Mason Sports Roundup

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

Golf, softball, baseball, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s track and field and women’s lacrosse teams were in action over the weekend.

Golf Finishes Sixth out of 21 Teams at Cavalier Classic

The Mason’s men’s golf team finished tied for sixth place with Maryland at the Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend.

Senior J.J. Amoruso led the Patriots with a four-over par two round score of 148. Tyler Frank finished the first round with a one-under par 71, but carded an 80 in the afternoon to finish tied for 37th with teammate Clark Bixler (76-75=151). Marshall Tinsley finished 30th overall with a two round 150 (77-73). Greg Brouse ended up with a 152 and tied for 75th.

The Patriots finish up the spring season with the Rutherford Invitational at Penn State University next weekend.

Softball Drops Series Finale to James Madison, 3-0

In its final home game of the season, the Mason softball team was unable to counter James Madison as the Dukes defeated the Patriots, 3-0, in Colonial Athletic Association action Sunday. Mason (19-28, 6-10) ended its home schedule with a 12-10 record at home.

For Mason, sophomore Becky Anderson (14-15) took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on 12 hits in a complete-game outing.

Mason’s offense was led by 2-for-4 performances from sophomore Shaniqua Steele and junior Kelsey Mack. The Patriots’ lone extra-base hit of the day came off the bat of junior Dee Murray, who doubled to right-center field in the sixth inning.

Mason will close out the regular season next weekend at Hofstra, beginning with a noon doubleheader on Saturday.

No. 11 Men’s Volleyball Falls to No. 1 Penn State in EIVA Championship

Playing in the EIVA Championship Match for the first time since 2005, no. 11 Mason was unable to defeat top-ranked Penn State for the second time this season. Penn State won the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Volleyball Championships next weekend in Irvine, Calif. The Nittany Lions defeated the Patriots by final scores of 30-24, 33-31 and 30-23 to capture their 10th consecutive EIVA title and 20th in the history of the program.

With the loss, Mason, the second seed in the conference tournament, ends its season with a 20-8 overall record. The only school to knock off the Nittany Lions all season long was the Patriots, who beat the Penn State 3-1 on March 7 at the Field House, giving Mason its first victory over a no. 1 team in the 34-year history of the men’s volleyball program.

The loss ends the careers of seniors Hudson Bates, Mark Burik and R.J. Goubeaux. In his final match, Bates finished with seven kills, four digs and three blocks. Burik totaled four kills, five digs and three blocks. Goubeaux recorded four kills, one ace and two blocks.

Despite the loss, Mason was ranked in every single CBS College Sports Network/AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Top-15 Poll during the season, reaching a high of no. 11. Six Patriots were named to the EIVA All-East Team. Bates, Goubeaux and Gramit were all named to the First Team, while Burik, sophomore setter Ryan Kwiatkowski and sophomore libero Luke Maloney were all named to the Second Team. Mason head coach Fred Chao took home EIVA Coach of the Year honors.

Bour Named to Howser Watch List in Baseball

Justin Bour is one of 50 players in the country named to the Dick Howser Watch List, the award given by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association to the nation’s top player. Bour continues to lead Mason in batting. He’s hitting .430 on the year with 12 homers, 52 RBI and a .500 on-base percentage. He has reached base safely in every game this year, and he currently has an 11-game hitting streak.

The Howser winner will be announced on June 14.

The Patriots improved to 22-21 on the year after taking two of three from Delaware over the weekend.

Mason Women’s Lacrosse Downs JMU 11-10, Clinches Second Seed in CAA Championship

No. 13 Mason (12-4, 5-2 CAA) took a late three-goal lead and held off the James Madison Dukes (7-9, 3-4 CAA) for an 11-10 victory in a back-and-forth affair on Saturday at James Madison. With the win, the Patriots clinch the second seed in next weekend’s CAA Championship Tournament.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sara Longobucco was rewarded for her stellar play in the victory with the first CAA Player of the Week honor of her career. Longobucco played all 60 minutes between the pipes and recorded nine saves.

Mason will play Towson in the CAA semifinals on Friday.

Mason completed the finest regular season in school history with 12 wins. The Patriots have scored a school-record 201 goals this season while holding opponents to only 156.

Track and Field Takes Part in Penn Relays

The Mason men’s and women’s track and field teams came away with a number of outstanding performances at the Penn Relays this past weekend.

Four women’s performances met ECAC qualifying standards. Murielle Ahoure ran the 100-meter dash in 11.80, while the 4×400 relay of Ahoure, Tiara Swindell, Marie Fields and Crystal Lawrence also met the qualifying mark with a time of 3:46.74. In field events, Ryann Hendricks met the ECAC qualifier with a 5.83-meter jump in the long jump. Another 4×400 relay, composed of Swindell, Fields, Latasha Rivers and Crystal Lawrence, met the qualifier with a 3:46.06 time.

On the men’s side, Dwight Webley won the long jump with a season-best distance of 7.50m, which met both the NCAA regional and IC4A qualifiers. Mason’s 4×800 relay of Anthony LaMastro, Sam Horn, Ryan Murphy and Michael Pachella also met the IC4A standard with a time of 7:33.27. In the 5,000-meter run, John Crain ran the fastest time by a Patriot this season, finishing in 14:46.85.

The Patriots will next host the Mason Outdoor Invitational on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. at George Mason Stadium.

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