GW Lacrosse Edged in Final Minutes by No. 13 Massachusetts, 10-9
Sophomores Bumgardner, Mia and Rash Register Team-High Four Points
April 7, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The George Washington lacrosse team erased a four-goal halftime deficit and cut the lead to one with 47 seconds remaining in regulation, but a final shot to send the contest into overtime went wide as the Colonials were edged by No. 13 Massachusetts, 10-9, on Sunday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium.
Facing its third nationally ranked opponent of the season in UMass (11-2, 3-0 A-10), GW (7-5, 2-1 A-10) suffered its first Atlantic 10 setback of the season.
Sophomores Jamie Bumgardner (4a), Rachel Mia (3g, 1a) and Allie Rash (2g, 2a) led GW with four points each on the afternoon, while senior Nicole Lacey scored two goals. Senior Jess Hicks made six saves in goal for the Buff and Blue.
After entering the halftime break down 7-3, GW erupted with a 5-1 run over the opening 10:49 of the second frame to knot the score at 8-8. UMass regained the lead at 12:17 on a goal from Katie Ferris, who then struck again to break a 12-plus minute scoreless drought to put the Minutewomen up 10-8. Mia found the back of the net to pull the Colonials within one with 47 seconds remaining, but a final free position attempt with overtime in sight went just wide of the net and GW ultimately fell to the reigning A-10 champion.
Mia opened the game with a free position goal at 2:34 to put the Colonials up 1-0, but UMass evened the score at 4:40 and added another 4:01 later to take its first lead of the game. Lacey broke up the two-goal run by the Minutewomen with a free position goal at 10:02 to knot the score at 2-2.
UMass tallied two goals over nine seconds to double its score and take a 4-2 lead at the 13:24 mark. The Minutewomen then added two more over a 29-second span to take a 6-2 lead at 23:25.
Junior Terasa Vassallo netted GW's final goal of the half at 26:14 to cut its deficit to three off a helper from sophomore Allie Rash, who picked up the ground ball following a Minutewomen turnover. UMass' Lauren Terracciano slipped a goal past Hicks with just four seconds remaining in the half and the squads' entered the break with a 7-3 score.
GW knotted the score at 8-8 at 10:49, but the Colonials' second-half effort came up just short against the Minutewomen defense. Mia won the opening draw control and found an open Rash for the first goal of the half, and DiAntonio chipped in another tally off a pass from Bumgardner. The Minutewomen interrupted the Colonials' run with a goal by Sam Rush, but GW answered with consecutive goals from Lacey, Mia and Rash over the next 2:38 for a tie game. Ferris netted the next two scores for UMass and the squad would never cede the lead.
Freshman Julia Lawson picked up a team-high four ground balls, and Mia and Lawson combined for seven of the Colonials' nine drawn controls.
GW returns home next weekend for its final pair of games at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus when it hosts A-10 foes St. Bonaventure and Duquesne. Action between the Colonials and Bonnies is set for Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m.