GW Lacrosse Falls at Duquesne, 19-12, in A-10 Opener
Colonials Travel to St. Bonaventure on Sunday at 1 p.m.
April 4, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The George Washington lacrosse team fell to Duquesne, 19-12, in both teams' Atlantic 10 opener on Friday afternoon at the Dukes' Rooney Field.
GW (4-6, 0-1 A-10) trailed Duquesne (10-1, 1-0 A-10) by just two, 7-5, at halftime, but the Dukes - who are receiving votes in three of four major women's lacrosse polls - outscored the Colonials, 12-7, in the second period to secure the win.
GW was led in scoring by junior Jamie Bumgardner with three goals and an assist and sophomore Hallie Walker with a career-high four points on three goals and a helper. Senior Jordy Bathras and junior Rachel Mia each added two goals for the Colonials and junior goalkeeper Mackenzie Jones made eight saves between the pipes.
Duquesne scored first just 54 seconds into action, but Bathras put GW on the scoreboard 3:14 later to knot the score at 1-1. The Dukes took a 3-1 lead at the 6:57 mark when senior Terasa Vassallo found her way around Duquesne goalkeeper Kristen Gregory less than six minutes later to pull the Colonials within one.
The teams traded goals over the next five minutes as sophomore Julia Lawson and Bumgardner scored for the Buff and Blue, but Duquesne registered back-to-back tallies to extend its lead to 7-4 with just under five minutes to play in the first half. Mia added the Colonials' final goal of the period with an unassisted tally at 25:42 and the squads took a 7-5 score into the break.
The Dukes registered five consecutive goals in the opening 10:09 of the second frame, but Bumgardner broke up the run with two goals of her own just 16 seconds apart. She first found the back of the net off of a pass from Walker, then netted an unassisted goal to cut the deficit to five at 12-7 at the 11:31 mark.
Duquesne added two more goals to take a 14-7 lead midway through the second frame but Walker responded with consecutive goals in a span of 44 seconds for a 14-9 score. The Dukes scored again to extend their lead to 15-9 when Bathras found the back of the net on a free position shot to make it 15-10 at 19:28. DU added four straight goals over a 2:10 period, and Walker and Mia chipped in GW's final goals to wrap the game at 19-12.
Junior Jenn Seitz won a team-high five draw controls and Jones picked up a game-high four ground balls. The Colonials won 16 draws on the afternoon and caused seven of the Dukes' 14 turnovers.
GW continues its road swing with a 1 p.m. game at St. Bonaventure on Sunday.