Women's Lacrosse on Wrong Side of Back-and-Forth Battle With Duquesne
April 3, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC - Redshirt senior Mia Breheny's hat trick wasn't enough, as Katie Rekart's fourth goal of the game with 6:02 remaining proved to be the game-winner for Duquesne in George Washington women's lacrosse's 7-6 loss to the Dukes at Mount Vernon Field Sunday afternoon.
Neither team led by more than two goals and the outcome was decided by two goals or less for the sixth time in the last seven series meetings.
GW (4-8, 1-1 A-10) trailed 4-3 with less than 18 minutes to play when Breheny tallied her second goal of the game on an assist from junior Megan Seidman and initial setup from junior Sarah Phillips to knot it at 4-4 at the 17:39 mark.
The Colonials then took their first lead since Seidman's opening goal made it 1-0 when sophomore Abby Sneeringer deposited a dish from Phillips with 15:16 left that put the hosts ahead 5-4.
Rekart assumed control of the Duquesne offense from that point, methodically working behind the GW cage for three key goals over the final 15 minutes. She tied it for the fourth time just 38 seconds after Sneeringer's go-ahead goal to make it 5-5, then beat Colonials' goalkeeper Liz Hoffman low from behind net with 11:43 left for a 6-5 lead.
Duquesne (7-4, 1-1 A-10) won the ensuing draw, but Hoffman came up with her 10th save of the day a few minutes later and Breheny completed her hat trick during GW's transition to tie the score for the fifth and final time at 6-6 with 8:28 left.
Rekart capped her six-point day (4g/2a) 2:26 later on another low shot from behind cage for the deciding goal at the 6:02 mark.
The Colonials had two possessions to force a sixth tie, but a checked-stick turnover by senior Audrey Joy and errant pass by Breheny allowed the Dukes to burn the clock and escape with a road victory.
DU goalkeeper Liz Walker, who entered the week with an A-10 leading 8.19 goals-against average, made nine saves on 18 shots faced to earn the victory. Walker and GW junior Casey Disharoon each won a game-high five ground balls. Disharoon also added a game-high four caused turnovers.
Seidman finished with a goal and an assist to join Breheny at 99 career points, leaving both players a point shy of becoming the ninth Colonials to reach the 100-point plateau. They'll try to reach the 100-point mark when GW travels to Philadelphia on Friday to face Temple at 3:30 pm.