Lacrosse Stuns No. 19 Richmond, 8-7
April 2, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington lacrosse team rode the game-winning goal from freshman Laura Hostetler (Ellicott City, MD/River Hill) at the 5:40 mark to an 8-7 upset of 19th-ranked Richmond in a cool, steady drizzle Friday afternoon at GW's Mount Vernon Field in northwest Washington. It marked GW's first victory over a ranked team in its two-plus seasons as a varsity program. It also was just the third A-10 Conference victory ever for the Colonials (4-5, 1-0 A-10). The loss dropped Richmond to 4-5, 1-1 A-10.
The Spiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first five minutes on goals by Kristen Habicht, Ashley Friend and Caroline McGuire. Habicht scored on a free position shot and then assisted on Friend's goal. McGuire got an assist from Morghan Vahue for the Spiders' third goal. GW responded with a pair of goals by juniors Jamie Lee (Berkeley, CA/Berkeley) and Heidi Mayer (Havertown, PA/Haverford). Lee's goal was unassisted while Mayer took a quick pass from teammate Jenny Heisler (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) to cut UR's lead to 3-2.
Richmond again took charge with three unanswered goals, all by Friend, to push out to a 6-2 lead with just under seven minutes remaining in the first period. The Colonials did not back down, however, and closed out the half with goals from Lee at the 51-second mark followed by the first of Hostetler's three goals with just 16 seconds remaining and sent the teams to halftime with UR holding on to a tenuous 6-4 advantage.
Hostetler opened the second half with an unassisted goal just five minutes into the period and the Colonials tied the game at 6-6 on a free position goal by Heisler at the 22:40 mark. Heisler scored again seven minutes later after getting a pass from Lee to put the Colonials on top for the first time in the game, 7-6. Richmond's McGuire knotted the score at 7-7 on a free position goal at the 9:43 mark and set the stage for Hostetler's heroics.
Looking for an open teammate from behind the Richmond goal, the three-time A-10 Rookie of the Week finally took matters into her own hands and ran around the left side of the UR goal, dodged a defender and whipped the game-winner into the net with 5:40 showing. GW kept possession most of the remainder of the contest by spreading the field on the Richmond side and used sure stickwork to pass the ball around the perimeter to run out the clock.
GW freshman goalkeeper Emily Fortunato (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale) faced 19 shots and saved eight while UR goalkeeper Jackie Swansburg also faced 19 shots and recorded six saves.
"Our team defense really played well today," GW head coach Jennifer Morris said. "To hold a team like Richmond to one goal in the second half speaks volumes about the way our players approached this game."
GW's next game takes place on Tuesday, April 6 when the Colonials play Longwood University in a 4:00 p.m. game at Farmville, VA.