In their first playoff game since 2013, the GMU Women’s Rugby Club hosted the fourth-ranked University of Mary Washington this past Saturday. The Eagles from UMW were a much more experienced team and had the advantage in roster size, but that didn’t stop Mason from making them fight for every last inch. Mason’s defense stepped up and played very well, while the back line tracked down every breakaway from their opponents. Although the final score would be 41-22 in favor of UMW, the Patriots played very well and competed from start to finish. Leanne Holly, the team’s forwards captain, was named, “Co-Man of the Match” because of her superb leadership and intense defense. Her sprints and tackles were second to none amongst the Patriots and UMW didn’t have an answer for her. Victoria Meilhammer was named the other, “Man of the Match,” proving that she’s one of the strongest players on the field in every game with her great tackles and strong rucks. Although the season didn’t end the way the Patriots wanted, it was still a tremendous success, finishing ranked #6 in the Central Division.
In their first home meet of the season, the George Mason Swim Club hosted teams from Georgetown, The University of Delaware, George Washington University, and Duke University. Demonstrating their Patriot Pride throughout the meet, Mason would set the bar high in all men’s and women’s races. In the 200 meter freestyle A relays, both the GMU men’s and women’s teams placed in first overall. The club looks to continue their winning streak as they travel up the New Jersey Turnpike to take part in the Eastern Regional College Club Swim Meet at Rutgers University this weekend.
Looking for another successful weekend, the GMU Women’s Ultimate team made their way to Raleigh, North Carolina to compete in the Wolfpack Invitational at NC State University. Competing against some of the toughest teams in the Carolinas, the Patriots were able to hold their own. Playing with a majority of returners, Mason opened the tournament against the Duke University Blue Devils. After a shaky start, the team managed to find their footing and came away with their first victory of the day. In their next matchup against the Tar Heels from UNC (B), the game was a hard-fought battle, with UNC running plays that Mason would have to learn to defend on the fly. Overall, the team learned a lot, adapted to the new situation, and played smart. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to come away with a victory.
Facing the Wolfpack from NC State in their first game on Sunday, Mason was able to put five points on the board, which is a tremendous accomplishment considering NC State competes at Nationals on a yearly basis. In their next game against UNC Wilmington, the Patriots won by a final score of 9-8, after a tough loss to the Clemson Tigers. Although the tournament would end with a loss to Liberty, the club had a great weekend and are able to walk away with a lot of good learning experiences. The team will look to have a home field advantage as they host their annual tournament this Saturday and Sunday.
Coming off a tough double-overtime loss to Coppin State, the George Mason Club Football team traveled to Farmville, Virginia to take on the Lancers from Longwood University. Looking to rebound, the Patriots came out strong early. In the first half, Mason would convert almost at will, with multiple touchdowns coming from Ahmad Kohistany, Xavier Savannah, and a QB sneak from Justin Fenical. At the end of the first half, GMU had a comfortable 26-0 lead. The second half would be more of the same with touchdowns coming from WR Hogan Lepore and RB MarQuan Stith. Mason’s defense would stifle the Longwood offense for the entirety of the game, with the 47-0 final score being indicative of the domination that the Patriots had on both sides of the ball. GMU will look to continue their high level of play when they travel to take on The Apprentice School, with a birth in the MAC Championship game on the line.
Back in action after a long layoff, the George Mason Ice Hockey Club hosted the Blue Hens from the University of Delaware in their first game of the weekend. The second power play unit showed how effective they can be, while goaltender Matthew Benjamin came up with a couple big saves to secure the 7-3 victory for the Patriots. Freshman Matthew Rosenberger was awarded the hard hat for his hard work, willingness to sacrifice his body, and netting a hat trick against Delaware. In their second game of the weekend, Cam Smith was all of the offense for the Patriots, scoring four goals en route to a 4-3 win over Rowan University. This included a beautiful assist from Frank Lackey, sending a saucer pass from the boards right on the tape of Smith, who finished for Mason. Netminder Conor Hartnett came up big in the final minute to secure the win for Mason, earning himself the hard hat for his play. GMU will look to continue their winning ways as they travel to Abingdon, Maryland to take on Loyola on Friday, before traveling home on Saturday to take on Stockton University at the Prince William Ice Center.