NEWS AND EVENTS
WASHINGTON, DC ̶ George Washington University head lacrosse coach J.D. Englehart announced the Colonials' 2015 spring schedule today, which features six home contests and eight on the road.
The Colonials will open the campaign on Saturday, February 21st at the University of Tennessee for a match-up against Southeastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Northwest divisional rival Volunteers. The next day, the Colonials will travel east to Winston-Salem, NC to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
The following weekend, GW will host two out of conference MCLA teams for a three-game slate in Washington, DC. GW will play the Ohio University Bobcats of the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) on Friday night, February 27th and the University of Rhode Island Rams of the Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League (PCLL) on Sunday afternoon, March 1st. The two visitors will play each other on Saturday, February 28th.
The Colonials will then prepare to play an important divisional matchup against the Liberty University Eagles on Saturday, March 1, at GW's Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. Liberty finished the 2014 season ranked 21st in a national poll of MCLA coaches.
"The Liberty game is definitely one that we've circled on our calendars. First and foremost, they are the defending SELC Northwest division champs," explained Englehart. "Additionally, that game is right before GW's spring break, a perfect time to take stock of how the season is going."
After spring classes resume, the Colonials will host the Sooners of the University of Oklahoma in the team's first game against an opponent from the Lone Star Alliance in its three-year MCLA history. That contest will take place on Thursday night, March 19th.
The Colonials take to the road two days later for a two-game stint in the Tar Heel State, with contests at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC on Saturday, March 21 and North Carolina State in Raleigh, NC on Sunday, March 22.
The Virginia Tech Hokies, who made it to the second round of the MCLA National Championships a year ago and finished the year ranked ninth in the MCLA Coaches Poll, will visit Washington, DC on Saturday, March 28th for a divisional tilt.
"Tech is another game that sticks out at me. As one of our closest opponents geographically, we feel we compete against Tech on the field and for recruits in the region," explained Englehart, who played with and against Virginia Tech head coach Matt Schroeder in youth and high school lacrosse in Baltimore, MD.
On Sunday of that same weekend, GW will take on the Panthers of the University of Pittsburgh for the third straight year. Colonial junior midfielder Tim Wetzel's twin brother, Christopher, plays attack for the Pitt team, which is also a perennial top 25 program.
GW will wrap up the regular season with back-to-back road trips, first to Morgantown, WV and then to Lexington, KY.
While in Lexington, the team will take on the divisional rival Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, April 18th and the Ole Miss Rebels on Sunday April 19th.
"On the whole, the entire coaching staff is very excited about this schedule. Not only do we space out our very challenging divisional schedule, but we get to play some new programs this season."
Englehart added that the team expects to play at least one preseasons scrimmage as a tune up in the early February time frame.
For up-to-date information on the GW men's lacrosse program, follow the team on Twitter @GWMensLax, visit the team's home page at www.gwmenslacrosse.com, and bookmark the team's official MCLA page at www.mcla.us/team/george_washington.
Twelve Newcomers Shine in Colonials' Fall Scrimmage - Oct 17, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (10/17/14) ̶ The George Washington University Colonials men's lacrosse team capped off a six week-long fall season with a hotly contested scrimmage against the Northern Virginia Community College Novas on Saturday, October 11th. The scrimmage marked the third time in as many fall seasons that the two teams have matched up.
The scrimmage also represented the first collegiate game experience for 12 new members of the Colonials lacrosse program. "The coaches and captains were thoroughly impressed with how well our young crop of talent performed in their first action together. It's a clear sign of where our team can go this coming season, and I can't wait to get back at it," said first year head coach J.D. Englehart.
Among the bright sports for the Colonials team was the stellar play by all four goalies, who split time in the cage. Senior and team captain Kyle Webb (Stamford, CT / Green Farms) set the tone early holding the Novas to 4 goals in the first 20 minutes of game play. Subbing in first, freshman netminder Harry Wechsler (Greenwich, CT / Hackley) registered 7saves.
Returners Alec Zimmerman (South Windsor, CT / Kingswood Oxford), a junior, and Alex Shin (Seoul, Korea / Case Western), a sophomore, stood between the pipes and took control of the Colonials defense in the third and fourth quarters.
Rounding out the Colonials' defensive efforts was an aggressive crop of defenders young and old. While the unit was led by returners Jack Ferrell (Avon, CT / Northwest Catholic), Alex Santangelo (Sudbury, MA / St. Mark's), Lars Chinburg (Exeter, NH / Phillips Exeter), and Ramie Bou-Saab (Oak Park, IL / Oak Park-River Forest), it was strong performances by freshmen that stood out.
Rising to the occasion were newcomers Peter Baumann (Lake Oswego, OR / Lakeridge), Eric Regenthal (Lumberton, NJ / Rancocas Valley), and Cole Anderson (Millsboro, DE / Saint Thomas More). Baumann saw the majority of his time as a long-stick midfielder, while Regenthal and Anderson played close defense.
An eighth GW long pole, sophomore Amer Islam (Copiague, NY / Copiague), was forced to leave the game early after suffering a knee injury.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Colonials attack was led by senior Charlie Frattini (Croton-on-Hudson, NY / Croton Harmon), the team's other captain alongside Webb. Frattini, the MCLA's leading goal scorer last season, notched 8 points on 7 goals and 1 assist in a very product day on the right side of the field. On the left, newcomer Ryan Ferizovic (Toronto, CA / Ryerson), a grad student in GW's Sports Management program, registered 4 of his own points on 2 goals and 2 assists.
"Ryan represents GW's first international player, and we are lucky to have him on the squad. Not only is he a savvy lacrosse player, but he is insanely passionate about the game and a great lead-by-example type of guy," Coach Englehart said of the Canadian.
Taking turns playing the crease were sophomore attackmen Jared Beard (St. Louis, MO / Chaminade) and Christian Miccile (Upton, MA / St. John's), as well as freshman Aidan Murray (Denver, CO / George Washington).
Working in the midfield, the Colonials were led by junior Tim Wetzel (Carlisle, PA / Cumberland Valley) and sophomore Kyle Chin (Northbrook, IL / Glenbrook North). Wetzel scored 2 goals and assisted on a third, while scooping up 5 ground balls. Chin contributed a goal and an assist each, and dodged hard to set the offense in motion.
A duo of freshmen middies represented another bright spot for the Colonials offense. Jake Fuller (Northville, MI / Northville) tallied a goal and an assist, while speedster Nick Novarro (Islip, NY / Islip) fed Frattini twice for two assists of his own.
Fellow freshmen Jeremy Falcone (Norwalk, CT / Norwalk), Adam Chatman (Avon, CT / Northfield Mount Hermon), and Griffin Schnitzer (Columbus, OH / Columbus Academy) were effective as two-way midfielders all game despite being held scoreless.
Taking 23 draws and playing the underappreciated role of man-down middie was sophomore Ethan Limchayseng (Novato, CA / St. Ignatius), who scooped up 6 ground balls and picked up an assist on a fast break goal that swung the momentum back in GW's favor in the second half of play.
The last newcomer to contribute to the Colonials' 14 goal offensive performance was assistant coach Mackie Avis, 2013 graduate of Kenyon College. While at Kenyon, Avis was the Lords' leading scorer in the very competitive North Coast Athletic Conference in the NCAA's Division III. He spent last spring coaching at the high school level in Washington, DC.
"Coach Avis was a huge find for us. He brings a ton of playing and coaching experience to the program, and has lived the student-athlete experience at a high level. Our guys will learn a lot from him," Englehart said of Avis.
The Colonials will resume official team activities in January when the team returns from winter break. In the meantime, captains Frattini and Webb will be orchestrating team runs, workouts, and shoot-arounds to keep the team focused on the 2015 campaign.
Within the next few weeks, the team's 2015 schedule will be finalized and posted to both www.MCLA.us and www.GWmenslacrosse.com. Follow the team on Twitter (@GWMensLax) to learn of other news and updates.
Englehart Named Head Coach at George Washington - Jul 16, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (7/16/14) ̶ Joe Opron, Head Coach of the George Washington University men's lacrosse team for the last three seasons, has announced that he will be stepping off the sidelines for family and professional reasons and into a new role as Director of Lacrosse Operations. In that new capacity, he will support the team's administration, budgeting, and relationships with the league and other programs.
When asked about the transition, Opron noted that "with such a talented group of incoming and returning players, I'm crushed to know that I will not be on the sidelines, but I'm glad that I will be able to continue to guide the program off the field. Coaching at George Washington University has been an absolute honor and provided me with friendships and memories that will last a lifetime."
"Thank you to everyone in the administration, especially our faculty advisor Mike Morsberger, and the outstanding student-athletes that made these past three years the highlight of my coaching career," added Opron.
Succeeding Opron as Head Coach is J.D. Englehart, who has served as the Colonials' Defensive Coordinator for the past two seasons. Englehart was a four-year player at NCAA Division III Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA and graduated in 2011 with a degree in business administration. A walk-on defenseman, Englehart worked his way into a starting role and was elected team captain as a senior.
Over his four seasons, the W&L defense held opposing teams to a 7.18 goals per game average. He was also one of three student-athletes to serve on the university's athletics oversight board and was a founding member of the school's student-athlete mentor group. A native of Baltimore, MD, Englehart played under legendary coach Jake Reed at Dulaney High School, a 10-time Maryland State Champion. He has been active in the game as a player and coach his entire life, and still competes in club leagues in the DC-area.
"Stepping into the head coaching role and taking over for Joe is a tremendous opportunity, and one that I am extremely excited about," Englehart said. "I have had the pleasure of watching Joe develop this program from the ground up, and now will continue the job he started with the help of the committed assistants we have in place. I also look forward to leaning on Joe for advice and support, and know that he will continue to be a huge part of this program."
Opron also expressed his strong endorsement for the new Head Coach, saying that "hiring J.D. was likely the best move I made in my three years as head Coach. His passion for the game is undeniable and he's one of those rare coaches who understands that being a student-athlete is about more than wins and losses; it's about having fun, working hard, managing commitments, making sacrifices, and ultimately being accountable to your brothers who go to battle with you week in and week out. I have no doubt that while J.D. will add his own signature to the program, he will faithfully and successfully continue our ongoing missions of developing exceptional young men and the best virtual varsity program in the nation. I am honored to have been on the sidelines with Coach E for the past two season, proud to call him a friend, and excited to watch him lead the Colonials to the best season in program history."
Joining Englehart on the sidelines for the 2014-2015 campaign are returning coaches Kurt Stahl, Zach Quinn, and Patrick Rigney. Stahl, a standout defensemen and 2013 graduate from GW rival Virginia Tech, will continue to work with the defensive unit. Quinn, a 2013 graduate of GW and starting goalkeeper for two seasons, will continue his work with the Colonial netminders. GW Law class of 2013 graduate Rigney, who worked in the athletic information office while an undergrad at Notre Dame, will add support to the midfielders and manage all statistics, media and information.
"GW is an elite university and vibrant campus," added Englehart, who lives minutes from both the main Foggy Bottom campus and the Mount Vernon campus in suburban DC, where the team holds its practices and games. "I am committed to bringing in exceptional student-athletes to help us build a first-rate Colonials lacrosse program and compete for MCLA National Championships."
Englehart during a game in 2013
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