Life Saver: Thinking on Her Feet

UMW alumna Lauren Kornacki (right) performed CPR to save her father's life

When Lauren Kornacki performed CPR in the garage of her parents’ home in Glen Allen, Va., she was focused on one thing: saving her dad’s life. She never imagined that the story would later end up making national headlines. Kornacki, a 2012 graduate of the University of Mary Washington, found her father in the garage, pinned under a car and unresponsive. She was able to lift up the car enough to free her father, and performed CPR to save his life. A nurse at VCU Medical Center, where Kornacki’s father is being treated, was so moved by the story that she contacted the local television station. “It’s my dad,” Kornacki said, noting she doesn’t think she deserves the attention. “I would do anything for him.” Instead she hopes to turn the new-found media attention from her own inspiring story to the importance of CPR. “I’m trying to get people to realize CPR is such an important thing to know,” she said. Now in her sixth year as a lifeguard, Kornacki has taken CPR training … [Read more...]

UMW Women’s Basketball Falls to George Fox in NCAA Tourney Sectional Final


Third-ranked George Fox University shot a remarkable 53.1% from the field in topping seventh-ranked University of Mary Washington, 68-45, on Saturday evening at the Anderson Center in Fredericksburg, Va. The Eagles close their historic season with a record of 30-1, while the Bruins improve to 31-0. George Fox jumped out to an early lead, making their first four shots, and led 10-4, with less than three minutes expired. The Bruins gradually built their lead to 11 at 21-10 with 8:20 remaining, but three straight baskets cut the deficit to 21-16 with 4:49 to play. A three pointer in the final minute of the half gave the Bruins a 10-point halftime lead at 31-21. In the second half, the Bruins continued to shoot exceedingly well, making 14-25 field goals including 4-8 three pointers. In all George Fox made 10-19 long-range attempts. After George Fox upped the lead to 15 with 11:03 to play, the Eagles tried once more to cut into the deficit, and an Amanda Witmer three pointer cut the … [Read more...]

UMW’s Lady Eagles Capture CAC Championship


Senior guard Katie Wimmer scored 15 points, and classmate Jenna McRae added 14 to pace the seventh-ranked University of Mary Washington women's basketball team to a 50-46 win over visiting York College to claim the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday, February 25 at the William M. Anderson Center. The Eagles improved to 27-0 on the year, tying the school record for consecutive wins with 27, and gained an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles, in much the same way they played Thursday night in the CAC semifinals, played from behind throughout much of the first half, trailing by as many as six on two occasions. But a late 4-0 spurt gave UMW the lead at 24-23 at halftime, punctuated by a McRae three pointer. In the second half, the lead changed hands five times before UMW took the lead at 34-33 with 9:50 remaining on a three-point basket by Sarah Jones. The Eagles then used a jumper by McRae and a layup from Aby Diop to build the lead to five, at … [Read more...]