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Underperforming softball team hopes for clutch final stretch

by Sean Hurd and Mark Eisenhauer | Hatchet Reporters

With 11 games left to play in the season, the 16-24-1 Colonials find themselves dead last in the A-10 standings, fighting just to grab a spot in the conference tournament.

Men's tennis confident in bid to reclaim A-10 title as top seed in tournament

by Aaron Esparza | Hatchet Reporter

With nine match-ups against ranked opponents, the now-No. 57 men’s tennis team has found itself the underdog for much of the season. But with an unexpected No. 1 ranking heading into the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championships, the Colonials are the team to beat.

Baseball wins first conference series, gains momentum heading into final stretch

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

GW won the first two games of the series – the first after a late six-run burst and the second in a traditional pitchers' duel in which sophomore Jacob Williams allowed just two hits through eight innings.

Men's rowing on the rise with first-ever win at GW Invitational

by Darius Kamshad | Hatchet Reporter

But the men’s rowing team rewrote the script Saturday, taking home the top trophy at the GW Invitational for the first time in the regatta's 26 years.

Senior leadership taking men's tennis into national rankings

by Aaron Esparza | Hatchet Reporter

With four wins against ranked opponents, the Colonials have risen from unranked to No. 53 in the nation in just a month, nudging up against the conference's perennial powerhouse, No. 45 VCU.

A secret injury, a risky return and a 'stubborn' athlete's will to play

by Josh Solomon and Nora Princiotti | Hatchet Staff Writers

Nipe went on to record her 1,000th career point and remained the Colonials’ dominant scoring threat in their first major playoff run since 2008. Meanwhile, she harbored a secret injury.

After waiting for his pitch, junior college transfer owns Division I opportunity

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

Though he bats first in the lineup for GW (7-13) and has ignited the Colonials’ offense so far this season, “Xepo” wasn’t always picked first. He didn't receive any offers from a Division I or II program out of high school.

What I learned from playing pickup basketball with Maurice Creek

by Sean Hurd | Contributing Sports Editor

When the 6-foot-5 guard strode into the Lerner Health and Wellness Center last week, I got a glimpse of Creek up close. I saw a side of him and his game that gets lost when you’re watching games from behind a laptop screen.

Men's basketball program shoots for stability by locking up Lonergan

by Nick Ong | Sports Editor

During a time in college basketball when change is rampant – with conference realignment, vacating transfers and coach firings – the men’s basketball program has locked down stability.

Time after time, freshman comes up clutch for softball team

by Mark Eisenhauer | Hatchet Reporter

This has been the story of Linn’s season: clutch hit after clutch hit. The Corona, Calif., native leads the team in four major offensive categories: batting average (.340), runs (20), hits (33) and RBIs (21). And she’s doing it all after just 30 games as a Colonial.

Seasoned South Florida next up for women's basketball

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

The 21-12 Bulls are no strangers to postseason play, earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament last year and winning the WNIT back in 2009.

A taste of March Madness has Colonials gunning for more

by Sean Hurd | Contributing Sports Editor

Now that they have respect, it’s time for the Colonials to be an annual contender for the big dance.

Women's basketball downs Villanova to continue postseason run

by Nora Princiotti | Hatchet Staff Writer

GW's season will continue in a third-round WNIT game against South Florida in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday.

Colonials come up one shot short, watch historic season come to painful close

Not all stories have a happy ending.

GW's neighbor (the president of the United States), other experts choose Memphis

by Sean Hurd | Contributing Sports Editor

As your NCAA Tournament bracket starts to bust – maybe you should have put more faith in Harvard or Dayton today – the GW men's basketball team is looking to bust the bracket of its well-known neighbor.

After years of mediocrity, fans soak up excitement of March Madness

by Nick Ong | Sports Editor

This isn't just the men's basketball team's first visit to the NCAA Tournament in seven years. It's also this student body's first chance to experience the frenzy that is the big dance. Diehard fans will have already had multiple brackets filled, while new fans have begun blooming like cherry blossoms – all with the same hope that the Colonials still have a few more wins left in them.

A 1993 Cinderella team that helped transform GW

by Cory Weinberg | Editor in Chief

The 1993 Colonials team – which improbably went from last pick into the tournament to a Sweet 16 finalist that stuck with Michigan’s Fab Five down to the final minute – didn't just stoke a fan base and generate national excitement. It helped change the University for good.

Weekend in Brooklyn solidifies star power, but brings injury questions

by Nick Ong | Sports Editor

Armwood and his frontcourt mate, Atlantic 10 most-improved player Kevin Larsen, made themselves known in the paint and solidified their spots as one of the best inside tandems in the conference.

With postseason win, women's basketball cements new legacy

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

The women’s team took down East Carolina Wednesday night in the first round of the Women’s NIT, a dive into the postseason that is a testament to the program’s turnaround.

What you were too afraid to ask about March Madness

by Sean Hurd | Contributing Sports Editor

That’s why we’re here. Even if you haven’t been paying attention – or know very little about college basketball – we'll answer these questions from the bandwagon.

Ben Krimmel: The season of "first time since..."

by Ben Krimmel | Hatchet Columnist

With a lull in action before GW makes their return to the Tournament, now is a good time to reflect on the most memorable moments in the most memorable season of the last seven years.

Colonials manage spotlight with help from the sidelines

by Sean Hurd | Contributing Sports Editor

Combine the total NCAA Tournament experience of the players on the men’s basketball team and the math is pretty simple: two players, two games, 10 minutes played and zero points scored.

Making tournament memories

by Nick Ong | Sports Editor

The Colonials don’t have the kind of superstars that will have announcers drooling and opponents dreading. Instead, the first GW NCAA Tournament team since 2007 is back in the spotlight because of a steady starting five and a habit of finding the right man to step up at the right time.

If GW gets past Memphis, loaded Virginia squad awaits

by Zack Bartee

After becoming just the second team ever to win 16 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season games, the top-seeded Cavaliers avenged a January loss to Duke by defeating the Blue Devils, 72-63, in the ACC Tournament title game.

UMass looks to make it one-and-done for GW again

by Nick Ong and Sean Hurd | Sports Editors

This is a completely different GW team than the one that barely snuck into last year’s Atlantic 10 Championship, but the opponent will be the same Saturday: Massachusetts.

Women's basketball in unfamiliar territory heading into A-10 tournament

by Nora Princiotti | Hatchet Staff Writer

Women’s basketball head coach Jonathan Tsipis came to a losing GW team two years ago, stepping in to turn the program around. Now, in his sophomore season, the team has rediscovered its winning potential after struggling for half a decade.

For women's lacrosse junior, journey doesn't stop with the record books

by Rob Bartnichak | Hatchet Reporter

Media Credit: Cameron Lancaster | Assistant Photo EditorWomen’s lacrosse junior attacker Jamie Bumgardner had a 12-point, six-assist performance in the Colonials’ 21-10 defeat of Liberty last week.

Ben Krimmel: The Colonials get their swagger back

The five-point victory over Saint Joseph’s was far from the prettiest game GW has played all year, but it was one of the most memorable in an already memorable season.

Senior day performances put exclamation point on women's basketball turnaround

by Nora Princiotti | Hatchet Staff Writer

The team is now set for a top-four seed going into this week’s A-10 tournament, and is on the bubble for its first NCAA Tournament since 2008.

Colonials make Lonergan's daring coaching decisions look bold

by Nick Ong | Sports Editor

Lonergan's bold decisions haven’t always paid off – and when they don't, the third-year head coach seems less courageous and more foolish. But this season, Lonergan has shown his confidence in making daring sideline decisions.