they host Georgetown for a doubleheader at 3 p.m.

No. 12 Men’s Volleyball Downs NJIT 3-0

Behind a career-high seven service aces from senior outside hitter Mark Burik, the 12th-ranked George Mason men’s volleyball team closed out its regular season schedule with a 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-25) victory over the New Jersey Institute of Technology on senior night at the Field House.

With the win, the Patriots improve to 19-7 overall and 9-3 in EIVA Tait Division matches. Mason has now won 10 of its past 11 matches, including the final three to close out the regular season.

In the opening game, Mason led NJIT 19-17 when the Patriots went on a 5-0 run to open up a 24-17 lead and force the Highlanders to take a timeout. Included in the spurt were two service aces by Burik, whose wicked serve baffled NJIT all night. NJIT closed the deficit to two points at 28-26, but that was as close as they would get as senior middle blocker R.J. Goubeaux put down back-to-back kills for the 30-26 win.

Mason used a similar run in the next game to take a 2-0 lead in the match. With the score tied at 24, the Patriots won the next four points to take a 28-24 lead. In similar fashion to the first game, the Highlanders closed to within two points at 29-27. On game point, senior outside hitter Hudson Bates and sophomore middle blocker Brandon McLaughlin combined to block Leonardo Paludo’s attack at the net to end the game.

Leading by two games, Mason jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the third game before a resilient NJIT squad battled back to tie the game at 14. The score remained close until the Patriots scored six of seven points to turn a 19-18 lead into a 25-19 advantage. With George Mason leading 29-25, Paludo hit his serve into the net to give the Patriots the 3-0 victory.

A ceremony was held prior to the start of the match for Mason’s senior class of Bates, Burik and Goubeaux. Bates finished with nine kills on 22 swings and six blocks. Burik tallied seven kills, nine digs and three blocks, along with those seven service aces. Goubeaux, who leads the nation in blocks per game, finished with eight blocks and six kills in the match.

The Patriots wrapped up the regular season in second place in the EIVA Tait Division standings, earning a bye to the semifinal round of the EIVA Championship Tournament. The semifinal match will be played on April 24 at the home of top-seeded Penn State. The opponent will be decided this week after the conclusion of the first round and quarterfinal matches.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Have Multiple Qualifiers at Invitational

The Mason men’s and women’s track and field teams participated in the Lou Onesty/Milton G. Abramson Invitational this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va., and came away with a number of NCAA regional and IC4A/ECAC qualifying times.

Additionally, the Patriot men took part in the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee.

In Charlottesville, three Patriots met NCAA regional qualifying standards. The women’s 4×100-meter relay ‘A’ team finished third with a time of 46.68. Junior Ryann Hendricks improved on her season distance in the long jump as she met an ECAC qualifier with a 5.94-meter jump. Hendricks would do the same in the triple jump, as she registered a second-place finish of 12.30 meters.

In other action at the meet, hosted by the University of Virginia, junior Murielle Ahoure completed the 400-meter dash in 54.77, good for first place and an ECAC qualifier. Also meeting ECAC qualifiers was freshman Chia Hudson in the long jump (5.87m).

At the Sea Ray Relays in Nashville, the men’s 4×800-meter ‘A’ relay team of sophomore Sam Horn, freshman Erin McWhorter, and sophomores Michael Pachella and Matt Bailey finished in 7:39.56, a season-best time which qualifies them for the IC4A Championships.

Both the men’s and women’s squads will travel to Williamsburg next weekend for the CAA Championships, hosted by the College of William and Mary on Friday and Saturday.

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