Women's Lacrosse Falls at No. 9 James Madison, 12-5
Feb. 26, 2011
HARRISONBURG, VA - Junior goalkeeper Liz Hoffman's 17 saves weren't enough as nationally ranked No. 9 James Madison used a four-goal run late in the second half to pull away for a 12-5 victory over the George Washington women's lacrosse team at the JMU Lacrosse Complex Saturday.
Redshirt senior Mia Breheny netted a hat trick and junior Megan Seidman and sophomore Nicole Lacey added the other goals for GW (1-3). Sophomore Abby Sneeringer finished with two points on a pair of assists.
Nine players scored for JMU (1-0), ranked ninth in the IWLCA Coaches' Top 20 poll, led by two goals apiece from Caitlin McHugh, Casey Ancarrow and Monica Zabel. Zabel also recorded four assists for a game-high six points.
The Dukes took an early 2-0 lead before Seidman tallied at the 19:40 mark to pull the Colonials within a goal. McHugh answered with her two goals to spark a 4-0 run that put JMU ahead 6-1 with 7:14 left in the first half.
Breheny then netted two of her three goals - the first with 3:39 left before halftime and the second 1:17 into the second half to narrow the margin to 6-3. Lacey again pulled GW within three goals with her marker at with 14:11 remaining, but JMU tallied four goals in quick succession to clinch the victory.
A pair of goals in a span of 38 seconds and another two in just 44 seconds helped the Dukes open up an 11-4 advantage with 9:47 to play. Breheny completed her hat trick 1:30 later, but Zabel added her second goal as insurance with 4:32 left to produce the final margin.
Hoffman's 17 stops marks the second time this season she's matched her career-high. GW was outshot 47-13 on the afternoon with JMU goalkeeper Alex Menghetti making three saves.
GW returns to Mount Vernon Field Wednesday to host regional rival George Mason at 3:30 pm. The game can be viewed live with a subscription to GW All-Access.