Sports

After trading his passport for cramped van rides, Dias closes a record-breaking career

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Staff Writer

While most seniors are enjoying happy hours and spring weather during their last weeks in college, Francisco Dias will be preparing for and competing in an NCAA Tournament.

With access to outside revenue, athletic department expects continued growth

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

Athletic director Patrick Nero said that his department will continue to grow because the athletic department can do something that others can’t: Bring in outside revenue to cover the cuts and keep growing.

Women's water polo looks to end on high note at CWPA Championship

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

When the playoffs begin Friday in Princeton, N.J., GW will have to surprise people to finish in the top half of the tournament pack.

After challenging regular season, golf set to battle in A-10 Championship

by Mark Eisenhauer | Contributing Sports Editor

After a tough 2014-15 campaign, GW golf will head to Harmony Golf Preserve in Harmony, Fla. on Friday to compete in the Atlantic 10 Championship.

No whiffs, fans or punchouts: Baseball wins small by not striking out

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

Head coach Gregg Ritchie has less obvious statistical obsessions beyond playing chess with his defense, and one of them – strikeout rate – has been critical in helping GW’s offense take off.

Q&A: Nero talks lunch routine, contract extension and alumni giving

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

Athletic director Patrick Nero said the trick for the department now will be to stay the course over the next few years.

Behind veteran production, softball sees series win as turning point

by Mark Eisenhauer | Contributing Sports Editor

Sunday’s come-from-behind, 9-5 rubber match decision was more than just the Colonials’ first conference series win.

Gymnastics ends top-notch season with help of talented rookies

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

A team that head coach Margie Foster-Cunningham said had “hung in there for years as an academic institution” competed on national television in front of thousands in a cavernous arena at the University of Auburn in Alabama.

Meet the Metz: Freshman on a quest to be GW's next All-American

by Peter Hoegler | Hatchet Reporter

The dual pitcher-second baseman has been challenged by the grind of playing two positions in a season that could go more than 50 games.

From sixth man to starter, Watanabe reflects on rookie season

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

The 20-year-old freshman was thrust into a high-stakes situation, where he was asked to be a key contributor to a team that was coming off an NCAA Tournament berth and trying to make its first repeat appearance since 2007.

DMV rising: How local youth, hoops culture is boosting the college basketball scene

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

The big three – Georgetown, Maryland and Virginia – all went dancing this year as high seeds with high hopes. Across the board, colleges in the region, like GW, have had successful seasons in part because they have found a way to keep their talent local.

Weekend Wrap: This weekend in GW sports

by Mark Eisenhauer | Contributing Sports Editor

Here's a sample of what happened around the bases and on the playing fields over the weekend.

In senior season, Kopriva realizes on-court potential

by Mark Eisenhauer | Contributing Sports Editor

Kopriva has never been a star on the court, often winning more accolades for his academic performance than his athletic prowess.

Unexpected changes mark turnaround for women's basketball seniors

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Staff Writer

Women’s basketball seniors Chakecia Miller and Bria Bourgeois have known each other since seventh grade and their years as high school standouts in Atlanta's suburbs.

After freshman-year injury, Kovalsky returns and hits stride

by Mark Eisenhauer | Contributing Sports Editor

After going down with an injury last year, pitcher Paige Kovalsky is looking to bring consistency to the Colonials' rotation.

Baseball splits Atlantic 10 opener at Saint Joseph's

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

The Colonials brought back a win and a loss from their conference-opening series Sunday, topping the Hawks 2-1 in the first game and falling in a fruitless game of catchup 6-0 in the second.

A remarkable season cut short, but a goal achieved for women's basketball

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Staff Writer

After setting a program record for the most wins in a season and preparing all year for a shot to play on a national stage, the Colonials cruised to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008. But GW’s moment in primetime was short-lived.

Colonials flex March muscle to win ugly, overcome 34 percent shooting

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

On Tuesday evening in Pittsburgh, a normally hostile environment, GW found a way to win, topping Pitt 60-54 to advance to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament, despite coming up short in several categories.

A-10 Preview: Baseball begins conference play ready to fulfill potential

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

As the Colonials get set to begin Atlantic 10 play on Friday, consistency and mistakes are on the mind of the young team.

Renner's strong start and seven-run third help Colonials roast Mount Saint Mary's

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

On a windy Wednesday afternoon against Mount Saint Mary's, Renner rocked and fired from the get-go to help GW win 10-1 and move to 9-6 before beginning conference play Friday.

Preview: Women's basketball's journey in the A-10 tournament

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Staff Writer

The Colonials celebrated their first regular season championship since 2008, but not for too long. There’s still plenty of basketball to be played, and that starts on Friday in the A-10 tournament.

Baseball passes second gut check in 5-1 win over Georgetown

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

The team’s 8-3 loss against UMES on Tuesday was played so poorly on some accounts that it came into question how long the players’ beards would stay on their chins. Perhaps a rivalry game was what GW needed.

A slow start, a winning streak and a ranking on the road to a championship

by Rob Bartnichak | Hatchet Staff Writer

Following the only home loss of the season, the Colonials went on a 19-game winning streak that saw them climb into the national rankings, set records and all but ensure the fulfillment of head coach Jonathan Tsipis’ goal.

Running with the Bull: A pitcher settles in on the mound

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

Bobby LeWarne, a 6-foot-1, 190 pound right-handed pitcher in his third year at GW, didn’t have his best stuff against Niagara on Friday afternoon.

On the road with GW's only hockey team

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

Over the course of the day, serious commitment and competition balanced the haphazard planning and goofy squad.

After quiet freshman year, Cranshaw proves herself in starting lineup

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Staff Writer

Playing basketball at GW isn’t the first time Shannon Cranshaw has found her place with a tight-knit group.

Savage alone not enough to improve GW's bench production

by Mark Eisenhauer | Contributing Sports Editor

In a 56-48 loss at Richmond on Saturday, the Colonials' reserves outscored Richmond’s 20-17, behind 18 points from Kethan Savage, the first time in 11 games that GW’s bench outscored an opponent.

College basketball, like GW, experiences drop in scoring

by Mark Eisenhauer | Contributing Sports Editor

Smarter defense, less adept shooters and officiating changes have all contributed to a growing trend of low scoring in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.

Defensive slide has Lonergan considering lineup changes

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

Juniors Joe McDonald, Kethan Savage, Patricio Garino, Kevin Larsen and senior John Kopriva have started all 25 of GW’s games this season, but that could change as early as Wednesday.

Young but determined, baseball sets sights on Omaha

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Writer

GW’s opening game against NJIT on Saturday marks the beginning of a season with less to instill and more to mold, teach and do. Here’s a look at the pieces and how they’re coming together.