Women's Lacrosse Season Ends With 12-10 Loss at Duquesne
April 18, 2010
PITTSBURGH, PA - The George Washington women's lacrosse team scored six unanswered goals during a span of 7:41 midway through the second half to pull even at 9-9, but Duquesne closed with a 3-1 run to defeat the Colonials, 12-10, at Rooney Field Sunday.
GW finishes its season at 5-11 overall and 3-4 in the Atlantic 10. A victory over Duquesne (8-9, 3-4) would not have helped GW as Temple clinched the fourth and final A-10 Championship bid with an 11-6 victory over Saint Joseph's earlier Sunday afternoon. Duquesne, which also failed to qualify, will host next weekend's A-10 Championship.
Duquesne scored five goals in just over six minutes to open the contest and twice led by six in the first half. Sophomore Sarah Phillips scored her two goals at the 11:13 and 7:00 marks of the period and GW trailed 8-3 at the intermission.
Kathleen McNish again put the Dukes up six, 9-3, just 1:05 into the second half. Knowing they needed a victory to have any chance at an A-10 berth, the Colonials stormed back to tie the game.
Freshman Abby Sneeringer answered 1:19 later, senior Taylor Donohue scored on an assist from junior Audrey Joy at 27:36 and Phillips set up classmate Megan Seidman at 22:23 to close to 9-6. Senior Katelyn Langs and rookie Nicole Lacey netted back-to-back free-position goals before Seidman tied the game at 9-9 with 19:55 remaining.
Katie Rekart gave Duquesne the lead for good 2:23 after Seidman's equalizing goal and Cailin Cosgrove made it 11-9 in favor of the hosts with 13:31 left. Sneeringer kept hope alive with her second goal of the game at the 11:00 mark to trail 11-10, but GW missed two shots and turned the ball over twice on its next four possessions before McNish iced the game with her third goal with 3:54 left.
DU goalkeeper Sara Beckstead made her 13th save of the game on Lacey's eight-meter attempt with 2:25 left and the Dukes cleared and held possession over the final minutes to cap their season with a victory.
Phillips finished with four points on two goals and two assists to pace GW. She led the team with 19 assists and 49 points this spring and will enter her junior season in GW's Top 10 in both categories (37a/85p). Seidman added two goals and an assist, finishing the season with a team-leading 32 goals and tied for 10th all-time at GW with 55 goals.
Senior Taylor Donohue netted two goals in her final collegiate game to finish in the Top 5 on all of GW's career scoring lists. She ranks second with 55 assists, third with 148 points and fourth with 93 goals in 64 career games.
Lacey added seven draws along with her goal to set a new single-season program record with 55 draw controls.
Junior goalkeeper Liz Hoffman made 10 saves on 29 shots faced.
Senior Kelsey Honeyford won one ground ball to finish her 64-game career 11th at GW with 83 ground balls.