NEWS AND EVENTS
The George Washington Men’s Lacrosse team rallied from a 3-goal deficit in the second half but ultimately lost a close game to Coastal Carolina 10-8 on Sunday at the Mount Vernon Campus in Washington, DC.
The Colonials came out strong, scoring 2 goals in the first 5 minutes. Captain David Goscinak (Charlestown, MA/The Rivers School), who had just missed a one-handed shot earlier, was the first to find the net after picking up a ground ball in front of the goal. Co-Captain Charles Frattini (Hudson, NY/Croton Harmon High School) scored next on an assist from fellow captain Ian Larson (Salt Lake City, UT/Judge Memorial Catholic High School) during a Colonials man-up. However, Coastal Carolina’s leading scorers Mike Lenge and Ryan Redmond combined for 3 goals at the end of the first quarter to give their team the lead. The teams traded points during the next quarter going into the half 6-5. Goscinak and Frattini both scored again and freshman attackman Jared Beard (Chesterfield, MO/Chaminade College Prep) scored his first career goal off a Goscinak assist.
Coastal Carolina scored twice to open the second half before Kyle Chin (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North High School) scored his 4th goal in as many games to make the score 8-6 at the end of the third quarter. The George Washington defense held during a long series of Carolina possessions to begin the fourth before Frattini scored unassisted. Billy Golden (Northport, NY/Trinity-Pawling School) and Frattini then possessed the ball to take time off a long man-down penalty. With just over 4 minutes remaining, Frattini evened the score at 8-8 for the Colonials on a Goscinak assist. Coastal Carolina’s offense then scored two goals at the end of the fourth to clinch a narrow win. The Colonials went man-up to finish the game but it was not enough.
The Colonials played well as a team in a well fought game that excited the home crowd. The defense held the Coastal Carolina offense scoreless on 4 man ups and completed 78% of its clears. The team also won the groundball battle 50-37; Goscinak led the team with 8.
Junior Charles Frattini again led the Colonials in goals, scoring 4. Larson and Goscinak had 2 assists each. Two freshmen on the young GW squad, Jared Beard and Kyle Chin, contributed goals. On defense, Lars Chinburg (Exeter, NH/Philips Exeter Academy) and Eli Tirk (Ashfield, MA/ Northfield Mount Hermon) both caused 2 turnovers.
The Colonials play their next game against East Carolina on Friday March 21 after George Washington’s spring break. First face-off is at 8 PM at the Catholic University of America.
Colonials Dominate Against Owls - Mar 2, 2014
The temperature was cold but the Colonials sticks were hot on Friday night, as the George Washington Men’s Lacrosse team beat Southern Connecticut State under the lights at the Catholic University of America. The Colonials were in command most of their first home game as they won their first contest 18-4.
David Goscinak (Charlestown, MA/The Rivers School) won the first faceoff but Southern Connecticut’s Tim Albert scored the first goal of the game. George Washington rebounded with an 11 goal run that gave them an 11-1 lead at halftime. The streak began when attackman Charles Frattini (Hudson, NY/Croton Harmon High School) scored GW’s first goal of the game off a Tim Wetzel (Carlisle, PA/Cumberland Valley Eagles) assist. The junior followed it up with 5 more to lead the Colonials offense in the first half. Goscinak, Ian Larson (Salt Lake City, UT/Judge Memorial Catholic High School), and Kyle Chin (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North High School) also scored in the first half. Sophmore attackman Christian Miccile's quick thinking in front of the crease netted him two goals.
The Colonials put up 6 goals to begin the 2nd half before Kevin Schacht scored for Southern Connecticut to end the streak. Southern Connecticut would score 2 more goals but it was not enough. Miccile scored once and Larson scored twice in the 2nd half, completing the first career hat tricks for both attackmen. Freshman midfielder Conor Hayward (Encino, CA/Crespi Carmelite High School) scored his first career goal during the half.
The Colonials defense was led by long-poles Jack Ferrell (Avon, CT/Northwest Catholic High School) (4 caused turnovers, 1 groundball), Alex Santangelo (Sudbury, MA/St. Mark's School) (4 caused turnovers, 4 groundballs), and Ramie Bou-Saab (Oak Park,IL/Oak Park River Forest) (6 caused turnovers, 4 grounballs). Kyle Webb (Stamford, CT/Greens Farms Academy) led goalies with 5 saves.
On offense, the attack unit of Frattini, Larson, and Miccile racked up 15 goals. Goscinak lead in assists with 3; followed by Larson and Chin with 2 each. Goscinak also won 80% of his faceoffs and won 8 groundballs, despite breaking two sticks during the game. Larsoncollected 9 groundballs to lead the team. Freshman midfielder Billy Golden (Northport, NY/Trinity-Pawling School) and freshman defenseman Bou-Saab both assisted goals to collect the first points of their MCLA careers. Frattini became first in MCLA Division I in goals per game after scoring 9 goals in the game.
Coach Opron took pride in the individual and team accomplishments Friday night, “Box lacrosse during the offseason has helped [Frattini’s] game a lot. Another amazing stat is that every single player who set foot on the field tonight, minus goalies, recorded at least one ground ball.”
The Colonials face Coastal Carolina on Sunday, March 2nd in their second home game of the season. First faceoff is at 2PM on “The ‘Vern” in Washington, DC.
Despite Strong First Quarter, Colonials Fall to #22 Panthers - Feb 25, 2014
Washington, PA - George Washington University Men’s Lacrosse team played well defensively in the first quarter but was unable to withstand their opponent’s well-executed offense in a 21-7 loss to Davenport. The Colonials played #22 Davenport, their 2nd ranked opponent in two days, at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington.
The Colonials improved on their defensive effort the previous day, holding their opponent to just four goals in the first quarter. Sophomore attackman Christian Miccile (Upton, MA/St. John’s High School) scored first for GW on an assist by Tim Wetzel (Carlisle, PA/Cumberland Valley Eagles). However, after a 4-1 1st quarter, Davenport pulled away during the 2nd when they went on a 7-2 streak to take an 11-3 lead into halftime. Captains Ian Larson (Salt Lake City, UT/Judge Memorial Catholic High School) and David Goscinak (Charlestown, MA/The Rivers School) scored for GW during the quarter.
GW’s offense kept a steady pace in the 2nd half but was unable to match the Panthers. Davenport was led by Danial Hume with 8 goals and Parker Horvathwho had 3 goals and 5 assists. They and the Panther’s offense were the difference in the game.
The Colonials continued to improve in their second game of the weekend. Crucially, the defense was able to clear the ball approximately 80% of the time and committed only one penalty. Junior Kyle Webb (Stamford, CT/Greens Farms Academy) led goalies with 13 saves.
On offense 6 different players found the back of the net, including freshman Kyle Chin (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North High School) and sophomore Christian Miccile, who scored his first MCLA goal on Sunday. Junior attackman Charles Frattini (Hudson, NY/Croton Harmon High School) had 2 goals. Ian Larson and Tim Wetzel each had a goal and an assist. Freshmen midfielders Ethan Limchayseng (Novato, CA/St. Ignatius) and Conor Hayward (Encino, CA/Crespi Carmelite High School) won all of their face-offs.
Coach Opron thought the close-nit Colonials team responded well to the challenge of playing two ranked teams in one weekend, “Eleven freshmen, six sophomores, two juniors, and two seniors learned this weekend what it takes to be an elite MCLA program. To a man, they want in.”
George Washington will play its home opener Friday February 28 against Southern Connecticut. The game will begin at 8:00 PM at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
George Washington Falls to #25 Pittsburgh - Feb 23, 2014
Pittsburgh, PA – The George Washington University Men’s Lacrosse team held a slim lead halfway through the first quarter but were unable to hold on for the rest of the game, losing 20-10 to #25 Pittsburgh at the Cost Sports Center at the University of Pittsburgh.
Junior attackman Charles Frattini (Hudson, NY/Croton Harmon High School) got started early, scoring the first three goals for the Colonials. Frattini was assisted on his first goal by freshman Jared Beard (Chesterfield, MO/Chaminade College Prep), who collected the first point of his Colonials career. However, after GW took the lead 3-2 halfway through the first quarter, Pittsburgh went on a six-goal run to make the score 8-3 before Charles Frattini scored his fourth goal to stop the streak. George Washington traded goals with Pittsburgh in the second quarter, with David Goscinak (Charlestown, MA/The Rivers School) and Tim Wetzel (Carlisle, PA/Cumberland Valley Eagles) scoring for the Colonials right before halftime. However, Pitt held a strong 12-6 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Colonials held Pitt to two goals in the third quarter but only scored one to match. Charles Frattini scored the last goal of the 3rd lead to 14-7. However, Pitt led off the 4th sealed the win for the Panthers. Goscinak, Kyle Chin (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North High School), and Frattini scored the final three goals of the game for GW in the last 1:47, but it was not enough.
Pittsburgh was bolstered by their deep bench and strong skill players. The Panthers were led by Matt Higgins who had 3 goals and 6 assists. Mike Cikovic collected 4 goals for the Panthers. Ultimately it was this effort that guided the Panthers to the victory.
Coach Opron was impressed by the strides made by the team, especially the new players. "We play ranked opponents to challenge our team, learn, and grow. We fought hard all game and saw alot for our young team to be proud of."
The young Colonials team made great strides during the course of the game. Eight freshmen saw their first collegiate action on the field including starters Ramie Bou-Saab (Oak Park,IL/Oak Park River Forest), Jared Beard , and Billy Golden (Northport, NY/Trinity-Pawling School). Beard and Bou-Saab put on impressive showings, each gathering 4 groundballs during the contest. Freshman midfielder Kyle Chin also scored his first college goal when he drove the right lane on a fast break in the 4th.
The Colonials were able to compete with one of the best MCLA teams in several areas. GW closely matched Pittsburgh in groundballs 43-46 during the game. Midfielders David Goscinak and Tim Wetzel led GW with 7 GBs each. George Washington’s defense held the Panther’s man-up unit to 2 goals on 7 opportunities in 5 minutes of penalties. Led by Goscinak (6 caused turnovers), they also caused 31 turnovers to the Panther’s 22. Junior Kyle Webb (Stamford, CT/Greens Farms Academy) led goalies with 8 saves. Frattini finished the contest with 6 goals and fellow attackman Ian Larson (Salt Lake City, UT/Judge Memorial Catholic High School) dished out 2 assists to lead the Colonials.
"Our offense was poised and efficient all game, but especially when we were 6 on 6. We scored 8 of our 10 goals that way, which is a great result against a top 25 opponent known for its' experienced and aggressive defense," said Coach Opron.
George Washington faces its second ranked opponent in a row on Sunday, February 23 in #22 Davenport University. The game will be played at 1:00 p.m. at Washington Jefferson College in Washington, PA.
GW Lacrosse: Hungry in 2014 - Feb 7, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University Men’s Lacrosse Team is looking forward to the challenge of a tough schedule this coming 2014 season. Perennial contenders #22 Davenport University, #25 University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (“MCLA”) Division I newcomer Liberty University, will provide the Colonials with a challenging path to the post season. In its second year as a MCLA Division I program, the Colonials are poised to unleash a combination fresh talent and veteran leadership. The Colonials will look to capitalize on home field advantage, having 6 of their 13 games at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex (the “’Vern”).
The Colonials open the season on the road at NCAA D-III rival, Hood College. This will be the second meeting between the two teams in the rivalry, which is becoming an annual event to test each other’s strengths for their respective seasons. Hood College is a program on the rise in the local NCAA D-III ranks, and will provide the Colonials with an excellent opportunity to prepare themselves for a challenging MCLA regular season schedule. The Colonials play away at the Blazers home field in downtown Frederick, Maryland, on February 16th at 1:00 pm.
On February 22nd, the GW squad faces off against out-of-league rival University of Pittsburgh. The first MCLA meeting between the Colonials and Panthers took place last season in blizzard-like conditions, hindering both teams’ ability for offensive success. The contest ended in a 12-7 victory for the Panthers. This season, the Panthers return one of the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association’s (“CCLA”) best defensive cores but feature several fresh faces on offense. The Colonials face off against the Panthers in Pittsburgh on February 22nd at 3:00 pm, and will seek to avenge last year’s loss in the battle in the blizzard.
The Colonials face off against Davenport University, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on February 23rd at 1:00 pm. Davenport is armed with a #22 pre-season ranking and a year of MCLA Division I competition under its belt after years of success at the MCLA Division II level, highlighted by a 2011 MCLA Division II National Championship. Known for a stable of rotating Canadian, “box” lacrosse players, the Davenport Panthers play a high-tempo, shoot-first-ask-questions-later style of offense that will be sure to excite the fans and test the Colonials ability to play its own brand of run-and-gun style offense.
MCLA Division II Southern Connecticut State University travels down to the ’Vern in Washington D.C for the Colonials’ first of six consecutive home games on February 28th at 8:00 pm.
The Colonials will face Coastal Carolina University on Sunday, March 2nd at the ‘Vern for an afternoon game with the Colonials at 2:00 pm. The Chanticleers boast a squad returning its leading scorer and is no stranger to competing and winning against MCLA Division I opponents.
On Friday, March 21st, the Colonials take on East Carolina. The game against the Pirates starts at 8:00 pm on the ’Vern. Although the Colonials bested the Pirates 11-4 in the first-ever MCLA contest on the ‘Vern last season, early reports from Greenville, NC suggest that the Pirates will be a much-improved squad for this season’s trip to our nation’s capitol.
The University of Rhode Island Rams make the long voyage down to the heart of Washington D.C. on Sunday, March 23rd to play the Colonials at 2:00 pm on the ‘Vern in the first meeting between the two teams. Despite a disappointing 3-8 record in 2013, the Rams had many close losses in a very challenging Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League (PCLL) Division I. The Rams are poised to have a breakout season, returning each of its top 5 scorers from 2013, and will give the Colonials another great out-of-conference challenge.
Friday, March 28th marks the first of five consecutive divisional games for the GW squad as the Colonials take on the West Virginia University Mountaineers on the ‘Vern at 8:00 pm. Last year, the Colonials were victorious by a score of 6-3 in another contest dominated by extreme winter weather conditions. Always an athletic squad, the Mountaineers will again challenge the Colonials to run the entire length of the field each play to earn another victory.
The following Sunday, March 30th, the Colonials take on their second divisional opponent, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, at 2:00 pm in hopes of finishing of their 2014 homestand with a victory.
On Saturday, April 5 the Colonials travel down to Lynchburg, Virginia for a matchup with the Liberty Flames. This past fall, the Flames took ownership of the Liberty Bell, a trophy commemorating the friendly rivalry between the two in-conference foes, with an 11-8 scrimmage victory over the Colonials in Lynchburg. The Colonials have circled this date on their schedule, looking to return to Lynchburg to “bring back the bell.”
The following weekend the Colonials travel to Blacksburg, Virginia to take on divisional rival, the University of Tennessee Volunteers, on Saturday, April 12 followed by defending SELC Northwest Division Champion, the Virginia Tech Hokies, on Sunday, April 13. The game starts at 3:00 pm on Virginia Tech’s Lacrosse field in what could be a battle for the SELC Northwest division crown.
2014 Spring Schedule Recap:
SUN, FEB 16, 1:00 pm: Colonials @ Hood College (NCAA Division III) (Fredrick, MD)
SAT, FEB 22, 3:00 pm: Colonials @ University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
SUN, FEB 23, 1:00 pm: Colonials @ Davenport University (Pittsburgh, PA)
FRI, FEB 28, 8:00 pm: S. Connecticut @ Colonials (Washington D.C. The ‘Vern)
SUN, MAR 2, 2:00 pm: Coastal Carolina @ Colonials (Washington D.C. The ‘Vern)
FRI, MAR 21, 8:00 pm: East Carolina @ Colonials (Washington D.C. The ‘Vern)
SUN, MAR 23, 2:00 pm: Rhode Island @ Colonials (Washington D.C. The ‘Vern)
FRI, MAR 28, 8:00 pm: West Virginia @ Colonials (Washington D.C. The ‘Vern)
SUN, MAR 30,10:00 am: Kentucky @ Colonials (Washington D.C. The ‘Vern)
SAT, APR 5, 3:00 pm: Colonials @ Liberty (Lynchburg, VA)
SAT, APR 12, 3:00 pm: Tennessee @ Colonials (Blacksburg, VA)
SUN, APR 13, 3:00 pm: Colonials @ Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)
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Colonials End Fall Season With Scrimmage at Rival Liberty - Oct 12, 2013
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."
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