Revolutionary Rivalry

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All-time seriesGWU leads 2-0-1
Locations of George Mason and George Washington

The Revolutionary Rivalry is a rivalry between the George Mason Patriots and George Washington Colonials, both of which play in the Atlantic 10 Conference and are located in the Washington metropolitan area. Both schools are named after founding fathers, George Mason and George Washington, who were both natives to Virginia and had their plantations, Gunston Hall and Mount Vernon, respectively, on the southside of modern Fairfax County.

The rivalry is balanced in terms of total wins between each school across all sports. George Washington, though, has historically dominated the series in men's and women's basketball, while George Mason has dominated the series in baseball and men's and women's soccer.

History[edit]

The formal rivalry, with the title, "Revolutionary Rivalry" is rooted ahead of the 2013–14 academic school year,[1][2] when George Mason University left the Colonial Athletic Association to join the Atlantic 10 Conference, as part of the 2010–2014 NCAA conference realignment.[3] Before then, both institutions regularly played non-conference matches against each other due to relative proximity of the schools (separated by 20 miles).[4]

Historically, most of the rivalry, even prior to the Patriots joining the A-10 was fixed on basketball, which has historically favored the Colonials[5][6][7] However, with both schools being part of the Atlantic 10, the rivalry was formally given a title, and spanned across all sports.[8]

All-time series summary[edit]

Sport All-time series record Last result Next meeting Source
Baseball Mason leads 66–45 GW won 8–5 on April 7, 2019 2020 @ GW [9]
Men's Basketball GW leads 19–6 Mason won 61–57 on March 14, 2019 January 15, 2020 @ GW [10]
Women's Basketball GW leads 24–10 Mason won 61–46 on February 6, 2019 January 4, 2020 @ Mason [11]
Men's Cross Country 0–0 0–0 0–0
Women's Cross Country 0–0 0–0 0–0
Golf 0–0 0–0 0–0
Women's Lacrosse Mason leads 15–3 Mason won 15–10 on April 14, 2019 2020 @ GW [12]
Women's Rowing 0–0 0–0 0–0
Men's Soccer Mason leads 27–14–3 Mason won 2–1 on September 28, 2019 2020 @ Mason [13]
Women's Soccer Mason leads 22–2–4 2–2 draw on October 24, 2019 2020 @ GW [14]
Softball Mason leads 14–11 Mason won 5–3 on April 17, 2019 2020 @ Mason [15]
Men's Swimming 0–0 0–0 0–0
Women's Swimming 0–0 0–0 0–0
Men's Tennis 0–0 0–0 0–0
Women's Tennis 0–0 0–0 0–0
Volleyball GW leads 32–10 GW won 3–2 on September 28, 2019 2020 @ Mason [16]

Series led and games won by George Mason are shaded ██ green. Series led and games won by George Washington shaded ██ blue.

Series results[edit]

The formal rivalry began during the 2013-14 season when Mason joined the Atlantic 10 Conference.[1]

The point system is that there is one point awarded per win, and split half-a-point if it ends in a tie in head-to-head team sports. This includes soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis and lacrosse. In baseball and softball, a point is awarded to whichever team wins the series, since these sports are played in three-game series over the course of the regular season. In individual, non head-to-head sports, a point is awarded to the team that finishes higher in the Atlantic 10 Championship. These sports are cross country, swimming, golf, and rowing.[2]

Below is a summary of winners since the point system began.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Revolutionary Rivalry". George Washington Colonials. gwsports.com. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Revolutionary Rivalry: George Mason vs. George Washington". George Mason Patriots. gomason.com. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Source: George Mason joining A-10". ESPN. espn.com. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Google Maps - George Mason University to The George Washington University". Google. google.com. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Goff, Steven (February 26, 2017). "George Washington wins third straight with 83-74 victory over George Mason". The Washington Post. washingtonpost.com. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  6. ^ Goff, Steven (January 25, 2017). "GW continues hammer-and-nail rivalry with George Mason". The Washington Post. washingtonpost.com. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "George Washington defeats George Mason in Revolutionary Rivalry". The Washington Times. Associated Press. January 17, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  8. ^ Cabrera, Ángel (January 24, 2014). "George Mason vs. George Washington: the battle of the Georges lives on!". George Mason University. president.gmu.edu. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "GW vs. All-Time Opponents" (PDF). gwsports.com. George Washington Colonials. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "2019–20 George Mason Men's Basketball Record Book" (PDF). gomason.com. George Mason Patriots. p. 55. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "2019–20 George Washington Women's Basketball Record Book" (PDF). gwsports.com. George Washington Colonials. p. 16. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  12. ^ "George Mason Women's Lacrosse Record Book" (PDF). George Mason Patriots lacrosse. gomason.com. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  13. ^ "2019 George Mason Men's Soccer Information Guide" (PDF). gomason.com. George Mason Patriots. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  14. ^ "2019 George Washington Women's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). gwsports.com. George Washington Colonials. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  15. ^ "George Mason Softball All-Time Results vs. Opponents" (PDF). gomason.com. George Mason Patriots. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  16. ^ "George Mason Volleyball Information Guide" (PDF). gomason.com. George Mason Patriots. Retrieved March 29, 2017.

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