Women's Lacrosse Stunned by the Mount, 15-14, in Double Overtime
March 10, 2010
WASHINGTON - George Washington women's lacrosse sophomore midfielder Sarah Phillips led all players with eight points, but Ashley Johnson netted her seventh goal of the game with six seconds remaining in double overtime to complete Mount St. Mary's rally and defeat the Colonials, 15-14, at Mount Vernon Field Wednesday afternoon.
GW (2-4) scored three consecutive goals between the 18:16 and 13:49 marks of the second half to grab its largest lead of the game, 13-7. However, Johnson scored three of her seven goals in a span of 4:07 to jumpstart a six-goal rally that was capped by Jackie Kearney's game-tying, overtime-forcing goal with 40 seconds remaining.
The Colonials won the draw to begin overtime and Phillips dished off to classmate Kristina Beese for a 14-13 advantage with 3:10 left in the extra session. The Mount came away with the midway draw of the first overtime and Jordan Certeza snuck a shot past goalkeeper Liz Hoffman to knot the score at 14-14 with 1:39 remaining. GW gained possession on the draw, but turned the ball over in the final seconds to send the contest to sudden death.
Mount St. Mary's (2-3) opened the first sudden-death period with a draw control and worked the clock to under a minute. GW's defense stymied several runs at the cage, but Johnson was fouled inside the arc and awarded a free-position attempt with eight seconds left. Johnson slipped a shot low past Hoffman for the decisive tally to give the Mount its first victory over GW since 2003, a span of seven games.
The Mount scored eight of the game's final nine goals, including three in the final 1:59 of regulation, for its third win in nine all-time meetings against GW.
Phillips finished with five goals and eight points, both two off Laura Hostetler's single-game records. Beese added four points on three goals and an assist, as well as a team-high five draws, while sophomores Megan Seidman and Hilary Quinn tallied two goals apiece. Senior Taylor Donohue and junior Audrey Joy each netted a goal to round out GW's scoring. With her goal, Donohue (79g/43a) moved into sole possession of fourth on GW's career points list with 122.
Redshirt junior Laura Dominiak paced the defense with a pair of caused turnovers and three ground balls. Phillips also caused two turnovers along with her career-high five goals and eight points. Hoffman made three saves and allowed nine goals in 47 minutes in goal, while junior netminder Christine Lovett stopped three shots and surrendered six goals in 21 minutes.
Mount St. Mary's goalkeeper Brigid McTavish made seven saves and won four ground balls in the victory. Along with Johnson's seven-goal outburst, Certeza added two goals and three assists and Kearney pitched in three goals and an assist. Esther Rufolo and Lucy Pompa each won a game-high six draws as the Mount led in the category 18-15.
Phillips gave the hosts a 1-0 edge just 1:22 into the game, then assisted Seidman 79 seconds later to answer Johnson's first goal and give GW a lead it wouldn't relinquish until the deciding goal in double overtime. The Mount got within 5-4 on back-to-back goals following a pair of GW yellow cards, but a 4-1 run over the final 12:08 of the half gave the Colonials a 9-5 advantage at the break. Phillips had four goals and an assist in the opening 30 minutes.
GW visits nationally ranked No. 11/12 Towson Saturday at 1:00 pm. The Colonials have lost two straight in the series and are 2-4 all-time against the Tigers.