The Colonials announced their 2012 schedule Wednesday, highlighted by four matches in the Smith Center.
GW will open the season when it hosts the sixth-annual Lindsey Ferris Invitational Jan. 15 at 1 p.m., pitting the Colonials against squads from Cornell, Penn, North Carolina, William & Mary and Temple.
Then the Colonials take to the road for the next six weekends, visiting Ohio State Jan. 21, West Virginia Jan. 29, Pittsburgh Feb. 4, North Carolina State Feb. 11, Central Michigan Feb. 19 and North Carolina Feb. 24.
GW then hosts EAGL rival Pittsburgh March 3, before hosting Yale March 8 for the annual Pink Meet. The team next heads to Lexington, Ky., to face Kentucky March 11, then visiting Towson March 16 before closing out the season by hosting Towson March 18. The 2012 EAGL Championship will be held March 24 in Pittsburgh, Pa., where the Colonials will face league rivals North Carolina, North Carolina Central, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, New Hampshire and West Virginia.
Head coach Margie Foster-Cunningham, the 2011 EAGL Coach of the Year, enters her 27th season with the Colonials this year, returning 12 letter-winners from last season’s squad and welcoming five new members to the program.
GW student-athletes donate time, phones
Five Colonials volunteered with GW + Phones = Hope Kickoff Rally in the Marvin Center Tuesday.
Men’s basketball graduate student Jabari Edwards, women’s lacrosse senior Emily Perling, volleyball redshirt junior Katie Crosby, volleyball sophomore Hillary DeCarl and baseball senior Luke Mirabella worked with the campaign Tuesday afternoon.
The GW + Phones = Hope project works with Hope Phones to recycle used cell phones, using the proceeds to fund mobile health technology projects in developing countries. GW’s outreach will work to fund two maternal and child health projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Nepal.
Edwards, Perling, Crosby, DeCarl and Mirabella all donated phones of their own, including four from Edwards alone. They also met the day’s two guest speakers: Chelsea Clinton, William J. Clinton Foundation board member, and Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts.
The event was GW’s first Commitment to Action, billed as a concrete plan to address a major global challenge, for GW as it prepares to host the fifth Clinton Global Initiative University this March 30 to April 1. The CGI U seeks to challenge college students to use practical solutions to address global issues.
Number Crunch: 4
The number of home matches scheduled for the upcoming gymnastics season.