Mason Sports Round-Up

Posted: April 14, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

CAA Rookie Honors: George Mason University freshman pitcher Arielle Weinkofsky earned Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week honors for her efforts at Towson University on April 9. Weinkofsky lifted the Patriots to a 1-0 win over league-leading Towson, pitching a perfect game for six innings in the second game of the double-header. She also singled home the game-winning run in the top of the fifth inning. She allowed just one hit in the seventh before being relieved by teammate freshman Amber Straube, who helped preserve the victory.

Men’s Volleyball Wraps Up Season: Mason will finish its regular season on Saturday by hosting no. 3 Penn State in the annual Uvaldo Acosta Memorial Match. Mason locked up the second seed in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament with Saturday’s win, and the Patriots will host the quarterfinals on April 23.

Track CAA Honors: George Mason junior Ashley Ackerley earned the CAA Field Athlete of the Week award after impressive individual performances last week. Ackerley blew away the field in the discus at the Delaware Invitational, recording a throw of 39.78 meters to win the competition by more than three meters. The effort was less than a meter shy of her CAA season-best performance of 40.34 in the event.

Golf at CAA Championships: After a 14-year hiatus, the Colonial Athletic Association returns to The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., for the 2005 CAA Men’s Golf Championship on April 15-17. The tournament will be played on the 6,566-yard Cascades Course, site of the 2004 national championship, and the winning team will receive an automatic bid into NCAA Regional play. With no seniors and only two upperclassmen, the Patriots have been very competitive, finishing in the top 10 in six out of nine tournaments during the 2004-05 season. Junior Mike Cavanagh finished a career-best second at the Sea Trail Intercollegiate in the fall, one stroke off of first place with a 139 (69-70) two-day total, third best in school history. Junior Mike Kirby finished third at the Winthrop Waterford Invitational, carding a career-best 36-hole tournament 145. The lowest round by a Patriot this season is a 67, tied for third best in school history carded at the Pirate Fall Invitational by sophomore Daniel Hurley. Sophomore Nick DeSimone posted a career-best 69 in the JMU Invitational second round. Kirby finished fourth at the Princeton Invitational in the Patriots’ latest outing and has a 73.4 spring scoring average.

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