McDonough's Late Tally Propels GW to Victory in Season Opener
March 1, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - Senior captain Meghan McDonough scored with nine seconds remaining to lift the George Washington women's lacrosse team (1-0) to a 13-12 season-opening victory over William & Mary (0-1) on Tuesday, March 1 at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. The triumph marked the first career win for new GW head coach Chrissy Lombard.
GW trailed the Tribe, which entered the game ranked No. 14 in the Inside Lacrosse Magazine preseason rankings, 12-11, late in the second half, but sophomore Laura Hostetler tied the match with a free-position tally at 56:49, setting the stage for McDonough's heroics. The game-winner was McDonough's second goal of the afternoon. She also added an assist to finish with three points. Hostetler paced GW with six tallies, one off the single-game record of seven she set last season. Junior transfer Annie Howley recorded three points in her first game as a Colonial.
With GW ahead, 2-1, the Colonials got back-to-back unassisted goals by Hostetler to take a 4-1 advantage at 16:11. Both teams traded tallies until GW reeled off three goals in the span of 2:53 to claim a 9-4 lead at 26:58. The Tribe answered back, ending the first half with three scores of its own to cut GW's margin to 9-7 at the half.
In second period, consecutive goals by William & Mary's Morgan Watkins and Colleen Dalon knotted the score, 9-9. GW reclaimed the lead with goals from Hostetler and Howley, but the Tribe scored three straight to take the lead, 12-11, before Hostetler and McDonough lifted GW to victory.
Freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Garman played the final 25:21 and made two saves to earn her first collegiate victory. Sophomore Emily Fortunato started the game in net for the Colonials and made one save before being replaced. Freshman Katelyn Honeyford made her first collegiate start in the contest and notched her first career point with an assist. Freshman Haley McDonough, the younger sister of Meghan, also saw the first game action of her career.
Dalon led the Tribe with six points, including four goals and Watkins contributed five points (4g, 1a). Goalkeeper Debby Petracca played the entire game in the cage for William & Mary and made four saves.
The Colonials return to action on Tuesday, March 8 when they host Longwood at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. The draw is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.