GW Lacrosse Edged by No. 19 Towson, 8-7
Rookie Rachel Mia Notches Second Hat Trick of Season
March 10, 2012
TOWSON, Md. - Freshman Rachel Mia scored three goals and junior Jess Hicks matched her career high with 10 saves, but the George Washington lacrosse team was edged by 19th-ranked Towson, 8-7, Saturday afternoon at Unitas Stadium. The loss snapped the Colonials' three-game win streak.
Neither team led by more than two goals in a tight match that saw five ties and three lead changes.
Mia put GW (4-2) on the board first, converting a feed from senior Megan Seidman at the 26:56 mark. Towson (4-1) attack Ashleigh Rohrback tallied back-to-back goals that gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead five minutes later, but the Colonials responded with consecutive goals from Mia and senior Casey Disharoon.
GW maintained its 3-2 lead for 18 minutes before Towson knotted the scored at 3-3 with 1:26 remaining on a goal by Christina Antonini, but senior Sarah Phillips found the back of the net with just 11 seconds left in the half to give the Colonials a 4-3 halftime advantage.
The Tigers scored three straight to open the second stanza and take a 6-4 lead with 12:21 to go, but Phillips found sophomore Jordy Bathras and Mia for goals over the next five and a half minutes to tie it at 6-all.
Towson took the lead for good on back-to-back goals by Sarah Appelt and Andi Raymond, the latter coming with just 1:59 remaining. Disharoon pulled the Colonials back within one, 8-7, with 1:11 left, but they would get no closer, as the Tigers won the ensuing draw and maintained possession for the remainder of the game.
Mia posted her second hat trick of the season, while Disharoon scored two goals. Phillips led the Colonials with five points on a goal and four assists, and Seidman added two helpers.
Raymond and Appelt each tallied four points on two goals and two assists to lead Towson.
Hicks equaled her career high with 10 saves, while Towson goalie Mary Teeters stopped eight shots for the Tigers. Towson outshot GW, 24-17, but the Colonials held a 10-7 advantage in draw controls, led by four from senior Hilary Quinn and three from Disharoon.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, when they host Villanova at 4 p.m. at Mount Vernon Field.