Women's Lacrosse Loses Lead, Game at Temple, 13-10
April 8, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Junior Sarah Phillips' second goal and game-high sixth point of the game with 27:07 remaining gave the George Washington women's lacrosse team a 9-8 lead, but Temple netted the next four goals and finished on a 5-1 run to defeat the Colonials, 13-10, at rainy Geasey Field Friday afternoon.
Phillips was the facilitator in the first half, tallying all of her four assists and adding a goal in the opening 24:29 to spark the visiting Colonials to their largest lead at 7-4.
The Owls stormed back behind leading scorers Charlotte Swavola and Stephanie Markunas, both of whom finished with hat tricks, for four consecutive goals in the final 4:08 of the first half to give the hosts their first lead, 8-7, at intermission.
Temple evened it for a fourth time on Mary Schweitzer's goal with 25:23 left, then took the lead for good on Markunas' third goal with 21:39 to play.
GW would get just one shot off over the next 11 minutes and Temple's Jackie Mercer tacked on two goals for a 12-9 lead at the 14:56 mark.
Seidman ended an 18 minute scoreless drought to pull the Colonials within 12-10 with 9:05 remaining, but Markunas capped her five-point outing with an assist on Jaymie Tabor's insurance goal with 6:14 to play.
Breheny opened GW's scoring just 40 seconds into the game to become the ninth Colonial to reach the 100 career point plateau. Seidman became the 10th GW player to reach 100 career points with a goal that put the Colonials ahead 3-2 early in the first half. Both players now have 102 career points.
The Temple attack converted 5-of-7 free-position attempts, while its defense limited GW to just one eight-meter attempt. Owls' goalkeeper Tess Bishop made eight saves on 20 shots faced, while senior Liz Hoffman stopped seven shots on 23 shots faced.
Junior Hilary Quinn led all players with a career-high six draws, while classmate Casey Disharoon matched a game-high three ground balls. Senior Audrey Joy added four draws along with an early first half goal.
Sophomore Nicole Lacey added two draws to become the first Colonial to reach the 100 career draw control mark. She now has a program-best 101 draws in 29 career games.
The loss drops GW to 4-9 overall and 1-2 in the Atlantic 10, while Temple improves to 4-8 and 2-1. The loss is the Colonials' second straight in the series and drops GW to 2-8 all-time against Temple.
GW hosts La Salle in its second-to-last home game of the season at Mount Vernon Field Sunday at 1:00 pm.