NEWS AND EVENTS
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Richmond, VA - The George Washington University Men's Colonials held a 5-4 halftime lead over the University of Richmond Spiders, but lost the contest 14-7, after committing more than 11:00 minutes in penalties.
For the second straight game, senior goaltender Zachary Quinn (Long Island, NY/Ward Melville High School) broke his program record for most saves in a game, this time turning away 29 shots. Quinn also added two assists in the contest, making him the only goaltender to record a multiple point game in Colonials history.
Throughout the first half, the Colonials defensive game plan was executed well. Although the Spiders were able to generate 33 first half shots, the GW zone defense kept limited Richmond to mostly poor-angle and long-distance shots.
The GW offense was able to generate a solid 19 first half shots of its own, capitalizing on goals from Charles Frattini (Hudson, NY/Croton Harmon High School), Jake Venditto (Long Island, NY/North Shore High School), and Lars Chinburg (Exeter, NH/Phillips Exeter Academy).
The Colonials would take a 5-4 lead into halftime.
The second half would belong entirely to the Richmond Spiders. Although the defense gave up less shots in the second half (26) than in the first, the Spiders dominated the time of possession battle; GW took 11:00 worth of penalties; and Richmond's shot selection greatly improved, generating chances from right in front of Quinn, allowing the star goalkeeper no chance to make a save.
With the loss, George Washington falls to 1-2 in the SELC Northwest Division. The Colonials are back in action next weekend for its final two Division games against the University of Tennessee (4/6) and the University of Kentucky (4/7).
Quinn's 22 Saves Not Enough to Halt Hokies' Attack - Mar 23, 2013
The George Washington University Men's Colonials dropped a 10-5 decision to division rival #17 Virginia Tech University at Centreville High School in Clifton, Virginia.
The Colonials jumped out to another early lead scoring just 7 seconds after the opening faceoff when LSM Sam Post (Canadaigua, NY/Tabor Academy) beat the Hokies goaltender with a perfect bounce shot that went hip high into the net. At the 7:45 mark of the first quarter, George Washington extended its lead to 2-0. Left alone on the clear, senior goaltender Zachary Quinn (Long Island, NY/Ward Melville High School) carried the ball to the doorstep of the Hokies goal. After his shot was blocked, sophomore attackman Charles Frattini (Hudson, NY/Croton Harmon High School) scooped the ground ball and quickly fed it to a wide open Ben Valido (Cincinnati, OH/Cincinnati Country Day) who buried in the back of the net for his second goal on the season. However, before the end of the quarter, the Hokies would score four times to take a 4-2 lead into the second quarter.
The Colonials and Hokies each scored a goal apiece in a defensive second quarter where the teams combined for only 15 total shots. GW started the scoring in the quarter when sophomore attackman Jake Venditto (Long Island, NY/North Shore High School) pushed the ball in transition and found Frattini in the crease who put a rocket past the shoulder of the Hokies' goaltender to put the game to back to within one. The Hokies however capitalized on an easy transition goal caused by a Colonials failed clear, extending their lead to 5-3 going into halftime.
The third quarter would belong to Virginia Tech who scored four goals on eleven shots. The Colonials, held to only six shots in the quarter were unable to find the back of the net.
The Hokies struck first in the fourth quarter as well, extending its lead to 10-3. The Colonials controlled the quarter however, generating 16 shots on offense and scoring on two. Junior midfielder Ian Larson (Salt Lake City, UT/Judge Memorial) was the star of the quarter for the Colonials as he scored an unassisted goal and fed a wide open Frattini for his second goal of the night off of two well-executed isolation dodges from behind the cage.
Senior goaltender Zachary Quinn made 22 saves in the contest.
Head Coach Joe Opron
On the Game … "We're at the stage where we're keeping games close against top 15 and top 20 teams. There are no moral victories in lacrosse, but for a first year program, that's not bad. I feel like we're not far from being in a spot to win these games and pull off a couple upsets. It's all about playing 60 minutes. Tonight we playe 45 and that's not going to get it done against Virginia Tech."
George Washington Colonials Midseason Report - Mar 20, 2013
Washington, DC - The George Washington University Men's lacrosse team is 1-0 in the SELC Northwest Division and 3-3 overall at the half-way point of its inaugural MCLA season.
The Colonials finished the first half of the season in second place in the SELC Northwest Division, behind only #17 Virginia Tech. However, George Washington will have to battle several tough opponents on the road to defend its current spot as one of the Division's two bids to the SELC playoffs. This will be a tough road for the Colonials who have no remaining home games and still have to play division rivals Virginia Tech and NCAA division I-bound University of Richmond.
Several Colonials have demonstrated that the Colonials have the skill to make a second half push, especially the GW midfielders. With senior captain David Goscinak's 62% face off win percentage and transfer LSM Sam Post Sam Post’s 65% win percentage, the Colonials are getting stellar face off play and have been dominating possessions. Freshman midfielder Tim Wetzel is also having a fantastic start to his season, scoring in each of the team’s 6 games.
With a roster of only 21 players, the Colonials have struggled delivering back-to-back wins. The Colonials are 3-0 on Saturdays and 0-3 on Sunday so far this season. The Colonials will have to improve conditioning over spring break because, as Head Coach Joe Opron noted, "playing back-to-back is part of playing in the MCLA."
The Colonials also need to play more disciplined defense with over 30 minutes of penalties occurring over 6 games, including a rare three-man down situation.
The future looks bright for the Colonials however. As Opron explained, "I'm very happy with the progress that we've made as a program. Considering the very limited amount of practice time we've been able to conduct as a team, I think we're doing a great job for a first-year MCLA program." He added, "this is a very talented group of young players that will only get better as they continue to adjust to the MCLA game. The future of this program is very bright."
Quinn Stops 16, But Colonials Fall to UNH - Mar 3, 2013
Washington, D.C. - The George Washington University Colonials fell at home to the out-of-conference University of New Hampshire Wildcats by a score of 9-3 at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. The game was played at 8:30 am in Washington, D.C., only one day after the Colonials 6-3 victory over West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.
With 6:53 left to play in the first quarter, the Colonials struck first when freshman standout Tim Wetzel (Carlisle, PA/Cumberland Valley) charged down the left alley past his defender and perfectly placed a bounce shot off-stick side past the Wildcats goalkeeper.
The Colonials defense put itself in a very rare three-man down situation at the 5:51 mark in the first quarter when Captain David Goscinak (Charlestown, MA/The Rivers School), freshman Alex Santangelo (Sudbury, MA/St. Marks School), and freshman Jack Ferrell (Avon, CT/Northwest Catholic High School) each took one minute slashing penalties on the same play. Despite an onslaught of shots from the perimeter, the Colonials goaltender Zachary Quinn (Long Island, NY/Ward Melville High School) and the trio of defenders were able to successfully maintain the 1-0 lead throughout the three-man down situation. However, New Hampshire would score shortly after the expiration of the penalty to tie up the game at 1-1.
The second quarter saw more Colonials penalties and the well-rested Wildcats ready to take advantage of the extra-man opportunities that the Colonials afforded them. The Colonials were at least one man down from the 14:14 to the 9:00 mark of the second quarter. In total, the Colonials racked-up 5 minutes and 30 seconds worth of penalties in the second quarter, allowing the Wildcats to break open a 4-1 lead which they took into halftime.
In the third quarter, Charles Frattini (Hudson, NY/Croton Harmon High School) and Goscinak each added a goal, but the Wildcats answered with three of its own extending the lead to 7-3, heading into the fourth.
The Wildcats disciplined offense held the ball for much of the fourth quarter and added two more goals to secure a 9-3 victory over the Colonials.
Head Coach Joe Opron
On the Game … "On offense, we weren't making the extra pass. We penetrated the defense, drew slides, and got guys open, but failed to make the extra pass to score the easy goals. On defense, we played tired and reckless, as demonstrated by the amount of time we spent in the penalty box. We need to do better and we will do better in the future."
On the Season So Far ... "As a team we need to get better at playing the second game in our back-to-back weekends. Through three weeks, we're 3-0 on Saturday and 0-3 on Sunday. It is tough to play back-to-back with only 20 players on the roster, but playing back-to-back is part of playing in the MCLA."
Colonials Top Mountaineers 6-3 in Morgantown - Mar 2, 2013
Morgantown, WV - The George Washington University Colonials won its first-ever SELC Northwest Division contest, defeating the West Virginia University Mountaineers by a score of 6-3. The game was the third game this season where the Colonials had to battle below freezing temperatures, high winds, and snow flurries in addition to the opposing team.
The Colonials offense set the tone, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to goals from long stick-midfielder Sam Post (Canadaigua, NY/Tabor Academy), Tim Wetzel (Carlisle, PA/Cumberland Valley), Charles Frattini (Hudson, NY/Croton Harmon High School), and Ian Larson (Salt Lake City, UT/Judge Memorial).
In the second quarter, the Mountaineers were able to capitalize off long possessions and man up opportunities to bring the score to within one (4-3) at the half.
Right out of the half, the Colonials extended its lead to 6-3 with goals from David Goscinak (Charlestown, MA/The Rivers School) and the second of the day from Tim Wetzel (Carlisle, PA/Cumberland Valley). The George Washington offense failed to add any more tallies for the rest of the contest.
The Colonials defense was perfect in the second half, shutting out the Mountaineers offense.
Senior attackman Jake Venditto (Long Island, NY/North Shore High School) added two assists and Lars Chinburg (Exeter, NH/Phillips Exeter Academy) registered his first assist in a Buff and Blue uniform, flying off the bench to catch a pass in transition and immediately move it upfield to an open attacker.
Flames Burn Down The 'Vern, 17-5 - Feb 24, 2013
In the highest scoring quarter in Colonials history, the teams combined for a total of 13 first quarter scores. Freshman midfielder Tim Wetzel (Carlisle, PA/Cumberland Valley) scored just 12 seconds into the contest to give George Washington the early lead, but that lead would be short-lived. Liberty struck back with two goals of its own, taking a lead that it would never relinquish. Sophomore attackman Charles Frattini (Hudson, NY/Croton Harmon High School) found the back of the net twice in the quarter and sophomore attackman Jake Venditto (Long Island, NY/North Shore High School) also added a score. However, Liberty was able to more than double-up the Colonials in the opening stanza and took a 9-4 lead heading into the second quarter.
The Colonials struck first in the second quarter of a man up goal from senior attackman Matt Pereira (Danville, CA/De La Salle High School) to bring the score to 9-5, but the Colonial offense would not be heard from again for the rest of the afternoon.
The Liberty Flames, however, were just getting started as it added 8 unanswered goals to its total to secure a dominant 12 goal upset over George Washington.
Head Coach Joe Opron
On the Game … "We played only 1 half of offense and only 1 half of defense. The Liberty players out-hustled us on offense, were disciplined on defense, and their goaltender stood on his head the entire game. The Flames are for real."
"Our guys learned that the MCLA is the real deal; you take a day off and you will get burned. Talent alone is not enough to win games in this league."
"I feel like this was the wakeup call we needed. We got cocky after our strong start. Now that we got knocked back to reality, it's time to get back to work."
**UPDATED 3/11/2013 08:11 AM
George Washington Defeats East Carolina 11-4 in Home Opener - Feb 23, 2013
Washington, D.C. - The George Washington University mens lacrosse team won its first SELC Division I game, defeating East Carolina University 11-5 in front of approximately 150 fans at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. Senior midfielder David Goscinak (Charlestown, MA/The Rivers School) (3g, 1a) and senior attackman Matt Pereira (Danville, CA/De La Salle High School) (2g, 2a) led all scorers with 4 points each. Freshman midfielder Maz Obuz (Bryn Mawr, PA/The Shipley School) also earned his first career hat trick for the Buff and Blue.
The Colonials came out firing and took an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter. A pair of goals by sophomore attackman Jake Venditto (Long Island, NY/North Shore High School) in the second quarter extended the lead to 5-1 at half time. In the third quarter, freshman midfielder Tim Wetzel (Carlisle, PA/Cumberland Valley) added a goal to extend the lead to 6-1. The Colonials would score 5 more goals in the fourth quarter, two of which were assisted by junior midfielder Ian Larson (Salt Lake City, UT/Judge Memorial), while giving up only 3 to the Pirates, in order to secure the 11-4 victory.
The Colonials were dominant at the faceoff "x," with Goscinak winning 10 of 12 of his draws and long-stick midfielder Sam Post (Canadaigua, NY/Tabor Academy) winning 4 of his 5 draws to go along with a career-high tying 9 groundballs.
George Washington goaltender Zachary Quinn (Long Island, NY/Ward Melville High School) stopped a career-high 17 shots, breaking his previous program record of 11 saves that he set on February 16th against the University of Toledo and tied the following day against the University of Pittsburgh.
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