It’s another busy weekend for Mason student-athletes with both soccer teams competing locally.
The women’s volleyball team gets the weekend started at the Virginia Tournament as the Patriots face Stony Brook today at 4 p.m. Tomorrow evening, Mason will face host-school Virginia at 7 p.m. The women’s volleyball team is 4-6 on the year but they have lost their past three outings as they were winless at the Rutgers Tournament last weekend. Stony Brook is 4-7 on the season while the Cavaliers are 5-4. Holly Goode continues to lead Mason in kills with 100 and she is third in digs and blocks with 91 and 21, respectively.
Next up is the women’s soccer team which travels to College Park tonight to take on the seventh-ranked Terrapins. That’s right, Maryland is ranked No. 7 in the nation and the Patriots will put their three-match winning streak on the line against the Terps, who are 7-0-0 on the year. Mason (4-2-0) will be playing its final non-conference match of the year against quite possibly the toughest opponent it will face all season. Mason last played Maryland in 2008. One thing going in Mason’s favor is the last time the Patriots beat Maryland came when the Terrapins were nationally ranked. Omolyn Davis continues to be among the nation’s best in assists as she already has six to go with four goals.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams will head up to Newark to compete in the Delaware Invitational as the Patriots look to continue their strong early-season running. The men won last weekend at the JMU Open while the women, who last competed two weeks ago, finished second at the Mount St. Mary’s 5k Duals.
Finishing off the weekend is the men’s soccer team. The Patriots, who are 3-1-0 with their lone loss coming in overtime to nationally-ranked Penn, host Richmond in the first regular-season home match of the year. The Patriots are ranked seventh in the NSCAA South Atlantic region along with six other CAA schools. Mason also is receiving votes in the national poll. Along with four other CAA schools.
Wingstock ’10 presented by Hard Times Café will also take place at the men’s soccer match. There will be free wings and t-shirts for the first 400 students with a valid Mason student ID. At halftime, there will be a wing-eating contest with a $500 cash prize, courtesy of Ken’s Blue Cheese Dressing.