Women's Lacrosse Wins Season Opener, 16-6
Three Players Score Four Goals
March 1, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington held visiting Niagara to one goal in the first half on the way to a 16-6 season-opening victory at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex.
GW (1-0) never trailed in the match opening a 2-0 lead on NU (0-1) just seven minutes into the game behind goals from sophomores Heidi Mayer and Jenny Heisler. The Purple Eagles responded with their only score of the half to cut GW's lead to just one. The Colonials scored three goals to close out the half and extend their lead to four at the break, 5-1.
GW outscored NU 11-5 in second half, out-shooting the Purple Eagles 47-17 for the match, with 35 of them on goal. Meghan McDonough led the Colonials with four goals and two assists with Heisler recording four goals and an assist. Freshman Lauren Bower made an impressive debut for GW, scoring four goals on the match.
Sophomore Casey Atkins made four saves and allowed just on goal in 30 minutes of play for the Colonials and sophomore Rachel Abdulla recorded three saves in the second half, protecting the lead and making her first appearance in goal for GW.
NU was led by Courtney Dowd who scored two goals, and goalkeeper Michelle Nucci made 19 saves in the losing effort.
GW returns to action on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 when they host George Mason in a 3:30 p.m. match at Mount Vernon Athletic Complex.