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  • Statement Game: The Clash of In-State Rivals

    Sports September 22, 2009 at 2:53 pm Comments are Disabled

    John Powell, Assistant Sports Editor Overview: The George Mason University women’s soccer team looks for another win as they take on the James Madison Dukes. Going into the Mason Tournament, the team has won every game played in the state of Virginia. The Patriots hope to continue their home success against the Dukes. Mason: The Patriots (5-1-0) came out of the Tribe Invitational with a tournament win and a ranking as the seventh-best team in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mason has won its four games at home, scoring a combined 14 goals while holding opponents to only two, bringing them to fifth in the nation in scoring offense. The main contributor to this new ranking is senior forward Kelly Keelan, who won the CAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Week award. This is the second time Keelan has garnered this award, in addition to last year when she played as a goaltender, showing her positional diversity. Freshman forward Tiana Kallenberger won the CAA Women’s Soccer Co-Rookie of the Week award. Second in goals and assists on the team, she is a foundational forward for the team. Kallenberger and Keelan are both ranked in the top 60 in the nation in scoring. […]

  • Getting over the Hump: Men’s Soccer Looking to Return to the Big Tournament

    Sports September 22, 2009 at 2:50 pm Comments are Disabled

    Tim Blank, Broadside Correspondent The men’s soccer team failed to make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament the year after their last appearance prior to last season. This year’s team feels as though they can buck that trend of two years ago and make a second straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. Currently, the team has a 2-2 overall record after splitting a pair of games and finishing in third place in the Adidas Gamecock Classic in Columbia, S.C. Many of the players that are on the team think the current team has more talent than the one from last year. “We’re slightly ahead of last year’s team; we’re playing well as a unit. We just have a few things to fix here and there,” said sophomore defender Eric Zuehsow. The team will play the Longwood Lancers at George Mason Stadium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Lancers lost 2-0 against the Old Dominion Monarchs at the beginning of the season and played against the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams on Sunday, so the team knows that the Lancers have played against some good competition so far during the season. “They have a good program down there, so we have to […]

  • Patriots Take on Retrievers: Women’s Soccer Continues Rampage

    Sports September 22, 2009 at 2:46 pm Comments are Disabled

    Fox Parker, Broadside Correspondent George Mason University women’s soccer team will play against the University of Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at George Mason Stadium. As of Friday, the Patriots are 5-1, matching their win total for the entire 2008 season. Mason will take on a winless UMBC team that has scored only one goal this season, while allowing their opponents to tally 12 goals against. Conversely, the Patriots have racked up 25 goals in their six games and have allowed just six against. The scoring onslaught is led by redshirt junior midfielder Omolyn Davis who leads the Patriots with six goals. Davis is followed by freshman forward Tiana Kallenberger and senior forward Kelly Keelan, who have four goals apiece. Keelan is also filling up the stat sheet as Mason’s assist leader with five. Freshman goalkeeper Katie Frey has been solid for the Patriots in the net. Frey has started five of the six matches and made 14 saves in her young Patriot career while only allowing four goals. After the match against the Retrievers, the Patriots will open up their CAA schedule against the James Madison Dukes on Thursday Sept. 24 at George Mason Stadium. The Patriots […]

  • Fall Spotlight, Skills for the Kills: Women’s Volleyball Triad Looks to Conclude Collegiate Careers on a High Note

    Sports September 22, 2009 at 2:41 pm Comments are Disabled

    Kevin Nydam, Broadside Correspondent It may prove to be a difficult task to find someone on campus who is not thrilled about the start of this year’s George Mason University women’s volleyball season. With a 9-3 record to begin with and taking three out of four matches in the N.C. State Classic last weekend, the team is heading in a positive direction. As this college season is the last for seniors Sam Simmonds, Laura Turner and Rebecca Walter, they are determined to give their all for the opportunity to leave with something to hold on to for the rest of their lives. “There’s a special feeling about this season—everybody’s always positive,” said Simmonds, the 5-foot-11-inch lefty right-side hitter from South Australia. She is a psychology major and plans to either return to Australia for graduate school, travel or work towards a child development program in Africa. Simmonds began this season with 155 sets played, 220 kills and 198 digs in the books. She first started playing volleyball after someone recommended she play because she was tall and left-handed. Sam experimented with it and has been playing ever since. After playing a few years in Australia, she met Paul Koncir, the assistant […]

  • In My Own Words: The Pilot, The Life of a Mason Student Athlete

    Sports September 14, 2009 at 12:12 pm Comments are Disabled

    Fernanda Bartels, Broadside Correspondent Being a student-athlete is not easy. We have to work our classes and homework around practice, weight lifting, team duties, rehabilitation, icing, stretching and a to-do list that never seems to end. When I finally take a breath, I used to start questioning myself: Why do I spend all my time and energy playing volleyball? The answer came to me a few years ago during a match. One of my teammates hit an incredible ball crosscourt on an angle that I thought was impossible to be reached. We got the point. I looked at her and she had a delightful smile on her face. All my teammates were celebrating like there was nothing better in the world than that point. The feeling that I had that day was worth all the hard work, the sweat left on the court and the hours dedicated to volleyball. On that play, I realized that I practice for those moments. Another situation during this season reminded me of the reason why I play volleyball. In our first match of the season against American University in the D.C. Volleyball Challenge, our head coach Pat Kendrick spoke to us before the game, […]

  • Strive for Five

    Sports September 11, 2009 at 11:59 am Comments are Disabled

    Mason’s women’s volleyball team extended their winning streak to five games after defeating the Rutgers Scarlet Knights this morning in four sets. Mason dropped the first set 25-23, but rebounded with a 27-25 second-set victory. Mason manhandled the Scarlet Knights in third set, 25-12. Senior outside hitter Rebecca Walter led all players with 17 kills and committed just one error to post an outstanding .457 attack percentage. Mason is scheduled to play against the Xavier Musketeers at 5 p.m.

  • Bohman's Block Party

    Sports September 9, 2009 at 12:20 am Comments are Disabled

    Sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Bohman was named CAA Defensive Player of the Week after registering 22 blocks in four matches last week. Bohman recorded three solo blocks against the Kent State Golden Flashes and added 11 blocks, most from an individual Mason player this season, in the win against the Cornell Big Red. She leads the CAA with 1.41 blocks per set. Bohman has also been a key offensive contributor, currently ranked third on the team with 50 kills. Last season, Mason was 2-5 through seven matches. Bohman, the defensive specialist, and Mason look to prolong their surprising 5-2 start as they take on the UMBC Retrievers tomorrow.

  • Quick Hits

    Sports September 7, 2009 at 9:11 am Comments are Disabled

    The men’s soccer team finished in second place in the D.C. College Cup. Mason opened the season with a thrilling 2-1 win over the Howard Bison. Junior forward Parker Walton broke the 1-1 tie with an 86th minute goal. In the final, Mason fell 2-1 to the American Eagles. Sophomore forward Draymond Washington tallied Mason’s lone goal. The women’s soccer team dropped their first game in their 2009 campaign, losing 3-1 to the Pennsylvania Quakers. Mason opened the season 3-0 for the first time since the 1993 season. Senior forward Theresa DeLucca cut Penn’s lead in half in the 54th minute, but Marin McDermott scored Penn’s insurance goal five minutes later. The women’s volleyball team hosted the Patriot Invitational this past weekend and took the title home with a clean sweep in the tournament. The ladies had an incredible rally after being down by two sets and match point against the Kent State Golden Flashes on Friday. Mason won each of their final two matches in four sets. Junior setter Fernanda Bartels and freshman outside hitter/right side Ran Yin were named to the All-Tournament Team while sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Bohman was honored Best Hitter in the two-day event. The […]

  • The American Dream

    Sports September 5, 2009 at 11:17 pm Comments are Disabled

    Midfielder Daniel Shannon found the back of the net twice as the American Eagles held off the Mason men’s soccer team 2-1 in the D.C. College Cup final. Sophomore forward Draymond Washington scored Mason’s lone goal in the 87th minute, but it was a little too late for Mason (1-1) to extend the game into overtime. Senior goalkeeper Sean Kelley recorded five saves. Washington, along with junior forward Parker Walton, who scored the game-winning goal on Wednesday night’s thriller against the Howard Bison, and freshman defender Ryan Reichmann was named to the All-Tournament Team. Mason will head down to Columbia, S.C. to participate in the adidas Gamecock Classic next week.

  • Turning it Around

    Sports September 5, 2009 at 10:41 pm Comments are Disabled

    Senior middle blocker/opposite hitter Laura Turner committed six errors against the Kent State Golden Flashes last night and added another four service errors against the Cornell Big Red earlier in the day. In the end, Turner powered up for 12 kills while making just one attack error to post a .579 hitting percentage as the Mason women’s volleyball team defeated the Morehead State Eagles 25-18, 16-25, 25-13, 25-15 to win this weekend’s Patriot Invitational title. Mason (5-2) built an early 14-3 lead in the first set, but the Eagles (5-1) rallied to cut the deficit to 21-17. Mason wrapped up the set, winning four of the last five points. Sophomore outside hitter Noelle Fanella recorded five kills in the opening set. The Eagles took the lead in the second set, but Mason fought back several times. Mason did take a 12-11 lead, but a service error from freshman outside hitter/right side Ran Yin sparked a 6-0 run by the Eagles. Mason eventually fell 25-16 in the second set. Mason constructed a double-digit lead in the third set as they compiled three blocks and held the Eagles to a -.061 hitting percentage. The set concluded with a service ace from Turner, […]