Lacrosse Edged by No. 11 William & Mary, 11-10 in Overtime
March 26, 2006
WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- GW sophomore Kristin Karsch (Kennett Square, PA) scored her career-high five goals, including the game-tying goal with 1:49 left in regulation, but it wasn't enough as GW lost to No. 11 William & Mary, 11-10, in overtime Sunday afternoon at Williamsburg, VA. William & Mary's Emily Vitrano scored her third goal of the game with 28 seconds remaining in the first period of overtime to lift the Tribe past the Colonials. GW (3-6) outscored the Tribe, 8-5, in the second half. GW is now 0-2 in overtime games this season.
GW junior Laura Hostetler (Ellicott City, MD) had a pair of goals and an assist for the Colonials, and Laura Wunk (Ellicott City, MD) added a goal and an assist. GW sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Garman (Baltimore, MD) kept the Colonials in the contest with six first-half saves and helped the rally in the second with five more to finish with 11 stops on the afternoon.
W&M gained possession in the overtime after a save by goalie Amanda Roth, and midfielder Jamie Fitzgerald quickly pushed the action the other way resulting in a 2-on-1 opportunity. Fitzgerald fed Vitrano on the left side of the crease, and the junior midfielder took two uncontested steps and rifled home the game-winner to complete the hat trick. GW controlled the draw to start the second extra session but couldn't convert.
After the Tribe took a 4-1 lead, GW struck quickly when a cutting Karcsh netted Wunk's pass from behind the goal just 1:02 later to trim the deficit to 4-2. William & Mary's Kara Parker eventually found the net with 28 seconds on the clock after a nearly three-minute controlled possession to give the Tribe a 5-2 lead at intermission.
The second half was a stark contrast as the two squads rung up seven total goals in the first 10:03, matching the entire combined total of the opening 30 minutes. After Fitzgerald snatched the opening draw, senior Colleen Dalon broke loose in the middle and scored her 23rd goal of the season just 37 seconds into the period. Karsch controlled the resulting restart for GW, leading to Hostetler's first goal at the 27:51 mark that pulled the Colonials within three, 6-3.
After the Tribe went back on top by four to give W&M a 7-3 advantage, GW outscored the Tribe 5-3 over the next 20 minutes. Annie Howley (Levittown, NY) capitalized on a Tribe turnover and cut the deficit to 7-4 with 24:32 remaining, and after a brilliant save by Garman on a Vitrano blast, Karsch pulled the Colonials within 7-5 with her third exactly two minutes later. Parker took a couple of steps and fired the free-position shot into the back of the net to push the lead back to three with 21:18 remaining.
GW came right back, though, as Hostetler scored her second with 19:57 remaining, before Karcsh converted her own free-position attempt two minutes later to pull within 8-7. Following another Tribe goal, GW's Meghan Cratty (Wilton, CT) won the draw control, and Colleen Schmidt (Wantagh, NY) found the net less than two minutes later to trim the deficit back to one. Laura Lindsay scored on a shot from about eight yards out into the lower-right corner to give the Tribe a 10-8 lead with 7:05 remaining.
GW next hosts California this Wednesday, Mar. 29, at 3:30 p.m. at GW's Mount Vernon Field (2100 Foxhall Rd., NW).
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