George Mason Patriots
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UniversityGeorge Mason University
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference (primary)
Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (men)
Mid-American Conference (wrestling)
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorBrad Edwards
LocationFairfax, Virginia
Varsity teams22
Basketball arenaEagleBank Arena
Baseball stadiumSpuhler Field
Soccer stadiumGeorge Mason Stadium
Lacrosse stadiumGeorge Mason Stadium
MascotThe Patriot
NicknamePatriots
Fight songOnward to Victory
ColorsGreen and gold[1]
   
Websitewww.gomason.com

The George Mason Patriots are the intercollegiate athletic teams representing George Mason University (GMU), located in Fairfax, Virginia. The Patriots compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference for most sports.

History

The Patriots began to move from NAIA and NCAA Division II status into the NCAA Division I ranks with men's basketball in the 1978–1979 season. According to the History of George Mason basketball, both the men's and women's basketball program have been fixtures of campus life. Within a few years, all other sports also were elevated to Division I status. George Mason reached its current level of 20 varsity sports with the addition of women's lacrosse (1993–1994), women's rowing (1997–1998) and men's and women's swimming & diving (1999–2000). In addition, George Mason has fielded a varsity club football team since 1993 that competes intercollegiately. Their opponents range from other club teams to NCAA Division I FCS programs. GMU was a founding member of the CAA but joined the Atlantic 10 in 2013.

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Lacrosse
Golf Rowing
Soccer Soccer
Swimming and diving Softball
Tennis Swimming and diving
Track and field Tennis
Volleyball Track and field
Wrestling Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Men's basketball

Main articles: George Mason Patriots men's basketball and 2005—06 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

While many of the schoolʼs athletic programs have had historical seasons, the men's basketball program remains the flagship sport at the university. The menʼs basketball team has played at the Patriot Center since 1985 after playing prior seasons in the PE Building on the west side of the Fairfax Campus. The menʼs basketball team has made the NCAA tournament six times (1989, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2008, and 2011) and the NIT tournament four times (1986, 2002, 2004 and 2009). The Patriot basketball team is most famous for its 2006 NCAA run to the Final Four. GMU beat perennial powers UNC, Connecticut, and Michigan State, as well as a highly ranked Wichita State team, before losing to eventual National Champion Florida in the Final Four.

The programʼs largest rivals include conference foes George Washington, Virginia Commonwealth, and James Madison. New rivalries are forming via George Masonʼs admission to the A-10.

The best-known player in Patriots history is George Evans, a Gulf War veteran who played from 1997 to 2001 and was a CAA player of year three consecutive seasons. He shares the CAA record with NBA legend David Robinson for winning the award three straight times. Other Patriot standouts include Andre Gaddy, Carlos Yates, Kenny Sanders, Curtis McCants, Nate Langley, Robert Dykes, Robert Rose, Jason Miskiri, Jai Lewis, Lamar Butler, Tony Skinn, Gabe Norwood, Folarin Campbell, and Will Thomas.

Men's soccer

Main article: George Mason Patriots men's soccer

Men's soccer was one of the first varsity sports to be offered when the then George Mason College began its athletic program in the late 1960s. Since then, it has become one of the most successful programs among the 22 NCAA Division I sports currently offered. In the 39-year history of George Mason soccer, the program has a record of 377-264-76 for a winning percentage of .579. The Patriots have posted at least 10 victories in 23 of those seasons, including 14 in a row from 1980 to 1993, and they have finished a season nationally ranked nine times (1981, '82, '84, '85, '87, '88, '90, '92 and '96) in the last 24 years. At George Mason Stadium, the team's 5,000-seat home field which opened for the 1982 season, the Patriots have a record of 140-61-26 (.674 winning percentage). The men's team has reached the NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Championship eight times (1985, '86, '87, '89, '90, '96, 2006 and 2008). Notable former players include Joe Addo, Denis Hamlett, Ritchie Kotschau, Bob Lilley, Tamir Linhart, Anthony Noreiga, John O'Hara, Mark Pulisic, Conor Shanosky, John Borrajo, Irad Young, and Brent Brockman.

George Mason won the A-10 conference championship their first year in the league (2013).

Women's soccer

Women's soccer has been perhaps the most successful program at George Mason University. The Patriots have reached the NCAA Division 1 Women's Soccer Championship twelve times and the College Cup four times (1983, '85, '86, '93), in 1983 they reached the final but would lose 4–0 to North Carolina.[2] Under Coach Hank Leung, the Patriots would again reach the final in the 1985 tournament, on Nov. 24, in front of a record-crowd of 4,500 people at George Mason Stadium and millions on national television on an ESPN broadcast, No. 3 George Mason would beat No. 2 North Carolina 2–0 to win the school's first ever National Championship in their history.[3] GMU players Pam Baughman and Betsy Drambour won the Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player awards respectively while another GMU player, Lisa Gmitter, being the tournament's top scorer with 3 goals.

Track and field

Notable athletes

Erik Copes (#4 in white) of the George Mason Patriots shoots a layup against the Old Dominion Monarchs. Also depicted are Ryan Pearson (#24 in white), Nick Wright (#1 in blue), and Chris Cooper (#20 in blue).
Erik Copes (#4 in white) of the George Mason Patriots shoots a layup against the Old Dominion Monarchs. Also depicted are Ryan Pearson (#24 in white), Nick Wright (#1 in blue), and Chris Cooper (#20 in blue).

Club sports

Spuhler Field at George Mason University

In addition to its NCAA Division I sports, George Mason fields club teams in the following sports:[4]

Championships and titles

National Championships

The Patriots have won 2 NCAA team championships, 23 George Mason student-athletes have claimed 35 individual national championships, and 13 George Mason teams have made more than 117 NCAA postseason appearances since the school opened.

NCAA Tournament appearances

Colonial Athletic Association titles

Mason athletes have captured 280 individual CAA championships.

Atlantic 10 titles

Mason has captured 10 team A-10 championships.

References

  1. ^ "Color". George Mason University Office of Communications and Marketing. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  2. ^ "DI Women's Soccer Championship History | NCAA.com". www.ncaa.com. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
  3. ^ "Women's Soccer Claims Mason's First National Championship in 1985". George Mason University Athletics. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
  4. ^ George Mason fields club teams
  5. ^ "DI Men's Track & Field (I) Championship History". NCAA.com. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2022-05-15.
  6. ^ "DI Women's Soccer Championship History". NCAA.com. Retrieved 2022-05-15.