No. 20 Virginia Tech Shuts Down Women's Lacrosse, 18-8
March 5, 2011
BLACKSBURG, VA - Junior Megan Seidman tallied four goals and an assist and the George Washington women's lacrosse team led 5-3 early, but 20th-ranked Virginia Tech closed with a 15-3 run en route to defeating the Colonials, 18-8, at Thompson Field Saturday.
Despite converting all 16 of its clear attempts, GW had a tough difficult time against Virginia Tech's defense. The Hokies caused 15 of the Colonials' 28 turnovers and allowed just 13 shots, while firing 31 on GW's cage.
Senior Audrey Joy added three points on a goal and two assists and won a game-high six ground balls. Redshirt senior Mia Breheny was the Colonials' only other multi-point scorer with a goal and an assist.
GW (1-5), which lost its fifth straight game, allowed four Virginia Tech players at least three goals. Julia Heaps led all players with six points on four goals and two assists, Morgan Westlake also scored four goals and Allie Emala and Jessica Nonn added hat tricks.
The Colonials led 5-3 on Joy's goal with 17:32 left in the first half. However, the Hokies, who improved to 5-1 overall and are ranked No. 20 in this week's de Beer/Inside Lacrosse Media Top 20 poll, answered with spurts to end the first half and begin the second half
The Hokies scored just eight seconds after Joy's goal to ignite a 7-1 run to end the period and lead 10-6 at halftime.
Joy assisted a Seidman goal with 22:01 remaining to close the GW deficit to 11-7, but VT rattled off six straight goals and kept GW scoreless for nearly 20 minutes to build a 17-7 advantage.
Sophomore Hannah McLaughlin snapped the scoreless skid with 2:12 to play before the Hokies capped off the victory with a Caitlyn Wier goal with 16 seconds left.
Senior goalkeeper made 10 saves and surrendered 16 goals in 50 minutes of action. Sophomore Jess Hicks gave up VT's last two goals over the final 10 minutes. Counterpart Alexis Carey totaled four saves in 44 minutes in goal for the Hokies.
Sophomore Nicole Lacey won a game-high seven draws, climbing to fifth in program history in the category with 82 in 22 career games.
GW returns to Mount Vernon Field next Saturday to host Towson at 1:00 pm. Fans can watch live video streaming of the contest by subscribing with GW All-Access.