Women's Lacrosse Falls to Denver, 13-9, on Senior Day
April 13, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington women's lacrosse team led in shots, ground balls and draws, but Denver held off a late rally to defeat the Colonials 13-9 in both teams' non-conference finale at Mount Vernon Field Sunday afternoon.
GW (3-11) honored seniors Caitlin Garman, Katelyn Honeyford, Kristin Karcsh, Hayley McDonough, Lindsay Melvin and Laura Wunk prior to their final weekend home game. The Colonials host Richmond Wednesday, April 16, at 4:00 pm, in their home finale.
Despite leading in shots (31-24), ground balls (19-17) and draw controls (17-7), GW couldn't overcome a 7-3 halftime deficit. Melvin spotted the Colonials a 1-0 lead, but the Pioneers went on a 7-1 run over a span of 20 minutes to take control. Sophomore Mia Breheny halted a 5-0 run by Denver with a goal with 30 seconds left in the period to make it 7-3 at the break.
Denver (8-5) twice reopened five-goal leads early in the second half, but Melvin netted back-to-back goals in 39 seconds to bring GW within three goals, 9-6, with 17:38 remaining. The teams' traded the next three goals until rookie Audrey Joy and Karcsh tallied to narrow the gap to two, 11-9, with 3:42 to play.
Junior Meghan Cratty won the ensuing draw, but Karcsh's shot was turned away by Katie Gold and the Pioneers were able to add two goals in the final 20 seconds to seal the victory.
Melvin led GW with three goals and Karcsh added two goals and an assist. Breheny chipped in two goals. Junior Katie Lilly won a game-high five draw controls and had three ground balls. Sophomore Kelsey Honeyford posted a game-high tying four ground balls. Garman finished with four saves.
Denver's Megan Carver, Lexi Sanders and Ali Flury combined for 10 goals and 13 points. Gold made three saves to pick up the victory, while Becky Childs had 10 saves in 39 minutes of action.