Women's Lacrosse Can't Deny Dukes, 11-9
Five Unanswered Goals Doom Colonials
March 15, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington women's lacrosse was unable to quell a second-half rally by the visiting Duquesne Dukes, allowing five unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes to fall 11-9 at Mount Vernon Athletic Complex.
The Colonials (1-2, 0-1) controlled their Atlantic 10 Conference season opener versus the visiting Dukes (3-2, 1-0) for the majority of the match, leading at half and for most of the second half. However, DU exploded for eight second-half scores to rally past GW, and seal the victory.
GW took an early advantage, scoring the opening goal in the first minute of play. Colleen Schmidt netted a pass from Megan McDonough to give the Colonials the 1-0 lead. After the Dukes scored to even the match, Heidi Mayer scored two-straight goals within two minutes of each other to give GW a 3-1 lead.
The Colonials extended their lead to three goals early in the second half, when McDonough scored her sixth goal of the season to put GW up 6-3. The Colonials maintained their three-goal buffer, answering three DU goals with three scores of their own, and led 9-6 with 18 minutes remaining in the match.
The Dukes settled down on defense, denying the Colonials for the balance of the half, and responded with five unanswered goals, tying the match at 9-9 with a little over eight minutes remaining, and putting the winning score away with just four minutes left in the match.
The Colonials were led by Mayer who recorded two goals and assists in the losing effort. DU's West scored a hat trick, and Ginger Flocco added a pair of goals and assists.
GW hosts Stony Brook in their next match on Monday, March 17, at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex in a 1:00 p.m. game.