Women's Lacrosse Falls to Ohio State in Opener, 14-9
Feb. 15, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - Junior Taylor Donohue set a career-high with six goals, tying the second-most in a game in program history, but the George Washington women's lacrosse team surrendered the first five goals and dropped its season opener to Ohio State, 14-9, at Mount Vernon Field Sunday afternoon.
Donohue scored all three first-half goals for GW (0-1) to cut Ohio State's margin to 5-3 at halftime and added three more tallies over the final nine minutes, but the Buckeyes got seven points (3g/4a) from Kelly Haggerty and six (4g/2a) from Alayna Markwordt to hold off the Colonials in the first-ever meeting between the programs.
Donohue's six goals marked the most for a Colonial since Kristin Karcsh scored six against Mount St. Mary's in March 2007. Laura Hostetler owns the school record with seven versus the Mount in April 2004.
Ohio State (2-0), which is receiving votes in the preseason IWLCA Coaches' Top 20, scored five goals in the opening 7:58 to jump out to an early 5-0 lead. Donohue got GW's attack started at the 17:53 mark, and added a pair of free-position strikes over the next seven minutes to pull the Colonials within two at the break.
However, the Buckeyes took advantage of a late first-half yellow card against the Colonials and opened the second half with four consecutive goals to move back ahead 9-3 with 22:24 remaining.
Freshman Megan Seidman netted her first collegiate goal on rookie Sarah Phillips' first assist to make it 9-4 at the 17:57 mark, but OSU answered with three straight goals to complete a 7-1 run to grab its largest lead, 12-4, with 14:50 left.
The teams' traded the next four goals before Donohue closed the game with three in a row to attempt to rally the Colonials at 14-9 with 4:50 to play. The Buckeyes maintained the bulk of possession during the final minutes to hold on for the victory.
Sophomore Liz Hoffman made 12 saves in her first full collegiate game in goal, while Kristen Gilwee stopped five shots to earn her second win of the season. GW was outshot, 33-18, and trailed in ground balls, 17-8.
Senior Katherine Sampson matched a school-record with seven of GW's 17 draw controls and added a goal. Seidman netted two goals, followed by assists from Phillips, senior Katie Lilly and junior Mia Breheny.
GW returns to action Saturday at 1:00 pm at No. 8 Georgetown in the Hoyas' season-opener at Multi-Sport Field.