March 13, 2013
EMMITSBURG, Md. – The George Washington lacrosse team used an aggressive scoring attack in which five different players scored en route to a 16-7 rout of Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday at the Waldron Family Stadium.
The Colonials (5-2) produced their second-best offensive performance this season with 16 goals to match the 2003, 2005 and 2012 squads for the best start through seven games in program history.
Sophomore Jamie Bumgardner tallied a game- and career-high eight points on the strength of four goals and four assists, while senior Nicole Lacey scored five goals and junior Jordy Bathras added four. Bumgardner’s 17 helpers on the season moves the Hatfield, Pa., native into a tie for 10th on GW's single-season assists list.
GW outscored Mount St. Mary’s (1-6), 8-1, through the first 11 minutes, including the opening two goals. Bathras put the Colonials on the scoreboard first at the 1:21 mark when she exploded down the field, faked a defender and fired the ball into the net, then Bumgardner followed with a goal 35 seconds for an early 2-0 lead.
The Mount broke the Colonials’ run with a free position goal at 4:46. The Colonials immediately responded 30 seconds later with a goal from junior Terasa Vassallo that sparked a run of six unanswered goals over the next 5:44 to take a 8-1 lead. Bathras followed Vassallo’s score with consecutive goals 49 seconds apart, and Lacey chipped in an unassisted goal. Vassallo and freshman Olivia Boudreau both found the back of the net to close GW’s run.
The Mount rattled off three straight goals over a 10-minute span to cut the Colonials’ lead to four, but Bumgardner capped the stanza for the Buff and Blue with a goal with 10 seconds showing on the clock for a 9-4 lead at halftime.
Mount St. Mary’s opened the second period with two goals, but GW added seven more tallies – including four from Lacey – and limited the Mount to one as the visitors claimed victory. Lacey and Bumgardner scored on consecutive free-position shots to lift GW to an 11-6 lead 11 minutes into the half and Lacey added another goal off of a pass from freshman Gabbi Hull as the Colonials doubled the Mount’s score.
Bathras, Lacey and Bumgardner combined for the remainder of GW’s four goals over the final 12:28 of action, while the Mount found the back of the net with 2:32 remaining for its final goal of the contest.
The Colonials’ aggressive attack out-shot the Mount, 36-17, and forced goalkeeper Sarah Jane Leder to make 11 saves. Buff and Blue senior Jess Hicks made seven stops between the pipes on the afternoon.
GW travels to nearby Baltimore, Md., on Saturday, March 16 to face No. 12 Johns Hopkins. Action at Homewood Field is slated for 1 p.m.