GW Lacrosse Edged by No. 18/14 Navy, 9-6, in Non-Conference Finale
March 20, 2013
WASHINGTON – The George Washington lacrosse team used a swarming defensive effort, but came up short on attack and was ultimately edged by No. 18/14 Navy, 9-6, on Wednesday afternoon at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
The Colonials (5-4) held the nationally ranked Midshipmen (9-1) to a season-low nine goals through a full 60 minutes in the first-ever match-up between the two programs. On Saturday, Navy defeated Bucknell, 9-3, in a snow-shortened 48-minute contest.
Sophomore Jamie Bumgardner (1g, 3a) paced GW with four points on the afternoon and junior Terasa Vassallo matched her career-high with three goals. Navy’s Jasmine DePompeo (4g, 4a) had a hand in all but one of the visitor’s nine scores.
Down by two, 7-5, at halftime, GW could only find the back of the net once during the second frame while Navy scored twice as the Buff and Blue dropped their second straight game to a top-20 opponent.
Bumgardner scored the first goal of the game 1:26 into play off of a pass from classmate Rachel Mia, marking Mia’s first helper of the season and second of her career. Navy answered with two straight tallies for a 2-1 advantage just over three minutes later, but Bumgardner connected with Vassallo at 5:32 to even the score.
The Midshipmen then went on a three-goal run over the next eight minutes to take a 5-2 lead. The Colonials netted back-to-back free position goals from senior Nicole Lacey and Vassallo to cut the deficit to one when the visitors added two more goals for a 7-4 score at the 24:52 mark. Bumgardner and Vassallo connected once again with just eight seconds remaining in the half and the squads took the 7-5 score into the break.
Lacey cut Navy’s lead to one 13:13 into the second half, but it would be the last time GW would score. DePompeo registered the final two goals in the next 79 seconds and Navy maintained possession over the bulk of the final 11:56 of the contest.
The Colonials out-shot the Midshipmen, 12-10, in the first half, but the visitors posted a 9-6 shot advantage in the second.
GW opens Atlantic 10 action when it welcomes Richmond to the GW Lacrosse Field on Friday March 29. Opening draw is scheduled for 4 p.m.