Lacrosse Breaks Seven School Records in 25-7 Rout
March 26, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington lacrosse team broke no fewer than seven school records and tied one other, in a 25-7 romp over visiting Howard University Friday afternoon at GW's Mount Vernon Field in northwest Washington. The victory improved the Colonials record to 3-5 on the season while Howard dropped to 1-6.
The Colonials, now in their third varsity season, set new single-game team records for most goals (25), assists (16), points (41), shots on goal (38) and draw controls (20). Individually, freshman Laura Hostetler (Ellicott City, MD/River Hill) scored a record six goals and dished out four assists for a team-record 10 points. Teammate Jenny Heisler (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) tied the school record for assists in a game by handing out five to go with her three goals for a total of eight points.
Howard got on the scoreboard first on a goal by Brittany Merritt on a free position shot at the 28:33 mark of the first half. GW responded by scoring the next six goals, three by Hostetler, over the next eight minutes to take command of the contest. Merritt led the Bison with four of Howard's seven goals on the afternoon. She tallied another goal on a free position shot at the 19:27 mark followed by five more unanswered GW goals for an 11-2 lead and essentially put the game out of reach before halftime.
Howard's Shanon Morris scored an unassisted goal with 11:13 remining in the first half before GW closed out the period with five more goals for a 16-3 bulge at halftime.
The Colonials opened the second period with three goals before Howard struck for back-to-back goals by Dominique Browner and Merritt less than two minutes apart. GW answered with three goals before Merritt scored her fourth goal of the afternoon at the 3:39 mark.
GW's Katie Kearns (Glenside, PA/Cheltenham) closed out the scoring with a pair of free position goals during the final minute.
GW freshman goalkeeper Emily Fortunato (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale) faced 19 shots and saved eight while HU used a pair of goalkeepers, Shatarah Ramirez and Maya Watkins, who combined for 13 saves.
The 18-goal margin of victory also was a program high.
GW has a full week to prepare for its next game when the Richmond Spiders come to Washington on Friday, April 2 for the Atlantic 10 Conference opener beginning at 3:30 pm at Mount Vernon Field.