Posted: March 22, 2017 at 3:38 pm
Mason Club Sports
Baseball: The Baseball team traveled to Plant City, FL to compete in the NCBA Spring Training Showcase Tournament. GMU went 3-2 on the week, beating Carnegie Mellon University (15-6), University of Kentucky (17-7), and Northern Illinois University (11-0). Their only losses came against Edinboro University (7-8) and Cleveland St. University (3-7). Throughout the week, everyone performed at a high level. Patrick Charney had a .538 batting average with 7 hits and 6 RBI in 5 games. Kyle King had a .500 batting average with 6 hits and 5 RBI in 4 games. As a team, GMU scored 53 runs during the competition. On the mound, Adam Easter pitched 5.1 shutout innings and struck out 16 of the 18 batters he faced, picking up the win against Carnegie Mellon.
The Baseball team’s week continued as they traveled to Fruitland, MD to compete in a conference doubleheader against Salisbury University. After such a long week, the Patriots struggled against the tough competition, just barely losing the first game 1-2 and the second 5-11.
Equestrian: The Equestrian club traveled to Goucher College to compete in the UMBC IHSA Show against teams including American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Goucher College, and Johns Hopkins. George Mason finished third overall in the event. Individual results were as follows:
Kaitlin Hurley- 4th novice flat; 3rd novice fences
Amanda Malloy- 5th novice flat
Codie Gibson- 3rd walk, trot
Katherine Velle- 2nd Intermediate flat
Megan Hagarty- 2nd open flat; 6th open fences
Theresa Litzinger- 3rd Advanced walk, trot, canter
Kirsten Van Nortwick- 1st Intermediate flat
Nicole Ochsenknecht- 5th Advanced walk, trot, canter
Elizabeth Dorrian- 6th open flat
Sarah White- 4th walk, trot
Men’s Rugby: The Men’s Rugby team traveled to Miami, FL to participate in official practices and scrimmages against the Miami Rugby team. GMU received instruction and practice for drill techniques, individual roles, and plays for the whole team. The two teams scrimmaged, unscored, to help Mason work on defense techniques and game play scenarios.
Ski & Snowboard: The Ski & Snowboard club competed in their first Nationals event at the USCSA Nationals in Mt. Bachelor, OR. The team fought hard through the conditions with over three feet of snow in the first two days, high winds, and bad visibility. John Friedersdorf finished 22nd overall in GS (Giant Slalom) and 55th in Boardercross. Nicholas Miller finished 39th overall in GS, 44th in Slopestyle, qualified 19th in Boardercross, and finished 30th in men’s snowboard. Jackson Robic, riding with two hurt ankles, finished 77th in Boardercross and GS on an extremely rough and tough course. Lydia Bartnick finished 19th overall in GS, qualified 20th in Boardercross, and finished 20th in women’s snowboard. Kirsten Hahn finished 26th overall in GS women’s snowboard. Caroline Fudala faced her fears of the terrain park, competing in the women’s freeski finals.
Trap & Skeet: The Trap and Skeet team competed in the Snow Goose Classic at Schrader’s Outdoors in Henderson, MD against Washington College and Naval Academy. In the Sporting Clays event, Derek Vacco placed first, Sam Hoskinson placed second, Alex DiLorenzo placed third, and Stephanie Treme placed fourth.
Men’s Ultimate: The Men’s Ultimate team also traveled to Tallahassee, FL to compete in the men’s side of the Tally Classic tournament. GMU held seed getting 18th place with close games against high seed teams. Jacob Shade was named MVP for great defense, generating good turnovers and a few layout blocks while being a strong cutter to get the flow going. Mason’s wins came against North Florida (11-6), ECU (12-6), and Georgia Gwinnett (15-4). They fell to University of Tennessee Chattanooga (9-11), Alabama Huntsville (9-11), UCF (7-11), Georgia Tech (6-11), and Emory (9-14).
Women’s Ultimate: The Women’s Ultimate team traveled to Tallahassee, FL to compete in the Tally Classic tournament. GMU went 5-2 for the weekend, only barely getting beaten by two nationally ranked teams. They dominated in each of their wins, beating University of Florida B (13-0), Georgia St. (13-5), North Georgia (13-4), Tennessee (15-2), and LSU (11-2). Florida State and Kennesaw State (1st seed) won 10-13 and 11-15, respectively; however, Kennesaw State’s coach recognized Mason as having the best Spirit of the Game of any team that they had played that weekend. The team is slowly moving up in the national rankings and are excited for their next tournament in April.
Underwater Hockey: Underwater Hockey traveled to Orlando, FL to compete in the Atlantic Coast Championships. Although they did not have any wins during the competition, two of Mason’s players received MVP awards. The team as a whole received participation awards. Their results were as follows: Orlando (1-9), UF (2-6), Team Sexy (0-9), Orlando (0-5), Toronto (1-9).