NEWS AND EVENTS
Colonials Edge Howard County CC in First Fall Scrimmage - Sep 29, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University men's lacrosse team hosted the Howard County Community College Dragons for a fall exhibition scrimmage at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. After a series of back-and-forth scoring runs, George Washington avenged last year's overtime loss to the Dragons with a top-shelf, game-winning goal by freshman midfielder Kyle Chin (Northbrook, IL / Glenbrook North High School) with 20 seconds remaining in the contest. The scrimmage was tightly contested throughout and allowed each coaching staff to get a look at their full complement of players.
Upperclassman leadership was key to the Colonials offense as captain graduate student midfielder, David Goscinak (Charlestown, MA/The Rivers School) led all scorers with 4 goals and 2 assists; junior attackman Charles Frattini (Hudson, NY/Croton Harmon High School) added 4 goals; senior midfielder Ian Larson (Salt Lake City, UT/Judge Memorial) assisted on 2 goals and scored one of his own; and sophomore attackman Ben Valido (Cincinnati, OH/Cincinnati Country Day) buried a shot from the top of the crease for his only score of the day. However, not to be outdone, the freshman class shined on offense as well. Jared Beard (Chesterfield, MO / Chaminade College Prep) scored twice in his debut for the Colonials using some nifty stickhandling to navigate through the crease and find the back of the net. Billy Golden (Northport, NY / Trinity-Pawling School) assisted a key goal to start a Colonials run in the second half and Chin added two assists to go with his game-winning goal.
Freshman William Rupkey (Summit, NJ / Summit High School) played excellent on-ball defense, leading the Colonials with 5 caused turnovers. As a unit, goaltenders Kyle Webb (Stamford, CT / Green Farms Academy), Alex Shin (Hudson, OH / Case Western Reserve Academy) and Klimczyk, Justin (Baltimore, MD / Archbishop Spalding High School) turned away 24 of the 36 shots-on-goal by Howard.
Head Coach Joe Opron, on the scrimmage, "As it is with every fall scrimmage, we're not focused on the scoreboard, but it was still great to start the season with a win. We are a very young team and so we came out of the gate timid and dug ourselves a bit of a hole, but as soon as we settled into the pace of the game, the guys showed heart, dug deep, and clawed back for a dramatic come-from-behind victory. As a coach, I couldn't be more proud."
On the freshman class, "Without a doubt, this is the best freshman class to step foot on campus. They shined on both ends of the field and played beyond their years. It will be a process to get them fully up to regular-season form, but I'm very encouraged by where we are at for this point in the season."
GW Hosts Free Lax Clinic for UCFYO - Sep 28, 2013
Washington, DC - On September 25, 2013, the George Washington University Men's Lacrosse Team hosted a group of several young men from the Unity Christian Fellowship Youth Organization on the Mount Vernon Athletic Field for a free lacrosse clinic.
GWU coaches and players led the young men through a series of drills focusing on the fundamentals of lacrosse - ground balls, passing, catching, dodging, and shooting. Following the clinic, the young men enjoyed pizza while they soaked in the sights of a college lacrosse practice.
"It was an honor and a blast to teach such a great group of kids. It was clear that they enjoyed and appreciated being able to learn from college players and coaches." exclaimed Assistant Coach Patrick Rigney.
Head Coach Joe Opron added context to the significance of the event, stating, "For the past two seasons, it has been our goal to become a 'virtual varsity' program. Part of being a student-athlete is using your talents to give back to the community. Thus, today marks an important step in our program's development. I'm so proud of our team because today they proved that our motto, borrowed from George Washington himself, 'Deeds, not words" is more than just a saying."
Unity Christian Fellowship, Incorporated (UCF) Youth Organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit, community and faith-based youth organization. Its mission is "to promote student success amongst at-risk students and 'change lives in the community one student at a time.' This is accomplished by exposing young people to new experiences that they otherwise would not have and teach life skills that enable them to make wise decisions throughout their middle and high school education and beyond." For more information on UCF, please visit www.ucfinc.org.
Tradition, Not Words: A Brief History of The George Washington University Men´s Lacrosse Team
Article available at: http://laxteams.net/gwulax/page.html?page=2938.
Goscinak Named MCLA Scholar-Athlete & Second Team All-SELC - Jul 16, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington University senior midfielder, David Goscinak, finished off his first season in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association ("MCLA") with a pair of prestigious honors. Goscinak was named to the All-SELC Second Team for his on-field performance and awarded the MCLA Scholar Athlete award for his combined excellence on the field and in the classroom.
Goscinak is the first Colonial in program history to win these awards, but he is not expected to be the last. Head Coach Joe Opron commented, "what Dave accomplished this season is remarkable. He is a true leader for our younger players. Dave is what we like to call 'the complete student-athlete' in that he excels in the classroom, on the lacrosse field, and socially. He has blazed a path for our future Colonials to follow and judging by the exceptional student-athletes committed to play at GW in the upcoming seasons, this type of excellence will become a proud tradition for our program."
List of 2013 MCLA Scholar Athletes.
2013 SELC All-Conference Team.
Washington, DC - The George Washington University Men's Lacrosse team, a member of the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) of the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Associate named senior midfielder, Ian Larson (Salt Lake City, UT/Judge Memorial Catholic High School) and graduate student midfielder David Goscinak (Charlestown, MA/The Rivers School) as its 2013-2014 captains.
Larson, entering his fourth year as a member of the Colonials, is double-majoring in Biology and Economics. In 2013, he finished fourth in goals, third in assists, and tied for fourth in points. Larson also added 14 ground balls and was 3 for 7 from the faceoff x (42.8%).
Goscinak, a 2013 graduate of George Washington University in Civil Engineering, and recipient of the MCLA Division 1 Scholar Athlete award, will return for his fourth and final year of eligibility as an engineering graduate student. The 6'7", 250 pound Goscinak made head waves in his first MCLA season last year, earning Second Team All-SELC honors. He also led the Colonials in points (28), assists (11), ground balls (55), and face-off wins (93-162, 57.4%).
Head Coach, Joe Opron
On Ian Larson … "Ian is the lead-by-example type. He's not the loudest guy out there, but he has a way of getting the team focused on the task at hand. Lacrosse-wise, Ian Larson is an offensive time bomb, waiting to explode. At 6'3", 195 pounds, he simply out-muscles the vast majority of midfielders in this league. Add in a vicious on-the-run shot and the vision of an attackman and he's bound to cause matchup problems for defenses now that he is used to the pace of an MCLA game."
On Dave Goscinak … "It is no surprise by now that Dave is our go-to guy on the field. He is a complete midfielder in that he can score, feed, defend, and dominate face-offs. Having him back for another season is a gift. However, what many outside the program don't know about Dave is that he is also a great student and role model for the younger players. With the graduation of many program-founding seniors last season, Dave has a big task in front of him, but I can think of no better guy to take on that challenge."
Assistant Coach, J.D. Englehart
Rigney Named Inside Lacrosse Academic All-American - Jul 4, 2013
From Press Release:
Washington, DC - Third-year law student Patrick Rigney has been named by Inside Lacrosse as a 2013 Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Academic All-American. Rigney plays for the George Washington University's lacrosse team as a defensive midfielder, he is the only law student on the Colonials team and the only one receiving the Academic All-American title.
Rigney on law school and lacrosse:
Rigney, a graduate of University Of Notre Dame in political science, is from Rockville, Maryland. He will stay in the area after graduating in May having accepted an offer with the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office.
Original story available at: http://www.law.gwu.edu/News/newsstories/Pages/2013RigneyLacrosseAcademicAllAmerican.aspx
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