Sports

Tournament honors local star's battle with cancer, impact on D.C. soccer

by Mark Eisenhauer | Assistant Sports Editor

Shawn Kuykendall, the namesake of the Kuykenstrong D.C. College Cup, was a prominent figure in the small, but tight-knit D.C. soccer community.

With depth and versatility, women's soccer begins its run for a championship

by Nora Princiotti, Marty Fenn | Hatchet Reporters

The Colonials set out in 2015 to recover from defensive losses without missing a beat in their rise in the Atlantic 10 ranks.

Men's soccer looks to improve in latest campaign

by Nora Princiotti, Mark Eisenhauer and Peter Hoegler | Hatchet Reporters

The Colonials celebrate half a century of existence this year, but will probably postpone the party until after they see how the season shapes up.

The Closer: Muhl finds his place at the back of the pen

by Josh Solomon | Senior Staff Writer

They were the Bullpen Bash Brothers. But unlike the bash bros in The Mighty Ducks, this duo never suffered from fiery tempers.

Q&A: Lonergan talks offseason workouts, big games and the transfer wire

Hatchet Sports caught up with men's basketball head coach Mike Lonergan in his office to talk about the news from the team this summer, and what to expect in the fall.

A trustee, shaped by lessons learned on the field, helps build GW's field of dreams

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

Ave Tucker, a longtime supporter of the GW School of Business, turned his support of GW towards the athletic department with a $1 million donation in October, in part to enhance one of the country’s best college baseball facilities.

Preview: Baseball, with big goals, hosts A-10 tournament for first time

by Josh Solomon | Senior Staff Writer

Though teams like Saint Louis may have more experience than the youth-laden Colonials, there’s a lot of parity in the tournament teams and the squad seems to buy into the belief that they have what it takes to win.

Smith Center staple leaves behind 'G-dub' legacy

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet Senior Staff Writer

Ed Metz, a 30-year-old reject cheerleader turned to rooting on the sidelines, and became an institution at Smith Center.

Top of their class: Standout athletes set to graduate

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

When the Class of 2015 graduates, several record-breaking athletes will move their careers at GW off the playing fields and into the archives.

With large senior class, Commencement leaves lacrosse team with big shoes to fill

by Nora Princiotti | Sports Editor

When the eight seniors on the lacrosse team flip their tassels on graduation day, they’ll leave behind a team in transition with big statistical shoes to fill.

Graduating seniors trade cleats for classrooms

by Mark Eisenhauer | Assistant Sports Editor

Seniors Madison Davis and Mackenize Jones each signed two-year contracts last December with Teach for America, a national organization that assigns recent college graduates to two-year teaching positions where they work with students often in inner-city schools.

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.