Lacrosse Falls to No. 15 Towson, 9-8, in Five Overtimes
March 4, 2006
TOWSON, MD -- The George Washington women's lacrosse team lost a hard-fought 9-8 decision to 15th-ranked Towson Saturday in the longest game in the program's history. Towson freshman Hillary Fratzke scored the game-winner with 33 seconds remaining in the fifth overtime period to lift the Tigers (2-0) to the victory. It marked GW's second straight loss to a ranked team to open the season.
Towson jumped out to a 2-0 lead just three minutes into the game on goals by Shannon Witzel and Becky Trumbo. The Colonials answered with a pair of goals by Kristin Karsch (Kennet Square, PA/Bishop Shanahan) at the 24:05 mark and by Laura Hostetler (Ellicott City, MD/River Hill) nine minutes later to knot the game at 2-2.
Trumbo scored her second goal of the afternoon two minutes later before GW senior Annie Howley (Levittown, NY/Wantagh) again tied the game at 3-3 scoring on a pass from senior Colleen Schmidt (Wantagh, NY/Wantagh) with 9:16 remaining in the first half.
Despite controlling in their end for the better portion of 10 minutes, the Colonials managed only one goal, an unassisted strike by Hostetler. After trading goals, the two teams remained tied, 3-3, until the Tigers netted three-straight free position shots by Trumbo, Witzel and rookie Sarah McCausland.
Trailing 7-4 early in the second half, the Colonials rallied for four goals, including three by Schmidt, to take an 8-7 lead. Trumbo found a cutting Witzel at the 5:29 mark to tie the game. Both teams had opportunities to score throughout the overtime periods, but turnovers and clutch saves by both keepers kept the game knotted until the fifth extra frame.
After George Washington missed a free position shot with just over 40 seconds remaining, in the fifth and decisive overtime period, Fratzke got the ball at midfield and shook off her defender creating a breakaway opportunity. Fratzke charged in and netted her third goal of the season.
Shots were even at 33 each. GW sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Garman (Baltimore, MD/Friends School) made eight saves in 74:27 minutes of action. Towson goalie Mandy Corry made 11 saves.
GW Lacrosse, now in its fifth season, has played just four overtime games, including one multiple-overtime game, and is 1-3 in those contests. The lone overtime victory came against Towson (11-10) in two OTs last Mar. 30 at Mount Vernon.
GW (0-2) will try for its first victory of the season this Monday, Mar. 6 when it hosts Mount St. Mary's in a 3:30 pm game at GW's Mount Vernon Lacrosse Field.
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