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New Head Coach Gregg Ritchie Ushers In New Era in GW Baseball in 2013

Ben Silverstein
Assistant Director, Internal Affairs

WASHINGTON - It seems to be the “Year of the New Coach” here at George Washington; there has been a glut of new coaches hired by Athletic Director Patrick Nero to usher inf a new athletic atmosphere. The newest of these coaches, former Pittsburgh Pirates batting coach Gregg Ritchie, alumnus ’86, is no stranger to George Washington. Coach Ritchie is also a member of the GW Athletic Hall of Fame, after posting impressive numbers as a batter and as well as a pitcher, playing many of his games in a buff uniform on the National Mall. He inherits a team that went 19-36 with middling sabermetrics, but if there is anyone capable of bringing this program to new heights, it is Coach Ritchie.

In his first interview with WRGW, Coach Ritchie insisted that the first aspect of the program to be addressed would be the team ethic. Having added a transfer and two freshmen pitchers, Ritchie will have plenty of raw material to not only teach and train, but instill good team work ethic. The team will still rely on a stable of upperclassmen on the mound for their veteran instinct and bullpen support. An interesting change comes to the team in the shape of Tyler McCarthy, who gets shifted from right field to closer, taking on late game situations. Coming to the mound from the outfield is certainly a drastic shift not only in real estate but in mentality and the change will possibly be one of the keys to watch about this new-look Colonials team. McCarthy does have the intangibles of seniority and leadership, as well as having the build of a successful pitcher, but his success might hinge on the start he has; a hot start with a couple saves could propel him into future prowess at the position but a rocky start could derail his and his teams overall success.

Ritchie brings his expertise as a hitting coach to the Colonials who had trouble putting postage stamps on the baseball, hitting only 21 home runs and exactly 100 extra base hits overall, but Coach Ritchie is surely up to the challenge after coaching the Pirates to historic highs in batting statistics, led by homegrown All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

Coach Ritchie and the Colonials open the season Friday against Davidson in North Carolina. The Colonials play their first game at the brand new Barcroft Park in Arlington, Virginia, on March 1st but have their official home opener the next day against Quinnipiac at 1 p.m. WRGW will have coverage their first game on March 1st with coverage starting at 2:45 p.m. and first pitch at 3 p.m. on gwradio.com.

GW Week in Review: September 4-9

Jeff Pawling
Assistant Director, News and Social Media

It was a busy week in the sports world with the kickoff of the 2012 NFL season, a full slate of college football and baseball games, and the conclusion of U.S. Open tennis in New York. With all of these events going on, it might have been easy to miss the action in the realm of GW athletics, where two varsity programs were in action against ranked opponents. No worries however, we’ve got you covered. Here is a rundown of the week that was GW sports:

Men’s Soccer:
September 7 – VMI 3, GW 1
September 9 - GW 2, Liberty 0

Women’s Soccer:
September 7 - GW 2, Towson 1
September 9 – Rider 1, GW 0

Volleyball:
September 5 - GW 3, UMBC 2
September 7 – #16 Tennessee 3, GW 0
September 8 – Maryland 3, GW 0
                      Boston College 3, GW 1

Men’s Water Polo:
September 8 – #2 UCLA 22, GW 4
                      M.I.T. 12, GW 6
September 9 – #18 Brown 11, GW 3
                       Fordham 11, GW 8

Women’s Tennis:
September 7 - GW 3, Howard 2
                     GW 3, Saint Joseph’s 2
September 8 – Delaware 3, GW 2
                     Match vs Mount St. Mary’s went unfinished
                     Match vs Towson was cancelled

Game of the Week: Volleyball - GW 3, UMBC 2

In the home opener  at the Charles E. Smith Center, the Colonials managed to rally for a five-set victory after squandering a two sets to one lead. Redshirt Junior Jessica Lubic led the way for GW in the final set, tallying three kills and seven assists to help the Colonials claim the fifth set 15-7. Senior Lauren Whyte had a match-high 19 kills versus only three errors in 53 attempts and added 13 digs for her second double-double of the season and 34th of her career. Junior Jamie Armstrong added 13 kills of her own against zero errors in 22 attempts to go along with four digs, four service aces, two assists and two block assists in the winning effort. The victory improved GW’s home record under Coach Amanda Ault to 13-1 and improved to 35-10 at the Smith Center over the past five seasons.

GW Weekend in Review: August 30-September 3

Jeff Pawling
Assistant Director, News and Social Media

This weekend marked the first of the new school year at The George Washington University, and that meant an action packed weekend not only for the University in general, with Diplo crashing University Yard to headline this year’s “Fall Fest,” but also for GW Athletics. Five varsity squads were in action over Labor Day weekend, including both the Men’s and Women’s soccer teams. Here is a quick rundown of how they fared:

Men’s Soccer:
August 30- George Mason 3, GW 0
September 1- GW 2, Howard 1

Women’s Soccer:
September 1- GW 1, Columbia 0
September 3- GW 3, Cornell 2

Men’s Water Polo:
September 1- GW 21, Penn State Behrend 5
                    GW 11, Iona 10
September 2- GW 16, Notre Dame (OH) 9
                    GW 18, Gannon 6

Men’s Cross Country: GW finished 3rd out of 10 teams at the Sea Gull Opener in Salisbury, Maryland.

Women’s Cross Country: GW finished 2nd out of 11 teams at the Sea Gull Opener in Salisbury, Maryland.

Game of the Weekend: Women’s SoccerSeptember 3: GW 3, Cornell 2

In what may very well be considered a GW “instant classic,” the Colonials scored 3 second half goals to overcome a halftime deficit and defeat Cornell on Labor Day at Mount Vernon Field. Freshman Amanda Gaggioli got the Colonial scoring started just 54 seconds into the 2nd half when she received a crossing pass from fellow freshman Kristi Abbate and put it into the back of the net to equalize the match at 1. Junior Alex Neal then gave the Colonials their first lead of the afternoon at the 60:17 mark when she charged around the Big Red defense and unleashed a powerful shot for her second goal of the season. After Cornell knotted it up at 2, sophomore Meg Murphy put GW ahead for good with an unassisted goal at the 85:53 mark, her first of the season. In all, the Colonials managed to hold off a late onslaught from Cornell and pull out a thrilling win to improve their overall record to 2-2 despite being out shot 22-13 by Cornell.

GW Fall Sports Preview 2012

Jeff Pawling
Assistant Director, News and Social Media

With the Fall Semester at GW starting in a couple of weeks, that can only mean one thing: the fall sports season is right around the corner. Over the next week and a half, we will be providing in-depth previews of GW Men’s and Women’s Soccer as well as GW Volleyball, all sports that we will be broadcasting right here on wrgwsports.com this season. However, those are not the only sports that will be in action this fall. Here is a little more of what you can expect in GW Athletics during the fall sports season:

Cross Country: Junior Marco Siragusa and Sophomore John Perrino lead a men’s team trying to improve upon last season’s 13th place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships. On the women’s side, Julia Weir returns for her final season at GW attempting to also improve upon a 13th place team finish in 2011 under second year head coach Terry Weir.

Rowing: Trofym Anderson leads a men’s rowing squad that loses only two members of its varsity squad from 2011-12. The Colonials took a step in the right direction under head coach Mark Davis last season, with the Varsity 8 squad finishing fourth in the IRA National Championships, just five seconds behind winner Northeastern. The GW women, fresh off a second place finish at the Atlantic 10 championship last season under Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Eric Carcich, will strive to claim the title this year under the veteran leadership of Anna Kaminski, who rowed for the United States Under-23 national team at the World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania last month.

Sailing: After spending many years as a club program, GW Sailing under head coach John Pierce will embark on its inaugural collegiate season in both the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association and the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association in 2012-13 after officially becoming a varsity sport on July 1st. The Colonials will use the Potomac River as its home venue and will attempt to gain ground on crosstown rival Georgetown, who took home the ICSA/GILL Coed National Championship last season.

Swimming: The GW men will look to improve upon a 2011-12 season that saw them take sixth place at the Atlantic 10 Championships with a total of 401 points. The Colonials under head coach Dan Rhinehart will return many key contributors from last season, including senior Phillip Graeter, who finished second in the 200-yard backstroke at the Atlantic 10 Championships, and sophomore Adam Rabe, who finished second in the 200-yard breaststoke. As for the GW women, they return juniors Caroline Myers and Lindsay Moore to a squad that finished ninth at the Atlantic 10 Championships with a total of 233.5 points.

Tennis: The GW men enter the fall 2012 season as the defending back-to-back Atlantic 10 champion and are poised to battle for a third straight title under head coach Greg Munoz as they welcome back three key players from their 2011-12 campaign, including senior Alexander van Gils and juniors Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen. The GW ladies are looking to improve upon a successful 2011-12 season of their own that saw them finish 16-7 overall. Head coach Dawn Buth returns five players from last season and welcomes highly touted recruit Egle Jakuciunaite, ranked fourth in Lithuania by the Lithuanian Tennis Union, to Mount Vernon.

Men’s Water Polo: The Colonial men return 14 letterwinners from 2011’s team that finished with a record of 13-17, good for fifth place in the CWPA Southern Division under head coach Scott Reed. However, they will encounter one of their toughest schedules in recent years, with matches against 2011 national runner-up UCLA at the Princeton Invite on September 8th and defending CWPA Eastern Division champion Princeton at the Charles E. Smith Center on September 22nd, both as a part of doubleheaders.

It’s shaping up to be an exciting season for GW Athletics and Colonials Radio Central will have you covered from start to finish with all the latest news from Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon.

Today: GW Fall Sports Preview

Tomorrow: GW Women’s Soccer Preview

Wednesday, August 22nd : GW Volleyball Preview

Thursday, August 23rd: GW Men’s Soccer Preview

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