Sports in Brief

Men’s soccer drops two To begin A-10 play

The GW men’s soccer team was outscored 10-1 over the course of two Atlantic 10 road losses this weekend, falling 6-0 at No. 15/25 Charlotte Friday and 4-1 at Saint Louis Sunday in their first conference competition this fall.

With their scoring leader, senior Andy Stadler, sidelined, the Colonials (6-5, 4-2 A-10) allowed the nationally ranked 49ers to take 14 shots on goal and score twice on penalty kicks in the game’s opening 12 minutes.

Despite allowing the half-dozen goals, sophomore Erik Haug also finished with a career-best eight saves.

In the loss at Saint Louis, the Colonials allowed the Billikens to take 19 shots, with 10 being on goal and only four of those being stopped by Haug. Stadler returned to action after a two-game hiatus, knocking in an unassisted goal at the four-minute mark.

The Billikens went on to account for the rest of the game’s goals, however, scoring four times to send the Colonials home with a loss from their first-ever trip to Saint Louis.

The Colonials will continue their road trip Friday at La Salle and Sunday at Fordham before returning home for five games to end the regular season.

Volleyball splits weekend road trip

The GW women’s volleyball team went 1-1 over the weekend in a pair of conference games, falling 3-0 at No. 21 Saint Louis Friday before coming back to win at Duquesne Sunday.

The Colonials (14-6, 4-2 Atlantic 10) had won four straight matches and eight of their last nine entering the weekend, but their momentum offered them little aid against the nationally ranked Billikens. Saint Louis handled GW in straight sets by scores of 25-19, 25-18, 25-17.

Only senior Katie Butz finished with double-digit points, totaling 11.5 on 10 kills, while the Colonials were out-hit .451 to .244.

Sunday, GW was able to recover after dropping the first set against the Dukes, coming back to win 24-26, 25-21, 25-18, 28-26. Freshman outside hitter Lauren Whyte helped lead the way with a career-high 17 kills.

Next, the Colonials will return home for a nonconference date with Morgan State Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Kushma’s streak stopped

Junior tennis player Chris Kushma lost his first match of the fall Sunday on the third day of the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md., falling 6-3, 6-2 to Maryland’s John Collins, the winner of the event’s No. 1 singles flight.

Kushma entered this weekend having won two straight singles titles and stayed hot through the weekend’s first two days, defeating Navy’s Owen Bullard and Georgetown’s Anthony Tan.

Sophomore Ugur Atalay, GW’s No. 2 singles player, and junior No. 4 singles player Yan Levinski, won all three of their matches.

Number Crunch: 21

The number of consecutive road games played by the GW men’s water polo team before returning home Thursday. The Colonials fell 19-13 against No. 17 Bucknell in their home opener.

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