Lacrosse Edged by VCU, 15-13
Lynch, Shollenberger, and Shea Cassidy have career-high breaking performances on Senior Day
WASHINGTON -- The George Washington lacrosse team was within two of VCU with three minutes remaining, but the Colonials could not complete the comeback, falling to the Rams, 15-13, on Saturday afternoon at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
Seniors Michaela Lynch, Cassidy Shollenberger, and Shea Cassidy all had career-high setting performances on their Senior Day. Lynch equaled her career high with four goals for the second straight game, Shollenberger netted a season and career high four goals, while Cassidy tallied a season and career high six points on two goals and four assists. Junior Jocelyn Donohue also scored two goals for the Colonials while junior Brooke Sands scored one of her own.
GW held a 20-19 edge over VCU in ground balls and an 18-12 advantage in draw controls. Freshman Caroline Kiernan led the Colonials in the circle with five draws, while Shea Cassidy and Bailey Forcier snagged four draw controls apiece.
The teams traded goals for much of the first half, as neither squad led by more than two the entire period. GW took its first lead at the 24:02 mark with a goal from Lynch and pushed the lead to two, four minutes later with an unassisted goal by Shollenberger. The Rams responded with a goal of their own from Sky Hyatt, before Lynch fired back with her second goal of the game. Lynch completed her hat trick with 1:58 left in the first to keep the Colonials up 7-6 at the break.
The Rams applied the offensive pressure early in the second half to tie the game at seven, but the Colonials responded moments later when Shollenberger netted her second goal of the game. Fourteen seconds later, Forcier snagged the ball off the draw and passed it to Shea Cassidy to keep GW up by one. The Colonials added two more goals from Shollenberger and Lynch to take its largest lead at 11-8 with 22:45 to play, before the Rams went on a 3-0 run to tie the score at 12. VCU continued to apply the offensive pressure, leading 14-12 with 3:52 left in the game. Sands scored once more for GW, but VCU was able to find the net in the final minute to take the 15-13 decision.
Prior to the game, the Colonials honored seniors Shea Cassidy, Bailey Forcier, Delaney Norris, Natalie Maher, Erin Long, Michaela Lynch, and Cassidy Shollenberger, and graduate student Becca Taub in a Senior Day ceremony.
"This senior class has done a really great job of building the culture of our program, staying committed, and competing in games no matter what, all the things that are foundations for building a great lacrosse program," said head coach Tracy Coyne. "I think this senior class has been really committed for making things better and setting a tone in practice, staying positive, encouraging the younger ones, all that kind of stuff. I'm going to miss them, they're a great group to work with."
The Colonials will hit the road to face Massachusetts on Friday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m. before hosting Duquesne on Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. at the GW Lacrosse Field.
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