April 5, 2013
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WASHINGTON – The George Washington lacrosse team held La Salle scoreless for the first 40:52 en route to a 12-3 Atlantic 10 victory at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus on Friday.
A high-powered offense and stout defense limited the Explorers (8-3, 0-2 A-10) to just three goals, the fewest tallies allowed by the Colonials (7-4, 2-0 A-10) since 2011 when GW defeated Saint Joseph’s, 9-3. The Buff and Blue open conference play with a 2-0 mark for the time since the 2009 season, as they limited La Salle to its lowest goal production since 2009.
GW tallied six first-half goals and took a 6-0 lead into the break, marking the first time in sixth-year head coach Tara Hannaford’s tenure that the squad has held an opponent scoreless for an entire half. Sophomore Jamie Bumgardner (2g, 3a) led all scorers with five points, while junior Lindsey DiAntonio added a hat trick and freshman Olivia Boudreau (1g, 2a) recorded three points. Junior Terasa Vassallo and sophomore Rachel Mia each chipped in two goals for GW.
“Our team has been working extremely hard this year and it is rewarding to see it pay off with victories,” Hannaford said. “The defense was outstanding today, but I also thought this was a great collective effort by everyone on the team.”
The Colonials out-shot the Explorers, 31-13, and held an 11-6 advantage in draw controls, including five apiece from senior Nicole Lacey and sophomore Jenn Seitz. GW forced La Salle goalkeeper Maura Malone to make 12 saves on the day while also causing 12 Explorers’ turnovers.
Junior Jordy Bathras scored first for the Colonials 3:41 into play. Boudreau connected with an open Vassallo at 7:55 and DiAntonio added an unassisted goal 26 seconds later to put GW up, 3-0. Seitz registered her first career helper when she assisted Bumgardner’s goal at 18:32, and Bumgardner and Mia connected for the next two scores as the Colonials took the 6-0 lead into halftime.
Caitlyn Brostrand broke the scoreless drought and put La Salle on the board with consecutive goals just 1:16 apart 10:52 into the second frame, but GW responded with a DiAntonio free position goal and a tally from sophomore Allie Rash off of a pass from Boudreau to regain a six-goal lead. The Explorers found the back of the net for the final time at 17:23 when Melanie Sarcinello chipped in an unassisted goal.
The Colonials added four more goals over the final 10:37 from DiAntonio, Boudreau, Bumgardner and Vassallo, respectively. GW senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks made six stops on the afternoon.
GW heads to Amherst, Mass., to face No. 13 Massachusetts on Sunday, April 7. First draw is slated for 1 p.m.