Joy's Late Goal Lifts Women's Lacrosse Over St. Bonaventure, 13-12
March 29, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - Sophomore Audrey Joy scored the game-winning goal with 3:21 remaining and junior Taylor Donohue set a career-high with seven points as the George Washington women's lacrosse team held off St. Bonaventure, 13-12, at Mount Vernon Field Sunday afternoon to improve to 2-0 in Atlantic 10 play.
Donohue netted four goals and handed out three assists and freshman Megan Seidman added three goals and an assist to lift GW (3-8, 2-0 A-10) to its fourth straight league victory dating back to last season and its fourth victory against SBU in as many meetings at Mount Vernon.
Neither team led by more than two goals in this tight, back-and-forth battle that featured six ties and five lead changes. Trailing 12-11 with less than five minutes to play, Bonnies' attacker Molly Hastrich scored the last of her game-high six goals to even the contest at 12-12 with 4:58 to play.
Jill Remick won her sixth draw of the game to give SBU possession, but the Bonnies had a shot hit the pipe, sophomore goalkeeper Liz Hoffman made one of her 12 saves and senior Alaska Burr picked up the ground ball near the 4:00 mark to set up GW's game-winning possession.
Moving behind the St. Bonaventure goal, Joy raced around the right of the goal circle and beat netminder Tori Waheibi high to the left post for the decisive tally with 3:21 to play.
Senior Katie Lilly then won her fifth draw of the game, which tied the program's single-season mark of 32, to give the Colonials the chance to run out the final minutes. The Bonnies managed to force two turnovers, but promptly returned possession back to the Colonials, who ran off the waning seconds for the narrow one-goal victory.
GW again received solid contributions from its rookies as Sarah Phillips finished with a goal and two assists and Kristina Beese and Becca Kreshtool added two goals apiece to go along with Seidman's four-point effort.
Hastrich matched Donohue with a game-high seven points, while Waheibi finished with eight saves.
The Colonials got the victory despite being outshot 33-23 and committing 22 turnovers, their second-most of the season.
GW, which is off to a 2-0 league start for the first time since 2005, visits Temple this Friday, April 3, at 3:00 pm.