Upcoming ESPN broadcasts reflect men's basketball's progress

by Nora Princiotti and Sean Hurd | Sports Editors

One of college basketball’s trusted barometers has pointed to GW as a team to watch for the first time in eight years.

Men's water polo changes philosophy

by Rob Bartnichak | Hatchet Reporter

Last year, the men’s water polo team scored more than 11 goals per game on the way to its most successful season since 2006. But GW will now have to change its philosophy after losing four key seniors who scored 41 percent of the team’s goals.

For men's soccer, a chance at redemption

by Mark Eisenhauer and Ellee Watson | Hatchet Staff Writers

The story of the 2014 men’s soccer season really began last November, when a single loss kept the Colonials out of the postseason.

With a strong returning corps, volleyball shows confidence

by Sean Hurd | Sports Editor

After the volleyball team spent most of last season searching for its identity as a team, GW is looking to hit the ground running this fall as a more mature squad with more ambitious goals.

Women's soccer looks to set an even higher bar for 2014

by Scott Nover | Hatchet Reporter

After a 1-1 draw against American last week and a 1-0 win against Delaware in exhibition play Saturday, confidence is radiating from the team as it looks to build on the success of last year’s 7-5-5 season.

Signings, schedules and championships: what you missed this summer

by Nora Princiotti and Sean Hurd | Sports Editors

While teams went home and took a break from competition over the summer, GW sports still generated plenty of buzz. Here are the top storylines you may have missed.

Freshman prospects to watch this fall

by The Hatchet Sports Staff

Here are five freshman to watch this year, ranging from exceptional players with the talent and experience to rise quickly as stars to athletes with specific skills that could improve their teams by meeting a need or tending to a weakness.

Men's basketball readies for comebacks and new expectations

by Nora Princiotti | Assistant Sports Editor

While some focus on rehabilitation and others look to fit new roles, the team is beginning to mentally prepare for a new season with heightened expectations.

Nero sizes up teams, builds momentum for fall after standout season

by Sean Hurd | Sports Editor

Nero, who recently started his tenure as chair of the A-10 athletics director council, plans to stay just as active during the summer as he did during the academic year, working incessantly to capitalize on last season’s triumphs.

Men's rowing places 10th at Eastern Sprints

by Nora Princiotti | Assistant Sports Editor

After 12,000 collective meters of racing Sunday, men’s rowing finished right where they started at the Eastern Sprints in Worcester, Mass.

As a player who fails to fit an NBA mold, Armwood looks to sell strengths

by Nora Princiotti | Assistant Sports Editor

The lanky 23-year-old is taking the weeks leading up to the NBA draft and Summer League to train, fly across the country to work out for teams and play in highly-scouted showcases to promote himself as a player worthy of a professional contract.

Baseball keeps chance of second-straight playoff berth alive with series sweep of Rhode Island

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

It's deja vu all over again for the baseball team, who gave credence to the old baseball adage in a three-game series sweep over Rhode Island this weekend, capped off by a complete game Sunday by sophomore pitcher Bobby LeWarne.

Men's tennis leans on veteran duo heading into NCAA opener

by Aaron Esparza | Hatchet Reporter

Thomsen and Svensson’s contributions helped the Colonials win their second-ever conference championship and qualify for a first-ever appearance at the NCAA Championship Tournament.

Women's Rookie of the Year nominees highlight recruiting success

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

You can call it a "Nero-recruited class." They are the second group of freshmen recruited by coaching staffs who were either retained or hired under third-year athletic director Patrick Nero. At the third-annual Georgey Awards, the best rookies displayed the new era in GW athletics.

Third annual Georgey Awards looks back on impressive year for GW sports

by Nora Princiotti | Assistant Sports Editor

Athletes this season hauled in conference honors and set program records, and many teams made giant leaps from just last year.

After winning silver medal in Sochi, alumna finds new focus

by Nora Princiotti | Assistant Sports Editor

Elana Meyers Taylor has her sights set on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Baseball's playoff hopes fade after weekend sweep

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

A series sweep by the Spiders spun the Colonials’ postseason hopes down to the last thread.

Men's golf completes turnaround with third-place finish at A-10 Championships

by Nick Ong | Sports Editor

With four players shooting their best rounds of the championship on the final day, GW posted its fourth-best round of the season and earned a third-place finish out of 11 teams.

With highest seed in more than a decade, women's tennis looks to make noise in A-10 tournament

by Rob Bartnichak | Hatchet Reporter

GW secured a first-round bye in the tournament and will begin play on Friday, facing the winner of No. 6-seeded Saint Joseph’s and No. 11-seeded George Mason.

Senior takes tennis dream into his own hands

by Darius Kamshad | Hatchet Reporter

Fomin's match point sealed the tournament victory over VCU and earned the Colonials an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament.

GW spreads the wealth across teams in growing athletics funding pot

by Nora Princiotti | Hatchet Staff Writer

While the success of GW athletics wavers across sports and years, one trend is clear: The University is putting more money into sports considered “non-revenue generating” than most in the conference.

Baseball looks to overcome inexperience and get back to playoffs

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

For most of the season, GW has struggled as one of the youngest teams in the country – one of two teams in the nation that has started seven freshmen in more than half its games. The team entered conference play with an 8-10 record and lost seven of their first nine Atlantic 10 games.

Men's tennis grabs revenge and third A-10 title in four years

by Aaron Esparza | Hatchet Reporter

The men's tennis team had the top seed in the conference tournament the No. 57 rank in the country, but knew the Atlantic 10 finals match against defending champion VCU would be the year's true test.

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.