Before a Mason Team Made it to the Final Four, We Made it to the Final Two. And Won!

George Mason University Soccer team members (left to right) Sis Koskinen, Pam Baughman, and Meg Romaine lift the NCAA Division I National Championship trophy. Mason Magazine, George Mason University Archives, University Publications, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

George Mason University Women’s Soccer team members (left to right) Sis Koskinen, Pam Baughman, and Meg Romaine lift the NCAA Division I National Championship trophy. Image is from Mason Magazine. George Mason University Archives, University Publications, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

While many college sports fans are familiar with the George Mason University Men’s Basketball team’s run to the Final Four in 2006, not as many know about the Mason Women’s Soccer team’s National Championship title of 21 years earlier. The author of this post recalls reading about this achievement in the student newspaper, then called Broadside, while an 18-year-old freshman at Mason back in 1985. With the A-10 Conference Championship Tournament beginning this Thursday, November 3, it is as good a time as any to take a look back at what happened 31 years ago this month.

In November of 1985, the George Mason University Women’s Soccer team captured the highest prize in collegiate athletics, the Division I National Championship. After a 15-2-1 season, the Patriots earned a spot in the NCAA tournament.  The tournament began with a first-round thriller against William and Mary, where Mason scored two goals in the final 13 minutes to tie and send the match into overtime. Mason would eventually win in a penalty kick shootout after two overtime periods. Next, after a 1-0 win over Cortland State, Mason faced off against nationally number-one-ranked University of Massachusetts, who had gone into the tournament undefeated. Mason beat UMass 3-0, scoring more goals than had been scored against them during the entire season.  All that remained for Mason was to defeat then 4-time National Champion, North Carolina. Carolina had beaten Mason 4-0 in an NCAA semifinal match in 1983.

1985 George Mason University Women's Soccer team. From 1986 yearbook By George, George Mason University Archives, University Publications, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

1985 George Mason University Women’s Soccer team. From the 1986 yearbook, By George. George Mason University Archives, University Publications, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Mason had drawn home field for the Final on November 24th.  Before a partisan crowd of 4,500 and an ESPN television audience of millions, Mason scored first at 3o minutes on an 18-yarder from All-American Pam Bauman. The Patriots held the Tarheels scoreless for the rest of the game, while All-American Lisa Gmitter scored for Mason in the 86th minute to seal the 2-0 victory. The win, against a team that had a record of 99 wins and 4 losses during the previous 4 years, was indeed the first shot heard round the world for Mason athletics.

Let’s do it again, Patriots.

U.K. National Map Reading Week

This year, the U.K. has established a National Map Reading Week, run by the Ordnance Survey, to encourage people to use and understand the importance of maps. Special Collections Research Center here at George Mason University also recognizes this importance and decided that we would feature just some of the wonderful maps we have in our collections.

 

Map of China. Japanese invasion of Manchuria photograph collection # C0200, Box 1, Folder 14. Special Collections Research Center. George Mason University.

Map of China lantern slide, Japanese invasion of Manchuria photograph collection #C0200, Box 1, Folder 14, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

Battle of Antietam. Charles Harrison Mann Collection # C0213, Folder 69, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Battle of Antietam, Charles Harrison Mann Collection #C0213, Folder 69, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

 

The New World Reproduction of map from 1600. Charles Harrison Mann Collection # C0213, Folder 89, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

The New World Reproduction of map from 1600, Charles Harrison Mann Collection #C0213, Folder 89, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

 

Moll, Herman, Atlas Minor , G1015 .M6 1745, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Moll, Herman, Atlas Minor, G1015 .M6 1745, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

Sanson, Nicolas, Atlas Antiquus, Sacer, Ecclesiasticus et Profanus, G1033 .A85 1705, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Sanson, Nicolas, Atlas Antiquus, Sacer, Ecclesiasticus et Profanus, G1033 .A85 1705, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

Map of Austria Romana with military maneuvers. Christine Drennon European lantern slide collection # C0068, Box 1, Folder 15. Special Collections Research Center. George Mason University.

Map of Austria Romana with military maneuvers lantern slide, Christine Drennon European lantern slide collection #C0068, Box 1, Folder 15, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.


To search the collections held at Special Collections Research Center, go to our website and browse the finding aids by subject or title. You may also e-mail us at speccoll@gmu.edu or call 703-993-2220 if you would like to schedule an appointment, request materials, or if you have questions. Appointments are not necessary to view collections.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage month begins September 15th and continues until October 15th. In 1988 President Reagan formally established this 30-day period, which includes the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile, to celebrate and draw attention to Hispanic heritage and culture in America.

Chavez, Linda, Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation , Booknotes 1992-03-22, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Chavez, Linda, Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation , Booknotes 1992-03-22, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

 

 

 

Linda Chavez in, Out of the Barrio, discussed immigration and the progress made by Hispanics in America while analyzing government policies, the importance of assimilation, and attitudes towards immigrants in our country.

 

 

Nichols, Madaline W., Sarmiento: A Chronicle of Inter-American Friendship , F2846_S26_N5_1940, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Nichols, Madaline W., Sarmiento: A Chronicle of Inter-American Friendship , F2846_S26_N5_1940, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarmiento is about the activist and President of Argentina (1868-1874), Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. This book is significant for telling the story of a man and his travels for which there is little known, written, or translated for an English-speaking audience.

 

 

 

Planned Community Archives, Collection # C001, Box 101, Folder 04, Page , Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

A look at Hispanic communities as part of George Mason University’s local history. Planned Community Archives, Collection # C001, Box 101, Folder 04, Page 22, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries. (Click link for Page 23)

 

George Mason University celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in September 1995. Office of University Relations, Collection # R0004, Box 56, Folder 29, Page 3/3, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

George Mason University celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in September 1995. Office of University Relations, Collection # R0004, Box 56, Folder 29, Page 3/3, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

 

Helpful Information:

GMU Calendar for Hispanic Heritage Month 2016

Hispanic Latino Leadership Association (HLLA)

Hispanic Heritage

PBS Films and TV

GMU Office of University Relations

Planned Community Archives

 

To search the collections held at Special Collections Research Center, go to our website and browse the finding aids by subject or title. You may also e-mail us at speccoll@gmu.edu or call 703-993-2220 if you would like to schedule an appointment, request materials, or if you have questions. Appointments are not necessary to view collections.

 

“Some books are lies frae end to end, And some great lies were never penn’d”

August 21st is Poet’s Day and we are celebrating by calling attention to just a few of our poetry books. The quote in the title comes from “Death and Doctor Hornbook: A True Story” by Robert Burns, featured in The Poetical Works of Robert Burns shown below.

Burns, Robert, Poetical Works of Robert Burns , PR4300 1850 B6, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Burns, Robert, The Poetical Works of Robert Burns, PR4300 1850 B6, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

Dickinson, Emily, Letters of Emily Dickinson , PS1541 .Z5 A3 1931, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Dickinson, Emily, Letters of Emily Dickinson, PS1541 .Z5 A3 1931, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

Yeats, W. B., The Secret Rose , PR5904 .S3 1897b, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Yeats, W. B., The Secret Rose, PR5904 .S3 1897b, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner , PR4479 .A1 1910b, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, PR4479 .A1 1910b, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

Chaucer, Jeffrey, The Works of Our Ancient, Learned, & Excellent English Poet, Jeffrey Chaucer , PR1850 1687, Special Collections Research Center.

Chaucer, Jeffrey, The Works of Our Ancient, Learned, & Excellent English Poet, Jeffrey Chaucer, PR1850 1687, Special Collections Research Center.

 

Johnson, Samuel, The Works of English Poets , v.29 of 75, PR1171 .J6, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Johnson, Samuel, The Works of English Poets, v.29 of 75, PR1171 .J6, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

Miyamori, Asatar?, An Anthology of Japanese Poems , PL884 .M585 1938, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Caption reads, “Cherries and pines in the foreground. From a larger picture presented to Fuhrer Adolf Hitler by the Department of Education.” Miyamori, Asataro, An Anthology of Japanese Poems, PL884 .M585 1938, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

Alighieri, Dante, Dante's Hell , PQ4315.21 .P43 1857, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Alighieri, Dante, Dante’s Hell, PQ4315.21 .P43 1857, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

T?ayyib, ?Abd Alla?h, al-H?ama?sah al-sughra? , PJ7641 .T37 1964, Special Collections Research Center.

Tayyib, Abd Allah, al-Hamasah al-sughra, PJ7641 .T37 1964, Special Collections Research Center.

 

Scaligero, Giulio Cesare, Iulij Caesaris Scaligeri viri clarissimi poematum , PA8575 .S3 P37 1591, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Scaligero, Giulio Cesare, Iulij Caesaris Scaligeri viri clarissimi poematum, PA8575 .S3 P37 1591, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

Ovid, Les Metamorphoses , PA6523 .M2 B35 1732b v.1, Special Collections Research Center.

Ovid, Les Metamorphoses, PA6523 .M2 B35 1732b v.1, Special Collections Research Center.

 

Juvenal, Mores Hominum , PA6447 .E5 S7 1660, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Juvenal, Mores Hominum, PA6447 .E5 S7 1660, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

 

For more information:

Poet’s Day

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