George Mason Patriots

The George Mason Patriots are the athletic teams of George Mason University (GMU) of 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.

George Mason Patriots
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UniversityGeorge Mason University
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
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
ColorsGreen and Gold[1]
         
Websitewww.gomason.com

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

While many of the school's athletic programs have had historical seasons, the men's basketball program remains the flagship sport at the University. The men's basketball team has played at the Patriot Center since 1985 and played the prior years in the PE Building on the west side of the Fairfax Campus. The men's 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 program's largest rivals include conference foes George Washington, Virginia Commonwealth, and James Madison. With new rivalries forming with their induction to the A-10.

The best-known player in Patriots history is George Evans, a Gulf War veteran who played from 1997–2001 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

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 1980–93, 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, Sean Kelley, and Brent Brockman.

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

Track and field

Notable athletes

Club sports

In addition to its NCAA Division I sports, George Mason fields club teams in the following sports:[2]

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.

Men's

Women's

NCAA Tournament appearances

Men's

Women's

  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Colonial Athletic Association titles

Mason athletes have captured 280 individual CAA championships.

Men's

  • Baseball (2)
  • Basketball (4) Regular Season Championships and (4) Conference Tournament Championships
  • Soccer (4)
  • Track & field (6)
  • Wrestling (5)

Women's

  • Cross Country (4)
  • Soccer (1)
  • Swimming & Diving (4)
  • Track & Field (9) (all consecutive from 1990–1998)
  • Volleyball (7, including 5 in a row from 1992–1996)

Atlantic 10 titles

Mason has captured 10 team A-10 championships.

Men's

  • Soccer (1) 2013
  • Baseball (1) 2014
  • Cross Country (1) 2014
  • Indoor Track & Field (2) 2017, 2019
  • Outdoor Track & Field (2) 2015, 2016

Women's

  • Indoor Track & Field (1) 2014
  • Outdoor Track & Field (2) 2014, 2015

References

  1. ^ "Color | The George Mason University Brand Profile". Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  2. ^ George Mason fields club teams
  3. ^ https://www.ncaa.com/history/trackfield-indoor-men/d1
  4. ^ https://www.ncaa.com/history/soccer-women/d1

External links

1993–94 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 1993–94 George Mason Patriots Men's basketball team represented George Mason University during the 1993–94 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was the 28th season for the program, the first under head coach Paul Westhead. The Patriots played their home games at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.

1994–95 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 1994–95 George Mason Patriots Men's basketball team represented George Mason University during the 1994–95 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was the 29th season for the program, the second under head coach Paul Westhead. The Patriots played their home games at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.

1997–98 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 1997–98 George Mason Patriots Men's basketball team represented George Mason University during the 1997–98 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was the 32nd season for the program, the first under head coach Jim Larrañaga. The Patriots played their home games at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.

2005–06 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 2005–06 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team represented George Mason University in the 2005–2006 NCAA Basketball season. The team reached several milestones, including a team record 23 regular season wins, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Patriots reached the Final Four of the NCAA, becoming the first team from the Colonial Athletic Association to accomplish that feat.

2006–07 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 2006–07 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team began their 41st season of collegiate play on November 11, 2006 at Cleveland State. This season followed their historic 2005–06 season where they advanced to the Final Four of the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. However, the 2006–07 team was much less successful; they finishing with an 18-15 record and were not invited to any post-season tournaments.

2007–08 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 2007–08 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team began their 42nd season of collegiate play on November 9, 2007 at the Patriot Center versus Vermont. George Mason won the 2008 CAA tournament and advanced to the 2008 NCAA tournament. The Patriots were awarded a #12 seed, but lost in the first round to Notre Dame.

2010–11 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 2010–11 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team represented George Mason University during the 2010–11 college basketball season. This was the 45th season for the program. The Patriots, led by head coach Jim Larranaga, are members of the Colonial Athletic Association and played their home games at the Patriot Center. They finished the season 27–7, 16–2 in CAA play to win the conference's regular season championship. They lost in the semifinals of the 2011 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament to VCU. They received an at-large bid in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where they defeated Villanova in the second round before falling in the third round to Ohio State.

2011–12 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 2011–12 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team represented George Mason University during the 2011–12 college basketball season. This was the 46th season for the program. The Patriots, led by first year head coach Paul Hewitt, are members of the Colonial Athletic Association and played their home games at the Patriot Center. They finished the season 24–9, 14–4 in CAA play. They lost in the semifinals of the 2011 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament to VCU.

2012–13 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 2012–13 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team represented George Mason University during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was the 47th season for the program. The Patriots, led by head coach Paul Hewitt, were members of the Colonial Athletic Association and played their home games at the Patriot Center, with one home game at the Recreation and Athletic Complex. They finished the season 22–16, 10–8 in CAA play to finish in a tie for fifth place. They advanced to the semifinals of the CAA Tournament where they lost to Northeastern. They were invited to the 2013 College Basketball Invitational where they defeated the College of Charleston, Houston, and Western Michigan to advance to the best-of-three games finals series vs Santa Clara. They lost the series to Santa Clara 2 games to 1 to be the CBI Runner-Up.

This was the Patriots final season as a member of the CAA. They joined the Atlantic 10 Conference in July, 2013.

2013–14 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 2013–14 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team represented George Mason University during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was the 48th season for the program. The Patriots, led by third year head coach Paul Hewitt, played their inaugural season in the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10), after spending the past 28 years in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They finished the season 11–20, 4–12 in A-10 play to finish in 12th place. They lost in the first round of the A-10 Tournament to Fordham.

2014–15 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 2014–15 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team represented George Mason University during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. It was the 49th season for the program. The Patriots, led by fourth year head coach Paul Hewitt, competed in their second season in the Atlantic 10 Conference. They finished the season 9–22, 4–14 in A-10 play to finish in a tie for twelfth place. They lost in first round of the A-10 Tournament to Fordham.

On March 16, head coach Paul Hewitt was fired. He finished at George Mason with a four-year record of 66–67.

2015–16 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 2015–16 George Mason Patriots Men's basketball team represented George Mason University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. It was the 50th season for the program. The Patriots were led by Dave Paulsen in his first season as head coach of the program following Paul Hewitt's dismissal. They played their home games at EagleBank Arena and were members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They finished the season 11–21, 5–13 in A-10 play to finish in a tie for 12th place. They lost to Saint Louis in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

2016–17 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 2016–17 George Mason Patriots Men's basketball team represented George Mason University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was the 51st season for the program. They were coached by second-year coach Dave Paulsen as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They play their home games at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. They finished the season 20–14, 9–9 in A-10 play to finish in a tie for seventh place. In the A-10 Tournament, they defeated Fordham in the second round before losing to VCU in the quarterfinals. They received an invitation to the College Basketball Invitational where they lost in the first round to Loyola (MD).

2017–18 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 2017–18 George Mason Patriots Men's basketball team represented George Mason University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The season was the 52nd for the program, the third under head coach Dave Paulsen, and the fifth as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference The Patriots played their home games at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. They finished the season 16–17, 9–9 in A-10 play to finish in a four-way tie for fifth place. As the No. 5 seed in the A-10 Tournament, they defeated Massachusetts in the second round before losing to Saint Joseph's in the quarterfinals.

2018–19 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

The 2018–19 George Mason Patriots Men's basketball team represents George Mason University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The season marks the 53rd for the program, the fourth under head coach Dave Paulsen, and the sixth as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Patriots play their home games at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.

George Mason Patriots baseball

The George Mason Patriots baseball team is an intercollegiate baseball team representing George Mason University in NCAA Division I college baseball and has made six appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

George Mason participates as a full member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They have won four regular season championships and two tournaments as a member of the CAA.

George Mason Patriots men's basketball

The George Mason Patriots men's basketball team represents George Mason University and competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference of NCAA Division I. The Patriots play at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia, on the George Mason campus. The current head coach, Dave Paulsen, was hired in March 2015.

George Mason Patriots men's soccer

For information on all George Mason University sports, see George Mason PatriotsThe George Mason Patriots men's soccer team is a varsity intercollegiate athletic team of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, United States. The team is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. George Mason's first men's soccer team was fielded in 1968. The team plays its home games at George Mason Stadium in Fairfax, Virginia. The Patriots are coached by Greg Andrulis.

George Mason Patriots women's basketball

The George Mason Patriots women's basketball team represents George Mason University and competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference of NCAA Division I.

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