Sports

With tournament nearing, volleyball must quickly ease growing pains

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Reporter

With only five matches left in conference play and the test of the Atlantic 10 tournament approaching, the Colonials' time to study is running out.

2014-15 Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Predictions

by Hatchet Sports Staff

The A-10 is ripe with parity: Just 6.7 percent of league games were decided by 20 points or less last season, the lowest of any conference in college basketball. That said, the league will have to sort itself out come March, and this is how we think the season will unfold.

Redshirt freshman converts potential into conference-leading defense

by Harry Falber | Hatchet Reporter

Horn ranks first in the conference for keepers who have played at least nine games, leading the league in goals against average and save percentage. She’s allowed 10 goals in 14 games through 1,224 minutes of play.

With depth in its attack, women's soccer continues breakout season

by Scott Nover | Hatchet Reporter

Women's soccer is in the middle of a breakthrough year, mounting a 10-win campaign so far this season with two regular season games left to play.

Men's soccer leans on freshmen talent to turn around offense

by Mark Eisenhauer | Contributing Sports Editor

While players with a decent amount of experience were at his disposal, Jones instead turned to his freshman class to jumpstart the team’s struggling offense.

Saved by the whistle: Women's soccer escapes with 1-0 win over Richmond

by Nora Princiotti | Assistant Sports Editor

Freed from what would have been a match-altering goal, the Colonials came away with a high-profile conference victory, defeating Richmond 1-0 at home Sunday – but not without giving themselves a scare in the process.

Persons on par for record-setting season

by Marty Fenn | Hatchet Reporter

Like the courses he’s played on the last three years, senior Jack Person’s career has had its fair share of peaks and valleys.

In conference play, men's soccer looks to piece itself back together

by Ellee Watson | Hatchet Staff Writer

After losing five of the last six games, the Colonials must turn the corner in conference play, and quickly, if they hope to reach the Atlantic 10 Championships. Last season, they missed the postseason by a single win.

Volleyball's biggest hurdle in conference play: themselves

by Nora Princiotti | Assistant Sports Editor

If Atlantic 10 volleyball had a version of the ‘72 Miami Dolphins, champagne corks would have popped somewhere Saturday night: there is no undefeated team in A-10 volleyball. They would have GW to thank.

Knapp: An unlikely leader in the A-10

by Nora Princiotti | Assistant Sports Editor

Appointed at the beginning of the 2012-13 season, Knapp chairs the biannual meetings of the Atlantic 10 Council of Presidents. Knapp makes announcements for the league, and he regularly speaks one-on-one with A-10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade.

Men's water polo turns to defensive basics to end losing streak

by Rob Bartnichak | Hatchet Reporter

Last fall, men's water polo took a turn for the worse when it embarked on an annual California road trip. This year, the Colonials left for the trip hoping to turn their season around.

Middle blocker proves to be 'unstoppable' force for volleyball

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Reporter

Chidima Osuchukwu steered the Colonials to their sixth win in seven games Friday, improving to 12-4 overall with a 3-1 defeat of George Mason. She had a career-high 19 kills in the game, which improved GW's Atlantic 10 record to 3-0 for the first time since 2003.

Diving program to make debut Friday after four-year hiatus

by Harry Falber | Hatchet Reporter

For the first time in four years, the men’s and women’s swimming program will compete with a diving program.

With strong start, women's soccer readies for conference play

by Scott Nover | Hatchet Reporter

After posting the best season start in program history (5-0), women’s soccer has the second-best record in the Atlantic 10 at 7-2 and is a worthy contender entering conference play.

Forward emerges as offensive catalyst for women's soccer

by Marty Fenn | Hatchet Reporter

Through the first nine games of the season, sophomore forward MacKenzie Cowley has paced the women’s soccer team in scoring and already surpassed her goal total from her freshman season.

Alumnus, cancer survivor swims English Channel

by Ellee Watson | Hatchet Staff Writer

After a year of training, former GW varsity swimmer Bill Shipp (‘82) can add swimming the English Channel to his list of accomplishments, which has already included surviving cancer.

Preview: Volleyball enters conference play as top contender

by Alex Kist and Sean Hurd | Hatchet Reporters

On paper, the Colonials are undoubtedly a threat for post-season play. But on the floor, GW still has a few adjustments to make.

Junior setter reclaims starting position after mental training boot camp

by Alex Kist | Hatchet Reporter

Timmer participated in a training program with an Olympic setter during the offseason, and has used what she learned to boost her confidence and reclaim the starting spot she lost to sophomore Emily Clemens last year after eight games.

Q&A: A-10 commissioner tackles changes in college sports

by Nora Princiotti | Assistant Sports Editor

In the wake of more changes in college sports, A-10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade talked about her work, the future of the NCAA and her relationship with GW Athletic director Patrick Nero.

With formation change, men's soccer finds success on goal

by Mark Eisenhauer and Ellee Watson| Hatchet staff writers

The team is playing more time in a 4-4-2 offensive formation that puts more players further up the field and in an attack-focused mindset compared to last season’s 4-5-1 formation.

Women's soccer endures first loss in overtime heartbreaker to Georgetown

by Nora Princiotti | Assistant Sports Editor

After the team’s best start in program history, women’s soccer suffered its first loss of the season in sudden death overtime, falling 1-0 to Georgetown (4-2-2) on the road Sunday.

Behind improved offense, women's soccer team's defense excels

by Darius Kamshad and Scott Nover | Hatchet Reporters

Head coach Sarah Barnes said the difference between last year’s 2-2 start to the season and this year’s success is not just the backline.

Men's water polo captain's journey to leadership

by Rob Bartnichak | Hatchet Reporter

When Brian Mojica arrived at Foggy Bottom as a freshman water polo recruit, he said he didn’t quite feel like he belonged on the team.

After NCAA overhaul, Nero stays optimistic

by Nora Princiotti | Assistant Sports Editor

With the amateur model of college sports under siege, Athletic Director Patrick Nero is confident GW is strongly positioned to enter "the new generation of college athletics.”

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.