Mayer's Goal Gives GW Double Overtime Win
Colonials Defeat No. 17 Towson, 11-10, in Two Overtimes
March 30, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - Senior Heidi Mayer scored with 52 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give George Washington (5-2, 1-0 Atlantic 10) an 11-10 sudden-victory triumph over 17th-ranked Towson (6-2, 0-1 CAA) on Wednesday, March 30 at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. The victory marked the second time in program history the Colonials have defeated a ranked opponent.
With score knotted at 10 and time ticking down in the second extra frame, GW held possession until senior captain Meghan McDonough spotted Mayer in front of the net and fed her the ball for the game-winning tally, ending a contest that saw the Colonials rally from a five-goal second-half deficit just to force overtime.
Towson led 5-2 at the half and the Tigers' Amy Middleton scored twice in the first three minutes of the second period to give Towson a 7-2 advantage at the 32:04 mark. McDonough sparked a five-goal GW run that tied the game with an unassisted tally at 32:49. Senior Jenny Heisler and junior Annie Howley scored 18 seconds apart in the scoring spurt to bring GW within two, 7-5, at 40:40 and McDonough's younger sister, freshman Hayley McDonough and junior Colleen Schmidt capped the run with scores at 43:39 and 46:09, respectively, to square the match. The two teams traded goals, but the Colonials captured the lead, 9-8, on a free-position score by Heisler with 34 seconds to go in regulation. GW lost the ensuing draw control, but gained possession of the ball with less than 30 seconds left. On the clearing attempt, GW turned the ball over and Towson's Erin Rinella scooped up the ground ball and fed Becky Trumbo for the tying goal with 16 seconds on the clock.
Sophomore Laura Hostetler and Rinella traded goals in the six-minute initial overtime session, setting the stage Mayer's golden tally in the three-minute sudden-victory session.
Hostetler paced the Colonials with three goals in the contest, while Heisler and Meghan McDonough finished with two points each. Freshman Lindsay Melvin registered her first career assist on Howley's goal during GW's second-half rally and Hayley McDonough's score in that crucial stretch was the second of her career.
Trumbo recorded six points on three goals and three assists for Towson and Shannon Witzel contributed two goals and an assist.
Sophomore goaltender Emily Fortunato made five saves in the game and improved to 4-1 on the season with the victory. Tigers' goalkeeper Mandy Corry stopped a career-best 16 shots in a losing effort.
The Colonials return to Atlantic 10 Conference competition on Friday, April 1 when they play at Richmond. The draw is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.