Top of their class: Standout athletes set to graduate

Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo by Francis Rivera | Senior Staff Photographer

Men's Water Polo

When the Class of 2015 graduates, several record-breaking athletes will move their careers at GW off the playing fields and into the archives. Here’s a round up of the athletes who leave the strongest legacies.

Jack Persons — golf
Persons’ average score was 74.03 in 2015, the lowest of his career. His senior campaign included two top-five finishes and three top-10 finishes, of which he made seven in his career. He finishes his time at GW with the second-best career scoring average and the second-best scoring average recorded by a player in any season, recorded in 2014-2015.

Francisco Dias — men’s tennis
Dias earned the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Most Outstanding Player award for men’s tennis for the third time in his career at the end of his senior campaign. He is the only player in program history to win the award three times and amassed a 21-14 record as a senior in the year when he also snapped a program all-time singles wins record that had stood since 1979. With Dias as a top performer, GW won three conference championships while he was on the roster.

Tori Valos — softball

Media Credit: Tori Valos prepares to catch a pop-up. Valos will graduate leading the program in several offensive categories including hits and runs. Hatchet File Photo

The graduating shortstop will leave GW as the program’s all-time leader in just about every offensive category. She’s top in career hits (206), runs scored (139), doubles (51), home runs (36), RBIs (170), extra-base hits (91), total bases (373), slugging percentage (.629), on-base percentage (.433), at-bats (593) and games started (199). She passed two-time Olympic bobsled medalist Elana Meyers Taylor’s all-time career hits record of 203 with an RBI triple against Rhode Island on May 2.

Alex Brothers — women’s soccer
Brothers started all four years for the Colonials, but picked up her first All-Conference nod following her senior campaign. Brothers was named to the A-10 second team after anchoring GW’s top-notch defense in a breakout year for the program. Brothers helped the Colonials tally eight shutouts in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons, including a league-best goals against average of .81 and only 14 goals allowed in 2014.

Brian Mojica — men’s water polo
Mojica graduates ranked second on the men’s water polo program’s all-time assists leaderboard with 147. He set the record for most assists in a single game with seven against Washington and Jefferson in 2011 and has three of the top five single-season assist totals. Mojica also had the best scoring percentage of any player who scored more than 11 goals in 2014 when he scored 52 goals on 115 attempts for a .452 percentage.

Media Credit: Senior Brian Mojica graduates ranked second on the men’s water polo program’s all-time assists leaderboard with 147. Hatchet File Photo

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