Women's Lacrosse Stays Alive With 19-14 Win at St. Bona
April 16, 2010
ST. BONAVENTURE, NY - The George Washington women's lacrosse team kept its chances of a second consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship berth intact with a 19-14 victory at St. Bonaventure Friday. Nicole Lacey, last week's national rookie of the week, was one of four Colonials with four goals and added eight draws.
Sophomores Sarah Phillips and Megan Seidman and freshman Abby Sneeringer also netted four goals as the Colonials' underclassmen paced the attack for the third straight game. Seidman added three assists and finished with a game-high seven points, while senior Taylor Donohue dished out five assists en route to six points and moved to second on GW's career assists list with 55. Sophomore Kristina Beese chipped in two goals to round out GW's scoring.
The victory was the third straight overall for GW (5-10, 3-3 A-10) and marked its first-ever win at SBU's McGraw-Jennings Field in five visits. The Colonials converted an astounding 19-of-27 shots to equal the fourth-highest single-game offensive output in program history.
GW enters its regular-season finale at Duquesne Sunday tied for fourth in the A-10 standings with Temple. A Colonials victory over the Dukes and an Owls loss on Sunday would secure one of the four A-10 bids available, while a Colonials loss would leave them awaiting other league results and tiebreaker procedures.
St. Bonaventure lost its third straight game to fall to 7-8 overall and 2-4 in the A-10.
The Colonials allowed the first three goals and trailed 4-1 early, but responded with six unanswered goals, including two from both Lacey and Sneeringer, to grab a 7-4 edge by the 9:52 mark of the first half. The Bonnies battled back, knotting the game at 8-8 before the teams' traded goals over the final 35 seconds of the period to enter halftime even at 9-9.
Phillips scored on an assist from Donohue just over five minutes into the second half to give GW a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Lacey capped her four-goal outburst at the 24:01 mark and, after a Bonnies goal, the Colonials tacked on four consecutive goals for a 15-10 advantage with 15:35 remaining.
SBU would get no closer than four goals the rest of the way as junior goalkeeper Liz Hoffman made seven of her 10 saves in the second half to earn her fifth and most-important victory of the season. Hoffman faced 37 shots.
Lacey's eight draws marked the third time in four games she's been a draw shy of the program single-game record of nine. Lacey, who entered the game second in the A-10 and 18th nationally in the category, now has 48 draws this season, two shy of Katie Lilly's record of 50 set last spring.
Molly Hastrich led St. Bonaventure with three goals and five points. Goalkeeper Tori Waheibi allowed 16 goals and made just two saves in 46 minutes before giving way to Victoria Morgan, who allowed three goals the final 14 minutes.