Mason Sports Update
Posted: April 25, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Following are the latest developments in Mason’s intercollegiate sports teams.
On April 23, Virginia Commonwealth held off a Mason rally in the first game of a doubleheader as the Rams swept a pair of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) games from the Patriots on Sunday. Mason fell to 14-25, 8-13. The Patriots play again April 25 at home against Liberty and the following day at Temple.
On April 22, the George Mason men’s golf team finished tied for 9th place at the Rutherford Intercollegiate, battling cold and wet conditions. The team scored a second and third round 302 to finish 313-302-302=917. The 45-hole tournament was held at the par-72, 6,859-yard Penn State’s Blue Course in State College, Pa. Eastern Michigan won the tournament.
George Mason’s women’s lacrosse team closed out its conference schedule on April 22 with an excellent performance against one of the top teams in the CAA, taking the first-place James Madison Dukes to overtime in Harrisonburg, Va. before falling by a single goal, 14-13. With the loss, the Patriots end the season with a 3-4 record in conference play. George Mason will close out its season Wednesday when the team travels to Johns Hopkins for a 7 p.m. game.
The Mason women’s rowing team entered four boats into the Bucknell Invitational on April 17. The varsity 8 had a strong start and a great first 1000m and were about even with Bucknell at the halfway point, but Bucknell made a move and fell off the pace. ‘I know we have what it takes to hang with some fast schools, but we have not been able to do it over 2000m,’ said Head Coach Geoff Dillard. ‘We need to improve our mental toughness and conditioning to put a complete race together.’
Sophomore right-hander Arielle Weinkfosky pitched a three-hit shutout in the second game of a CAA doubleheader to lead George Mason (5-43, 4-10) to a 1-0 win over Towson University (26-23, 6-9) and ending the Tigers’ seven-game winning streak at the Tigers’ Towson Center Field on Sunday afternoon.
Junior Jacob Weitz has been selected to represent Mason at the 2006 NCAA Leadership Conference, ‘Today’s Student-Athletes, Tomorrow’s Leaders,’ as announced by the NCAA. Weitz will be one of approximately 325 outstanding student-athletes who will attend this four-day conference.
Women’s soccer coach Diane Drake has added several new assistant coaches to her staff. Danielle La Roche has been named the top assistant and David Tenney and Allison Cowan will serve as assistant coaches in the coming season.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
George Mason University junior Tom Koucheravy placed 12th in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga. on Mar. 25. Koucheravy swam the event in a time of 15:01.36 and placed 12th out of 31 swimmers.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
In the second day of competition at the NCAA Zone ‘A’ Diving Championships at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., both junior Colleen Flack and senior Liz Gabriel placed in the top-18 in the 3-meter diving finals.
George Mason men’s tennis team, seeded 8, was knocked out of the tournament by no. 9- seeded Hofstra in the opening match of the 2006 CAA Men’s Tennis Championship on April 20 at Huntington Park Tennis Center in Newport News, Va.
George Mason’s top two women’s tennis players, senior Andreea Fusea and junior Maricel Ballester, earned All-CAA Second and Third team honors respectively for their performances in singles action this season. The pair received All-CAA Second Team honors for their accomplishments on the court as a team in doubles.
Men’s Track and Field
In the 110-meter hurdles, senior Richard Phillips beat teammate Brian Hay with a time of 14.02 seconds at the CAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend, held at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, Va. Hay finished the race in 14.44 seconds. Phillips has already qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships in the event, while Hay qualified for the IC4A Championships earlier in the season. Junior Ryan McCoy and senior Marc Kellman finished 1-2 in the triple jump. McCoy finished first with a leap of 15.59 meters (51 ft.) and Kellman placed second with a mark of 15.52 meters (50 ft. 1 in.). Both McCoy and Kellman have qualified for the regional championships in the triple jump. The team finished fifth overall.
Women’s Track and Field
Freshman Murielle Ahoure was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer for her performance at the CAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. Ahoure won the CAA title in two events, the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, and was a member of George Mason’s 4×100-meter relay team that won the conference championship. The team finished fifth overall.
Junior Mark Burik and redshirt senior Bryan Newcomb were both selected to the 2006 EIVA All-Academic Team.
Redshirt freshman Tyler Tisdell dropped a 5-3 decision to Michael Poeta of Illinois in the consolation bracket of the 165-pound weight class at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, held at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. The loss eliminated Tisdell from championship competition.