Water polo stops Terrapins
The GW women’s water polo team defeated Maryland 16-4 at the Smith Center Wednesday night.
Senior Kira Canon had five goals for the Colonials and junior Kendra Shanley also had a strong match offensively. GW jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back.
“We’re looking good. I’m happy with the way we’re playing,” head coach Scott Reed said. “We have some work to do, but we’re further along this year than we were last year. The freshmen are really starting to fit in well and know their roles.”
Reed added that although his team is playing well, it needs to improve defensively to match the intensity of upcoming tough opponents, including Villanova and Bucknell.
Tennis sweeps Towson
The GW men’s tennis team swept Towson last Friday, marking the Colonials’ eighth victory in ten matches after they began the season 1-4.
Senior captain Matt Hane continued his solid play for GW (9-6, 3-2 Atlantic 10) at No. 1 singles with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Towson’s Chris Rowland.
“The key was breaking (Rowland’s) serve in the first set,” Hane said “That break really gave me momentum that carried through the match.”
A 2003 all-conference selection, Hane has been equally as dominant this year, compiling a 12-2 singles record.
Junior Matt Treadgold also stayed hot at No. 2 singles by defeating the Tigers’ Ittai Dvir 6-3, 6-3. With the win, Treadgold extended his unbeaten streak to 12 matches and improved to 16-2 overall on the season.
“He’s on a roll,” Hane said of Treadgold. “(Towson’s) top two guys are solid. It was nice to see Matt and I take care of business.”
At No. 3 singles, junior Jake Jopling defeated Towson’s Doug Ferguson 6-3, 6-3, and Junior Daniel Raisbeck beat the Tigers’ Todd Nagle at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-2.
Senior Brett Warner and freshman Daniel Balke completed the singles sweep with straight-set victories.
The Colonials will try to win their ninth match in 11 attempts Friday when they host Atlantic 10 foe Duquesne (1-11, 0-3 A-10).
Golf finishes fourth
The GW golf team finished fourth out of 22 teams at the William and Mary Invitational Monday and Tuesday, putting the Colonials in solid contention for a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The team has not reached the tourney since 1946.
GW shot a 605 to finish in fourth place behind Georgetown, University of Richmond and Old Dominion University, which shot 589, 592 and 602, respectively, during the two-day tournament. The 22-team competition was held at the Kingsmill River Course in Williamsburg, Va.
“This is an exciting result for us,” head coach Steve Allen said. “The other teams at the invite were probably surprised at our result.”
Allen said he was pleased with the performance of all five players at the invite, adding that sophomore Brian Carroll is performing the way he did last year when he was the top scorer on the team.
The upcoming GW Invitational that will be held all day Saturday and Sunday in Issue, Md., at the Swan Point Country Club. Allen said the invite will be another opportunity for the Colonials to take a step closer to the NCAA Tournament.
“We expect to be one of the favorites on the field,” Allen said.