Varsity Roundup

Men’s squash upset No. 20 Stanford

The GW men’s squash team finished 3-2 at the U.S. Naval Academy this weekend, including an upset of the 20th ranked (College Squash Association preseason poll) Stanford Cardinal.

The 25th ranked Colonials beat the Cardinal 5-4 when sophomore Ben Hoefs won eight straight points to take the fifth and deciding game after trailing 7-1. Junior Tyler Wolas, sophomores Mike Greenwald and Dhruy Singh and freshman Dan Shafer secured the other victories in the men’s second match Saturday.

In their first match, the Colonials fell to No. 13 Denison University, 7-2. Wolas and senior Jake Greenbaum won GW’s only matches.

Sunday, the men started well despite missing their number one player, sophomore Greg Vernick, who was nursing a back injury. With every player moved up a slot, the Colonials beat the University of California-Berkeley, 7-2, and then swept the University of Utah, 9-0. In the Colonials’ final match, they lost to No. 16 Navy, 9-0.

The weekend improved GW to 4-2 on the season. The Colonials’ final match of the semester will be Saturday at Franklin and Marshall College.

Women’s basketball signs two, more on the way

The GW women’s basketball team has signed at least two recruits for next season, according to published reports. National signing day last Wednesday marked the first day high school basketball players could sign letters of intent.

The best prospect appears to be Lisa Steele, a six-footer from Highland Regional High School in south New Jersey. Steele was ranked the 48th best prospect by Blue Star Basketball, which publishes a Top 100 list of high school girls basketball players. Steele averaged 21.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game last year and chose GW over Harvard, according to Philly.com.

Sarah-Jo Lawrence also signed a letter of intent with the Colonials, according to Fredericksburg.com. The five-foot-11 guard averaged 19 points and eight rebounds as a junior at Orange County High School in Orange, Va., after averaging 21 points as a sophomore. Lawrence chose GW over George Mason, Bucknell University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

GW Head Coach Joe McKeown could not comment on any recruits as he waits to receive official letters of intent, but the Hatchet has learned that at least one more player has committed to GW.

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