Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: May 7, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Mason rowing, baseball, softball, track and field, and women’s lacrosse teams were in action over the weekend.

Mason Rowers Compete at ECAC Metro Championship

On Sunday, May 4, the Mason women’s rowing team competed at the ECAC Metro Championship for the first time in program history. Among the 11 universities represented, Mason finished sixth in team points.

The Novice 8, a freshman boat, finished second in their morning heat to the University of Massachusetts. The second place finish qualified them for the Grand Final. In the final, the Mason novices finished fourth, just 1.6 seconds out of the medals.

Mason’s Second Varsity 8 also qualified for the Grand Finals with a gutsy third place finish in their heat. In the Grand Final the 2V posted a season-best time of 7:01.6 to finish in 6th place.

The Varsity 8 finished fourth in their heat with a time of 6:56.0. In the petite final, the Patriot rowers finished second in a time of 6:55.4.

Baseball Drops Rubber Match at Wilmington

The Mason baseball team dropped the rubber match of a three-game series at no. 24 UNC Wilmington, falling to the Seahawks, 8-3. Despite the loss, Mason has clinched a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, which opens on May 21 at Brooks Field in Wilmington.

The Patriots (25-23, 15-10) can do no worse than finish sixth in the CAA despite dropping the final two games to the Seahawks (35-11-1, 20-3-1). The top six teams qualify for the conference’s postseason tournament.

The Patriots will take 10 days off for finals before returning to the field on May 15 at 3 p.m. when Mason finishes up the regular season with a three-game home series against William and Mary.

Softball Sinks in Regular Season Finale at Hofstra, 8-0

Sophomore Ashli Breau officially shattered the George Mason softball team’s all-time single season batting average record on Sunday, May 4, but Hofstra’s Kayleigh Lotti allowed no hits while striking out 12 batters in a five-inning, 8-0 Pride victory.

The Patriots ended their season with a 19-32 record, 6-14 in the Colonial Athletic Association, while the Pride (39-10, 18-3) will host next week’s CAA Championship as the number-one seed.

The day marked the end of the Patriots’ 2008 campaign. Breau, who had already set a new home run mark with 11, finished with a .421 batting average, over 20 points higher than previous record-holder Ashley Purcell. Additionally, her slugging percentage of .752 bested Nakoma Sours’ prior school record by nearly 150 points. Breau’s 48 runs batted in fell just two short of tying the school record. In the pitching circle, Becky Anderson’s 36 appearances eclipsed the previous school record of 35.

Sunday’s game was the final time in a Mason uniform for three seniors: first baseman Kristin Dickel, catcher Lesley Hassen and third baseman Katlyn Winter.

Track and Field Team Members Meet Qualifying Standards

In the final tune-up before the IC4A and ECAC Championships, the Mason track and field teams saw a number of its student-athletes meet the qualifying standards as the host of the 2008 Patriot Open Invitational, held Saturday, May 3, at George Mason Stadium.

On the women’s side, two Patriots as well as the 4×100 relay team of Britney Streeter, Marie Fields, Ryann Hendricks and Tiara Swindell met the ECAC qualifying standard. The relay team finished first with a time of 46.76, a mark which also qualified them for the NCAA East Regional Championship.

Swindell also qualified for the ECAC and NCAA Regional Championships with her third-place time of 54.60 in the 400-meter run. Chia Hudson’s distance of 12.19 meters in the triple jump qualified her for the ECAC Championship, while she finished second in the long jump with a 5.72-meter mark. Jennifer Bailey also recorded a top-three finish as she hurled the discus to a 40.51-meter distance.

The Mason men saw two Patriots meet the IC4A qualifiers. John Crain ran the 1,500-meter event in 3:50.75, good for third-place and a berth in the IC4A Championship, while Ryan McCoy met the IC4A standard with a 7.15-meter mark in the long jump. In the triple jump, McCoy surpassed his season-high with a 15.66-meter jump, meeting both the IC4A and NCAA Regional qualifying standards in a second-place finish. Rounding out the Patriot men’s top-three performances was Nate Harris’s third-place time of 54.00 in the 400-meter hurdles.

Next up for the Patriots are the IC4A and ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will both be held from May 16 to 18 at William Weaver Track and Field Stadium in Princeton, N.J. Two weeks later, Florida State University will host the NCAA East Regional Championships, set to be contested on May 30 and 31.

Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Towson in CAA Semifinal

In a contest in which neither team led by more than a single goal for the entire 60 minutes, no. 18 Towson (12-5, 5-2 CAA) netted the game’s final goal with 37 seconds remaining to top no. 13 Mason (12-5, 5-2 CAA) by a final score of 8-7 in a Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Lacrosse Championship Semifinal on Friday, May 2, at Albert-Daly Field in Williamsburg, Va.

Despite the loss, the Patriots enjoyed the finest season in the history of the program. Mason set a school record with 12 wins and tied the school record for conference wins with five.

Mason reached the highest ranking in school history earlier this year when the Patriots reached no. 9 in polls. Currently ranked 13th in the IWLCA/Under Armour National Poll and 16th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, the Patriots are the highest-ranked team in the CAA in either poll.

Mason’s achievement of having four First-Team All-CAA performers is the most of any team in the conference. Senior midfielder Megan Bartlett, junior attacker Brittany Berger, junior defender Maggie Bridges and King all earned First-Team honors.

Bridges was named the CAA Defender of the Year for leading a Mason defense that ranked sixth in the nation in caused turnovers per game and seventh in ground balls per game. In addition, three members of the Patriots’ talented freshman class earned CAA All-Rookie honors: Chelsea Gamble, defender Caitlin Hoffen and attacker Madalyn Jamison.

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