Colonials Set Team Record for Wins
GW Holds on for 9-8 Victory Over St. Bonaventure
April 8, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The GW women's lacrosse team (9-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10) established a new team record for victories with its ninth win of season, holding off St. Bonaventure, 9-8, on Friday, April 8 at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. It was the Colonials' fifth straight triumph, tying the program standard for consecutive victories set in 2004.
A pair of freshmen hooked up for the game-winning goal for GW when Katelyn Honeyford scored off a pass from Kristin Karcsh at 58:16. St. Bonaventure had a chance to tie the game, but a free-position shot by Courtney Gibbons sailed wide with 36 seconds to go and GW's defense was able to keep the Bonnies from getting off another shot as time expired.
Sophomore Laura Hostetler recorded a hat trick to lead the Colonials and senior Jamie Lee added two scores to improve her career total to 90 goals, the most in team history. Lee also registered six ground balls.
The Colonials took an early 2-1 lead on back-to-back goals by Hostetler, but Kelly Chevez and Megan Murphy scored consecutive goals off passes from Nicole Motondo to give the Bonnies a 3-2 edge at 18:55. Freshman Hayley McDonough netted her third goal of the year to tie the game at 22:10 and each team scored once in the final 7:50 of the opening stanza to make the score 4-4 at the half.
The Bonnies (7-2, 0-2 Atlantic 10) reclaimed a one-goal advantage on a free-position score by Gibbons 33 seconds into the second period, but GW tallied three straight goals, including consecutive scores by Lee to go up 7-5 at 37:56. St. Bonaventure stormed back getting two goals by Chevez eight seconds apart to tie the match at the 41:52 mark. Sophomore Laura Wunk gave GW the lead again, but the Bonnies answered one more time on a goal by Robin Mason with 4:30 to play, setting the stage for Honeyford's golden goal 3:14 later.
Freshman goalie Caitlin Garman made her second career start in the game and made seven saves to earn her fourth straight win.
Chevez paced the Bonnies with four goals and goaltender Eboni Preston made 19 saves in 60 minutes of action for St. Bonaventure.
The Colonails outshot St. Bonaventure, 33-22, and owned a 34-23 advantage in ground balls.
GW will continue its homestand on Sunday, April 10 when it meets league rival Duquesne at 1:00 p.m.