Sports Briefs

GW ranked 22nd in U.S. News

U.S. News & World Report ranked GW 22nd in average athletic reward. College of the Holy Cross was number one with an average athletic award of $29,167. According to U.S. News, GW averages $18,200.

“You’ve got to understand: one, we give a lot of aid,” said GW Athletic Director Jack Kvancz. “And obviously, when you average it, what does it cost to go here? Obviously, when you compare us to state schools, we’re gonna kick their butts every time.”

GW soccer opens its season

Women’s soccer opens its 1999 season Sunday at 1 p.m. at South Riding Field against Maryland. The men will play an alumni game at 10:30 a.m.

The Terrapins from Maryland are led by GW’s all-time winningest coach, Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, who amassed a 69-59-11 record over seven seasons at GW (1991-1997). This game will be her debut as the Terrapins’ coach.

The Colonials will be led by Michele Rodriguez-Smith, who in her first year as head coach in 1998 recovered from an 0-8 start to finish 11-10 (winning a school record eight consecutive games in the process).

Key women’s returnees this year include defensive seniors Katy McQuillin and Malynda Nichol and sophomore Courtney Wright. On offense, sophomores Kesha Christoph and Angelica Caramanica will lead the team. Sophomore Shannon Ashfield is the predicted starter at goalkeeper.

Volleyball club looking for members

Prof. John Banzhaf is asking that students wanting to start a volleyball club contact him at or 994-7229 and provide a name, work and home phone numbers, e-mail address, and a summary of your schedule. Banzhaf asks that everyone interested contact him, even if you did so last year.

GW baseball announces signees

GW signed five players to letters of intent for the 2000 season. The players are: Chris Barry (shortstop, Orchard Park, N.Y.), Marc Cappalletti (left-handed pitcher, Berwyn, Pa.), Glen Skutnik (right-handed pitcher, Lorton, Va.), Rob Ritter (catcher, Johnstown, Pa.), and transfer from the University of South Carolina Matt Walker (outfielder, Pittsburgh, Pa.).

The Colonials finished 27-30 and tied for second in the Atlantic 10 West Division in the 1999 season.

Colonial Signs with Detroit Tigers

Left-handed pitcher Tom Baginski signed with the Detroit Tigers rookie league team, the Gulf Coast Tigers. Baginski is a 1999 graduate. The only Colonial player in Major League Baseball is John Flaherty (`88), a catcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Beichert Garners Baseball Honor

Colonials first baseman Joe Beichert was named to the American Baseball Coaches’ Association All-East Region second team. Beichert led the Atlantic 10 in home runs and RBIs. He batted .349 and set GW records for single-season RBIs (77), single-season home runs (23), career home runs (50), and career RBIs (171).

Rower an Academic All-American

Anne McDonough was named to the GTE Academic All-America University Division Women’s At-Large first team. The senior rower maintained a 4.00 grade point average.

Colonial Soccer Player Makes Cut

1999 graduate Ben Hatton was named to the Great Britain World University Football (soccer) Squad. Hatton made the team in June and competed in the World University Games in July. Hatton was GW’s leading scorer in 1998 and started all 72 matches of his four-year GW career.

-David Holt

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