The third-year athletic director has brought with him a philosophy that student-athletes' top priority, just like other undergraduates, should be academics. He enforced a mandatory class attendance policy and began requiring eight hours of study halls each week.
The Colonials are off to their best start since 2005 and things don't appear to be slowing down. After defeating Rutgers, 93-87, on Wednesday night, the Colonials stand at 7-1 for the season.
Five Colonials scored in double figures against Rutgers on Wednesday, making the difference in a solid 93-87 win that brought GW's record to 7-1.
It was the biggest win for GW basketball in almost a decade – its first win over a ranked opponent since 2005. The 60-53 upset should inject even more confidence into the 6-1, well-balanced Colonials.
Marquette buried GW with three-point baskets Friday, silencing a Colonials team that could not claw back from an early deficit in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy tournament.
With his team down 59-57 and the shot clock down to four, McDonald sent the Wooden Legacy first-round game to overtime with a soft running lay up off the glass.
Media Credit: Photo by Flickr user Marquette UniversityMarquette's cheerleaders rally Golden Eagles fans last season. GW will likely face Marquette if the Colonials win their first round game.
Both teams showed noticeable improvement at the Patriot Invitational, having had a short break since their last meet against Towson two weeks ago. The program will trek to Puerto Rico for its annual winter break trip, undergoing some intensive training as the swimmers look towards Atlantic 10 Championships in February.
You could see the curtains slowly start to close on the women’s volleyball team’s season midway through the third set of their semifinal match against VCU Saturday.
For the first time in four years, there is no clear favorite to run away with the Atlantic 10 championship crown for women’s volleyball.
The fifth-year forward led the Colonials to their first win over a top-10 team since they bested the Golden Bears in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
With the solid win came over a Manhattan team that was picked to win the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference this season. Suddenly, the Colonials’ role in that tournament would be more than just a schedule-filler.
Inconsistencies and losing streaks wiped away the Colonials’ promise on their way to a second straight finish short of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
When the NCAA came out with its rule changes this summer for the upcoming season, a familiar theme was apparent: protection of players.
Natalie Leger hated “the look.”
Through the haze of on-field fights, sideline shouting and an eventual 1-0 loss against La Salle, a bigger story revealed itself Sunday: The men’s soccer team would be missing out on the Atlantic 10 Championships for the second straight year.
Coming into this season, sophomore guard Kethan Savage appeared to be the one who drew the short straw. He was moved out of the starting lineup, put on the bench and fenced in by concerns of his ability to mature on the court this year.
Media Credit: Hatchet File PhotoJunior midfielder Nicole Belfonti races down the field last month against VCU.In a matter of 35 seconds, the women’s soccer team’s surprising season was snapped.
Under third-year head coach Mike Jones, the Highlanders return 12 players, including their five top scorers from last year’s 13-19 team.
GW athletics' student fan group wiped away its $25 fee Wednesday to help spark interest in a basketball program that finished in the cellar of the Atlantic 10 in attendance last year.
Dayton took care of Saint Joseph's, 140 miles north of the District. Over in Richmond, Va., Saint Louis shut out VCU.
Graduate student forward Megan Nipe showed no signs of regressing from her breakout season last year, putting up 29 points – 19 of them coming in the first half.
Heading into year two, Tsipis said he has a better hold on his program, with a strategically strong schedule and a team made up of key returning seniors, energetic transfers and new recruits that are gelling to help bring the team back to national recognition.
Larsen executed an offseason workout and nutrition regimen to spark his revival. He’s transformed his game and his body quickly, dropping his weight from 262 pounds to 247. Most noticeably, though, Larsen went from 16.5 percent body fat down to 8.6 percent.
Megan Nipe has led on the court as one of GW’s top scorers. But soon, she hopes to lead on the sidelines.
As perfect additions to GW’s canvas, Shannon Cranshaw, Hannah Schaible and Caira Washington assemble as the second-year coach’s inaugural class. They plan to outwork and outrun their opponents as the players transition up the court and the program looks to transition into a winning era.
Garino, a teammate of Cartagena’s at Montverde Academy in Florida just a year ago, was not there only to cheer on his old team. He had come to entice Cartagena to Foggy Bottom in part because of a strong bond the two developed at the prep school near Orlando.
Rebuilding: The word on everyone's lips two years ago when head coach Mike Lonergan was hired to lead the men’s basketball program.
La Salle (@ La Salle, Jan. 9; vs. La Salle Jan. 29)
With one final season of eligibility and a report of good health, Maurice Creek is now a graduate student expected to compete for a starting spot at GW, as he works to create some new numbers for people to remember him by.