Weekend Wrap: This weekend in GW sports

Too busy experiencing Spring Fling this weekend to stay up to date with all things GW sports? We’ve got you covered.

Here’s a sample of what happened around the bases and on the playing fields over the weekend.

Lacrosse

After suffering its first conference loss of the season at the hands of La Salle last weekend, the lacrosse team (4-7, 2-1 Atlantic 10) bounced back Friday with a 13-9 win over St. Joseph’s.

Senior Rachel Mia led the Colonials with four goals, adding to a career total of 121, the third-best in program history. Sophomore Michaela Lynch also provided a hat-trick while senior goalkeeper Mackenzie Jones had eight saves to guide GW to the four-point victory.

Softball

The Colonials (17-15, 1-6 A-10) won two mid-week non-conference games against UMBC and Cornell, but dropped two of three to A-10 foe Massachusetts in a weekend road series.

Sophomore Paige Kovalsky threw a complete game and improved to 4-0 in the 6-3 win over the Retrievers on Tuesday, while senior Tori Valos drove in four runs in the Colonials’ 8-7 decision against the Red Storm.

GW fell 3-2 to the Minutemen in game one of a Saturday double-header, but exploded offensively in game two for a 9-0, five-inning win guided by three runs from sophomore second baseman Megan Linn. However, the Colonials bats cooled off Sunday, when they dropped a 4-0 decision for their sixth A-10 loss of the young season.

Men’s tennis

Following three consecutive losses, men’s tennis (8-12, 0-1 A-10) upset No. 61 UNC-Wilmington 4-3 on Saturday and St. John’s with the same score Sunday.

The Colonials rallied from 3-1 deficit in their outdoor home opener against the UNCW Seahawks. Senior Francisco Dias won out in the top singles spot 7-5, 6-4, while junior Cahit Kapukiran completed a come-from-behind three-set victory at the bottom of the ladder to ensure the win.

Although the top three singles players fell in their matches to St. John’s on Sunday, the bottom half of the ladder picked up the slack with three victories. Dias and freshman Chris Fletcher, as well as junior Danil Zelenkov and sophomore Julius Tverijonas, would also prevail in their doubles contests.

Gymnastics

The gymnastics team made its 11th all-time appearance at the NCAA Regionals on Saturday for the first time since 2002. At the NCAA Auburn Regional, the team totaled 194.150 – the second-highest NCAA Regional score in program history – to finish in sixth place overall.

Freshman Second Team All-American Cami Drouin-Allaire became the second gymnast in program history to advance to the NCAA Gymnastics Championships as an individual qualifier, with a score of 39.175 in her individual all-around fifth-place performance.

Head coach Margie Foster-Cunningham was also named NCAA Southeast Region Head Coach of the Year after the meet. Foster-Cunningham led her team to a 22-8-1 record in 2015 and helped the Colonials capture their first-ever East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship.

Men’s rowing

Men’s rowing competed against Cornell and Harvard in a series of races in Boston on Saturday, placing third in each contest.

GW’s Varsity 8 finished the 2,000-meter course in 6:11:50, trailing first-place Harvard by nine seconds and second-place Cornell by five. The Colonials’ second Varsity 8 and Freshmen 8 would also both finish behind their Ivy League opponents.

GW will host the 27th George Washington Invitational Regatta next weekend, facing off against Georgetown, Navy, Dayton, Gonzaga, Holy Cross, MIT, Saint Joseph’s and Virginia in the two-day event.

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