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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now that they have respect, it’s time for the Colonials to be an annual contender for the big dance.
GW's season will continue in a third-round WNIT game against South Florida in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday.
Not all stories have a happy ending.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.