Women's Lacrosse Routs the Mount, 14-5, for First Win of Season
March 11, 2009
EMMITSBURG, MD - Trailing by two goals midway through the first half, the George Washington women's lacrosse team scored eight unanswered and 12 of the games' final 13 goals to defeat Mount St. Mary's, 14-5, at Waldron Family Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
GW (1-6) closed the first half with three consecutive goals to grab a 5-4 advantage at halftime, then added the first five goals of the second half and outscored the Mount, 9-1, in the period to cruise to its first victory of the season and sixth straight against the Mountaineers.
Junior leading scorer Mia Breheny netted three first-half goals to go along with a trio of ground balls and caused turnovers, while freshman Sarah Phillips tallied a hat trick in the second period to pace the Colonials attack. Senior Katherine Sampson had two goals, an assist and four ground balls, and junior Taylor Donohue finished with a goal and two assists.
Mount St. Mary's (0-6) opened the game with three consecutive goals until Breheny struck with back-to-back goals to bring GW within 3-2 with 18:05 left in the first half.
The Mount's Ashley Johnson made it 4-2 in favor of the hosts less than five minutes later, but the Colonials' defense - fueled by a change to sophomore goalkeeper Liz Hoffman - wouldn't surrender another goal for the next 33 minutes and the offense countered with an 8-0 run ending on Phillips' first strike of the game to make it 10-4 with 10:49 remaining.
Aly Jost ended the Mountaineers' scoreless streak at 33:32 with an unassisted goal at the 9:59 mark, but sophomore Kristin Mobyed and junior Katelyn Langs each scored before Phillips closed the game with back-to-back tallies to lift the Colonials to their largest margin of victory since a 21-10 rout at Saint Mary's (CA) last March 17.
Hoffman turned away eight shots and picked up a pair of ground balls in the final 48 minutes in goal to earn her first collegiate victory. Sophomore Christine Lovett made two stops in the opening 12 minutes.
The Colonials held a 33-19 shot advantage, including a 23-5 edge in a dominant second half, won 27 ground balls, led by five from senior Alaska Burr, and forced 21 turnovers. Mount goalkeeper Brigid McTavish made 15 saves.
With two goals, Sampson moved into a tie for fifth on the program's career goals list with 70, while Donohue climbed into a tie for ninth in career points with 69. Senior Katie Lilly added three ground balls to move into a fourth-place tie on GW's career list with 114.
GW hosts Towson, which is receiving votes in this week's IWLCA Coaches' Top 20, in its final non-conference home game at Mount Vernon Field Saturday at 1:00 pm.