March 3, 2013
WASHINGTON – The George Washington lacrosse team defeated Bucknell, 11-9, on Sunday afternoon at the GW Lacrosse Field in the second-ever meeting between the two programs.
Entering the halftime break with the score knotted at 5-5, the Colonials (3-2) used two separate three-goal runs in the second to hold off the Bison (0-5).
Senior Nicole Lacey (3 g), sophomore Jamie Bumgardner (2 g, 1 a) and freshman Olivia Boudreau (2 g, 1 a) tallied three points each on the afternoon while junior Jordy Bathras added two goals and classmate Lindsey DiAntonio and sophomore Allie Rash chipped in one goal apiece.
Lacey put GW on the scoreboard 2:49 into the contest off of a pass from Boudreau, but Bucknell answered with back-to-back scores to take a 2-1 lead at 5:56. The Colonials responded with a three-goal run over the next 5:33 to reclaim the lead at 4-2, but the Bison responded with three straight goals of their own that spanned 4:10 to take a 5-4 lead with 8:41 to play in the half.
Lacey found the back of the net at the 28:30 mark on a free position shot for the final tally of the half.
GW opened the second frame with three straight unassisted goals to take an 8-5 lead just over 10 minutes into action and Bucknell could not find an answer. Lacey and Bumgardner got the half going with unassisted scores in the first 3:57, and Bathras added a goal on a free position shot.
The Bison’s Sophie Kleinert interrupted GW’s six-goal run with a free position goal at 10:50, but the Colonials responded with three more unassisted tallies over the next 5:26. Bumgardner found her way around Bucknell goalkeeper Caroline O’Neill at 12:57 and Bathras chipped in GW’s 10th goal just over two minutes later.
Boudreau scored a free position goal at 18:23 for the Colonials’ last score of the game to put GW up 11-6. Over the final 6:31 of play, Bucknell’s Katelyn Miller rattled off three straight goals to cut the visitors’ deficit to two, but it was not enough to overcome the Colonials’ established lead.
GW out-shot Bucknell, 32-24, including 17-11 in the second half. The Colonials forced the Bison’s O’Neill to make 11 saves on the day, while GW senior Jess Hicks set aside nine shots between the pipes.
The Colonials wrap their five-game homestand on Thursday when they welcome Holy Cross for a 3:30 p.m. contest.