Colonials Match Season Record for Victories
April 6, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The GW women's lacrosse team tied the program record for wins, picking up its eighth victory of the season by beating Division II power Longwood (7-2), 11-10, on Wednesday, April 6 at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. The Colonials (8-2) matched their 2004 win total when they finished with an overall record of 8-9.
The match was nip and tuck the whole way with neither team gaining more than a one goal advantage until senior Heidi Mayer scored what turned out to be the game-winner at 51:10 to put GW ahead, 11-9. GW massaged its two goal lead spreading the field and working the clock, but Longwood's Kristen White forced a turnover and picked up the ground ball to give the Lancers possession, which led to an unassisted goal by Jen Shipp with exactly one minute to go. Longwood's Isa Cohen won the ensuing draw control, giving the Lancers an opportunity to tie the game, but her shot went wide and a shot by Kelly Gaines was stopped by GW goaltender Caitlin Garman with 12 seconds to play. Garman held the ball to clinch the victory.
It was the third straight win for Garman, who made four saves in the second half after replacing sophomore Emily Fortunato in goal. Sophomore Laura Hostetler registered five points in the contest (2g, 3a), her third straight game with at least five slashes in the points column. Mayer and senior Jenny Heisler each finished with three points.
The Colonials led 3-2 at the 13:12 mark, but goals by Shipp and Cathleen Strain gave the Lancers their first advantage, 4-3, at 16:23. GW freshman Kristin Karcsh tied the game off a feed from Hostetler at 24:45 and each team scored twice in the final 4:19 of the opening half to make the count 6-6 at the intermission.
Heisler opened the second stanza with a goal at the 33-minute mark, but Strain and Sophie Dress put Longwood back on top, 8-7, with back-to-back tallies. Sophomore Meredith Hotarek netted her first career goal at 40:17 to tie the match, but Kathleen Barry answered back for Longwood at 46:39 to give the Lancers the lead. It would be the last goal for Longwood until Shipp's tally with one minute to play as GW freshman Laura Wunk found the back of the cage for her second collegiate goal to ignite a 3-0 GW run that ended with Mayer's score to give the Colonials an 11-9 margin.
Shipp led the Lancers with four points (3g, 1a) and Strain contributed three goals. Barry also finished with three points on a goal and two assists. Emily Wilson played all 60 minutes in goal for Longwood and made six saves.
The Colonials will look to tie another team record in their next outing. GW will be aiming for its fifth straight win when it hosts conference foe St. Bonaventure on Friday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m, which would match the most consecutive triumphs in program history.