Quick Start Not Enough as Women's Lacrosse Falls to Temple, 11-7
March 28, 2010
WASHINGTON - Four unanswered goals in the opening 13 minutes wasn't enough as the George Washington women's lacrosse team squandered its early lead in an 11-7 loss to Temple in Atlantic 10 action at Mount Vernon Field Sunday afternoon.
Senior Taylor Donohue set a season-high with five points on three goals and two assists and junior goalkeeper Liz Hoffman totaled 12 saves, her most in seven games, to pace the Colonials. Donohue (89g/48a) moved past Heidi Mayer ('05) into third all-time at GW with 137 career points.
GW (2-9, 0-2 A-10) has now lost six straight games, which equals the longest losing skid in program history set in 2009. The Colonials fall to 2-7 all-time against the Owls, including five losses in as many meetings at Mount Vernon.
Donohue assisted sophomore Kristina Beese for the game's opening goal 54 seconds in, then recorded a natural hat trick in a span of 3:06 to give GW a 4-0 lead at the 17:39 mark of the first half.
Temple (3-5, 1-1 A-10) called timeout and responded with three straight goals to narrow its deficit to 4-3. Donohue assisted sophomore Megan Seidman's team-leading 23rd goal of the season at the 10:23 mark for a 5-3 edge, but Melissa Schweitzer complete her hat trick with back-to-back goals to pull the Owls even at 5-5 with 5:22 left in the half.
Freshman Nicole Lacey scored to briefly go back in front, 6-5, with 4:37 to play, but the Colonials wouldn't score for another 15 minutes and the Owls seized control.
Stephanie Markunas tallied 47 seconds after Lacey to knot the score at 6-6 entering intermission and Temple added four goals over the opening 8:03 of the second half to grab its first lead and go up 10-6.
Sophomore leading scorer Sarah Phillips broke a 15:46 drought with her 32nd point of the season with 18:51 remaining, but GW turned the ball over seven times and Temple goalkeeper Jessica Colucci made two saves on four shots faced as Temple maintained its lead the rest of the way. Ann Stouffer netted an unassisted goal with 9:40 left to extend the Owls' advantage to the 11-7 final margin.
Colucci finished with 11 saves to help the Owls snap a two-game slide. Schweitzer (3g/1a) and Markunas (2g/2a) each finished with four points to lead TU.
Phillips finished with a goal, two assists and three draws, but committed a game-high four of GW's 16 turnovers.
GW visits Richmond Friday at 3:30 pm.