Women's Lacrosse Storms Back, Downs Towson in Home Opener
March 18, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - Sophomore Katherine Sampson scored two of her three goals in GW's early second-half rally to help the George Washington women's lacrosse team erase a four-goal halftime deficit and defeat the Towson Tigers 11-10 in its home opener at Mount Vernon Field on Sunday.
GW (3-2) trailed 7-3 at halftime, but Sampson, junior Katelyn Honeyford and senior Kristina Harvey ignited a furious rally to start the second half. Harvey and Sampson each scored twice and Honeyford added a goal and assist as the Colonials rattled off five unanswered goals to start the second half and assume an 8-7 lead.
Towson (2-3) responded with three quick goals to regain a two-goal edge, 10-8, with 8:44 remaining.
Sophomore Meghan Cratty ended the Tigers' run with her sixth goal of the season at the 5:26 mark. Senior Molly Gannon slammed home a dish from Harvey just 54 seconds later to knot the score at 10. Rookie Taylor Donohue netted the game-winner, via Honeyford's assist, with a high shot that beat Tigers' goalkeeper Mandy Corry with 2:35 left.
Honeyford finished with a career-high four points on two goals and two assists, followed by Sampson's three points on a hat trick and Harvey's three points on two goals and an assist. Donohue and Cratty each added a goal and an assist. Junior goalkeeper Caitlin Garman made seven saves and won a team-high six ground balls. Gannon chipped in three ground balls and a game-high four caused turnovers.
GW outshot Towson 28-25 and overcame the Tigers' 17-6 advantage in draw controls to avenge last year's 9-8 quintuple overtime road loss. Each of the last three games in the series have been decided by a single goal.
The Colonials have a week off to prepare for next Sunday's home game against Drexel. Opening draw is scheduled for 1:00 pm.