NEWS AND EVENTS
RALEIGH, NC -- The George Washington University men's lacrosse team wrapped up a three game in four day run by dropping Sunday's game against the North Carolina State University.
WASHINGTON, DC -- The George Washington University Men’s Lacrosse team played a tough first half but was unable to keep pace with the University of Oklahoma Sooners in a 4-10 loss on Thursday night in Washington, D.C.
Despite hot start, Pirates sink Colonials 13-7 - Mar 24, 2015
GREENVILLE, NC -- The George Washington Men’s Lacrosse team was hot coming out of the gate but was unable to continue the momentum in a 7-13 loss to the East Carolina University Pirates on Saturday in Greenville, NC.
The Colonials scored first when freshmen midfielder Jake Fuller (Northville, MI/ Northville) collected a groundball off a ride, drove right, and beat the keeper. ECU responded as their leading goal scorer Tom Weil scored his first of four goals in the game a minute later.
GW took the lead for the second time when junior captain Tim Wetzel (Carlisle, PA/ Cumberland Valley) scored unassisted to tally his first points of the afternoon. However the Pirates were able to respond a second time with a 5-1 scoring run to give them a 6-3 lead at the half.
Fuller scored the lone goal for the Colonials’ goal during this period on a man-down play. The Colonials had numerous chances to score but were frustrated by Pirates goaltender Rob Wielandt and both goal posts on a long extra man opportunity that saw ECU's starting goalkeeper serve time in the penalty box.
The Pirates offense went on another run to begin the second half interrupted only by a Charlie Frattini (Croton-on-Hudson, NY/ Croton Harmon) goal. ECU built a commanding 10-4 lead with 6 minutes remaining in the third quarter before two more Wetzel goals brought the game back within the Colonials’ reach.
GW began the fourth quarter down 10-6 but were unable to chip the lead away. Wetzel scored a fourth and final goal but it was not enough to keep the Colonials afloat.
Junior captain Wetzel led the offense with a career best four goals on the day. Fuller scored two goals of his own and assisted another. Senior captain Frattini had one goal and sophomore midfielder Kyle Chin (Northbrook, IL/ Glenbrook North) recorded an assist.
Sophomore defender Ramie Bou-Saab (Oak Park, IL/ Oak Park River Forest) caused four turnovers and freshman Peter Baumann (Lake Oswego, OR/ Lakeridge) caused three of his own. The Colonials won ground balls 41-37 with Fuller collecting 10 of them. Fuller was also 64% on face-offs, a career best. Goalie Kyle Webb (Stamford, CT/ Green Farms) had 12 saves.
The Colonials play their next game against North Carolina State University on Sunday, March 22 at noon in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Colonials fall to No. 16th-ranked Flames 10-2 - Mar 9, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC -- On Saturday, March 7th, the George Washington University Colonials men's lacrosse team played the visiting Southeastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Northwest division rival Liberty University Flames to an even 1-1 second half, yet ultimately lost 10-2.
The Colonials currently sit at an even .500 record, with two wins and two losses overall, yet 0-2 in the SELC Northwest.
The Flames entered the matchup ranked 16th in the MCLA, riding junior attackman Ryan Miller's 16 points through just two games. Held somewhat in check, Miller still found ways to dish the ball, and contributed three assists in addition to his two goals.
The Colonials found themselves down four goals in the first 16 minutes of play, before junior midfielder Tim Wetzel (Carlisle, PA/ Cumberland Valley) found the net off a feed from freshman attackman Nick Novarro (Islip, NY/ Islip). Novarro has now registered a point in each of his first four collegiate games.
GW could not hold the momentum, and Liberty piled on five more goals in the second period to send the Colonials into halftime trailing 9-1.
Having adjusted mightily, the Colonials defense neutralized the Flames' offense in the second half, holding them to just one goal in the final 30 minutes of play. Senior attackman Charlie Frattini (Croton-on-Hudson, NY/ Croton Harmon) answered the Flames lone goal with one of his own, assisted by Wetzel with a little more than six minutes remaining in the third period.
The GW faceoff unit struggled against Liberty's face off specialist Charles Flanko, who went 13 for 16 (81.3%) on the day. Combined with Liberty's high octane transition game, the Colonials offensive opportunities were limited, shooting just 13 times compared to Liberty's 27.
Senior goaltender Kyle Webb (Stamford, CT/ Green Farms) registered nine saves in his fourth consecutive start of the season, averaging 11.5 saves per game in that stretch.
The Colonials defensive effort was led by aggressive play by sophomore Ramie Bou-Saab (Oak Park, IL/ Oak Park River Forest) and freshman long-stick midfielder Peter Baumann (Lake Oswego, OR/ Lakeridge), who each caused five turnovers on the day.
The Colonials have a mid-season hiatus before returning to action against the University of Oklahoma Sooners on Thursday, March 19th. The game will be played at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC and faceoff is set for 7:00pm. The game marks the first Colonials matchup against a team from the Lone Star Alliance.
The George Washington University men's lacrosse team overcame icy weather and poor field conditions to earn its second win of the season Sunday afternoon, beating the University of Rhode Island Rams 5-2 at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. The victory gives the program its first winning record since March 2013.
The Colonials won the first face off but it was the Rams who scored first just two minutes into the game. Senior attackman Charlie Frattini (Croton-on-Hudson, NY/ Croton Harmon) and freshman attackman Nick Novarro (Islip, NY/ Islip) struck back with one goal each, giving George Washington a one goal lead in the second quarter.
Rhode Island scored once more before the half and the teams went into the locker room tied at 2 apiece.
A scoreless third quarter saw many chances for both teams to take the lead but the weather and the opposing defenses frustrated both offenses. Finally at 8:00 in the fourth quarter, Frattini scored to give the Colonials their second lead of the day.
Another Frattini goal and a goal by freshman midfielder Jake Fuller (Northville, MI/ Northville) cemented the lead with less than three minutes to go. Rhode Island had several scoring opportunities late in the game but senior goalie Kyle Webb (Stamford, CT/ Green Farms) and the defense were able to bring home the win.
Mental toughness led George Washington to its second win of the weekend atrocious conditions -- freezing rain coated every surface in ice, including the ball and sticks.
Frattini had his second hat trick of the season, and the freshman duo of Novarro and Fuller scored once each, keeping their scoring streaks alive. Fuller and Novarro also collected seven and six groundballs respectively, leading the Colonials in a game where the ball was on the ground a lot. Frattini collected six groundballs, too.
The stout Colonials defense held Rhode Island’s man-up unit scoreless on seven opportunities during the game and caused 26 total turnovers, three short of the school record set last season vs. Southern Connecticut State University. The Colonials defense, for the first time in school history, held a team scoreless in an entire half, allowing just seven shots on goal in the second half.
Sophomore defensemen Ramie Bou-Saab (Oak Park, IL/ Oak Park River Forest) led the defense with five caused turnovers and four groundballs. Junior longpole Jack Ferrell (Avon, CT/ Northwest Catholic) caused four turnovers on defense. Webb, the netminder, stopped 13 shots on the day, including all seven shots he faced in the second half.
The Colonials play their next game against rival Southeastern Lacrosse Conference Northwest division rival Liberty University (currently ranked 14th in the nation) this Saturday March 7 at 1 PM at the George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, DC -- The George Washington University men's lacrosse team won its first game of the season on Friday night 2/27, defeating the Central Michigan University Chippewas 14-13 in a back-and-forth game played under the lights at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. The dramatic victory was first-year head coach J.D. Englehart's first.
On a brutally cold night, Central Michigan started fast with 4 goals in the first quarter. Senior attackman Jack Grady recorded two of his team high five points during the run, scoring one goal and assisting another.
George Washington struck back with 4:45 remaining in the first quarter when junior midfielder Tim Wetzel (Carlisle, PA/ Cumberland Valley) assisted senior captain Charlie Frattini’s (Croton-on-Hudson, NY/ Croton Harmon) first of the day to begin a six goal Colonials run that lasted into the second quarter.
Frattini scored three more goals while freshman Jake Fuller (Northville, MI/ Northville) notched his own in a game against his twin brother, a midfielder for the Chippewas. Freshman Nick Novarro (Islip, NY/ Islip) recorded a goal and an assist during man-up situations during the streak. Wetzel and Novarro rounded out the rally with a goal each before entering halftime in a 8-8 tie ballgame.
At the conclusion of halftime, the Chippewas were assessed a delay of game penalty for delaying their return to the field. On the other hand, the Colonials stepped out of the lockeroom and went on another run, this time for a total of five goals as Frattini tallied three and Fuller tallied two of his own.
The Chippewas put on their own rally for three straight goals, making the score 13-11 with 10 minutes remaining in the game before Frattini scored the Colonials 14th and final goal. Central Michigan’s scrappy play kept the game close, and the Chippewas scored 2 more goals to make the game 14-13 with with just minutes.
The stout Colonials defense caused 4 turnovers, including a key one in the final minute by freshman midfielder Harry Graham (Darien, CT/ Choate), a GW varsity squash player, to complete the team’s first win of 2015.
Close defenders Ramie Bou-Saab (Oak Park, IL/ Oak Park River Forest), a sophomore, and Eric Regenthal (Lumberton, NJ/ Rancocas Valley), a freshman, each caused two turnovers against the talented Central Michigan attackers.
Senior captain Kyle Webb (Stamford, CT/ Green Farms) shined in the cage for the Colonials earning himself 10 saves in his second start of the season and 13th of his career.
The Colonials offense exploded during the game after being held in check in their previous contest against the University of Tennessee. Frattini scored a team high eight goals, including a hat trick in the first quarter, falling one goal short of his career high (2/28/14 vs. Southern Connecticut State University).
Fuller added a hat trick of his own, his first as a Colonial. Wetzel had a team high four assists while scoring one of his own. Novarro had two goals and two assists on the night.
Just as importantly, the Colonials riding team was able to frustrate CMU's clear on multiple occasions, resulting in two transition goals for the Colonials.
The Colonials returned to action on Sunday, March 1 versus the University of Rhode Island, a team that beat the Colonials in the 2014 season. For a full recap of that game, please click here.
Volunteers Hold off Colonial Rally to Win 9-6 - Feb 24, 2015
KNOXVILLE, TN - The George Washington University men’s lacrosse team outscored its opponent in the fourth quarter, rallying from a seven goal deficit, but was unable to pull off a come from behind victory in their first game of the season against the University of Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville on Sunday, February 22nd.
The Colonials played tight defense in the first half, holding the Tennessee offense to just three goals as Tennessee captains Matt Herner, a midfielder, and Paul Dingee, an attackman, tallied two and one, respectively. On the opposite side of the ball, the Colonials could not bury any of their 17 first half shots.
The two teams combined for 8 goals in a high scoring third quarter. GW put points on the board for the first time this season with an underhand rip from freshman midfielder Nick Novarro (Islip, NY/ Islip). Novarro scored again on an assist from junior midfielder Tim Wetzel (Carlisle, PA/ Cumberland Valley) and then returned the favor by feeding Wetzel for the Colonials' third goal.
The Colonials outscored the Volunteers 3-1 in the fourth quarter to come within striking distance of the lead but were not able to close the gap before time expired. Both Wetzel and Novarro found the back of the net for GW during the final period, as did first year graduate student Ryan Ferizovic (Toronto, ON/ Ryerson) on a man-up feed from freshman midfielder Jake Fuller (Northville, MI/ Northville).
Defensively, sophomore defenseman Ramie Bou-Saab (Oak Park, IL/ Oak Park River Forest) led the team with seven caused turnovers and freshman LSM Peter Baumann’s (Lake Oswego, OR/ Lakeridge) tenacious and aggressive defending forced three more. Freshman Eric Regenthal (Lumberton, NJ/ Rancocas Valley) and junior Jack Ferrell (Avon, CT/ Northwest Catholic) caused two apiece.
Senior captain Kyle Webb (Stamford, CT/ Green Farms) was stout in the cage, registering 14 saves and holding the Volunteers scoreless on 6 man up opportunities.
The game, which was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, was postponed several times due to ice and snow covering the playing surface and leaving it unsafe. Because of that, the Colonials were unable to faceoff against Wake Forest University, and will look to reschedule that game for later in the year.
The Colonials play their second game of the 2015 season against Central Michigan University on Friday, February 27, 2015. Face-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC.
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