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The Blue & Gray Press | April 24, 2017

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UMW Weekend Sports Recap

By Zach Moretti

It was a busy weekend for the sports teams of Mary Washington. Nine games were played between four different sports teams.

The men’s soccer team had two hard fought games over the weekend and they went 1-1 in those contests. The team fell to Eastern Mennonite University 1-0 on Saturday in a tough overtime loss. The Eagles out shot the Royals 12-7, had more shots on goal (5-4), and held the corner kicks edge 7-2, but they couldn’t capitalize. Eastern Mennonite freshman midfielder Mitchell Leap scored in the 98th minute to hand UMW their second loss of the year. The soccer team rebounded from Saturday’s loss with a 3-2 victory over McDaniel College on Sunday. UMW junior forward Corey Sims had a hand in all three goals, as he scored one and assisted on the other two. Senior midfielders Matt Lawrey and Ryan Taibl also scored to help the Eagles notch their first victory of the young season.

The women’s soccer team had a good weekend, as they went 2-0 in their games. The first victory came at home on Friday as Mary Washington demolished McDaniel College 4-0. Senior midfielder Kate Parvin scored two goals to lead the Eagles and the defense and sophomore goalie Tina Brehm combined to shut down the Green Terror offense. The team followed that victory by edging Eastern Mennonite University 1-0 on Sunday. The lone goal of the game came late in the contest as junior forward Chrissy Reardon took a pass from sophomore forward Nicole Dierkes and punched it in to give UMW the road win. With their victories over the weekend, the Eagles improve to 3-0 on the season.

The volleyball team took part in the Holliday Inn Select Invitational and went 3-1. The team dropped their first set of the year to Christopher Newport University, but they recovered from their slow start as they went on to win the next three sets for a 3-1 victory. Their next opponent was against the host of the tournament,
Virginia Wesleyan College, and the team couldn’t knock off the Marlins as they fell 3-1. UMW closed out with two
Impressive victories over Rivier College (3-1) and St. Joseph’s College (3-0). Mary Washington senior Anne Lutkenhaus was named to the all-tournament team. She had 37 kills, 37 digs, and 11 aces in the teams four matches.

The most impressive victory this weekend was by the Eagles’ field hockey team, who knocked off Lebanon Valley College 4-3. Despite being out shot 18-14, having less shots on goal (16-11), and having drastically fewer corner kicks (16-4), the Eagles were able to knock off the eighth ranked team in the country for field hockey. It was a close game throughout and the score was tied 2-2 at halftime, but Mary Washington junior midfielder Emma Jones’ second goal of the game proved to be the difference in the upset.

This weekend reinforces that there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to the university athletics this fall. UMW sports teams went 7-2 in their competitions over the weekend and there are great players on every team that are worth going out and seeing.

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