GW Women's Lacrosse Thumps Howard, 22-5, in Season Opener
Colonials Blow Open Game with 10 Consecutive Goals in First Half
Feb. 15, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior Sarah Phillips, junior Soo Mee Yoon and freshman Addi Bolin all scored four goals to help George Washington women's lacrosse open 2012 with a 22-5 rout of Howard at Mount Vernon Field on Wednesday.
The 22 goals were the second-most scored in program history for the Colonials, trailing only the 25 scored in an 18-goal victory against the Bison in 2004. Phillips, who entered the game already as GW's career assists leader, added two helpers for a game-high six points and added three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Bolin added an assist for an impressive five-point collegiate debut, equaling the point output from senior Megan Seidman (2g, 3a) and sophomore Terasa Vassallo (3g, 2a). Rookie Allie Rash also enjoyed a solid debut with a goal and eight draw controls, which matched the fourth-most draws in a single-game in program history. Senior Hilary Quinn chipped in six draws, two caused turnovers and a team-high four ground balls.
Rachel Mia began her collegiate career and GW's season with a free-position goal just under two minutes in for an early 1-0 lead, but the Colonials started slow through the opening five minutes. Cynithia Smalls and Cheryse Cox scored around a Phillips goal to pull the Bison even at 2-2 at the 24:50 mark.
GW got rolling from there behind Vassallo, who had three goals and an assist to spark a 10-0 run over the next 20 minutes. Smalls assisted Taylor Gainey's goal at the 2:07 mark to stop GW's run, but senior Casey Disharoon tallied with a second left before halftime to give the Colonials a 13-3 lead at the break.
Phillips, Yoon and Bolin each scored twice in the second half as GW maintained a double-digit lead throughout the period to cruise to its fifth victory over Howard in as many meetings. Freshman Jamie Bumgardner added a late goal and assist, and rookie Nicole Carlton registered a point with a late assist.
Freshman Mackenzie Jones earned the victory with two saves in the opening 34 minutes of action in her first collegiate start. Junior Jess Hicks made two stops over the final 26 minutes. Jones and Hicks only faced a combined 14 shots as the Colonials' defense forced 14 of the Bison's 24 turnovers.
Howard (0-2) was led by two goals from Cox, two points from Smalls (1g, 1a) and six draws and five ground balls from Jillian Parker. Goalkeeper Ashley Foote made 13 saves on 37 shots faced.
GW will look for its first win in six meetings against Drexel when it visits the Dragons on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.